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Born in the south of England, Adrian's career began in the petroleum industry and later moved into casino administration. Adrian emigrated to Southern Africa in 1981 (acquiring South African citizenship in the new democracy), where he has worked in casino management, in financial computer systems, in payroll processing, in software development & sales before moving into recruitment & contracting of IT skills, then on to management of technical training before joining CompTIA in January 2000 as the regional International Sales & Marketing Director. During the period 1987 to 1999, Adrian held business unit director posts in Rennies Group, Q Data Group and SilverLine Resources.

From 2003 to 2005, he carried out consulting contracts with ISET SETA, SAP and City of Joburg/Wits University. He joined ForgeAhead in March 2005, where he was Head of Consulting (specialising in the use of ICT in Government) until moving to the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University in 2008 as Manager: Applied Research Unit. He occasionally lectures on the Management of Technology. Adrian has spent more than 20 years being involved in activities to promote standards and growth in the ICT sector.He currently serves in these voluntary capacities:

    * President of Computer Society South Africa
    * Member of the Steering Committee of the SAVANT Project at the Department of Trade & Industry to promote the capacity of the South African ICT industry
    * Member of Reference Group at SAQA
    * Member of the Advisory Body for Career Planet
    * Chairman of the Wanderers Club

In the past, Adrian has also served as President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa, as Vice-Chairman for Africa of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance and Chairman of the African Federation of ICT Associations. He has represented South Africa at conferences in Taiwan, Australia, Greece and USA and supported industry development initiatives in East and West Africa. He was a member of the Steering Committee and initial Board Member of ISETT SETA, chaired the initial IT Standards Generating Body and was a member of the Task Team for the ICT Charter Working Group. Adrian was also the business sector representative in the NEDLAC ICT Sector Committee and an Advisory Board member of NEMISA. He is a Professional grade member of CSSA.

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