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Core Group

John Holley John Holley - Chairman

John has held a number of IT management roles, including Visible Results, Auckland Regional Council, University of Auckland, Jericho Digital Communications, MIT and the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. He was a school trustee for 18 years, including time as board chair at two schools. He is a board member of ChildFund New Zealand and is a member of the Accelerating Aotearoa Taskforce.

In his spare time he is an officer in the NZ Army, which has included a operational deployments to East Timor in 2001 and South Sudan in 2013, where he was one of the lead planners for the mission. He has also instructed in operational planning and leadership at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Judith Speight - Founder and Chief Executive

After twenty years in the corporate sector,Judith now works in governance roles for a range of organizations in addition to establishing a number of collaboration based initiatives.
Current governance roles include being a Trustee for Carers NZ, Councillor to the Network of Aotearoa Clubhouses (NOAC), membership of AUT University’s Computing Advisory Board and a Director of ITT WRKZ Limited.
• 2011: Recipient of an International Women's Day "Outstanding Service Award"
• 2010: One of four NZ women business people invited by the US Government to represent New Zealand at the inaugural APEC Women’s Entrepreneurial Summit (WES) in Gifu, Japan. Following on from the Gifu meeting new collaborative projects focusing on women’s empowerment are being developed.
• 2007 recognised internationally with a Champion of Digital Literacy award in Orlando, Florida for work to address the Digital Divide.
Historical roles include membership of the Prime Minister’s Y2K Task Force, Internet NZ’s Executive Board, Minister for Communication’s Electronic Commerce Action Team, New Zealand’s APEC TEL delegation & Government’s Broadband Forum, councillor for both InternetNZ and NACCQ, in addition to being Chairman of the Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ) for a 7 year period & a Trustee for the e-regions Trust.

Mark Farnsworth

Mark Farnsworth

Until 2010 Mark Farnsworth represented the Kaipara since 1992 and was elected Council Chairman for Northland Regional council in October 2001. Mark has a Master's Degree in Geography and has a forestry and farming background.

He is a past National President of the New Zealand School Trustees Association and operates a small management partnership.
Currently he is also a Justice of the Peace.

Pete Macaulay

Peter Macaulay - No1 IT Group, IDC New Zealand

Peter is passionate about the ability of the Internet to enhance many aspects of peoples' lives, and works to make it happen. Peter is a past president of Internet NZ and Chief Executive and Founder of The Number One IT Group Ltd.

Prior to his election Peter held roles as Programme Manager for Government's Digital Strategy and Executive director of InternetNZ (The Internet Society).
Moving from aircraft engineering into the Computer Services division of Air New Zealand, Peter became an analyst programmer in 1972. This technical background is the foundation on which he has superimposed management, sales and marketing skills. Generalization has allowed Peter to work internationally in roles as diverse as developer of operating system components, through to CIO of one of the world's largest electronics distributors.

Peter has a strong interest in intellectual property, and was a founder of the NZ Business Software alliance. To emphasize a commitment to the industry Peter served on the board of ITANZ (The Information Technology Association), and was elected president for a two-year term in 1998. Trevor Eagle and Peter Macaulay formed The Number One IT Group as a subsidiary of Eagle Technology in 1983, and it became an industry leader in software distribution and technical service. The business was highly regarded as a provider of award winning support.

Filemoni Timoteo -Computer Clubhouse Trust

Filemoni was formerly Chief Operating Officer for the High Tech Youth Network, which provides a creative and safe community-based learning environment, where young people work with adult mentors, to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build confidence through the use of technology.

Filemoni was previously Group Manager, Economic Development for Manukau City Council.

Brijesh Sethi - New Zealand School of Education

Brijesh is Managing Director and Owner at New Zealand School of Education. He is also a Director at Travel Point NZ Ltd and Kuddles, an In-home Childcare and Education Company.

New Zealand School of Education (NZSE) is one of the leading private training establishments in New Zealand, specialising in ICT, Design, Business, Early Childhood, Foundation Studies and English Language. NZSE now has five schools for these streams catering to both, domestic and international students.

The Design School is a new one acquired by buying Raffles Institute of Design and Commerce (New Zealand operations). NZSE has three campuses across Auckland and is well known for its high level tertiary courses. NZSE also has direct relationships with institutions overseas for students wanting to study in New Zealand with options to complete a degree at local University or Polytechnic.

In 2009 NZSE was awarded the Exporter of the Year Award for export education.

Elena Fa'amoe-Timoteo

Elena Fa'amoe-Timoteo - Community Representative

Elena Fa'amoe-Timoteo was most recently Waikato University’s Senior Policy Adviser for Pacific.

Previously Elena was with the Ministry of Education where she held several senior appointments.

Elena is Samoan, grew up in the United States and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham and the University of Auckland.

Saia Latu


Saia Latu - Founder & Director at SFL Group

Saia is committed to improving outcomes for under-served communities, within New Zealand and the Pacific, through the development of Social Enterprise and Employment.

His role at SFL is Business Development and Strategic Planning. At SFL Management Consulting, a company providing advisory services, contract IT solutions, setup and support, Saia also provides business advice and support.

Saia is also Managing Director of Machineworks Hire Connect Ltd and is actively involved in Sales & Relationship Management.

Further to the above, Saia is Director/Business Development and Strategic Planning at Trow Group Limited. Trow stands for Te Riu O Waikato and is a collective force of 15 Marae, that as a cluster, is building NZ Economic Capacity.

Saia was born in Tonga but grew up in South Auckland which he advocates "Gave me the passion I needed to create growth and opportunity in everything that I do".

Chris Hambling

Chris Hambling - Kiwibots

Chris is a Support Manager at VEX Robotics Inc., as well as being National Manager at Kiwibots New Zealand

Chris previously held roles at Navman Wireless (Australia & New Zealand), Soft Tech Group and Globalock Corporation.

Chris was educated at the University of Cape Town.