Andrew’s career in Physical Security Architecture and passion for Triathlon share surprising parallels. Both require a holistic approach, demanding a comprehensive understanding of various components and their interactions. Endurance and persistence are key, whether it’s navigating complex physical security requirements or completing the physically demanding triathlon disciplines of swimming, cycling, and running. The integration of components is crucial in both domains regardless of if it’s seamlessly combining multiple layers of security work together to prevent access to your site’s assets or transitioning between different activities in a triathlon.
Whether he’s running 29 marathons in 29 days, training for double Iron Mans, or designing and implementing security architecture; his focus is always on planning, preparation, and the need for a well-structured approach.
The ‘Quick 12’ with Andrew:
Q1: How long have you been with Chalfont?
I’ve been with Chalfont for 18 months, since July 2022.
Q2: What’s your current role?
I am working as a Solution Architect in the Physical Security Space at the Department of Parliamentary Services.
Q3: Do you have a favourite methodology or framework you follow in your role?
Not specifically. Due to the nature of the building, it is far easier to adopt a flexible approach to what I do.
Q4: What do you think the most important value is for an organisation to leverage a Solution Architect?
I suppose much like every other role in a way we think we are the most important step. I design and construct the overall architecture of the technical solution to solve the business problem.
Q5: What’s a skill that not many people know you have outside of work?
I played the piano for 20 years growing up and still like to tickle the ivories when I get a chance.
Q6: Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Canberra.
Q7: What does your perfect weekend look like?
Sunshine, the beach, get a run in, walk the dog, eat a lot of pasta.
Q8: Favourite part of working for Chalfont?
Everyone seems to genuinely enjoy doing the work that we produce, which makes it much easier coming to work each day knowing that everyone else cares just as much as you do.
Q9: Why did you choose to pursue a career in your field?
I fell into the security field more than chose to pursue it, although I’m stoked with how it has turned out so far.
Q10: Favourite local restaurant or cafe?
Lil Milk Bar in Mawson – go and treat yourself to Vietnamese for breakfast.
Q11: Who inspires you?
I draw inspiration from such a wide range. I would say my number one would be anyone willing to do hard things intentionally.
Q12: You get one last meal….what is it?