Meet the team

Breccan

Breccan McLeod-Lundy

CEO

Business founder and avid reader

Breccan

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.

Cam

Cam Hopkinson

Developer

Cam

Cam Hopkinson

Developer

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Cameron is a developer who first joined Ackama as an intern through Summer of Tech in 2018. They returned to the company in 2020 after they had completed an honours degree in software engineering from Victoria University of Wellington.

Cameron is equally passionate about creative pursuits and technology. They are interested in fields that simultaneously allow them to tinker with tech and explore their creative side such as web development, game development, and image processing. They are also a classically-trained composer who writes music in their spare time.

Cameron also undertakes advocacy work in their spare time. They are a volunteer for LGBT organisations in Wellington and are a co-founder of an advocacy group for disabled game developers called Accessibility Unlocked.

Cara

Cara Hill

Senior Developer

Writer of words and code

Cara

Cara Hill

Senior 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.

Dan

Dan Morrison

Developer

Gif enthusiast

Dan

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 works 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.

Eoin

Eoin Kelly

Lead Architect

Professional bit herder

Eoin

Eoin Kelly

Lead Architect

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

Gabrielle Young

Developer

Enthusiastic about strolls in any weather

Gabrielle

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.

Gareth

Gareth Jones

Developer

React and TypeScript guru

Gareth

Gareth Jones

Developer

React and TypeScript guru

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Gareth is a developer who works with lots of new technologies, such as AI and chatbot systems. He also work with electronics, and has certifications in micro controller and embedded programming-related electronics.

Gareth has a degree in project management, in the form of a Bachelor of Information Technology, with a major in programming. He has a broad range of interests, including game development, and particularly loves working with node/typescript, using them on embedded platforms such as raspberry pis, as well as with React for frontend.

Greg

Greg Parsons

Developer

Vinyl and cassette obsessive

Greg

Greg Parsons

Developer

Vinyl and cassette obsessive

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Greg has worked in many industries, from pumping petrol, to manufacturing refrigerators, to advising customers which oil filter they need for their Corolla (it's almost always a Z386). Always having had an amateur interest in web development, and sick of replacing windscreen wiper blades, Greg completed the Yoobee Web Development Diploma course.

After working as a lab-tech in the inaugural Lightning Lab programme, Greg developed many, many Wordpress websites, and was part of a team at Prefer creating web apps using Laravel and React, and exploring new technologies to implement Artificial Intelligence Conversation solutions. With the acquisition of Prefer, Greg is looking forward to his future with Ackama.

Jake

Jacob Briggs

Senior Developer

Has hands that are prehensile

Jake

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.

Jofo

Josh Forde

Director

Business strategist and creative thinker

Jofo

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 M

Josh McArthur

Senior Developer and DevOps

Conscientious code champion

Josh M

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!

KJ

Joyce Kamille Cristal Santos

Office Manager

Traditional organiser and modern collector

KJ

Joyce Kamille Cristal Santos

Office Manager

Traditional organiser and modern collector

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Karyn

Karyn Brice

Senior Designer

Karyn

Karyn Brice

Senior Designer

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Karyn Brice is a designer with significant experience and is passionate about user-centred design, visual integration, and the implementation of intuitive user interface solutions. By focusing on how customers think, and what they are trying to achieve, Karyn can understand user requirements from a workflow perspective and design simple, accessible, easy-to-use interfaces for complex systems.

Karyn has worked in product and technology companies, digital and design agencies, central and local government agencies, and the museum sector. She has recently worked with organisations such as DIA Service Innovation Lab, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Certus Solutions.

Karyn’s work has won awards with AIMIA Australian Awards, W3 International Academy of Visual Arts, Best Design, TUANZ Interactive NZ, (e)-vision Awards, Horizon Interactive, New York Festivals, Webby and Axis.

Kim

Kim Partridge

Head of Delivery

Wordsmith and rugby nerd

Kim

Kim Partridge

Head of Delivery

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.

Kowhai

Kowhai Montgomery

Account Manager

Bridging device: we are on each other's team

Kowhai

Kowhai Montgomery

Account Manager

Bridging device: we are on each other's team

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Kowhai is part of the business development team at Ackama bringing a rich tapestry of storytelling, start up and client care experience to her relationships with our clients. She values impact, diversity and turning up to give in all things. She is proud of work done bringing innovative business models to charities with non-traditional local charity One Percent Collective where the power of storytelling, digital and thinking differently is quietly scaling.

With a degree in philosophy and business Kowhai worked in the government sector 10 years ago when the seeds of some of the great government digital and egovernment initiatives were planted. She has a passion for the environment, events and the creative humans who make software to solve big problems.

Kowhai is here to clarify the commercial and social impact of projects and create partnerships with our clients that lead to meaningful outcomes and a flourishing ecosystem.

Laura

Laura Suzuki

Developer

Quintessential Virgo

Laura

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.

Lyall

Lyall Morrison

Senior Developer

A machine for turning coffee into code

Lyall

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?”

Marion

Marion Rosner

Scrum Master

Resident thespian and servant to cats

Marion

Marion Rosner

Scrum Master

Resident thespian and servant to cats

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"The first day we all pointed to our own countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth." - Sultan bin Salman al-Saud, Astronaut on the Discovery 5 Space Mission.

Marion has always been passionate about Agile, especially since learning in 2010 that there was already a name for her preferred way of working. She has a strong full-stack development background, and enjoys helping all Scrum Team members to achieve their goals by discovering the way of working which is best for them.

Marion started out her working life in industrial marketing in the steel industry in the UK, then managed to move straight in to hospitality at EuroDisney in Paris. A short foray in to journalism and graphics found her at IBM in the US, enjoying the world of full-stack development. After a decade there, she got itchy feet again, and set her sights on a permanent move to New Zealand. She continued programming here in Aotearoa for another six years after moving here, then shifted in to the Agile World, where she has been happily ensconced ever since. While Marion's role is primarily that of a Scrum Master, she is also a certified Product Owner.

Marion is a long-standing member of Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet and about to start an ESOL course so she can teach English to refugees who are new to New Zealand.

Marley

Marley Mokomoko-Young

Developer

Makes music, art and websites

Marley

Marley Mokomoko-Young

Developer

Makes music, art and websites

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Marley has been interested in web development since she was a tween, building sites in html and css. 

After high school she did freelance graphic design work and lots of roles in hospitality, both here in Wellington and over in the UK. After a few years of living overseas, Marley came home to do a diploma of web development at Yoobee. 

Marley joined the team at Prefer as a student, working on big projects like Sciblogs and BringIt before pivoting towards conversational AI. She's keen to continue learning more about AI and machine learning now that Prefer have joined the Ackama Group.

Outside of web development Marley is interested in making music at art, having played in many bands as a bass player. She's also been a long-time participant in the 48Hours Film Festival. 

Matías

Matías Halles

Senior Developer

Major steak holder

Matías

Matías Halles

Senior Developer

Major steak holder

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I love the technology and the internet because it helps patching the world together. Coding, tinkering and communicating is how you build the world of the now and tomorrow. I also love techno. Consequential? Coincidental? Who knows?

Matías is a (mostly) self-taught full-stack developer. He enjoys being faced with a problem and tackling it from the ground up. He feels lucky to have access to useful tools and skills that help solve people’s seemingly unapproachable problems and help make their lives better, through technology.

Having his first approach to computers on a Sinclair PC, going through the hoops and loops of the no-internet (anyone remember Delphi 7 install disc 4?) and then the internet, and finally getting his hand on a broad set of -arguably- functional skills mixing a Bachelor of Communications and general development practical knowledge and experience, Matías has managed to develop a career in website and web applications design and development, helping people and businesses develop themselves. Technology has enabled him to participate in businesses, startups, even humanitarian relief efforts, and of course meet interesting people and share knowledge.

When not doing nerdy programming stuff, Matías spends his time doing random sports, random things, attempting to create music and socialising. He once created a skin-supporting file explorer plugin for Winamp, for his high school DJ years. He also implemented a HTTP server inside mIRC.

Matt G

Matt Gallen

Business Development Manager

Matt G

Matt Gallen

Business Development Manager

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Matt is part of the Business Development team at Ackama. He brings over 10 years of experience in roles covering software development, account management, and business development in the UK and NZ.

After completing a double degree in Bsc. Computer Science and BCom. Marketing, Matt briefly worked as a developer before discovering his passion is more on the people-side of software development, and working with customers to promote and discover the best solutions to meet their requirements.

Matt is a fan of most sports, but most especially the beautiful game (that’s football). Recent adventures have given Matt an appreciation and interest in travel and cultures, including exploring the local craft beer culture in Wellington.

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.

Mischa

Mischa Saunders

Developer

Passionate gesticulator

Mischa

Mischa Saunders

Developer

Passionate gesticulator

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I am fascinated by the living edge between finely tuned systems and emergent behaviour.

Mischa has a very diverse background in both work and education. An ardent systems thinker, he has worked in process facilitation, food systems management and career development for at risk youth. Mischa is a passionate learner who has completed studies in social entrepreneurship, watercolour painting, and web development.

As a web developer, Mischa is inspired by technology which empowers people. Mischa has been building websites for the last five years and has experience building web apps using the latest technology. He enjoys the learning that accompanies each new project he works on, and loves finding the right tool for the job. While his experience herding cattle from horseback taught him how to work hard, his experience refactoring code has taught him to work smart.

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.

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Rowena Joe

People Manager

Fabric hoarder and maker of booze cakes

Ackama

Rowena Joe

People Manager

Fabric hoarder and maker of booze cakes

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I am a passionate people leader with a huge interest in team building, growing companies, team culture, and enabling people to do the best work of their lives. I love putting a smile on people's faces and being able to connect people through laughter.

Rowena worked as a software engineer for 10+ years in one of New Zealand's biggest and fastest growing SaaS product companies. For the last 5+ years she has been focused on people management, leadership, hiring staff, coaching and mentoring people and teams.

She's a big believer of organisational cultures that embrace empathy, understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.

In her spare time, Rowena loves to bake, sew, knit, make shoes and dote on her fur children.

Shakira

Shakira Jensen

Designer

Creative generator and actualiser - and rat mum

Shakira

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.

Terry

Terry Heath

Senior Software Engineer

Cooks, cleans, codes

Terry

Terry Heath

Senior Software Engineer

Cooks, cleans, codes

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Terry started writing software professionally in 2004 at IBM, but quickly started leaning towards web development and the payoff associated with seamless deploys. After embracing Ruby on Rails in the early days of 2007, he moved into roles supporting production deployments at scale with hundreds, then thousands, then millions of requests per day.

He took web infrastructure operations practices into on-prem deployments at NetApp, where he used years of operations experience to build an automated and robust deployment infrastructure for appliances that helped customers move their infrastructure into the cloud.

Now Terry specializes in hybrid environments, bridging edge solutions with AWS infrastructure and building tools to keep things running transparently and securely.

Ackama

Trevor Hose

Developer

Chess mastermind

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Trevor Hose

Developer

Chess mastermind

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Trev's career as a Software Developer began by writing "do it all" PERL scripts. Since then he has worked across many different languages, frameworks and relational databases.

Trev is proficient in Ruby on Rails, Shell Scripting, PERL, Python, C#, PHP, Angular, RDBMS (Postgres, MSSQL, MySQL), Docker, Redis, Linux, HTTP, SSH and Git.

Outside of Software Development Trev enjoys chess, playing blues guitar and dabbling in French cooking.

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 was founding Director of 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.