The Collective

adjective: of or shared by every member of a group of people.

Our talented technologists are the heart and soul of KJR, and our leadership team sit right there with them, because we all subscribe to the same purpose: to make digital advancement a positive experience for organisations – the journey and the outcomes.

Meet Andrew

Andrew Hammond

- General Manager ACT & NSW

A self-proclaimed ‘technology addict’, Andrew (or Drew) has been at the helm of KJR’s ACT operations since 2009. From two people to over 30 consultants today, the Canberra office has soared under his guidance serving multiple Federal government clients and branching into the broader set of KJR services over the past few years. Not one to miss out, Andrew takes a hands-on approach with projects, keeping his carefully-honed skills polished and at the ready.

Andrew’s other passion is sport. Whether it’s ‘netball dad’ duties or riding his bicycle around Australia in the TourXOz for a fantastic cause, he’s the embodiment of a man on a mission. And when work and sport collide, Andrew creates an iOS app to improve the experience for supporters of multiple netball teams.

Meet Anil

Anil Kumar

- General Manager VIC

Whether it’s delivering results for a client or renovating, Anil takes pride in his work. A respected member of the KJR Collective for over 7 years, Anil’s expertise flourishes when it comes to strategic and people leadership with corporate clients. Bundling a Masters in Computer Science with an MBA, Anil’s journey as a technology-focused leader started over 18 years ago. Since then he’s worked in multiple countries across Europe and Asia and now, of course, settled in Melbourne, Australia . Anil stepped into the role of KJR’s VIC General Manager in 2020 and is a courageous and inclusive captain at the helm.

When the tech tools go down, Anil picks up another kind of tool belt as he continues to renovate his home – a project that has been three years and counting…

Meet Graham

Graham Cummins

- General Manager QLD

A true Queenslander with a love of all activities outdoors, when indoors, Graham is a tech-lover through and through. While KJR’s newest General Manager, joining the Collective in 2019, Graham’s career is approaching 20 years of experience in facilitating positive outcomes and experiences for technology buyers. Spanning three countries, he’s worked with high-profile industry heavyweights in Australia, the US and Canada, focusing on the power of customer advocacy in digital transformation success.

Graham is wildly passionate about helping to grow the digital economy for the next generation of Queenslanders. And that next generation includes his three daughters, whom he volunteers with at youth focused technology events including Steamlabs and the TechGirls are Super Heroes series.

The KJR Collective is our difference.

It’s our way of operating.

Our way of working.
Meet Mark

Dr. Mark Pedersen


Mark is an IT professional with a passion for digital culture. During the week, he leads his team at KJR through straight-talking solutions to software problems. In his spare time, he can be found crafting soundscapes and audio/visual installations that embrace technology’s propensity for playfulness and expression.

He first honed his aptitude for software innovation and assurance as a postgrad research assistant at the University of Queensland, where he went on to complete a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, focusing on language technology. It was there he befriended KJR founder Kelvin Ross and they bonded over a shared enthusiasm for fine-tuning software and risk mitigation strategies. He’s been with KJR ever since, taking a few years off to teach IT in the Middle East before returning in 2006 to open the Melbourne branch.

As CTO, Mark’s technical knowledge and lateral thinking abilities are counted on to lead critical software projects safely out of the red and into the light. And, as a world-class software risk analyst and advisor, he thrives on the satisfaction of bettering lives with technology that actually works.

The KJR Collective is a flat structure.

It values everyone's contribution.

And encourages individual growth.
Meet Meg

Meg Woolley

- Marketing Manager

A marketer to the core, Meg joined KJR at the end of 2017 to bring the brand into its next phase. At this point her career had come full-circle, starting out in Hobart at a software company back in 2010. With her strategic eye always open, Meg has travelled to agency land and back, finding the perfect balance with her highlighters in KJR’s Melbourne office.

In other news, Meg is an avid supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and forms one quarter of fundraising group, Team Zero, hosting events, harassing friends to donate and completing the London Marathon in 2018.

The KJR Collective is an open book.

It encourages alternative ideas.

It expects honesty.
Meet Lyndon

Lyndon Cawood


Lyndon is a seasoned finance professional who has been dedicated to KJR for ten years and counting. His integral strength is his way of managing monetary growth and people with equal insight. It’s an approach that’s guided by the philosophy that if you ‘give them the right information, they’ll always make the right decision in the end’. And for this information to be deemed ‘right’, it needs to be gathered using airtight processes (which is where his degree in computing comes in handy). 

Lyndon’s track record facilitating stable growth has seen him sought-after in the food, music, retail, and nightclub industries. But he’s stuck with KJR because he hates seeing people waste time replicating inefficiency. And his team share his belief in the integrity that comes with frank advice and exacting standards. Aside from the satisfaction gleaned from believing in what you do, working with KJR gives him a chance to indulge in conversations about the latest gadgetry and tech news on a daily basis. It also means he’s free to replicate his exacting standards in footy tipping.

Meet Sheemal

Sheemal Visun

- Talent Partner

When your Talent Partner is full of talent herself, magic happens. Sheemal’s talent sourcing background has seen her inspire and recruit largely senior management roles across IT, retail, healthcare and defence. At KJR she is the go-to for all levels and skills, managing the Talent Community and connecting with Australia’s best and most promising people in technology.

Speaking with Sheemal? You’ll immediately feel a sense of interest and care in what you’re trying to achieve in your career – nothing gives her a buzz more than helping talented people head in the right direction. And when she’s not recruiting the best in the biz for KJR, she’s throwing birthday parties for her husky, Phantom and frequenting Melbourne’s hottest venues for her Instagram. Some might call her an Influencer!

The KJR Collective is family.

It’s spread far and wide.

But connected by its values.
Meet Kelvin

Dr. Kelvin Ross

- Chairman

The man who started it all – Kelvin John Ross is KJR’s founder. Over 22 years ago, Kelvin had completed his PhD in safety critical systems engineering and was ready to have a crack at the “crazy entrepreneurial ideas” in his head. As the world approached the uncertainty of Y2K, KJR emerged and Kelvin’s life was never the same.

When it comes to KJR, Kelvin believes that “like an artist, the painting is never complete”. He is constantly examining the changing world and working with the Collective to keep KJR relevant and of value to clients. In 2020 alone, Kelvin has been deeply involved in the launch of both Queensland AI Hub – connecting Queensland’s AI ecosystem, and Datarwe – real World Data for AI enabled medical innovation, acting as Director and CTO respectively. And in recent years, Kelvin has helped to set-up IntelliHQ, a non-profit developing the ecosystem for AI innovation in healthcare where he remains a Director, is also a Director at AIkademi (The AI Academy), and co-founded the Young Women Leaders in AI program, which encourages and facilitates the development of Australia’s next generation of brilliant female minds.

Featured Collective Members

Meet Sylvia

Sylvia Choa

- Principal Consultant

Sylvia seeks to ensure that all KJR’s clients have a proactive approach to cybersecurity. The level of cyber-attacks is frighteningly high with cyber criminals adapting to new technologies as fast as we are adapting to stop them. Through her global experience Sylvia has amassed a wealth of insights that can be applied to ensure KJR clients have visibility of their current position – allowing them to make an informed decision on the level of protection they need.  Her goal is to ensure we can provide the team and the resources to help them achieve that.

Meet Rob

Rob Lee

- Consultant

“I love reading tech news, whether it’s about gadgets or self-driving cars or space travel”, and these different types of technology are only going to grow more and more prominent as time goes on. As for how it’ll affect Rob’s industry, “I think it will definitely affect the testing space, especially with the incorporation of AI into new and existing practices”. Rob (rightfully so) believes AI is the future and where most of technology is heading. As well as the importance of AI, Rob hopes to further explore cybersecurity. “As the world becomes more connected to the internet, the need for security awareness and protocols just becomes more important”.

Meet Needha

Needha Aleyas

- Senior Consultant

“Technology has impacted every single field”, and Needha knows it’s only going to continue growing. She considers her current work with Queensland Ambulance Service to be a clear example of positive impact of technology on the community. Using new software and utilising the ever growing relevance of data, she is helping to deliver a quality solution that uses data to improve ambulance coverage and response times, allowing patients to have faster access to emergency care.

Meet Ben

Ben Wonson

- Principal Consultant

After earning a degree in Computer Science and Marketing, Ben kicked off his career path as a developer, where he worked for several years. Three or four years ago, however, he had a moment of revelation. After careful consideration, he recognised his professional desire to “talk to people and devise strategies” to help individuals on a more interpersonal level. He then took on a consulting role at Solentive, a custom software development company. Here his role focused on the implementation of a new design thinking practice to support clients. In January 2019 he began at KJR, which was the “perfect marriage of my experience and skills with a new way of looking at things”.

Every couple of weeks we catch up with members of the Collective over on our News & Views blog. Get to know the who, why and how of being a part of KJR.