In 2015, SURROUND's two founders (Brad McCusker and Marcus Jowsey) set out to transform the way government and business work.
Our focus is linking knowledge in order to assist organisations to make improved empirical, traceable, and explainable decisions. The SURROUND team has created an integrated knowledge engineering platform using semantic, knowledge graph, and machine learning (ML) technologies.
SURROUND's core mission is to provide value to our customers and the broader citizen community by providing government agencies and business with cost-effective solutions which address and solve organisational complexity. Our solutions leverage global standards and world-class algorithms in the design of generic or customised solutions as required.
Dr Brad McCusker
CEO & Founder
Brad has a background as an enterprise architect, accountant, and ICT consultant. Before co-founding SURROUND, he worked as a senior enterprise architect with Accenture, IBM Global Services, IBM Business Consulting Group, IBM Japan, and CSC Australia. Brad has also worked in various senior architectural and consulting roles with ING Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Bank, the Department of Health, the Australian Treasury, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Human Services. Brad is a visiting fellow at the ANU.
Executive Director & Founder
Prior to co-founding SURROUND, Marcus has held positions as senior consultant for Dialog, development manager for APIR Systems, and applications developer for ThoughtWeb. He was a senior architect with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Environment, and the Department of Health. Marcus also assists DXC Technology and the Australian Tax Office with architecture for applications and integration. Before moving seamlessly into the software engineering space in 2008, Marcus worked as a commercial oilfield diver in the North Sea and Asia, running a successful marine engineering company building onshore marine facilities.
Dr Nicholas Car
Data Systems Architect
Nicholas’ main experience is in building distributed data systems for government. For 15 years (on and off) he worked at CSIRO, first as a Ph.D. student addressing informatics challenges in agriculture, then as a research engineer on water data systems, and finally as an experimental computer scientist. Most recently, he was the design lead for several innovative Linked Data and Semantic Web projects including the Location Index spine and Longitudinal Spine of Government Functions. They aim to provide collections of integrated, reference Australian government datasets allowing for data integration.
He has also worked as the Data Architect of Geoscience Australia, advising on agency-wide data systems and managing technical and data policy teams.
Currently, Nicholas is active as a web standards editor in the W3C’s Dataset Exchange Working Group, a co-chair of the Australian Government Linked Data Working Group, and a member of the ISO's TC 211, Technical Committee for the geographic standards information.
Dr Anne Cregan
Semantic Technologist & Technical Pre-Sales Consultant
Anne has had a long career in IT spanning software development, business analysis and management as well as specialist knowledge in Semantic Technologies and Knowledge Representation. In 2014, Anne was the Semantic Lead on the HuNI project, responsible for integrating 17.7 million records from 32 disparate data sources from leading Australian cultural institutions. These were made available to the public through a dynamic knowledge graph (using similar semantic methodologies) and function-rich GUI. Semantic modelling and transformation was vital to the successful integration and inter-linking of the 32 sources into a single queryable knowledge graph. Anne has participated in W3C Working Groups including OWL2 Development and has recently been invited to participate on the Standards Australia Committee for Artificial Intelligence, IT-043 which mirrors the ISO.
Rob has a background in integrating data in a wide variety of distributed systems. He has lectured in Computing Science and Geographic Information Systems, and has been a pioneer of delivery of spatial data on the Web, working with and developing Open Geospatial Consortium and W3C standards. In the last decade, his focus has been on data modelling and semantic mapping as part of hybrid Linked Data, Semantic Web, service-oriented and data warehouse architectures. Rob has been active in improving methodologies for sharing semantic knowledge across enterprise boundaries, and in the development of standards. He has mentored several international subject domain communities such as Geoscience, Marine, Aviation and Hydrology in data modelling, and model-driven architecture techniques. Rob is currently active in the W3C Data Exchange Working Group.
Chief Data Scientist
Simon currently leads the design and implementation of data governance processes for the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to provide them with high quality reliable data for environmental regulation and waste crime analysis.
In 2018 Simon, scoped and managed an Internet of Things (IoT) Roadmap for development of a data governance and safe data sharing framework for the University of Technology Sydney’s, Knowledge Economy Institute.
Professor Shirley Gregor
Advisor for: Knowledge as a Service
Shirley is the foundation Professor of Information Systems at the Australian National University, where she is a Director of the National Centre for Information Systems Research. Prof. Gregor has led several large applied research projects funded by the Meat Research Corporation, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the Australian Research Council, and AusAID.
Ontology Platform Engineer
Dion is an experienced infrastructure and application integration engineer. His role is to handle production promotion through the continuous integration process, and to assist customers with technical on-boarding. He is also responsible for providing the evidence and traceability between the results from the SURROUND platform and our customers' business goals. This is to ensure the highest degree of business alignment, and a rapid feedback cycle to address any gaps.