Our
Committee

The Committee is elected annually, usually at the end of each year.  We are unashamedly a group of volunteers trying to make things happen in our tech community. While we have great support from our team, the committee all still have day jobs, so the more ideas, volunteers and feedback we get, the better. The 2022 Committee members are listed below.

Committee

Elected Committee Members

Vaughan Luckman

Chair

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.

Mariann Matai

Treasurer

Mariann proudly manages the South Island operation for Catalyst IT and has an awesome team of skilled technologists, consultants and managers she works with both in Christchurch and Dunedin. Kiwi owned Catalyst IT has been around for over 20 years and employs over 350 fantastic people across the globe. Mariann’s career in the IT sector began almost 25 years ago as a developer, then project manager, then general manager.

Over the years she worked with pretty much any industry you can name and enjoys the variety. She is passionate about the planet and looking after the future of all creatures that call it home. Excited about the potential New Zealand and specifically Christchurch can play in making the world a better place through technology and innovation.

Feel free to email Mariann with any questions/suggestions or just to connect.

David Carter

Secretary

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.

Patrick Keo

Elected member

Patrick has been involved in the tech sector in New Zealand for the last twelve years. Ten 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.

Séku Skandan

Elected member

Seku is an experienced product innovator, Digital-Tech IMPACT & new age IKIGAI strategist, XR content technologist & software developer, social change agent & digital transformation executive with dynamic leadership, broad technology, marketing, and a developmental studies background.

His interests are converged towards the domains of climate change, social justice & innovation (diversity and inclusion), future of education (curriculum/content/accessibility), future of work (collaboration/productivity/tools), and community development.

His vision is to leverage the use of technology and other disruptive innovation to mitigate challenges confronting humanity to create a beautiful, healthy, green, kind and just world.

Daniel Harte

Elected member (appointed November 2021)

Daniel spent close to a decade supporting Silicon Valley tech start-ups in one of the most challenging markets in the world.

After 10 years in Japan, Daniel has now returned to Christchurch where he was born, grew up, went to school and completed his University study.

Daniel is currently partnering with Canterbury’s most innovative tech companies to attract the best talent and build their local organisations. There is a massive buzz around the Canterbury tech scene at the moment which Daniel is very excited to be a part of. If you are also part of the booming Canterbury tech scene, Daniel would love to connect with you.

Committee

Associate Committee Members