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2018 Judges for NZ Excellence in IT Awards

The following IT professionals form the expert judging panels for the 2018 New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards. Our thanks to these individuals for giving up their time to make the awards great.


Ian Apperley


Director, Tempest Group Ltd

Ian has worked in the technology industry for nearly three decades across most disciplines with a special interest in transformation of many things. Ian believes that the traditional way in which we create and manage technology is inherently flawed, that we should throw out the rules, and start again. Ian has authored two books and writes for the National Business Review and other publications on technology and politics. Ian has a wonderful & understanding partner who knows when to tell him to just be quiet and enjoy the view, a geriatric cat, a lively dog, and a horse.


Andrew Cushen


Outreach and Engagement Director, InternetNZ

Andrew is the Outreach and Engagement Director and leads the Community, Events and Communication teams at InternetNZ. Andrew has worked for InternetNZ for four years and has had 15 years experience working within the Internet industry sector. He believes that the community funding InternetNZ provides to promote research and discover new ways to improve the Internet is vital. He is proud of InternetNZ's engagement with the growing Internet community at events like NetHui.


Meredith Evans


President, Technical Communicators Assn of NZ

Meredith is current President of the Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand, and has been involved in the technical communication scene in New Zealand for over 10 years. She's passionate about Plain Language and clear communication, especially in IT and business in general, and is keen to promote the value that technical communicators bring to any organisation or business. Currently working at Synlait Milk as a Business Analyst, Meredith has also held job titles such as technical writer, content developer, applications support analyst, and has experience in IT training. Her specialist subject is instructional writing for users of ERP systems. Meredith is also a dog agility judge, but promises not to get confused and judge any nominees on their ability to jump over things!


Kyle Forde


CIO of Wellsouth Primary Health Network

Currently a board member at HINZ, Kyle believes in consumer driven innovation and has a dream to ensure every New Zealander has better access to health through the use of technology and evidence based research leveraging accurate data. Kyle's governance experience extends into the social sector where he is a board member serving Anglican Family Care where he provides governance advice relating to technology and cross sector interoperability. Kyle studied at Otago Polytechnic and is currently studying for his Master in Professional Practice. He currently leads a team of data analysts who are dedicated to revolutionising access to real-time data for clinicians, carers and more importantly the consumer across primary, secondary and community groups. He brings over 20 years of commercial and IT experience to the health and social sector and this experience provides a unique view when formulating strategies across all sector engagements.


Henrietta Hall


Independent 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.


Tracey Leyston


IT Manager, Budget Group

Tracey Leyston has been in IT longer than she cares to admit, primarily in healthcare and not for profit organisations. She is originally from UK, grew up in South Africa, and loving every minute of the last 15 years in NZ. She has held various IT positions from support to IT manager, and now has a pacific role as Service Delivery Manager for Avis Budget Group in NZ and Australia. 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.


Matt Mansell


Director, Products and Services Design, Ministry of Justice

Matt is the Vice-President of GOVIS and has spent the last 8 years advocating for transformational change in the way Government agencies deliver ICT Services. As a Lean Change Facilitator he has led Agile and DevOps transformations in Government Departments in New Zealand and Australia, as well as trained over 50 people in lean change management techniques. He has led in many contexts, team leadership, group leadership, transformation leadership, board leadership, project leadership. Matt has a long history in IT; particularly in strategy development, governance, leadership, and continuous process improvement.


Thomas Mitchell


2016 Young IT Professional of the Year

Thomas is an experienced web developer and entrepreneur with a passion for building profitable businesses and elegant software solutions. He has had experience in building several successful web applications from scratch handling everything from initial concept mock ups right through to infrastructure deployment and everything in between. Until recently he worked full time on his company; HunchBuzz, an exciting startup bringing an innovative idea management solution to the enterprise SaaS market. In early 2018 he exited HunchBuzz in a trade sale and is currently taking some time off before embarking soon on new adventures. Thomas was the Young IT Professional of the Year from the last NZ Excellence in IT Awards in 2016.


Kosam Nyamdela


Director, Project Management Institute of NZ

Kosam is a project management professional and leader. He has led several transformation projects and programs in broadcasting engineering, telecommunications and other business organisations. Kosam played a key role in leading technical teams in the analogue to digital TV broadcasting transformation in New Zealand and Australia. He holds an MBA - Strategic Planning from Heriot Watt University, Scotland and has just completed a Masters in Professional Business Analysis at Victoria University of Wellington. Kosam takes pride in watching his daughter, Tasha, grow. She is now three and has never once let him down.


Lesley Smith


Associate Director of Academic Quality, Otago Polytechnic

Lesley has spent the past twenty years in the tertiary education sector, latterly in a role as Head of the College of Enterprise and Development at Otago Polytechnic, managing academic teams in Information Technology, Business and Tourism. She is currently Deputy Chair of CITRENZ and has been a member of ITP for many years. She has collaborated with national and international initiatives to encourage women into IT, including ShadowTech and Tech Girls are Superheroes. In 2018 Lesley was appointed as the Associate Director of Academic Quality for Otago Polytechnic, providing an exciting opportunity to engage widely with colleagues across New Zealand. Lesley is passionate about academic quality, seeing it as a critical issue as institutions embrace the significant challenges of the education sector.


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. Murray is a Virtual CIO for a number of organisations, Chief Visit Manager for ITP's Seoul Accord-aligned degree accreditations, holds Chartered IT Professional NZ, and is an ITP Fellow.


Craig Young



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. 




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