Diploma of Electronic Engineering from Kilkenny Technical College, Adelaide
Richard Wilkins is the founding Director and Shareholder of Spectur.
Richard has extensive industry experience in electronic engineering, telecommunications and radio communications. His experience spans from product design and technical development through to overseeing the commissioning and maintenance of major communications networks.
Richard began his career in the Royal Australian Navy, joining the radio (air) technical branch and finishing in charge of the Electronics School of Avionics for pilots, navigators and technical staff.
Richard entered the private sector where he headed Standard Telephones and Cables’ maintenance team for microwave and mobile communications on the rail network between Newman and Port Hedland. He was subsequently engaged by the Natural Gas Pipeline Authority of South Australia (as it was then known) to oversee the commissioning and ongoing maintenance of the microwave and mobile communications network for the gas pipeline between Moomba and Adelaide.
Richard successfully operated his own businesses, Radiolab, CR Labs and RF Innovations, which developed innovative electronic and communications products and serviced communications networks for government departments as well as major resources and telecommunications companies. He was integrally involved in the design and development of high power paging transmitter which was ultimately sold to Telstra, Victoria’s state-wide emergency services and to European markets under a license agreement. Richard, in his role as managing director, designed self-powered train wheel bearing temperature monitors and a low power active prototype radar system for collision avoidance, specifically for mine–site loading areas.
Richard remains actively involved in the day-to-day management and technical operations of Spectur, as well as working with the Board to set its strategy for ongoing business development, managing R&D and providing general support to the Managing Director.