Chief Engineering Officer
2013 - Present
My last four years at Vend have been spent developing the people and processes required to compete as a global-scale
SaaS company. As Chief Engineering Officer, I'm involved in company strategy at the highest level, defining the
goals for the company, and liaising with the company board on strategy, security, technical direction, and more.
I model the software engineering capability at Vend not on our global competitors or local companies, but on world-class
engineering teams including those at Netflix, Apple and Slack. I've visited with those companies (and more) in
Silicon Valley to validate this approach, and learn which principles and processes we should adopt (or adapt).
Co-founder & Director
2011 - Present
I created Codemania from scratch to fill a gap in the conference roster in New Zealand. Each year for the past
seven years we've made connections; recruited speakers; organised the agenda and hosting; and sold out the conference.
The result has been to bring speakers from New Zealand and abroad to share their experiences with kiwi technologists,
raising the profile of our industry and improving the skills of kiwis.
We've connected kiwis with technologists from the very top tier of the industry, including speakers from Microsoft,
IBM, Netflix, Slack, Facebook, Twitter, Github, Amazon, Xero, Pushpay and many more.
2012 - 2013
Building award-winning app and games for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Working locally and internationally with
major brands including Trade Me, APN, Plunket, GoPro, Disney, Al Jazeera, Nokia, Microsoft, and too many more
2011 - 2012
Software Architecture and Pre-sales. Engaging early and winning sales for Intergen with large NZ corporate accounts.
Working directly with Microsoft Corporate Demos and Conferences. Developing demoware and outward-facing demo
code for Microsoft internationally.
2008 - 2011
Motivating developers to work to their potential, and implementing practices to ensure quality and consistency
across Datacom’s development practise. As part of this I conceived, planned and conducted the inaugural Datacom
Devcamp – an off-site weekend gathering of developers from Datacom Australasia. The conference was a massive
success, providing measurable improvements to Datacom’s development community and Gallup Q12 results.
Leading by example as a senior technical team member by researching, learning, teaching and speaking on technical
subjects. Speaking at Tech.Ed, local conferences, and customer presentations.
Engaging early and winning sales for Datacom with large NZ corporate accounts. Client engagements: OnePath (formerly
ING), PlaceMakers, Fonterra, Eagle Boys, Tower Insurance, UDC Finance, Vector, Microsoft, Barfoot & Thompson,
Development Unit Manager
Managing a team of 30+ software engineers and testers. My work included people management, product direction, and
2004 - 2008
Line manager for 30 analyst/developers, budget and P&L management, prospecting, client account management,
and project delivery responsibility.
Enterprise software architect, including pre-sales software architecture and consultancy for some of New Zealand's
largest companies; driving development methodology and best practices, peer reviews, and research.
Client engagements: PlaceMakers, Foodstuffs (Auckland and South Island), Gilmours, Coca-Cola Amatil, Toll Tranzlink,
The Radio Network, North Shore City Council, Golden Bay Cement, Express Couriers Limited (NZ Post), and more.
BT Financial Group
Developing solutions for funds and investment management.
Evolution Ebusiness Limited
As the leader of a small development team working on accounting and B2B software, I undertook analysis and architecture
to repair and convert a financial accounting package from legacy code to modern (at the time) C# .NET
Spicers Wealth Management
Complete management of technology and hardware, including head office and 15 WAN locations throughout New Zealand.
As a member of the key management team I was involved in company planning and strategy.
I modernised Spicers' IT systems, introducing CRM & document processing, and implemented Microsoft Exchange,
Active Directory, and SQL server.