Meet The Datascene Team

Ivan Smith

Managing Director &
Audio-Visual Designer

Ivan, our tireless leader brings 32 year’s experience in audio-visual and building management industries as a consultant, systems engineer, and account manager.

During this time, he has worked on countless audio-visual and building management systems in residential, educational, and commercial environments. These include The Sydney Opera House (1990-1992), the Australian War Memorial (1998-1999), New Parliament House, Old Parliament House, CSIRO, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, AFTRS, Dangrove, Customs House Sydney, Museum of Sydney, National Maritime Museum, UNSW, & Sydney University.

Ivan has designed installed, managed, and integrated systems for ICBC, Westpac and Macquarie banks in Sydney, Meridian Energy in New Zealand, TransGrid across NSW, Queensland Rail and QR National throughout Queensland, and Cisco Systems across Asia, including integrating buildings in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangalore, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

He is the driving force behind Datascene’s implementation of Smart Home systems into many premium luxury houses across Sydney, mainly in Mosman, Vaucluse, Dural & Point Piper.

Recently Ivan has led Datascene’s consulting work for Judith Neilson, designing the audio-visual systems for several of her award winning new spaces.  These include the Dangrove Art Storage Facility, Phoenix Performance Space & Art Gallery, & the new Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism & Ideas.

Samual Velic

Project Team Lead

Sam is no stranger to audio-visual.  With over two decades of experience under his belt, he has proved himself many times over, and is in high demand as one of the best install leads in Sydney.

His interest started back at high school, operating lights and mixing desks for school musicals and drama productions.  His early career was in the music industry as a DJ, whilst managing equipment hire departments and co-ordinating installations for another company that set new standards in it’s time, the legendary DMC Lighting and Sound.  He was soon drawn to the installation and project side of the industry and has never looked back.

Sam’s passion for audio-visual integration and his attention to detail makes him highly sought after by our customers.

Daryl Perkins

Audio-Visual Engineer

Daryl has worked in the audio-visual industry for over 15 years.  His experience ranges from large technical installations for universities, corporate headquarters and museums to smaller bespoke projects building school halls and meeting rooms.

Daryl joined Datascene in 2018 to support our sales and engineering team.  His work has formed an integral part of our project designs for Judith Neilson Institute, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and many private luxury residences.

He is a strong believer that ‘If you look after the customer, the customer will look after you.’

Michael Rean

Programming Lead

Michael might be our young gun, but that doesn’t mean he lacks experience.  He has over 12 years’ experience in the audio-visual and automation industries as a systems engineer and technician.  He has qualifications including a Bachelor of Audio Engineering, and Crestron certification which he utilises in his role leading our programming team.

His elegant user interface design and problem-solving skills mean that Datascene’s Crestron programs are reliable, intuitive, and highly functional.

Daniel Burton

Install and Electrical Lead

Dan is Datascene’s resident Gold Licensed electrician. His methodical approach and attention to detail ensures that all our projects are installed right the first time. His qualifications and experience ensure the install side of any project will run smoothly, while his collaborative and friendly manner makes onsite work with the Datascene team a dream.

Peter Hoermann


Peter is a veteran with 30+ years’ IT & infrastructure management experience, including the installation and management of large multi-office deployments around the world.

His attention to detail, quality assurance, delivery and communication skills are very well regarded and utilised ensuring equipment is pre-configured, assigned, installed, commissioned & documented correctly.

A highly organised individual, Peter is driven, passionate, proactive, tenacious, dedicated, motivated, and a detail-directed problem-solver. He is a process and efficiency streamliner, and a driver of common and best practices, as well as being a go-to team member for testing and problem solving.  His well-rounded skill set makes him a perfect fit for the Datascene process.

Julie Threadgold

Office Administrator and CFO

Julie is Datascene’s Office Administrator, CFO, and professional coffee drinker who brings over 20 years of experience to the team. She manages our governance and accounts with ease and can usually be found tapping away at her keyboard, coffee in hand.

She’s a queen of dealing with paperwork, and while she is constantly busy, always keeps the team on its toes.