Trevor Lindars (aka Spike)


Innovation Broker and Strategist — Insight. Action. Impact.

I have worked with start-ups, SMEs and corporates serving both the public and private sectors. I have 25 years of experience managing projects, programs, operations, engineering and technology-driven change and have served in both leadership and advisory roles internationally.

I commenced my career with a major UK defence company where I gained wide practical experience in the management of complex, multidisciplinary product development and systems integration projects. Focus areas included naval exercise mines, sonar systems and battlefield communications.

I moved to Australia after being headhunted to lead the development of the first integrated marine seismic survey system for a large international company. Thereafter, I went on to lead the successful development and commercialisation of a deep-water, autonomous reservoir monitoring system.

Building on these achievements, I stayed on to drive a number of business improvement initiatives that ultimately led to me taking on an Operations Management role. In this capacity I managed a portfolio of departments spanning manufacturing, product support, engineering, supply-chain logistics and process improvement.

From 2009, I began consulting in the development, commercialisation and offshore operations of a seabed drilling system, the relocation of a large manufacturing plant and various operational improvement and risk reduction projects in the transport sector for both government and its strategic suppliers. I have also supported the development of a remote shark detection system and a hybrid fixed/rotary wing UAV.

From 2016, I enjoyed a coupe of years as Director of Engineering in the commercial avionics space before moving back into Defence in 2017. I am now managing a large maritime sustainment program serving the Australian Navy.

I have successfully run operations with more than 100 staff, project/program budgets exceeding $200M and operational P&L accountabilities of $85M+ in addition to acting in advisory, mentoring and training capacities.

I have a track record of delivering value against challenging targets and readily leverage my diverse background to drive innovation and translate insight into actions and impact.

I grew up in London and migrated to Sydney in 2000. I enjoy music; playing both guitar and piano in addition to writing, producing and performing. I love travel, nature and the outdoors and I'm a RYA sailing skipper, master scuba diver and student paragliding pilot (a few solo flights and only one crash-landing so far).

Just for fun I have embedded some of my compositions here...


For those interested in such things I have listed my most relevant qualifications below:

  • BSc (Hons) in Physics and Electronic Systems (UK)
  • Engineering Executive [EngExec]
  • Chartered Professional Engineer [CPEng] | NER
  • Chartered Manager [CMgr]
  • Program/Project Management Professional (incl. MSP, PMBoK and PRINCE2)
  • Certified Management Consultant [CMC]
  • Certified Lean Management Professional
  • Certified Change Manager (Prosci)
  • Certified Trainer and Assessor (Cert IV)
  • Mentor for muru-D, Lean Startup Machine, Engineers Australia, Institute of Managers and Leaders, and the Project Management Institute
  • Australian Government NV1 Security Clearance
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia [FIEAust]
  • Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders [FIML]

Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there
— Miles Davis

Filmed in 1080p | posted as 720p | music composed and produced by Trevor Lindars (Spike) - 24MAY14.