About

Management Team

Our experienced leadership team

We have a great management team representing diverse disciplines and skills. Their combined years of leading teams to solve STEM related problems for industry add up to over 100 years, providing a wealth of experience to draw from in tackling the most complex of challenges.

Larry Platt

Emergent Group – Executive Chairman

Larry Platt is Executive Chairman and founder of Emergent Group. He is a professional chemical engineer with a long history in the manufacturing and chemical processing sectors, and specialist skills in risk and dangerous goods. He founded Advitech in 1987 in response to major restructuring in the manufacturing sector.

The business grew from engineering and environmental consulting to become a group of complementary entrepreneurial companies in the science and technology space. Emergent Group expanded beyond consulting to offer broader technical solutions, including the manufacture of niche products and technologies, servicing sectors such as mining, manufacturing, agriculture, defence, construction, government and more.

Larry believes that the future for Australia depends on knowledge intensive smart manufacturing and services, and aligned Emergent Group with this future. He is heavily involved in the Hunter business community in various capacities, including the City of Newcastle Strategy & Innovation Advisory Committee and Hunter Angels.

Steven Smith

Advitech – Managing Director,
Emergent Group – Managing Director

Having been involved in manufacturing all of his working life, Steven brings a wealth of manufacturing, engineering and project management experience across all sectors to Emergent Group. Steven has been pivotal in the Group’s growth into the Australian defence sector.

As Managing Director, Steven has overall responsibility for Advitech’s consulting services in engineering design, project management, risk management, functional safety, sustainability and environmental management. With a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical – First-Class Honours), Steven’s specific areas of expertise include problem analysis, feasibility investigations, engineering assessments, risk management, project development and project management.

Steven has been actively involved in the support of engineering-based manufacturing in the Hunter Region through his involvement with HunterNet – as a Director (1998-2006) and as Chairman (2001-2003). He was also previously a member of the Course Advisory Committee for the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He has been Chairman of the Hunter Manufacturing Awards since 2017.

Jeremy Pola

Novecom – Managing Director,
Acubis – Responsible Director
Jeremy Pola

Jeremy, an environmental scientist, has brought extensive experience in the areas of environmental monitoring, assessment and planning within the mining and heavy industry sectors to Novecom. He has been instrumental in the development of Novecom’s SentineX remote monitoring and reporting platform, an industry-leading real-time environmental monitoring system for mining, manufacturing, construction and transport applications.

Jeremy has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental management across the mining, minerals processing, transport, construction and consulting sectors. His knowledge has developed through industry, corporate and consulting roles, giving him a unique perspective on the business imperatives of technology development and application. He fosters a culture of customer focused innovation and continuous improvement.

Jeremy drives the Novecom team of specialist developers and system integrators to aspire to be leaders in advanced technology. He is responsible for all aspects of Novecom’s operations, including the management of the company’s development, production and maintenance teams. He also works closely with Novecom’s clients to recommend and implement the best solutions for their remote environmental data acquisition and reporting needs.

With a Bachelor of Science (First-Class Honours) and Advanced Diploma in Management, Jeremy’s specific strengths and expertise are in ideation and technology application, problem solving and data analytics.

Chris Acton

Acubis – Manager

Motivated, enthusiastic and disciplined, Acubis Manager and senior RF/network specialist Chris Acton thrives on difficult and technical problem solving, striving always to determine the best solutions from a methodical and logical standpoint.

A highly experienced ICT manager with longstanding expertise in the mining, defence and resources sectors, he prides himself on his professionalism and his proven ability to work to strict deadlines in some of the most remote and challenging environments around the world.

In recent years he has overseen multiple large technician teams responsible for the design, implementation, deployment and testing of large-scale network and communications solutions including UHF, VHF, High Capacity Line of Site, PTP, PTMP, leaky feeders, CCTV and wireless networks, as well as Predictive and Active RF Site Surveys.

With over 30 certifications behind him and a deep familiarity with all certified industry-grade technologies from leading vendors such as CISCO and Hytera, Chris is driven to provide only the best communications solutions and services to site operators in Australia and beyond.

Lucas Stretton

Simulation Modelling Services – Managing Director

With a strong industry-based background as an analyst and programmer, SMS Managing Director Lucas Stretton works with clients to enable data-driven decision-making through simulation modelling and advanced analytics.
Lucas prides himself on enabling clients to excel through enhanced decision-making capabilities, working together to help them increase productivity, reduce capital expenditure requirements and build a competitive advantage for customers.

Lucas has a Bachelor of Information Science from the University of Newcastle and specialises in leveraging modelling and analytics technologies to support major strategic decisions such as evaluating capital projects, improvement programs, or cost saving initiatives. With over 15 years’ experience providing simulation modelling and consulting, software support and training for clients both locally and overseas, Lucas’ input has been highly valued by a range of decision makers across the mining, logistics, port operations, water utilities, supply chains, manufacturing, smelting and defence sectors.

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