David has lived and worked in Christchurch as a software developer and manager for the past 19 years. Prior to that, he worked in the UK as a contractor to BT. In 2011 he co-founded Stratos Technology Partners where he runs the software development division of the business producing line of business applications for a wide variety of New Zealand clients. David would like to see Christchurch attract talented technology professionals looking for jobs with exciting and innovative companies in a stimulating and engaging technology community.
Vaughan is an experienced Business Analyst with a background working across a wide-range of fields – business process, IT, training, and commercial/financial analysis – in both the Government and Private sectors. Vaughan loves everything to do with business improvement – and has enjoyed applying these skills to Canterbury Tech over the past few years.
Patrick has been involved in the tech sector in New Zealand for the last nine years. Seven of those years have been with Concentrate where he has helped grow kiwi tech companies, increase their market share or reach within New Zealand and overseas.
A lot of the clients he works with are based in the Canterbury region, some have also gone on to become finalists and winners at the Champion Canterbury awards.
Patrick is passionate about the sector and wants to help it grow even more.
Ian brings to the Cluster both his career experience as QA manager and tester working at Telogis (now Verizon Connect), 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.
Brent is currently the Commercial Manager at GPC Electronics, Australasia’s largest 100% CEM. Brent has over 25 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 offshore oil & gas to marine construction & dredging, fleet tracking and the provision of Wireless Internet services. Brent has held Operations Manager, General Manager and Product & Project Management roles at 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
Toni first joined the Canterbury Tech Committee as a student representative while she completed her Computer Science degree at the University of Canterbury here in Christchurch. She spent much of her youth travelling the USA and NZ following the eternal winter season in the snowboard industry but needed a career change when she settled in NZ to raise her family. She currently works as a Software Engineer at Orion Health but will be moving on to a role as an IT Security Consultant for Lateral Security later this year.
Many of her achievements are the direct result of her passion and involvement in driving diversity and inclusion initiatives at all levels of life. From sport and recreation to career and professional development, she believes that representation matters and we cannot change the ratio unless we set an example from positions of leadership.