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 2016 Committee members are listed below. (See also previous year’s committee members: CSI 2015 CommitteeCSI 2014 Committee)


Michael Trengrove – chair@canterburytech.nz

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.

Geoff Brash geoff.brash@canterburytech.nz

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/NBCi.com and has served in various technical and managerial positions in the public and financial sectors. Geoff holds an MBA from Massey University.

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- andy.poulsen@canterburytech.nzAndy recently returned to Christchurch to take up a role as the Senior Consultant – Technology with Farrow Jamieson after working in Sydney for 4 years as an IT Manager post-quake. Canterbury-born and bred, since returning home he’s passionate about giving back to the technology community, and doing what he can to make a difference. Across his career he has worked in technology sales, recruitment, run his own IT support services company, been an IT Manager and co-founded and ran a radio station (105.7fm) with a team of 50. Andy has been really impressed with the Cluster’s activities to date and is keen to get involved and contribute where he can.

Jason Hoseason – treasurer@canterburytech.nz

Jason is a Tax Manager 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.


Damian Brown – damian.brown@canterburytech.nz

Having been a committee member for a couple of years, I have taken a couple of years off to build my business. I am keen to get back involved on the committee. Assurity (previously Clarus) have been sponsors and supporters of the Cluster and Summit for several years. I am passionate to see the further development of the software industry within Canterbury. I have been working on raising the quality and the processes for delivering software actively for 10 years within Christchurch through Clarus and Assurity.


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.

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Mandeep Kaur – mandeep.kaur@canterburytech.nz

Mandeep has 4 years of Software Development experience. She is working as Software Developer at eStar. She has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a diploma in Advanced Network Engineering. She is passionate about technology and contributing to growing Canterbury Tech Industry.


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.

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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.

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David Carter – david.carter@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.

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Ben Moskovitz (Student Rep) – ben.moskovitz@canterburytech.nz

Ben is a 3rd Year Software Engineering Student at the University of Canterbury, and the Marketing Director of Canterbury CompSoc, the University’s Computer Society. Ben currently works as a summer intern at Flick Electric, and enjoys cooking, woodworking and networking.

Ex Officio Committee Members

Helen Shorthouse – helen.shorthouse@canterburytech.nz

Helen is the Sector Leader – Technology at the Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) – Christchurch City Council’s economic development agency. She works with the sector on initiatives such as encouraging more young people to consider tech as a career and getting the awesome tech sector of Christchurch better known.  She is passionate about supporting the whole tech community and believes a strong tech sector leads to a wealthier city for everyone.  She has a background in sales, marketing and business management and has been on the Cluster Committee since May 2012.

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Kate Ross – kate.ross@canterburytech.nz

Kate is a Customer Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise where she works with a portfolio of clients including a number of customers in the ICT sector to develop their international presence, grow their exports and realise success internationally. With experience working for iconic companies in Supply Chain, International Sales and Market Development, Kate has recently returned from South America where she was based for a number of years and is passionate about the opportunity to grow Canterbury businesses globally.

Associate Committee Members

Simon Rees

Simon Rees – simon.rees@canterburytech.nz

Simon is GM, Global Sales at Dynamic Controls where he is responsible for their regional operations and previously led their product management team. He has a BA degree from Leeds University but has spent over 20 years in the technology space in various sales and marketing roles.  Working in organisations including the BBC, NDS Ltd ( now Cisco) and Tait he has broad experience in broadcasting, radio communications, health technology and electronics manufacturing. Simon is a great believer in the opportunity for New Zealand to have a world leading technology sector and is passionate about insight and experience led design.

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Mads Moller – mads.moller@canterburytech.nz

Mads Moller  is Director of 4D and Value Added Services at ARANZ Geo. An internet and mobile marketing expert, with a successful track record of leadership including roles with IBM, CA, NetScreen, Vodafone and Google. His extensive IT, mobile, telecoms and new media experience in EMEA and globally, includes go-to-marketing strategy, business planning, alliance development and networking. Moller’s knowledge of the Enterprise Search industry from his roles at Google and SYL Semantics led him to successfully launch and trade a number of innovative tech start-ups in Europe’s mobile and enterprise application markets.

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 in the engineering and IT industry. Nina is also undertaking postgraduate studies through Massey University and has three young children.