2017 Elected Committee Members

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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.

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 – andy.poulsen@canterburytech.nz

Andy 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.


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.


Sarah Kinley – sarah.kinley@canterburytech.nz

As Head of Product for Modlar, Sarah owns the products’ strategic direction, with the aim to inspire customers to embrace Modlar (a product used by 80% of the world’s top 100 architecture firms). In a previous life she has led a Location Business Intelligence (geospatial) strategy for Corelogic and consulted for NZPolice on Process Improvement.

With expertise in connecting the technical and commercial worlds of business, her key drivers are ensuring she provides a safe pair of hands while making the complex simple for all.


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.


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 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.

Paul Burke Paul.Burke@canterburytech.nz

Information to come

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.

Kevin Alcock kevin.alcock@canterburytech.nz

Kevin helps run the the Christchurch branch of ISIG. He has been programming for a living since 1986 after studying at Ara Institute of Canterbury. He has a passion for Motorcycles and Information Security. Now he is the founder and principal consultant at Katipo Information Security.

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.