NetComm recently welcomed man-of-many-talents, Matthew Hardy, as its new public relations manager, a role Hardy has held since the end of October on a part time basis.

NetComm recently welcomed man-of-many-talents, Matthew Hardy, as its new public relations manager, a role Hardy has held since the end of October on a part time basis. 

Hardy joins NetComm after moving from the marketing department of engineering and project management firm Sinclair Knight Merz. He juggles his part time PR role at NetComm with tutoring external students of digital media at Charles Sturt University, and students of middle eastern politics at Deakin University, and has also taught politics at Macquarie University.

In his new role, Hardy plans to build NetComm's profile across a variety of media sectors including the construction, engineering and property development press, and said he's looking forward to finally getting his head around the large range of NetComm's products and services.

"The recent launch of NetComms NetAssure remotely managed network service is perhaps the most intriguing item I have on my agenda," said Hardy. "This marks NetComms venture away from being a pure hardware supplier and into the role of service provider. NetAssure is the right product at the right time, since it can assist with many of the security and content filtering issues that have been greatly discussed in the media of late."

Hardy's background also includes television and online media production, and he said his longest stint in the industry was with Beyond Productions where he worked on the Beyond 2000 TV show and website.

"All my roles have had writing as a core duty and I have at times earned my crust as a freelance journalist and advertising copywriter," added Hardy.

Hardy also hooked up with Monash University this year to commence his PhD on collaborative content tools (eg Wikipedia) and its potential in tertiary teaching of humanities subjects.