Leading the way for Industry 4.0

SAGE is a global group with a team of 450 people across three continents, 13 offices and five companies. Every one of us shares the same commitment to making our world smarter, safer and more sustainable.  Our people are a performance-driven extension of our clients’ teams, driven to solve complex problems and create previously unimaginable opportunities.

Each SAGE company has their own area of expertise, from capacity building, strategy and design to cutting-edge technological and digital solutions. Together we drive enormous progress for our clients, combining the best thinking with the Internet of Things to reduce error, improve efficiency and increase safety.

SAGE clients are world leaders in innovation, manufacturing, resources, utilities and infrastructure. By supporting them to innovate, modernise, digitise and improve how they do things, we deliver significant gains across efficiency, safety, cost savings, quality and performance.

We feel honoured to lead the way for Industry 4.0 and we’d love you to join us.

 

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Where it all began

SAGE started in the backyard shed of South Australian Andrew Downs. He was soon joined by a team of talented engineers and tradespeople, many of which still form today’s SAGE leadership team.

Andrew started SAGE for all the right reasons; he simply felt that things could be done better.  This remains true for SAGE today as we strive to create a smarter future and better world.

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Making our mark on the world

Whilst remaining privately owned, SAGE has grown, diversified and carved out a large footprint across Australia and overseas.  Our work is showcased around the world and our team are sought-after members of leading international boards and organisations.

Smart. Ambitious. Genuine. Exceptional

Whilst some things have changed, we have stayed close to the culture with which we began. SAGE still attracts smart, passionate, dedicated people who deliver the best thinking and the best outcomes for our clients. Our people enjoy challenging careers filled with opportunities to travel, grow and change the future.

SAGE Group Leadership Team

Adrian Fahey
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Fahey is Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and Director of SAGE Group. Adrian’s history with SAGE spans over twenty-two years, during which time he has been instrumental in the growth of the business from a South Australian business, to a national and now a global business.

Adrian has lead the businesses transformation strategy from industrial automation company to a Digital Company. The SAGE group now spans the services of industrial automation, digitisation and data analytics, resource management, asset operation and skills development.

Adrian holds a number of Board and Council positions in industry, association and private companies both domestically and internationally, including the Global Control System Integrator’s Association (CSIA).

Adrian Spencer
COO

Adrian joined SAGE in 2017 to fill the new role of COO.  Adrian brings new thinking to our team and our clients, drawing on 25 years of managing large-scale industrial and defence service contracts and projects. Adrian enjoys implementing innovative contractual and commercial solutions and with this, we welcome him to the team.

Dion Draper
CFO

Dion is responsible for all the financial and administration requirements of the SAGE Group, ensuring the SAGE Group has the financial resources to execute its strategic priorities. Dion and his team work tirelessly to provide a sound business from which our clients, suppliers and our people can depend upon. With over 25 years’ experience as a finance professional, he is well equipped to oversee finance processes, regulatory compliance, financial reporting and group performance.

Virginia Williams
General Manager, Embedded Expertise

Virginia Williams spearheads Embedded Expertise, drawing upon 20 years of recruitment experience in technical fields, spanning several top-tier firms in the UK and Australia. Virginia is a firm believer in finding talent that brings the exact mix of deep industry and technical experience blended with a strong cultural fit for every client.

Alec Konyenburg
Managing Director, Nukon

Alec leads the talented Nukon team who take a data-driven approach to operational technology transformation. Alec and his team enable their clients by providing a acomplete whole-of-business view: from operations right through to IT, the shop floor, engineering and beyond..

Laura Mabikafola
General Manager, Skills Lab

Laura brings to Skills Lab, 22 years in the people industry, leading significant Human Resources and recruitment businesses. Laura knows that the right people, with the right skills in the right roles, can truly transform a business and loves nothing more than tailoring a learning solution outcome to a specific business challenge.

Board of Directors

Andrew Downs
Founder and Executive Director

Andrew founded the SAGE Group in 1994 and remains instrumental in establishing the ever expanding business portfolio of SAGE, responding to emerging market opportunities and needs.

Andrew is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Industry Group in South Australia, a board member of the Australian Industry Group Training Group and was named Ernst & Young South Australian Entrepreneur (Central Region) of the Year in 2004.

Andrew’s vision, leadership and passion underpins the success and the culture of the entire SAGE Group.  He initiated and implemented the private shareholding structure that currently exists and is actively involved in all subsidiary businesses. 

Bruce Carter
Chairperson

Bruce joined the SAGE Board in 2020 as Chairman and brings a wealth of experience across industries in which SAGE operates and those in which we look to grow. 

Bruce Carter holds a number of Directorships including the Australian Submarine Corporation and ASC Shipbuilding, Gensee & Wyoming Inc, Aventus Capital Limited, SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and Bank of Queensland as well as Chairman on State Government’s Resources, Infrastructure and Investment Task force.

Bruce has a Bachelor of Economics and MBA and is an active sportsman having completed a number of remote treks and climbs.

Stuart Glenn
Non-Executive Director

Stuart joined the SAGE board in 2012 as Non-Executive Director.  

Stuart is the Chairman of Fyfe Group Pty Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Omega Ensemble and Chief Executive Officer of Joule Energy Pty Ltd.

Prior to returning to Australia to pursue a career as a Non-Executive Company Director, Stuart held several positions with Parsons Brinckerhoff in Australia and the United Kingdom, finishing as CEO and President of Parsons Brinkerhoff International in Singapore.

Stuart's passion is assisting companies with growth strategies.

Michael Givoni
Non-Executive Director

Michael joined the SAGE board as Non-Executive Director in 2017, attracted to the organisation for it's capabilty to genuinely impact it's industry.  

Michael is currently the Chairman of BSA Ltd, Non-Executive Director of CaterCare Pty Ltd, Chairman of Winslow Construction Pty Ltd, Chairman of Buzz Productions Pty Ltd, Chairman of First 5 Minutes Pty Ltd, Chairman of Gross Waddell Pty Ltd and Non-Executive Director of RSEA Pty Ltd.

Holding a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Economics, Michael is an accomplished director and exciting addition to the SAGE board. 

Adrian Fahey
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Fahey is Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and Director of SAGE Group. Adrian’s history with SAGE spans over twenty-two years, during which time he has been instrumental in the growth of the business from a South Australian business, to a national and now a global business.

Adrian has lead the businesses transformation strategy from industrial automation company to a Digital Company. The SAGE group now spans the services of industrial automation, digitisation and data analytics, resource management, asset operation and skills development.

Adrian holds a number of Board and Council positions in industry, association and private companies both domestically and internationally, including the Global Control System Integrator’s Association (CSIA).

Dion Draper
Company Secretary

Dion is responsible for all the finance and administration requirements of the SAGE Group, including legal and human resources as well as liaison to the Board of Directors. Dion joined SAGE Group in 2007.

As Company Secretary, Dion’s key responsibility is to ensure compliance with standard financial and legal practice and to maintain standards of corporate governance. In this role Dion acts as the point of communication between the groups chairperson, board of directors and company shareholders, reporting in a timely and accurate manner on company procedures and developments.

Dion is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining SAGE was Finance Manager at Tenix Defence and Management Accountant at Michell Pty Ltd. 

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