Management Team

Rob Broomfield – Group Chief Executive Officer

Rob is an experienced business executive with more than 20 years of management experience including the past 18 years in senior positions within companies operating in the security industry. Prior to joining Ava Group, he was with Vision Systems Limited, where he served as the General Manager of Asia Pacific for their Fire and Security systems. In addition to his international sales and marketing success, Rob has extensive experience in operations management, including product engineering, procurement, manufacturing and operations. He has previously had 10 years’ experience with IBM in Australia and the United States. Rob is based in Melbourne.



Neville Joyce – Group Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary

Neville is a highly experienced financial and commercial executive with proven expertise across multiple sectors including energy, mining, technology and manufacturing. With extensive experience in leadership, management and strategic financial analysis, Neville has held senior finance positions at Origin and Energy Australia including roles as Chief Financial Officer and Divisional Head of Finance. Prior to joining Ava Group, Neville was Group Chief Financial Officer at Redflex Holdings Ltd from 2017 to 2021. Neville is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business, and is based in Melbourne.




Jim Katsifolis – Director of Technical Innovation

Jim is an accomplished R&D leader and manager, with more than 20 years’ experience in the commercialisation of photonics and fibre optic technologies. Having joined FFT in 2004, he has been instrumental in the development, commercialisation, and patenting of FFT’s leading technologies. Jim’s specialist experience includes managing product lifecycles from research to in-market success and building and managing a complex patent portfolio. As Director of Technical Innovation, Jim is responsible for leading FFT’s innovation strategy and the productisation of innovations for existing and future products. Jim is based in Melbourne.




James Viscardi – Executive Vice President, Global Security

With more than 24 years of commercial leadership in US and global security technology markets, Jim has established relationships within, and deep knowledge of, the US Government and civil Homeland Security markets. Previously, Jim led the Global Security Division at Metrasens, achieving 300% growth during his tenure. He also spent more than a decade at Smiths Detection, where he led commercial activities for the critical infrastructure, federal, military, aviation and emergency response businesses in North America. Jim holds an MBA and is based in Michigan, USA.