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AAN & Xpand - Sydney Panelists

21st Apr 2015


With mere days to go until the Sydney chapter of the Australasian Architecture Network & Xpand Meetups, being held in the Xpand HQ in Millers Point this Thursday the 23rd of April, we thought we would seize the opportunity to give you some more insight and background into the expertise and experience of the evening’s exceptional panelists.

Firstly we have Andy Pattinson, Senior Sales Director for Cloud Sherpas;

Andy is a part of the global Cloud Sherpas team selling systems integration services. Working with Enterprise, Commercial and Government organisations to develop CRM and Cloud Computing strategies delivering increased revenue, more efficient processes and improved customer experiences.

With more than 20,000 social connections developed across LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook Andy actively networks within the cloud computing community and regularly comment on cloud computing and for a number of I.T. and business publications. 

Before moving to the sell side of I.T. Andy spent more than 15 years aligning business & I.T. strategy, building exceptional teams and delivering solutions at market leading companies like online fashion retailer, John Lewis Partnership, RedBalloon Days, ProQuest Consulting and

Our second panellist is Bruce Haefele, Chief Architect as Healthdirect Australia;

Bruce is passionate about leveraging technology to improve the lives of ordinary people, focusing on disruptive technologies and their application to social problems to improve agility and efficiency while ensuring an awesome user experience.

 At Healthdirect Australia, Bruce is responsible for technology strategy, architecture, software delivery and operations, guiding Healthdirect to establishing a cost-effective, reusable, reliable and secure platform to help Australians find the right health advice, in the right place at the right time.  Along the way Bruce and his team spend a great deal of time and energy shaping and influencing Government thinking on better approaches to delivering digital services.

Our third panellist for the evening is Nicholas Bellamy APJ General Manager, OCTO Innovation & Advisory Services HP Enterprise Services


Nicholas is responsible for driving effective coverage and consistency of Innovation Agenda engagements across APJ clients and prospects, delivering structured, purposeful, measurable and valued outcomes.

One of Nicholas’ overarching principles within the Office of the CTO is that innovation is in all our DNA, and it’s a critical element in achieving our growth plans, maintaining and building client value and loyalty, as well as positively contributing to our HP culture. A focused and coordinated approach is essential for improving the effectiveness, efficiency and consistency in delivering innovation to and with our clients, creating that genuine culture of innovation, and bringing together the complex ecosystem of stakeholders and contributors (HP Labs, Practices, HP GBU’s, Partners, and our people).

Nicholas has been with HP for the past seven years in different industry related practice roles, from CM&E to Government. In the last two years, he lead the South Pacific ES ECS/Helion team; bringing together cloud activities, growth and strategy, using a breadth of HP experience and innovative flair in order to optimise new business opportunities for clients within our New Style of IT.

Nicholas is an avid snow skier and has a thirst for adventure.

And our fourth and final panellist is Nigel Watson Technology Partner Lead, AWS ANZ;


Nigel leads Amazon Web Services’ ISV business in Australia, working with software vendors to build and deliver successful products on the Amazon Web Services cloud platform.  With a background in software development and technology strategy, Nigel has worked in the Australian cloud industry for a number of years, helping a variety of organisations build business and technology strategies for cloud.  Originally from New Zealand, Nigel holds a MCom in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury; in his spare time he enjoys tinkering with eighties era Saab 900s and various ‘maker’ embedded computing platforms.

So with many decades of relevant industry success and experience between these expert pannelists, you can be assured that the Sydney chapter of the Australasian Architecture Network & Xpand Meetup will be invaluable for all architects, whether that be from a business or technical perspective.

If you would like to attend this Thursday’s meet-up there are still places available, but please RSVP soon as places are limited. Please go to

If you have any further questions about the event please feel free contact Andrew Blades at or

If you are based in Melbourne and would like to attend the Melbourne event on Thursday the 30th of April, then please use the above contact details also.

We look forward to seeing you all there!