The CSI 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 CSI members, organises monthly meetings as well as other events and activities and the annual Canterbury Software Summit. The 2014 Committee members are listed below.

 Elected Committee Members

Geoff Brash (Chair) –
Geoff has considerable expertise in both technical and business aspects of the tech industry.  Geoff is co-founder and VP of Business Intelligence at SLI Systems and has previously held the positions of CFO and VP of Marketing.  Under Geoff’s direction, SLI won the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Marketer of the Year in 2005. Prior to SLI, he was an engineering manager at leading Internet portal Snap/, and has served in various technical and managerial positions in the public and financial sectors. Geoff is an active member of Canterbury Software and holds an MBA from Massey University.
Michael Trengrove (Deputy Chair) –
Michael is a Senior Software Test Consultant and Scrum Coach with Assurity. Assurity is New Zealand’s leading independent testing services and Agile|Lean consulting practice. With offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, they have a team of over 180 helping the nation’s leading IT enterprises deliver better software outcomes. Michael has worked previously at Orion Health as Test Manager. Prior to Orion Michael was a Senior Test Engineer at Trimble Navigation with the Mapping and GIS division.
biddick Matthew Biddick (Treasurer)
Matthew is a chartered accountant and business advisor, and is an associate at Robert Purchas & Associates. He has fifteen years of financial and business experience gained in chartered accountancy and commercial fields in both New Zealand and Australia. He has had a wide exposure to various disciplines including business advisory services, management accounting, audit, taxation and is a Xero Certified Advisor. While Matthew provides services to clients in a variety of industries, he has a particular interest in software and technology companies. He has been a committee member since 2005.
resizedimage140140-hoseason2012 Jason Hoseason (Secretary) –
Jason is a Manager in Deloitte’s Tax division. Throughout his 15 year career as a tax specialist Jason’s clients have included software, electronics and high tech engineering companies. He spent two years on secondment in Vancouver working on technology and entertainment industry clients. Jason is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Ben Reid
Ben Reid is Director and Principal at Memia Ltd, providing strategic advisory services to help software and technology businesses be successful from New Zealand. Originally from the UK, Ben moved to Christchurch in 2004 and founded Memia Consulting in 2008. Ben has worked in a diverse range of vertical industries and technologies over a 19-year software career, and brings a wide-angle strategic perspective to 21st-century software and SaaS business. He acts as a strategic advisor to a number of Kiwi software companies, and is enthusiastic about growing world-class technology businesses from Canterbury – one of the top innovation, commercial and lifestyle regions in the world!
Ben has been a member of the Software Cluster committee since 2009, serving as Chairman for 2012-2013.
Chris Clarke –
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.
Unknown Peter Shaw –
Peter Shaw is Software Development Manager for Trimble Navigation’s Mapping & GIS division. Trimble employee over two hundred professional staff in Christchurch, and over 6000 worldwide. The largest professional discipline in Trimble is software engineering, tackling problems ranging from complex embedded computational systems, to enterprise scale cloud architecture.Prior to Trimble, Peter has worked as a self-employed consultant in Financial Services, in Renewable Energy start-ups  and as IT Director for Diligent Board Books, now a public listed company on the NZX.
Jason Bishop –
Jason is the Business Manager for Sourced, a specialist recruitment consultancy focused on the ICT industry. A native Cantabrian, Jason enjoyed a successful career in Architecture before a move across into Software Training & Consulting in 2008. Jason has accumulated a broad set of skills in his 14 year career, with specific strengths in Business & Systems Management and is responsible for driving the strategic growth and direction of a number of local businesses. Jason has a very strong interest in emerging technologies and is very passionate about Canterbury’s IT industry and Software Cluster.
Sam Jarman (Student Rep) –
Sam Jarman is a Computer Science student at the University of Canterbury. He is studying towards a Bachelor of Science Honours with research looking into problems with Computer Science education. Sam also completes freelance work developing on the iOS platform. Sam’s other interests include embedded programming, social media, programming competitions, networking and building the software community.
Ian Wells –
Ian brings to the Cluster both his career experience working at Telogis, Trimble, HP and various software compiler companies plus his organizational 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.
Dan Fowlie –
Dan is co-founder and Principal Consultant at Trineo Ltd, a company that specialises in cloud application development – a new way of building and deploying web apps using cloud platforms such as, and Ruby on Rails using Heroku. He has a well respected depth of expertise in the space and is a Certified Administrator, Developer and Sales Cloud Consultant. He has been a committee member since 2012.


Ex Officio Committee Members

Helen Shorthouse –
Helen is the Sector Leader – Technology at the Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) – Christchurch City Council’s economic development agency. She has 20 years’ of sales, marketing and business management experience from the UK and NZ. Much of this time has been spent with technology companies and teams, including Compaq Computers and Hewlett Packard in the UK before moving to Christchurch and working with the agribusiness cooperative Ravensdown. She then moved to a Christchurch software development company where she worked with clients, industry and the development teams to develop and sell an online feedback tool aimed at the tourism sector. Her role in CDC involves supporting the growth of IT companies in Canterbury, with a particular focus on growing exports. She works on Sector-wide initiatives and is currently leading two projects, one for Workforce (growing the number of talented people available for local companies) and the other to accelerate the uptake and benefits of fast broadband across Canterbury. Helen has been on the Software Cluster since May 2012 and enjoys the two-way communication and development opportunities between Christchurch business and CDC’s objectives for a vibrant, wealthy City with a great quality of life. Helen is also a Business Mentor and the Chair of the board of the human right’s organisation Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand.
Paul Burke –
Paul is the representative from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, helping to grow companies internationally – bigger, better, faster for the benefit of New Zealand. Paul brings experience in retail, technology and a deep understanding of how to identify, plan for, and act on opportunities for international growth.