Our Team

Part-time Team Members

Neil Hamilton

General Manager

Neil joined the team in November 2018 as General Manager.  He has been in the tech game since forever in roles such as hardware designer, software engineer, business analyst, project/programme manager and, for the last ten years or so, various general management roles. He has so far founded eight companies in four countries, and has also led major business and technology transformation programmes for some of NZ’s largest companies. He has a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, a postgrad qualification in Software Engineering and an MBA.

Neil believes the tech sector in Canterbury is poised to really take off in the next few years and wants to play his part in making this happen!

Debbie Dunlop

Operations Manager

Debbie is the Cluster’s part-time Operations Manager. Alongside the committee, she organises the monthly events and is your first point of contact for any membership enquiries. She also looks after all external and internal comms.

Debbie has an extensive background in business tourism destination marketing, functions coordination, venue management and administration.

Alex Thorpe

Tech Summit Manager

Alex joined us as the new Tech Summit Manager at the beginning of 2021, and is excited to bring some new fresh ideas to the event and being part of the Canterbury Tech team.

Alex has an extensive Events and Sponsorship background, most recently working in the Agri sector, for Ravensdown and Alliance Group.  Prior to this, Alex worked in the events team at the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and the Champion Canterbury Business Awards.  Melbourne was where her exciting events career began – Melbourne Cup, Grand Prix’s and Sport Stadium events, after moving away from life as an Accountant!

Alex now has her own events company – Events by Alexandra, working across a variety of events in the corporate and agricultural sectors, as well as private events and celebrations.

Our Team