Our board are a smart bunch – brought together by a mutual interest in growing good business, nurturing amazing talent and seeing our region turn into the technology powerhouse we know it to be.

Thomas Coats (Chair)

A ten year information technology career has given Thomas a unique and practical understanding of all things IT, including cyber security, artificial intelligence, software development, disruption and digital strategy. Thomas is currently the IT Manager at J Swap Group of Companies, Co-Founder at Asset Altitude, Director at LuminateOne, and a Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

David Hallett

With over 20 years professional IT experience, David has been an early-adopter and industry thought leader since before the World Wide Web was invented.  David is a Director at Company-X, holds a number of other leadership positions, and was on the establishment board and working group that formed CultivateIT.

Mike Lamb (Treasurer)

Across the utilities, manufacturing, pharmaceutical & finance industries, Mike's career is comprised of senior IS Management positions, interspersed with a variety of successful project management roles covering infrastructure and application implementations/developments, based on a foundation of programming, analysis and DBA roles. Mike is the Chief Information Officer at Hamilton City Council.

Bruce Trevarthen

Bruce has a passion for developing solutions that increase productivity, reduce loss and generally provide a catalyst for progress. As Founder and CEO of the LayerX Group Bruce and his team put their energy into emerging technologies that support productivity improvement, solutions that are good for New Zealand and its people. Bruce is also currently the President at the Internet Service Providers Association New Zealand.

Donnamaree Pakinga

Donnamaree Pakinga is the CEO and principal consultant of Hamilton-based company, VExecute.  Donnamaree is an experienced RPA (Robotic Process Automation) Practitioner, and worked in RPA at Fonterra, and the Bank of Queensland. Donnamaree is an alumnae of University of Waikato and holds a Masters in Finance.

Igor Matich

Best described as an energetic, highly motivated and passionate executive leader and entrepreneur, Igor is the Managing Director at Dynamo6, a modern IT support company specialising in cloud computing, mobile, web and app development solutions. Igor thrives on technology and innovation, solving complex problems and working with people.

Christina Mackenzie

With over 10 years experience driving business change and rapid growth, Christina has represented brands like Amazon, and is Client Director and currently working with a brilliant team, driving the go to market with NZ’s #1 in cloud (IaaS) companies, The Instillery.

Daran Stokes

Daran is the ICT Operations Manager at DairyNZ, the industry organisation representing New Zealand’s dairy farmers. Prior to joining DairyNZ, Daran was the Team Leader Applications Support at the Waikato District Health Board. 

Andrew Scothern

As Chief Software Architect at Gallagher, Andrew thrives on enterprise-level problem solving, business and technology strategy, and product road mapping. The intersection between people, process and technology is where he loves to work, helping teams find new and innovative ways to solve complex problems and delight customers.

 

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