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Core Group

John Holley John Holley - Chairman

John Holley is currently the Regional Operations Director for Jericho Digital Communications.

Before this, John has held a number of IT management roles, including Visible Results, Auckland Regional Council, University of Auckland 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 is Chief Operating Officer for the High Tech Youth Network.

The High Tech Youth Network 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 formerly 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.

Michael Myers

Dr Michael Myers - University of Auckland

Professor Michael Myers is currently Professor of Information Systems and Head of Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.

His research articles have been published in many journals and books. Professor Myers won the Best Paper award (with Heinz Klein) for the most outstanding paper published in MIS Quarterly in 1999. This paper has been cited over 1,000 times and is third most cited paper to appear in MIS Quarterly.Professor Myers also won the Best Paper Award (with Lynda Harvey) for the best paper published in Information Technology & People in 1997.

He currently serves as Senior Editor of Information Systems Research and as Editor of the ISWorld Section on Qualitative Research.Professor Myers previously served as Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly from 2001-2005, as Associate Editor of Information Systems Research from 2000-2005, and as Associate Editor of Information Systems Journal from 1995-2000.

Professor Myers was President of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) in 2006-2007, and was Chair of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.2 from 2006-2008.

Dr Stephen Thorpe

Dr Stephen Thorpe - AUT University

Dr Stephen Thorpe is the Head of External Relations and Development at the at the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

He is an academic, educator and group facilitator who specializes in group work in the online world. He is passionate about online group work, group facilitation and online collaborative technologies. His 2009 PhD from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand investigated the use of storytelling as a team-building process in the facilitation of online groups.

Stephen also holds a Diploma of Facilitation from Zenergy and a Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours from Auckland University of Technology where he has a background researching computer-assisted group work and teaching user-centered design, enterprise systems and computing technology in society.

Stephen is also the Editor-in-Chief of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal; an international multi-disciplinary publication focused on the art and science of group facilitation published by the International Association of Facilitators. His areas of research interest include cloud computing, information security, online groups, storytelling, virtual teams, e-Government, group facilitation, virtual worlds and education, multi-stakeholder engagement, information technology governance and computer mediated communication.

Hossein Sarrafzadeh

Professor Hossein Sarrafzadeh - Unitec

Professor Hossein Sarrafzadeh is Head of Department/Professor of Computing at Unitec.