Our Team

Peter Thorpe

General Manager

Peter has 19 years experience in the Mining Industry, preceded by a 15 year career in the RAAF.   Peter has a proven track record as a Business Development Manager and General Manager for businesses supplying services to the Mining Industry.  His strong focus on building customer relations, delivers outstanding customer support.  Having had a long term connection and friendship with PDS’ founder, Peter McCurdy, he will work with our dedicated team to continue their founder’s vision for the future of PDS.

Sandra Hordern

Chief Financial Officer

Sandra’s our specialist number cruncher, with a devotion to financial detail that ensures nothing get missed in this crucial area of business management.

With over 20 years’ experience in financial management/accounting, legal compliance and business strategy, Sandra is leading the team to continue Peter’s vision for PDS, ensuring its continuation and growth.

William Buchanan

Development Manager

William has over 20 years’ experience in software development, the majority of which has been spent in the engineering and automation space. He has a background in Electronics Engineering, and has almost 10 years in IT Management under his belt. He has a Bachelor of Computing Science from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Andrew Morphett

Customer Support Manager

Andrew’s key role is to deliver timely customer support by managing support tickets through our dedicated help desk. He also maintains our product knowledge resource area so that clients can easily access up-to-date information on product features and training.

He is highly experienced in software development, including project management, testing, implementation and support.

Ricki Southgate

Implementation, Training and Field Services

Ricki has over 20 years hands-on experience in conveyor maintenance, starting out as a Fitter then progressing to Shutdown Supervisor, Maintenance Co-ordinator, Condition Monitoring Co-ordinator and Area Manager for Conveyor Service Companies.

He spent almost a decade working in the Bowen Basin, North Queensland, before joining PDS in 2016.

Lena Plambeck

Senior Reliability Engineer

Lena comes to the PDS team with nearly 30 years experience in the mining industry, working on conveyor maintenance processes in iron ore and coal operations.  Lena has a background in mechanical engineering from Linköping University in Sweden and a Masters degree in Materials Engineering from University of Wollongong, Australia.

Simi Kurup

Senior Software Tester

Simi is responsible for the Quality Control process for PDS software, by planning QC activities and testing prior to release. Simi holds a Master’s degree in Computer Applications and is a Certified Software Tester. She has more than 8 years experience in manual and automation testing principally in the highly demanding aviation industry.

Richard Cordero

Lead iOS Developer

Richard is responsible for front-end development and design of our iOS application. He has previous experience working for Samsung and is instrumental in building a solid user experience for our mobile users. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of the Philippines.

Cicci Miranda

Android Developer

Cicci is responsible for the front-end development and design of our Android application. She has previous experience working for Google on internal applications and works in our mobile application team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, is a Google Qualified Developer and an Oracle Certified Professional.

Cathy Carruthers

Administration Accounts Payroll

Cathy manages the company Accounts Payable, Payroll and general administrative duties. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with 21 years experience in a variety of accounting positions.

Blake Brazier

Junior Software Developer

Blake is our Junior Software Developer. He has a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Newcastle, and previously worked as a software developer for a government department. Blakes main roles are the development of the PDS web application, and API.

Benj Salcedo

Web Developer

Benj is responsible for development of the PDS web application. He has over 12 years’ experience in software development, mainly using Microsoft technologies such as ASP.NET, CCMS, and SharePoint. He has worked in a wide range of industries including wind energy, oil and gas, and mining. He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and has a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Peter McCurdy

Founder / Visionary

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