Elected Committee Members

The Committee is elected at each Annual General Meeting typically held in November. All positions are voluntary. During the year, the Committee, with support from other cluster members, organises monthly meetings as well as other events and activities and the annual Canterbury Tech Summit. The 2018 Committee members are listed below. (See also previous year’s committee members: CSI 2017 CommitteeCSI 2016 CommitteeCSI 2015 CommitteeCSI 2014 Committee)

david carter

David Carter – chair@canterburytech.nz


David has lived and worked in Christchurch as a software developer and manager for the past 14 years. Prior to that, he worked in the UK as a contractor to BT and Crown Agents for 5 years. In 2011 he co-founded Canterbury Business Solutions where he runs the software development division of the business producing line of business applications for a wide variety of New Zealand clients. He is very involved in the local software community running the local .Net User Group and helping organise the annual MSCommunities Code Camp event. David would like to see Christchurch attract talented software developers looking for jobs with exciting and innovative companies and a stimulating and engaging development community.

Sarah Kinley – sarah.kinley@canterburytech.nz


Hi – I’m Sarah. I am very excited to be Vice Chair of the Cluster as I truly believe the Tech community in Christchurch is world class. I am keen to help share this story and drive greater connections both locally and nationally.
In my day job I am Head of Product and Ops for Modlar – a site focused on each stage of the architecture design process. We provide inspirational photos, products and 3d file for architects and have offices here and in San Francisco. Outside of work I am a Mum, a reluctant home renovator and amateur runner.

Vaughan Luckman – treasurer@canterburytech.nz


Vaughan runs a process consulting firm in Christchurch, Luckman & Associates, dealing with the interaction of software and business process. Having worked as a BA and in more commercially focused roles, Vaughan has strengths in business improvement and financial management which offers a unique voice to the cluster committee.

Nicolette Le Cren – nicolette.lecren@canterburytech.nz

I have spent my career working in Christchurch technology organisations. From helping integrate technology into a child’s everyday learning at eTime, to helping revolutionise the way clinicians and researchers assess a patient’s wound healing progression at ARANZ Medical during its first five years, to helping rejuvenate the brand, Formthotics, whose name in its industry is synonymous with its product category, and is still proudly manufactured and produced here in Christchurch and exported around the globe.

Throughout my career I’ve worked as a leader primarily in marketing, communications and sales but also account management, technical product training and event management. I’ve worked on developing brands and taking them internationally in over 50 countries.


Chris Clarke – chris.clarke@canterburytech.nz

Chris is an IT professional with over 15 years experience developing and delivering enterprise scale software both in New Zealand and the UK. With significant consulting experience in London he has seen, experienced and helped many customers achieve their business goals through IT. Chris has a keen interest in ensuring that IT is seen as an enabler, not a hindrance, to achieving business objectives.

Fiona Amblerfiona.ambler@canterburytech.nz

Originally introduced to the tech scene in Christchurch as the office manager of Treshna Enterprises – one of the original tenants at EPIC – I have found myself jumping at opportunities to engulf myself into the local tech community. After a year abroad in Canada, I returned in 2016 to complete my degree (in Information Systems & Marketing) whilst managing the marketing efforts for GymMaster (a membership management system owned by Treshna). I took up casual work at Vodafone Xone helping with the program and startup’s marketing, which led to some independent marketing work with Linewize. Though UC I got heavily involved with the UCE, competed in MYOB’s IT challenge (to get 2nd Nationally) & the Entré 85K Startup challenge (winning the Sustainability Award). I also took up a 100 hour internship for course credit at Jade Logistics; as well as jumping on board with UC’s INFOSoc as the Vice President.


Ian Wells – ian.wells@canterburytech.nz

Ian brings to the Cluster both his career experience working at Telogis, Trimble, HP and various software compiler companies plus his organisational skills from helping run volunteer groups over the years. At Telogis, he managed the testing team and over the last 7 years has hired dozens of interns. Ian enthusiastically supports young people who are starting their careers. As an immigrant himself, Ian is keen to reach out and support professionals new to Christchurch. Ian looks forward to meeting with you and working with you to help the Canterbury technology sector grow.

heidi griffiths

Heidi Griffiths – heidi.griffiths@canterburytech.nz

Heidi is the Principal and Senior ICT Recruitment Consultant for Crescent Recruitment and has been a strong contributor to the local ICT scene with more than 22 years’ of placing professionals across all ICT and Engineering disciplines. Heidi comes from a hands-on IT background in software development, business analysis, ERP implementation and account management and has particularly strong skills in providing career advice and working with companies to grow strong teams. She has served on local industry advisory committees at various tertiary institutions and has a passion for helping young people with the best career choices.

Patrick Keopatrick.keo@canterburytech.nz

I have been involved in the tech sector in New Zealand for the last seven years. Five of those years have been with Concentrate where I have helped grow kiwi tech companies increase their market share or reach within New Zealand and overseas.

A lot of the clients I work with are based in the Canterbury region, some have also gone on to become finalists and winners at the Champion Canterbury awards.

I am passionate about the sector and want to help it grow even more.


Brent O’Meagure– brent.omeagure@canterburytech.nz

Brent has over 23 years of domestic and international experience in the design, development and commissioning of hi-tech electronics and computer based systems used offshore and on heavy machinery operating in rugged environments. Brent has experience in industries ranging from: electronics manufacturing, offshore oil & gas to marine construction & dredging, fleet tracking and the provision of Wireless Internet services. Brent is currently the Commercial Manager at GPC Electronics. Prior to joining GPC Electronics, Brent held Operations Manager, General Manager and Product & Project Management roles at Skope Industries, Tomizone, Actronic Technologies, Navman Wireless and Trimble in both New Zealand and the United States of America. Brent received his Bachelor of Surveying degree from Otago University in 1992


Ray Singer – ray.singer@canterburytech.nz

Student Rep

Having graduated from a diploma in software development at Computer Power Plus in 2016, the student experience is still fresh in my mind. I’m now a developer at Stratos Technology Partners and loving it.
I believe that the Canterbury Tech events are a valuable resource for students. As a student they allow you to gain an insight into the world of an IT professional. You’ll meet people like yourself, who are passionate about technology and who knows, you might even meet your next employer!
It can be intimidating attending events as a student. I aim to make these events less scary by helping to facilitate networking between students and professionals. If you’re a student who wants to attend an event, send a copy of your student ID card to info@canterburytech.nz to register as a student member with us.  You can then register for any event as a member via our event page.  If you want to meet up at the start of the event, shoot me an email.

Ex Officio Committee Members

Helen Shorthouse – helen.shorthouse@canterburytech.nz

Helen is the Strategic Tech Leader at ChristchurchNZ – Christchurch’s economic development and city promotion agency. Her role is to support the growth of the Christchurch tech sector, through delivery of strategic initiatives.  She is passionate about supporting the whole tech community and believes a strong tech sector leads to a wealthier city for everyone.  Her current focus is on building the profile of Christchurch’s world class, creative and connected tech sector – locally, nationally and ultimately globally.  She’s the Christchurch lead for Techweek and is a trustee of the Hi-Tech Awards.  She has a background in sales, marketing and business management and has been on the Cluster Committee since May 2012.


Peter McDonald – Peter.McDonald@canterburytech.nz

A born and bred Cantabrian, he is passionate about Canterbury’s tech sector and excited by the opportunity this region has to offer NZ and the world.

As the South Island based Investment Manager within New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, he assists to build the capability of New Zealand companies to prepare and pitch for capital, and to connect companies with investment, and global investors with New Zealand investment opportunities. He is passionate about business, innovation and technology and is actively involved in the local business community. His background is in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and valuations.

Associate Committee Members


Operations Team


Colette Doughty – colette.doughty@canterburytech.nz

Colette is the Cluster’s part-time Operations Manager. Alongside the Committee she organises our monthly events and the Annual Tech Summit. She is responsible for external communications including the Cluster’s newsletter, website and social media and assists with membership enquiries. Colette has a background in event organising and marketing.


Nina Lamb – nina.lamb@canterburytech.nz

Nina is the Event Manager for the annual Canterbury Tech Summit.  Nina has a background in marketing, communications, sponsorship & event management. She has been working in the engineering and IT sector for 10 years and has held roles with Fulton Hogan, HITLab US, IPENZ & Code Club Aotearoa. Nina is a part-time contractor while raising her three young children.