Past Presidents & Life Members
Many recognised software industry leaders have taken the helm at the NZSA and played a role in evolving the organisation into the one it is today. We are delighted to have their ongoing support and guidance.
Alwyn was a development manager for NZTE’s predecessor, TradeNZ. He formed a Joint Action Group (JAG) for the software sector in the early 1990s by bringing together industry leaders to develop a strategic plan. The JAG quickly evolved into the NZ Software Exporters Association, later becoming the NZSA.
Chip Dawson is an American and Past President of the NZSA from 2007 to 2009. With a colourful 35 years in the technology industry as a senior executive with Apple Computer Corporation, Chairman of the board for SnapComms, and Co-Chair of ICTNZ, Chip has lived in New Zealand fulfilling major roles, including National Manager of Hitachi Data Systems, and CEO of Spider Tracks, CEO of Flow Software, CEO of Info Site, etc.
Gavin has served on the executive of the NZSA since 2013 and was president from 2014-2015. Gavin is the CEO of Invenco Group Ltd, a global leader in self-service payment systems.
Harvey Lockie wrote his first computer program in 1966, while a student at Auckland University. By 1983 micro-computers had become powerful enough to do useful commercial work, and he wrote a pharmacy software app for his own use.
Jane Smallfield’s involvement with the tech sector began in the 1990’s when she was running her own PR company and acted on behalf of lobby group, NZInc. This led to becoming the only full time employee of the NZ HiGrowth Project in 2003 – a government funded, private sector run initiative, to grow the technology sector in New Zealand.
John O’Hara has over 25 years’ experience in commercialising various forms of innovation for a variety of primarily New Zealand based technology companies and government agencies. He has founded as CEO, three companies and taken them through to a successful exit.
Peter has a successful 40+ year track record in the Technology industry covering NZ and international markets, from founding his first successful software company in 1979 through to the 2016 sale of Greentree International to MYOB.
Wayne Hudson has accumulated considerable experience in general commercial and corporate law, as a result of more than 30 years of practising law at Bell Gully and Hudson Gavin Martin. In the last 25 years’ he has focussed on the technology business sector, advising on the commercialisation of intellectual property, the sale and purchase of technology businesses, capital raising and structuring start-up businesses.
Rollo Gillespie commenced working life as an accountant in public practice but transitioned into the computer industry at an early age. In 1972 he headed a computer bureau in Wellington, Data Control Ltd, developing and marketing package systems to chartered accounting firms and general businesses. In 1984 he led a management buyout from the listed owner and Data Group was born.