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 2015 Committee members are listed below. (See also last year’s committee members: CSI 2014 Committee)

 Elected Committee Members

Geoff-sq-140x140 Geoff Brash (Chair) –
Geoff is the founder of GBJ Innovation. GBJ is working with various organisations, entrepreneurs, and startup companies to help startups succeed in New Zealand. Prior to GBJ Geoff was a co-founder of SLI Systems and held positions of CFO, VP of Marketing, and VP of Business Intelligence.  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 holds an MBA from Massey University.
Michael Trengrove (Deputy Chair) –
Michael Trengrove is an experienced Agile Test Engineer who works with software teams who are focusing on moving towards a high-performance culture. Michael is the co-founder of Code Club Aotearoa, a grassroots response to the huge skills gap faced by the New Zealand IT industry. The Not-for-Profit organisation was recently formed with the aim of offering every school student in New Zealand  the opportunity to learn to code for free. Michaels interest in teaching kids to code was sparked by a three-year period living in the Brazilian Amazon where access to education, computers and the internet was restricted to a privileged few.
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.
Jason Hoseason (Secretary) –
Jason is a Senior Accountant at Duns Ltd. 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.
jason bishop 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.
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.
heidi griffiths Heidi Griffiths –
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.
david carter David Carter –
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 organize 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.
image Sarang Love Leehan (Student Rep)
Sarang Love Leehan is a 2nd year Computer Science student at the University of Canterbury. She is also a committee member and the marketing director of CompSoc (The university’s Computer Society), as well as being the second-year rep for Computer Chicks (A student-run club dedicated for women whose studies involve science and technology). Aside from her studies, Sarang Love has been working at Orion Health Christchurch as an intern over the Summer of 2014/2015. Her other interests involve design, music (specifically in cello), and being involved in the software community.


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. 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.
seth reid Seth Reid –
Seth Reid is a software developer at Intergen Limited who is primarily involved in leveraging a wide range of web technologies to deliver quality business solutions to clients. As well as being an avid technologist he is a passionate advocate for the development and education of young people in I.C.T. He is involved in FutureInTech, as an ambassador showing young people the value of a career in the sector, and Code Club, as a volunteer giving children a chance to experience programming in a team environment.
After joining the software community professionally and being involved in discussions by the Canterbury Development Cooperation about developing home grown I.C.T. talent Seth has made it one of his primary goals to become more involved in the development and support of the local community.

Operations Manager

220J_141002_cropped Nina Lamb –
Nina is the Cluster’s part-time Operations Manager. Alongside the Committee she organises our monthly events and the annual Software Summit. She is responsible for external communications including the Cluster’s newsletter, website and social media and assists with membership enquiries. Nina has a background in Marketing Communications in the engineering and IT industry. She also consults to IPENZ and Code Club Aotearoa as well as undertaking part-time post graduate studies through Massey University.