After 17 years in Telstra from 1976 till 1993, in 1993 Dr Coutts was appointed to the Chair in Telecommunications at the University of Adelaide. Professor Coutts left the University at the end of 2003 as Emeritus Professor to establish his own company Coutts Communications Pty Ltd (www.couttscommunications.com) that provides strategic advice to government and industry both in Australia and overseas. In mid 2006, Professor with a business partner established a new telecommunications venture Red Button Technologies www.redbutton.com.au.
The breadth and scope of his experience across the industry, government policy, legal disputation, research and technical innovation domains have given him management experience together with the acquisition of interpersonal and political skills very useful in isolating areas of disputation and building consensus. His depth of experience, knowledge and expertise has been particularly recognized recently with his appointment to the Government’s expert panel in 2008 on broadband and in 2010 with his appointment as a part-time member of the national regulator the ACMA www.acma.gov.au
Reg holds a BSc, BE (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers (IEAust) and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (SMIEEE) and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS). Since 2010 Reg became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).