About Pedalion


About the Founder

John S. Nissyrios
ME(Res), BE(Hons), AssDip(Eng), AdvDip(PM), CPEng, CPPD

John is an independent Management Consultant based in Canberra and the founding director of Pedalion Consulting Pty Ltd. John is an Intelligent, highly accomplished consultant with prestigious credentials and distinguished experience in delivering unparalled consulting services to multimillion dollar projects, proving first class solutions on time and within budget. Global realist, executing a unique combination of analytical and creative talent to engender project success for high-profile clientele within the Commercial and Government sectors. John is well regarded by clients for his unique blend of stakeholder management and organisational skills, underpinned by a superior attention to detail and quality assurance expertise.

John is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) (ITEE & Aerospace) and a Certified Practising Project Director (CPPD) and has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years, both in academia and industry. As a Chartered Professional Engineer, John possesses 12+ years of academia experience including studies toward a Doctor of Philosophy, together with a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering by Research, Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours, Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering, and ongoing professional development related to his field. John’s Masters thesis, incorporating two volumes and 400+ pages, was scrutinised by an external examiner and world class expert in the US Pentagon, who proclaimed it as ‘Faultless and World Class’. Complementing this is John’s 20+ years distinguished industry experience and high-profile work achievements, facilitating cross-functional executive teams as a Strategic Advisor, Management Consultant, Principal Consultant, Senior Systems Engineer and Principal Research Engineer.

John’s executive consulting track record is first class, with a key role in major, multimillion dollar projects, professionally liaising with executive decision-makers across the globe for leading Corporate and Government clients. With proven experience as an invaluable asset to numerous high profile engineering projects, John has been selected to represent prominent consulting firms to front critical projects with their most significant clients, including most recently, AIR 6000 or the $20B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program that aims to introduce a new air combat capability that will meet Australia’s air combat needs out to 2030 and beyond; and previously the $3.2B Jindalee Over the Horizon (JORN) Project; a joint venture between US Lockheed Martin and Tenix Solutions, in collaboration with British Aerospace Systems UK. These include but not limited to:
John’s background in research and development encompasses selection for a 3 year scholarship and as Principal Researcher on the multimillion dollar European ESPRIT Systems Engineering Data Representation & Exchange Standardisation project ‘SEDRES’ with the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre of the University of South Australia, while concurrently working towards an Australian Research Council sponsored PhD research program, ‘Performance Risk Mitigation in Systems Engineering Processes’ undertaken by a consortium of five aircraft manufacturers across Europe. Required to travel overseas extensively on assignment, John has visited global organisations including Loughborough University Technology Computer-Human Interface Group at Loughborough University in the UK, British AerospaceMilitary Aircraft Division, Aérospatiale facility in Paris, the manufacturer of the Arianne V satellite launch rocket, and SAAB in Sweden.

John has formal post graduate qualifications in T&E from the Australian Centre for Test & Evaluation (ACTE), of the University of South Australia and graduated in January 1996. His Masters Degree research Thesis entitled 'Conceptualisation & Automatic Generation of Test & Evaluation Master Plans (TEMPs) for Defence Acquisition Test Programs' , was the culmination of 3 years research undertaken full-time. John has also undertaken post graduate short courses such as Principles of Test & Evaluation, ACTE, 1996. John has been a Member of Southern Cross Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association(ITEA) for over two decades.

John is currently engaged with Jacobs Australia in the Department of Defence, Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG) Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Division, as a Training Systems ICT Engineering Advisor on the JSF Program. John was previously engaged with Shoal in the Department of Defence Project Support Directorate of the Capability Development Group (CDG) as a Systems Engineering Advisor in the Systems Engineering Cell. Prior to this, John was engaged with Nova Systems in CDG as a Senior Advisor on the Project Document Suite (PDS). Previously, John was engaged as a Systems Engineering Consultant, Customer Plans & Specifications, with Optus Business Solutions for the delivery of the Defence Terrestrial Communications Network (DTCN) Services. Preceding this, John was engaged as the Test & Evaluation Strategic Advisor on the Headquarters Joint Operations Centre (HQJOC) Command, Control, Communications, Computing & Intelligence (C4I) Project. The Project Prime System Integrator (PSI) is Thales Australia.

About our Name

Rudder is derived from the Greek word Pedalion. Pedalion's motto is ..... "steering complexity towards simplicity" . Pedalion started its business primarily servicing Defence clients such as the Australian Army, Navy, RAAF and the largest Defence Project Management Organisation, the CASG. Defence projects are primarily involved in the integration, design and testing of large complex systems such as Fighter Aircraft, Submarines or Armoured Vehicles, all of which have a Rudder for steering. Hence, Pedalion Consulting was formed, as the one firm that provides professional advisory expertise to both Government and Commercial clientele in solving their toughest problems, such as the complexities of Project Documentation Suite (PDS) development and attainment of Government approval for future Defence capabilities.