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2016 ITx Judges

The following IT professionals form the expert judging panels for the 2016 New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards. Our thanks to these individuals for giving up their time to make the awards great.


Ian Apperley

Director, ISIS Group

Ian has worked in the ICT World for twenty five years. His speciality is strategic transformation with a focus on infrastructure including Cloud Computing, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Service Management. Ian has worked the majority of his career with Government agencies, is the author of two books, and writes for the National Business Review on ICT matters. Ian lives in Wellington with one wife, three dogs, and eight chickens, writing blogs and fiction in his free time.


Edwin Bruce

edwin_bruce_exc_in_IT_awards_2016.jpgICT Teacher, Wellington East Girls' College

Edwin teaches Digital Technologies at Wellington East Girls' College. He describes himself as a Learner, Teacher, Facilitator and ICT Professional. His business experience includes Forestry, Wholesale Banking, Fisheries Management and Government administration. Over the years his roles included leadership, operations management, software development, information policy and programme management. Edwin now brings his experience to the classroom.


Clare Coulson

Editor, iStart Magazine

Clare is the editor of iStart 'technology in business' websites and associated digital publications. Clare has more than 10 years of experience in writing about technology in business, specialising in developing business magazines and their online assets to be informative, engaging and attractive. She says it is the ever-changing, boundary-breaking nature of technology and the way it continues to redefine businesses, industries and society that keeps her interested. Clare describes herself as a lover of tea, words, stories and language. She grew up on the outskirts of London and attained a BA (Hons) in Combined Arts (English literatureFrench and Spanish) with Distinction from the University of Durham.


Gareth Cronin

VP Engineering, Wynyard Group

Gareth is Vice President of Engineering at Wynyard Group, a market leader in critical threat assessment and advanced crime analytics software for government, financial services and critical national infrastructure. Prior to joining Wynyard, Gareth worked at Orion Health where he spent four years growing the engineering group from 150 to 350 people, creating development shops in Christchurch, Bangkok, Canberra, and Phoenix, and producing products that support the imminent transformation of healthcare for the better.


Donald Joyce

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Donald has worked more than 50 years in tertiary education, including ten universities. Since 2011 he has worked as a tertiary education consultant, specializing in the development of postgraduate qualifications in information technology and management. He served on the executive of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (now CITRENZ) from 1993 to 2004 and was its chairperson from 1998 to 2003. He has been editor or associate editor of the New Zealand Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology since 1997. He was external advisor or monitor for information systems/technology degrees at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, the Western Institute of Technology in New Plymouth and Northtec in Whangarei. He researches educational and social issues in computing and has presented seminars at tertiary institutions in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the UK, and USA.


Murray Wills

Managing Director, Maxsys Ltd

Murray is one of New Zealand's foremost specialists on IT Governance. He is an experienced business and ICT consultant and Managing Director of independent consultants, Maxsys Limited. His experience covers the full gambit of information technology and business and he has held positions in the corporate, IT, banking and finance, government and tertiary education sectors. He currently leads the IITP IT Governance Taskforce and is a contributor to Massey University's Executive Education programme for Crown Directors.


Victoria Maclennan

victoria.jpegCo-owner of Optimal Business Intelligence

Victoria is passionate about business, data and NZ Inc. Co-owner of Optimal Business Intelligence, a Wellington founded consultancy who help companies foster innovation, Victoria also invests in, incubates and advises startups. She is co-chair of NZRise a community of New Zealand owned and operated Digital and Technology businesses who are focused on fostering conditions for a thriving, export led economy. 


Tracey Leyston

TL.jpgIT Manager, Budget Group

Tracey has been in IT longer than she cares to admit, primarily in healthcare and not for profit organisations. She is originally from the UK, grew up in South Africa, and loving every minute of the last 14 years in NZ. She has held various IT positions from support to network manager, and now focuses on building better teams, happy directs and effective IT as IT Manager for Avis Budget Group. She's proud of obtaining her CITPNZ status and is an active member of the IITP, having also served in the Auckland IITP branch committee for a few years. She is particularly skilled at translating "techno-babble" into plain English and is honoured to be part of the Excellence in IT awards judges panel this year.


Raewyn Boersen

General Manager Capability, Designertech

Raewyn.jpgRaewyn is a well-known and respected practitioner and academic based in Auckland. She has developed strategy, improved systems and processes, and implemented creative business solutions for organisations. This has included establishing a new campus for international students for a provincial polytechnic, the management of a portfolio of 50 improvement projects, and the establishment of an IT employment initiative. She founded the NZ Programming Contest, is on the International Steering Committee for the ACM ICPC Programming Contest, and was one of the initiators of the Programming Challenge 4 Girls. Work life has gone full circle for Raewyn as now she has ventured back into the commercial world with long-established Auckland company Designertech, having been attracted to the idea of boosting NZ's tech economy. Raewyn holds an MBA from the University of Auckland.


Henrietta Hall

HenriettaHall pub photo.jpegIndependent Consultant CIO

Henrietta provides strategic ICT support for small to medium sized organisations, mostly, but not exclusively, in the not for profit and creative sectors. She has extensive experience working with diverse public, private and not for profit organisations of varying sizes. 

As an independent consultant CIO Henrietta helps organisations with their ICT strategic planning, system acquisition, and project management, and provided mentoring and quality assurance.


Mitchell Pham

MitchellPham.jpegDirector and Head of Sales & Marketing, Augen Software

Mitchell is a Vietnamese-Kiwi business & technology entrepreneur.  He is a Director of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand, as well as Chairman of their operation in Vietnam, and co-founder of the recent Kiwi Connection tech hub in Ho Chi Minh City. Mitchell is experienced in information management, software products & services, sales & marketing, international operations, strategy development, collaborative partnerships and strategic growth through innovation. Internationally, Mitchell is also recognised in leadership - as an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  In the public sector, Mitchell is a Trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation, an Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and an Executive of Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ). In the business community, Mitchell is a member of the Ethnic People In Commerce (EPICNZ) network, the Asian Leaders (NZAL) forum, the Superdiversity Council, and is recognised by KEA as a World Class New Zealander.


 Andrew Cushen

Andrew Cushen.jpegDeputy Chief Executive, InternetNZ

Andrew is the Deputy Chief Executive of InternetNZ, and is responsible for leading their Operations and Issues teams. He's really enthused by InternetNZ's mission to promote the benefits and uses of the Internet and protect its potential, and in particular in exploring the massive untapped potential for social and economic change that the Internet can provide. Prior to this role, Andrew has over a decade's experience in telecommunications across strategy, public policy and commercial management. He has also undertaken research into the use of the Internet and blog sites to influence New Zealand politics, and currently sits on the Trust Board of the Innovation Partnership.


Craig Young

Craig Young.pngCEO, TUANZ

Craig is passionate about the communications technology industry and the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in New Zealand.  He is currently the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ) which is a member-based organisation that advocates for the improvement of communications technology services across NZ.  TUANZ has a proud history of providing leadership in influencing the development of improved connectivity and competition in the New Zealand communications market. Craig has over 17 years experience in the industry and has held various management and commercial roles.  He has been heavily involved in providing leadership in engagement with several industry sectors but has a special interest in rural connectivity and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand. 


Philip Cade

Phil Cade - 2016.jpegSenior Project Manager, Ministry of Education

GOVIS is a network of technology and information professionals in NZ central government. As a member of the recent GOVIS conference organising committee he was delighted to be part of the nomination selection panel, as he knows (like GOVIS) how important it is to recognise the achievements of talented people applying IT creatively to solving business problems and truly making a difference to our customer's lives. Phil has a special interest in how organisations and customers adapt to a changing eco-system and the important role technology can play. But most importantly he has an extensive career in IT, spanning both public and private organisations, across multiple industries. He is currently working for the Ministry of Education as a Senior Project Manager.


Roger Ford

Roger Ford.jpgManaging Director, Innovise








Dave Hayes

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