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

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.

Cara

Cara Hill

Developer

Writer of words and code

Cara

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.

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.

Eleanor

Eleanor Dashfield

Tester / Office Administrator

Systems thinker and science geek

Eleanor

Eleanor Dashfield

Tester / Office Administrator

Systems thinker and science geek

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I take an ecological approach to the software development lifecycle, drawing on my scientific background and creative side to thoroughly test products. I'm passionate about using artificial intelligence and other technologies to improve people's lives and care for our planet.

A lifelong learner, Eleanor holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Biodiversity, and Marine Biology. On her winding path towards quality assurance testing, Eleanor worked in the non-profit, private, academic, and public sectors, including a stint in digital literacy education for adults. Her skills include client support coordination, technical documentation, and website administration, and she is enjoying sharpening her test automation skills at Ackama.

Eleanor enjoys gardening, bush walks, reading, sketching, playing board games, and volunteering as a Wellington City.AI Ambassador.

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.

Eoin

Eoin Kelly

Head of Development

Professional bit herder

Eoin

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

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.

Josh F

Josh Forde

Director

Business strategist and creative thinker

Josh F

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!

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 - using technology as an enabler for socio-economic development, and promoting 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 an 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

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.

Louise

Lou Robinson-Blue

Developer

Cloudwalker; quietly conscientious and talented

Louise

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.

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?”

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Marion Rosner

Scrum Master

Resident thespian and servant to cats

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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. 

Martijn

Martijn Verhoeven

Strategist

Throw me a bone, I'll chew

Martijn

Martijn Verhoeven

Strategist

Throw me a bone, I'll chew

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From The Netherlands to New Zealand, Martijn brings his digital zeal to Kiwi shores having worked in an international web development landscape for more than 20 years. His main title for Ackama is Strategist, but his long experience, creativity and insight means his contribution is invaluable.

His CV includes founding several companies. Starting in 1995 when the internet was just emerging, he founded an agency which he helped grow into one of the top five agencies in the Netherlands with 45 staff servicing organisations from small businesses to multinational corporations across the whole of Europe. Today his primary focus is Prefer, an AI and Chatbot company he founded in 2011 in New Zealand which was acquired by Ackama in 2018.

Martijn knows the roads and the back alleys of the web industry and loves its ever-changing nature and the challenge of exploring creative and uncharted territory. A brand agnostic risk-taker and certified usability analyst with marketing and recruitment specialties, he’s also entrepreneurial, analytical, business-savvy and straight-talking.

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

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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.

Matt N

Matt Nichols

Project Manager

Classic car enthusiast and rag trader

Matt N

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 lots of 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.

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.

Nicola

Nicola Brady

Senior Designer

Empathetic designer

Nicola

Nicola Brady

Senior 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 to 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.

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.

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Terry Heath

Senior Software Engineer

Cooks, cleans, codes

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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.

Victoria

Victoria Spackman

Board Chair

Strategic leadership and an affection for beautiful fabrics

Victoria

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.