Meet the team

Amy

Amy Shand

Head of People and Culture

Provider of fearless advice and support

Amy

Amy Shand

Head of People and Culture

Provider of fearless advice and support

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I work to build the kind of organisational culture that I find attractive: a collaborative environment, with interesting problems to solve. One where we are engaged in our communities (both professional and local), one where we all have the opportunity both to learn new things and to iterate and improve, one where communication is open and we embrace laughter and compassion, and one which values and invests in the people who work here.

Amy has over 20 years of experience in administration and management, across a variety of roles and industries, both private and public sector, frequently working with technical teams. Since moving to Wellington in 2005, she has spent the majority of her time working in the film industry, supporting the IT Department at Weta Digital as a Production Manager for five years, and then as a manager of various teams at Park Road Post Production for another three.

Outside of work, Amy enjoys stretching her creative muscles by making linocut prints, pen and ink illustrations, and short stories for children. She has also been learning Te Reo Māori.

Breccan Mcleod-Lundy

Breccan McLeod-Lundy

CEO

Business founder and avid reader

Breccan Mcleod-Lundy

Breccan McLeod-Lundy

CEO

Business founder and avid reader

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I believe that technology can make the world a better place by improving, even in small, incremental ways, systems that impact many people.

Breccan founded Ackama with the aim of delivering tech that focuses on ethics, fairness, and sustainable business to achieve long-term positive outcomes. He wants to help organisations improve their performance through thoughtfully applied technology.

With a global focus, Breccan has championed a capability with development projects, sending personnel to Timor Leste to work alongside the Ministry of Education to work in a challenging operating environment at the edge of new networking roll-outs. Breccan has participated in the Internet Governance Forum in Bali and is also a member of the Asia NZ Young Leaders Forum. In 2018 Breccan expanded Ackama by buying two digital companies in Melbourne, Australia - Squareweave and Plot Digital - who are now part of the Ackama Group. Through his board role at NZRise, Breccan is working to influence governmental policy, promote the interests of NZ owned companies and advocate for a vibrant NZ technology economy.

Breccan is a technologist with strong expertise in the fundamentals of the tech industry who has successfully transitioned to management, sales, and leadership. Deeply committed to lifelong learning, Breccan works to make sure the Ackama team has opportunities for continuous upskilling.

Cara Hill

Cara Hill

Developer

Writer of words and code

Cara Hill

Cara Hill

Developer

Writer of words and code

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I love being a web developer, and especially enjoy writing Ruby. I am dedicated to code quality, with a focus on making the job of future developers a little bit easier. I strongly believe in the importance of automated testing and good code review practices, and am very happy to work in a place that upholds these ideals as well.

Cara has been with Ackama since she graduated from the Enspiral Dev Academy in 2015, when she decided to make the jump into software development after a ten year career in Marketing and Communications. She was attracted to the endless possibilities web development affords, the inherent creativity it demands, and the rapid pace at which it progresses and transforms. Her experience as a Marketing Manager is incredibly valuable to Ackama and her communication skills have helped bridge the gap between our more experienced technical experts and our less technical stakeholders.

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Chris Baran

Rails Architect / Account Manager

Certified to work on nuclear reactors

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Chris Baran

Rails Architect / Account Manager

Certified to work on nuclear reactors

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I enjoy the fast paced startup projects as well as the big corporate projects. I have a lot of fun running fast with startup projects (lots of code, ship, ship, ship). I enjoy all the work of connecting together all the vendors and teams on a big corporate project and the joy of finally getting it over the line into customers hands.

Chris has always been an entrepreneur and geek at heart. He spent his early teens learning to program in basic. He wrote his first consulting invoice when he was 16 to setup a linux server and a small computer network. He had a consulting business with over 25 commercial clients before he headed to University, or College as they call it in the USA.

Chris explored mainframe computing at IBM, IT for small and large business, and DevOps before landing on his passion for web application development. Chris has been developing in Rails for 6 years, and PHP for 10 years before that.

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Daniel Jauch

Developer

Awesome-maker

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Daniel Jauch

Developer

Awesome-maker

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Front-end development, back-end development, I enjoy it all. The creative problem solving aspect is what I love about the work I do. Everything looks like a fun, new puzzle and I'm so happy to be working with so many brilliant and talented engineers.

I learned programming because I loved working with computers, and my favorite part of working on systems is the interaction. Ever since I was a kid playing with my brother, I've been trying to answer the question "what is fun?" and learn about what makes people want to engage. Creating applications was a natural career choice and I play a massive number of games, still looking for that answer.

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Dan Morrison

Developer

Gif enthusiast

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Dan Morrison

Developer

Gif enthusiast

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I am a creative developer with skill sets in both design and development that tries to maintain a primary focus on the best outcome for the users of everything I build.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Design with honours, originally working in the print design industry for two years after graduating. As his interest gradually shifted to the world of digital design he decided to attend Enspiral Dev Academy in order to gain a better understanding of the development process, and quickly added programming to his list of passions. After working on tech products for two years as a web developer and designer, he joined Ackama to further his development knowledge and gain additional experience across a number of different projects.

Dan is passionate about helping others, trying to volunteer regularly in at least some capacity all year round. In his free time he enjoys gaming, all types of beer, and learning new ways to mix his tech and creative sides.

Ellen

Ellen Walsh

Sale Coordinator/Office Manager

Super nerdy about choral singing

Ellen

Ellen Walsh

Sale Coordinator/Office Manager

Super nerdy about choral singing

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Ellen work in the Ackama sales team, organising information, reporting on metrics and managing communications.

Ellen originally trained as a stage manager for the theatre. She graduated in 2009, and worked in theatre and events until she moved into full time work at a museum. From there she went into administrative roles across various government agencies until she started at Ackama at the end of 2017. Her favourite part of her job is when she surprises people. When she’s not at work, she is baking, reading, singing in the amazing Supertonic choir, and hanging out with her girlfriend, and her cat, Frank.

Elspeth

Elspeth Dick

Senior Developer and DevOps

Loves code, owns chickens

Elspeth

Elspeth Dick

Senior Developer and DevOps

Loves code, owns chickens

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Elspeth graduated with a degree in Electrical and Computing engineering 12 years ago, and has been getting technical all over the world ever since. Her experience has been diverse, from teaching high schoolers how to build their own portable speakers in Tokyo, to designing the production lines for medical manufacture. She has enjoyed working for big clients in the fast-paced digital landscape of Glasgow and London. Now she is happy to be back in her home country helping businesses and non-profits get the most from their investments. She has been a developer exclusively for the last eight years on several stacks and plans to keep on coding.

When she isn’t on her laptop, she is pursuing making the perfect mug at the local pottery club, brewing beers and plotting her next adventure on Atlas Obscura.

Eoin Kelly

Eoin Kelly

Head of Development

Professional bit herder

Eoin Kelly

Eoin Kelly

Head of Development

Professional bit herder

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With over 17 years experience in web technology under his belt, Eoin is precise, technically focussed and enjoys making things work perfectly. He holds a Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Cork and joined Ackama in 2012 after immigrating to New Zealand from Ireland.

Eoin is committed to working within an agile framework; putting people first, being flexible, shipping software regularly and being open to challenges. Mentoring is part of Eoin’s role at Ackama and he enjoys projects where he can help other developers grow. As a leader he supports his intermediate and junior colleges which makes for stronger teams and better developers.

Eoin is an active participant in the Wellington technology community. He was on the Ruby New Zealand committee for two years and has given talks on a range of topics (including Structured CSS and DCI for Rubyists) to groups such as the Wellington Ruby, Javascript and Design Professional meetups. He has been a mentor at RailsGirls as well as organising the Wellington Ember.js meetup. Eoin also volunteers for GRIT Learning, a social enterprise using E-Learning in low-economic schools in Cambodia.

Gabrielle Young

Gabrielle Young

Developer

Enthusiastic about strolls in any weather

Gabrielle Young

Gabrielle Young

Developer

Enthusiastic about strolls in any weather

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I am passionate about building apps that improve lives. I am amazed by the worldwide impact an app can have! Collaboration is key to producing quality solutions, and I strive to work with a diverse bunch of folk, so that we build robust solutions to challenges.

In 2014, while studying Law and Computer Science at Victoria University, Gabrielle was awarded a scholarship to attend Enspiral Dev Academy's web development bootcamp. She got her first job a couple of weeks after the course, and never looked back! She has gained a wealth of experience working for established companies, startups, and the government. All the while, she has continued her learning journey using the incredible wealth of online resources available, studying behavioural science, statistics and philosophy to broaden her perspectives.

Gabrielle loves climbing, tai chi, and singing. Luckily, all those activities can be done outdoors, her favourite place to be.

Haunani Pao

Haunani Pao

Senior Lead Designer

Leader of design thinking people / colourful commentator

Haunani Pao

Haunani Pao

Senior Lead Designer

Leader of design thinking people / colourful commentator

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Putting the you in user experience. As a designer, researcher and strategist, I enjoy working together to define a successful and impactful human experience.

Haunani joined Ackama in 2016 as a senior designer from California and introduced user centred design (UCD) led practices to the Ackama agile framework. Haunani was integral to the success of Ackama’s Fairfax Commerce project which required design work between several systems and the NZ Sign Language website and app redesign. A highlight for Haunani has been working with VOYCE and Oranga Tamariki, both sensitive and deeply important projects for care experienced young people.

She leveraged each project to grow the design team, refine lean UX practices and introduce co-design workshop methods. Under her leadership, the Ackama design team has thrived with amazing designers. Part of her role is to coach the designers to take on opportunities that grows their facilitation skills with collaborative methods and design thinking practices.

Haunani is active in professional design and women in tech communities as a speaker at UX Homegrown 2017, as an organiser, speaker and mentor for User Experience Auckland and Women in Tech Auckland, and as founder of Wellington’s Wāhine In Tech. Haunani has been doing UX design for the past 18 years, working on over 125 projects with more than 50 usability studies across 25 industry domains. She loves being a designer.

Jacob Briggs

Jacob Briggs

Senior Developer

Has hands that are prehensile

Jacob Briggs

Jacob Briggs

Senior Developer

Has hands that are prehensile

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I have a healthy compassion for users, who want computers to be an enabling and invisible tool to get their jobs done or show them cat pictures.

Building on a BSc in Computer Science, Jake spent thirteen years working on bespoke web and traditional applications with a diverse range of customers, as well as helping develop an in-house proprietary application framework, and even a short stint doing level-3 support.

Jake is a practised and consummate tinkerer, when they are not making beer or soap or bread or fixing things with wood and aluminium or breaking his headphones trying to solder them better, they can be found elbows deep in code experimenting in whatever whimsy has taken their fancy.

James

James Yang

Developer

Spends his weekends doing pull-ups at the gym

James

James Yang

Developer

Spends his weekends doing pull-ups at the gym

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James Yang has a post-graduate diploma of Computer Science from the Auckland University of Technology and a bachelor degree from South Korea. His experience in the IT industry has been diverse, ranging from manufacturing companies such as mobile phone and setup-box to internet browser and web service. He enjoys writing code and learning new technologies.

In his spare time, James loves playing video games and exercising at the gym. He also likes watching TV and catching up with family and friends.

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Jess Kennair

Project Manager

Fearless when it comes to tech and karaoke

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Jess Kennair

Project Manager

Fearless when it comes to tech and karaoke

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Jessica is passionate about startups. She has been involved extensively in startups, firstly in customer service and administration roles, before learning how to code and working as a developer for three years. At Ackama Jess moved from the development to project management team.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Geography. Learning to program for GIS related courses sparked an interest in web development. She has two years prior experience as a web developer before joining the team at Ackama.

In her spare time, Jessica likes to write for children, go on bush walks and play board games.

Josh Forde

Josh Forde

Director

Business strategist and creative thinker

Josh Forde

Josh Forde

Director

Business strategist and creative thinker

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As Head of Business Development Josh is responsible for new and ongoing relationships, sales and new ventures. Josh advises startups and commercial clients on their strategy and direction. Within Ackama he supports brilliant teams of people working on solving problems with technology. He prioritises collaboration, listening and iteration to deliver great outcomes.

Josh’s early career in finance exposed him to technology and sparked a passion for global startups. As a Director, Josh is focused on commercial outcomes for clients, but is also passionate about working with social good businesses and delivering positive outcomes through our work.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington and is also fluent in Spanish. He has crashed his motorcycle on three continents and lived to tell the tales.

Josh McArthur

Josh McArthur

Senior Developer and DevOps

Conscientious code champion

Josh McArthur

Josh McArthur

Senior Developer and DevOps

Conscientious code champion

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I love working in an industry where I can constantly apply my enthusiasm for learning new things.

Josh enjoys full-stack, start-to-finish projects where he can take an idea from concept through to completion. His preferred technology stack is Ruby on Rails and Ember.js, but he is competent with several other frameworks.

Mostly self-taught, Josh has been involved in professional web development since high school. He completed a Bachelor of Business Information Systems with first class Honours at Victoria University in 2012, adding business management, software development and database design to his skill set.

When he's not coding, Josh enjoys exploring New Zealand - the more remote the better!

Katie

Katie Wright

Developer

Impeccable front-end genius

Katie

Katie Wright

Developer

Impeccable front-end genius

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Katie is a web developer with a strong background in design and illustration. She enjoys social good projects that are interesting and important.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Design (Honors) from Massey University. A trained illustrator, Katie freelanced after University and supplemented her commissions with finance roles. Wanting to be a full time creative she studied at the Enspiral Dev Academy, graduating in 2016.

Katie's spare time is spent drawing or painting, puzzling over Javascript libraries and coercing browsers into submission.

Kimberly

Kimberly Brabazon

Head of Consulting

Super-connector and business transformer

Kimberly

Kimberly Brabazon

Head of Consulting

Super-connector and business transformer

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The socially minded, innovative culture of Ackama is the real attraction for me. Having the work we do be a direct contributor to making the world a better place helps me to leverage my skills for two causes I feel very passionate about - utilising technology as enabler for socio-economic development; and normalising diversity in leadership.

Kimberly is a Philadelphia native that has been working in New Zealand Public Sector for the past 12 years in a myriad of senior leadership and management roles. She brings with her a wealth of experience leading teams both as a organisational manager and in project team settings.

Kimberly’s work in strategy setting, business transformation, and portfolio management enables her to look across the suite of initiatives where a company is involved to identify which ones make the biggest contribution to the achievement of strategy and realisation of customer needs, and where there still might be opportunity.

Outside of work, you can find Kimberly on the Victoria University campus studying towards a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a particular focus on international business, hosting dinner parties and creating dishes in the spirit of Julia Child, spending time at the beach, or hiking around New Zealand’s beautiful countryside.

Kim

Kim Partridge

Account Manager

Wordsmith and rugby nerd

Kim

Kim Partridge

Account Manager

Wordsmith and rugby nerd

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I want to make the world a better place through technology, communication and connecting people. I believe in building common understanding and I love making things happen.

Kim is an Account Manager at Ackama, looking after client strategy as well as brand and communications. She’s worked for tech companies for over a decade both in her hometown of London and in Wellington. All about open debate and discussion, she likes working with companies that want to optimise their user experience and deliver solutions that actually work. She also enjoys working with smart people who help her raise her game.

Laura Suzuki

Laura Suzuki

Developer

Quintessential Virgo

Laura Suzuki

Laura Suzuki

Developer

Quintessential Virgo

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I am a creative, critical thinker who enjoys the analytical things in life. To me, process is just as important as product. I care deeply about how problems are solved, and find joy in discovering interesting, efficient new ways of approaching them.

After completing a Masters in Fine Arts, Laura decided she wanted to apply her creative skills and love of language to the world of web development. She joined Ackama as a full stack web developer in 2018, after graduating from the Enspiral Dev Academy. Laura is excited by the capacity tech has to help build a kinder, more inclusive world.

Lou Robinson-Blue

Lou Robinson-Blue

Developer

Cloudwalker; quietly conscientious and talented

Lou Robinson-Blue

Lou Robinson-Blue

Developer

Cloudwalker; quietly conscientious and talented

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I ask of a line of code: can I code you better? Would I use it and would I let my Mum use it? Will this code still be relevant, maintainable and usable in 5, 10, 20 years?

Louise joined Ackama in March 2018 after graduating from the Enspiral Dev Academy. In her previous career Louise created visual concepts and ideas for the design industry. Louise now looks forward to contributing to an industry helping solve interesting and challenging problems.

When not coding, reading or thinking about code Louise likes the physical work of gardening and exploring Wellington’s numerous walkways. She loves catching up with family and friends, making unusual objects and writing short stories about climate change set sometime in the future.

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Lukas Nguyen

Senior Developer

History and animation nerd

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Lukas Nguyen

Senior Developer

History and animation nerd

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Lukas has been working in IT for a number of years in industries ranging from financial services to broadcast media. He likes working with Javascript and anything related to it, and generally enjoys working on projects which fit the full stack definition. He has interests in data visualisation, automation and history. He enjoys solving challenging problems and strives to deliver the best solutions that meet clients' needs.

Lukas was a technical artist before becoming a Ruby on Rails developer. He holds a Commerce Degree from the University of Canterbury. In his spare time he is involved in volunteering to help overseas immigrants look for jobs in Wellington, primarily in the IT sector. It is a rewarding experience as he can empower and help others in finding a successful career in New Zealand.

Lyall Morrison

Lyall Morrison

Senior Developer

A machine for turning coffee into code

Lyall Morrison

Lyall Morrison

Senior Developer

A machine for turning coffee into code

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I grow and tend projects from tiny seeds to mighty forests.

Lyall has been developing commercial software for over a decade, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, in health and legal applications, on premises and in the cloud. He has experience of every step in the software development lifecycle from making coffee to fielding support tickets and currently enjoys working in a diverse team where the members support each other to achieve more than they could individually.

Lyall was awarded BA (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Otago, with a special interest in artificial intelligence and the philosophy of knowledge. He has maintained that perspective in his later career by constantly asking “yes, but why?”

Matt Nichols

Matt Nichols

Project Manager

Classic car enthusiast and rag trader

Matt Nichols

Matt Nichols

Project Manager

Classic car enthusiast and rag trader

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Matt is a Project Manager and a strong advocate of Agile values, principles and practices. He has been using Scrum since 2011 and has strong project management and scrum master skills and experience delivering web-based software development projects. Matt enjoys coaching and empowering teams to continually learn, improve and grow.

Matt believes that Agile is not only a better way of working, but helps in delivering outcomes that provide real business and customer value, finding simple solutions to complex problems, making it quick and easy for people to do their jobs, and creating digital experiences that people love.

Matto

Matt Sinnock

Developer

Cold water swimmer

Matto

Matt Sinnock

Developer

Cold water swimmer

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Matt has twenty years experience in the IT industry, working with small start-ups through to large banks and corporates, both in the UK and New Zealand. He enjoys developing great code and loves projects that require finding pragmatic solutions to generate outstanding value. Matt’s extensive experience means he’s excellent at distilling what is most important from a set of requirements and constraints to make a truly successful solution.

Matt has held many roles in the world of software development including Systems Analysis and Testing, Project and Product Management for world-wide corporations such as the BBC, and building a number of NZ startups.

Matt has a keen interest in art and design and holds a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. He is also a Certified Scrum Master and has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Auckland.

Nicola Bradley

Nicola Brady

Designer

Empathetic designer

Nicola Bradley

Nicola Brady

Designer

Empathetic designer

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I’m excited to co-design solutions to complex challenges, keeping people at the centre of the work and creating positive impact.

Over the past seven years Nicola has worked as a designer for print, in-house and for creative and advertising agencies. She has worked in studios on projects for clients including BMW, Vodafone and Hyundai. Her freelance background means she is always prepared to dive into projects, keep a fast pace, and keep communication channels open ensuring design rationale and implementation is clear. Nicola is proud of her work in the social-good sector which includes animations for Eco Store and software design for Thought-Wired, a company developing thought-controlled software for people who cannot move or talk due to severe physical disabilities.

Nicola is excited about having more co-design opportunities at Ackama and is proud have worked on the website for Skylight Trust, an organisation that helps people who are going through tremendous challenges in their lives (such as grief, loss and trauma). She enjoys making zines, screen printing and playing ukulele on Fridays.

Olivia

Olivia Baddeley

Developer

Loves playing with code…Ruby and DNA!

Olivia

Olivia Baddeley

Developer

Loves playing with code…Ruby and DNA!

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Olivia is a full stack developer here at Ackama. She has been working with Ruby and Rails since Graduating from Enspiral Dev Academy in 2015.

She really enjoys the vast possibilities of what you can build with code, especially including those applications that can assist people in their every day lives.

In her free time Olivia will most likely be working in the garden, out sailing, or hanging out with friends.

Sandra Clark

Sandra Clark

Senior Project Manager

Organiser of people, projects and cupcakes

Sandra Clark

Sandra Clark

Senior Project Manager

Organiser of people, projects and cupcakes

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I am a strong believer of people over process.

Sandra is our Senior Project Manager, she brings with her excellent client liaison, team working skills and project delivery skills. Sandra is an ICAgile Certified Facilitator and enjoys leading through facilitation, empowering teams to produce their best work.

She joined Ackama in 2014 and has established some of our most enduring business relationships, helping a number of clients succeed with their projects.

A project highlight was in Jan 2016, when Ackama launched the interactive documentary Together We Make a Nation, funded by NZ On Air. Sandra led the team to create, fund and produce this community driven project about former refugee women living in NZ.

She has a strong interest in sustainability, lives in the Wairarapa and enjoys pottering in her garden.

Shakira Jensen

Shakira Jensen

Designer

Creative generator and actualiser - and rat mum

Shakira Jensen

Shakira Jensen

Designer

Creative generator and actualiser - and rat mum

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I am a creator, problem solver and collaborator. By following user centered design principles, I produce meaningful design while solving the challenge at hand.

Shakira pursued a career as a designer after spending several years behind the coffee machine. She's eager to solve design challenges that make the world a better place. Shakira is big on micro interactions and focusing on the minor details of the design, while still maintaining a holistic view to ensure the user has the best experience possible.

Victoria Spackman

Victoria Spackman

Board Chair

Strategic leadership and an affection for beautiful fabrics

Victoria Spackman

Victoria Spackman

Board Chair

Strategic leadership and an affection for beautiful fabrics

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Victoria Spackman ONZM is Director Te Auaha the New Zealand Institute of Creativity. She is recognised as a leader at the cross over between technology, creativity and culture, and brings skills, experience and interests quite different to most in these industries. She has high-quality connections in New Zealand’s creative and technology industries, central and local government, as well as in the creative industries in Australia, the UK and China.

Victoria has strong governance experience, having chaired Wellington’s iconic Bats Theatre for 12 years, served on the Screenrights board since 2011 and sat on the SPADA executive board for 6 years. In 2015 she was appointed by the Minister of Tertiary Education to the board of Education New Zealand.

Victoria is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential business women and advocates for the creative and arts sectors. Victoria was previously Chief Executive of Gibson Group, one of New Zealand’s largest and longest standing film, television and visitor experience production companies. She has degrees and postgraduate qualifications across theatre, film, law and linguistics. In June 2016 Victoria was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List.

Vini Natarajan

Vini Natarajan

Tester

Meticulous tester

Vini Natarajan

Vini Natarajan

Tester

Meticulous tester

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I am passionate about test automation and proficient in devising all kinds of test artefacts. I enjoy finding creative ways to test requirements.

Vini is a versatile tester with a background in web development who uses manual, functional and performance testing to ensure the quality of the product and make sure all the requirements continue to be met. Vini also develops and promotes the testing processes at Ackama. She believes that test automation is an essential component of successful projects and always advocates for high test coverage.

During her spare time she loves spending her time with her family, watching movies and cooking authentic south Indian dishes.