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Control Operational Excellence Strategy

Control Operational Excellence Strategy

CitiPower and Powercor are Victoria’s largest electricity suppliers, delivering electricity to almost 1.1million residential and commercial customers across Australia; and in 2013 the companies were facing many operational challenges. Nova Systems was engaged to deliver Operational Excellence consulting services to CitiPower and Powercor, to inform the development of the Operational Excellence 3-5 Year Strategy.

Nova Systems reviewed the CitiPower and Powercor operational process, procedure and performance documentation; and conducted multiple stakeholder engagement sessions to obtain a contextual understanding of the operational challenges currently being faced. This information was collated and two facilitated Focus Group sessions featuring key stakeholders directly involved in conducting or managing business operations was completed.

The Focus Group sessions yielded an Operational Excellence Framework heat map to highlight the current state of strengths and weaknesses of CitiPower and Powercor’s current operational capabilities. Using this tool and the outcomes of the Operational Excellence assessment process, recommended short-term and high priority actions and Operational Excellence strategic initiatives for CitiPower and Powercor were developed. This project highlighted the importance of not prioritising production over safety.

It is important that workers do not suffer from a vulnerability of Mindlessness in day-to-day business operations and to push ahead to accomplish given tasks without being mindful of the potential for disaster. Good communication and adequate training is always required to respond to Operational Incidents and to learn from the errors.

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water, utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager with Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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