The Vantage Networks team members are very like-minded. James, Joshua, Jason and Courtney all got into IT for similar reasons – because they’re gigantic nerds at heart who genuinely want to help our clients improve their IT function.
James Dickons, Director
Loves nothing more than a good challenge… and gadgets!
James’ interest in IT was piqued at an early age with his father’s early model Olivetti 286 computer. In fact, the second time James broke it he figured out how to fix it himself, and the rest is history.
A Perth-based entrepreneur, James was approached by his then-employer to purchase the business. He jumped at the opportunity to further expand the client base by positioning Vantage Networks as a responsive, customer-focussed service provider.
With over 20 years in the IT industry, James understands the ins and outs of technology. As well as managing business operations, he also strategises how to approach larger-scale or complex projects, such as office expansions and multi-party mergers.
James is always coming up with new ideas that are mutually beneficial to both Vantage Networks and our clients, such as new methods and technologies.
“I’m really proud of the Vantage Networks team and what we’ve achieved for our clients. Transitioning from employee to business owner was never something I thought I’d do, but I’m glad I did. I get to do what I love every day while working with great people.”
If James could have a superhero power, he’d choose flight. Then he’d be free to explore the world and wouldn’t be stuck in freeway traffic every morning.
Josh Bauer, Operations Manager
Creating tomorrow’s solutions today, bringing the team & clients together
Josh has wanted to change the world from his computer screen since learning BASIC on his Dad’s Commodore 64. Five years later and speaking C++, Josh was rebuilding computers in his spare time and fixing IT problems for friends – a sign of things to come!
A Perth native with 15 years industry experience, Josh brings a broad range of skills from both small through enterprise businesses and technical expertise developed on cutting edge small and large scale projects around Australia. Now, Josh is looking to bring these skills to the Vantage client base and help them blaze a trail into the future.
Driving improvement and change for customers, Josh is fine tuning the Vantage team to deliver on – and beyond – clients’ expectations.
A strategic planner by nature, Josh is eager to introduce his clients to technologies that integrate seamlessly with their business to help drive it forward and deliver on management’s goals.
If Josh could have a superhero power, he’d choose telepathy. This would help him understand what people really want, though this could be good and bad.
Jason Farrugia, Associate Systems Engineer
Enjoys building relationships with our clients to better meet their needs.
Jason has been at Vantage Networks since the beginning, having previously worked in IT for local government. He’s known as the nice guy around the office. How was his interest in IT first sparked? When Jason’s grandparents bought him his first Commodore 128, he started dabbling in basic programming… and playing lots of games! Seeing his graphic creations come to life as the computer read the code led Jason to discover the more technical side of IT, which he now prefers to programming.
As a Vantage Network IT consultant, Jason monitors systems to make sure our clients’ networks are running smoothly, providing support as they need and ensuring their back-up systems are working successfully. He also researches the latest technology and anything that will improve the security and efficiency of our clients’ IT set-up.
Jason would choose the superhero power of controlling time so he could go back and fix or improve things. Now that’s a perfectionist!
Courtney Cowling, Systems Engineer
Loves being able to make people more productive with technology.
Courtney studied Computer Systems and Networking at Curtin University and went straight into a role as a generalist in a medium IT firm in Perth. Her love of technology and her determination to find the problem at hand, or more aptly the right solution, saw her going from the service desk to a senior role in a short space of time. Courtney has always been a tinkerer and needs to know how things work, but also likes to know how things can be stopped, having a passion for Cyber Security.
Specialising in all things Microsoft and Cisco, as well as loving to see people succeed with technology, Courtney is Vantage’s go to for creating IT solutions to help give your business a competitive edge, as well as protecting your business from any nasty viruses or bad operators online.
Courtney would choose the superhero power of instant transmission (i.e. teleporting). Then she could get to where she is needed instantly and no one would have to wait.