Murdoch University Graduate Brad Churcher has become one of the most influential figures in Australian communications – landing a senior role for the NBN rollout.
After studying a Bachelors of Engineering, majoring in Electrical Power Engineering & Industrial computer systems for five and a half years at Murdoch, Mr Churcher is fulfilling his dream of leading Australia through its latest and most ambitious technological advancement.
“While i was at university, the NBN was created, I remember thinking how awesome it would be to be at the forefront of telecommunications deployment, but more so that everyone should have access to broadband” Mr Churcher said.
“I had a strong interest in telecommunications, having set up radio links between my mates’ houses across Kardinya and Murdoch”.
Mr Churcher credits much of his success to time spent at Murdoch, even after one tutor told him he “no chance of graduating”.
“I had a great experience studying engineering at Murdoch, which was more than just an academic challenge, having to work in group assignments and learning that different people have differing strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
“Fortunately, I graduated during the resources boom in WA, I finished Uni on the Friday and by Monday morning I was on a plane starting FIFO 2/1 (weeks on/off) on Barrow Island as an electrical engineer”.
After a two-year stint working FIFO on Barrow Island, Mr Churcher moved into the NBN position of ‘Private Land Access Officer’.
“This role was predominately stakeholder management however, the challenge was establishing the role in WA and building relationships with large enterprise and government organisations to ensure the deployment of NBN went smoothly” he said.
Now in his new role of ‘Program Manager of Demand Deployment Transformation’ in Melbourne, Mr Church ensures that all new businesses and land developments are connecting smoothly to the NBN, citing the importance of such responsibilities to Australia’s future.
“One of the key drives for me as I mentioned earlier is genuinely providing Australian’s with modern broadband infrastructure. The reliance on communications by future technology is only going to increase and future economies that succeed are investing in it today.”
“Moving to Melbourne was a great life experience, albeit very challenging it has also been very rewarding, ”said Mr Churcher, who moved with his fellow graduate wife, Siobhan.
By Michael Traill