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 Moores

 

Alwyn Moores

Life Member
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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. 
Following several years assisting the sector, Alwyn moved on to other senior roles in NZTE, including trade commissioner positions in Los Angeles and Washington DC.  In 2008 Alwyn left NZTE and formed his own export consultancy specialising in the US market.
Chip Dawson

 

Chip Dawson

Past President
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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.
Chip has been very active as an investor in NZ software firms and as a Director of over 25 companies in New Zealand since arriving in 1989. He was an original member of NZTE Beachheads and has been the Convenor or Judge for Hi-Tech Awards, Westpac Business Awards and the Indian Business Awards for over 10 years. He has worked to grow software companies in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Chip Dawson is currently MD CEO of International Business Management Limited.
Gavin Lennox

 

Gavin Lennox

Past President
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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.
With experience in both start-ups and large organisations, Gavin is an active angel investor with strong international sales and marketing track record in the technology, communications, financial services and healthcare industries. Previously he headed global sales and marketing at MapInfo Corporation and held various senior management positions in IBM, Lotus Development and DoubleClick. He is currently chairman at Critchlow Ltd, a Wellington-based geospatial company.
Harvey Lockie

 

Harvey Lockie

Past President
Life Member

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.
This was taken up by other pharmacists, and in 1984 he ‘gave up his day job’ and went full time into further development of the package, serving the expanding the user base of NZ and Australian Pharmacists running their businesses on the software.
From 1988 the package was using an early form what is now known as Data Analytics, to extract meaning from the raw data and pro-actively advise users on the best course of action. This became increasingly powerful, aided by Genetic Algorithms (where the software evolves itself under Darwinian principles).
At the time of his retirement from the Pharmacy Software business in the early 2000s, software derived from the original package was in use by some 4000 pharmacies in eight countries.
However, ‘retirement’ turned out to be only partial, as Harvey and his sons more recently wrote an Airport Movement Management software package for use by their own small airport. At time of writing (February 2017) this was in use by many Airports across Australia and NZ.
Harvey was active in the NZ Software Association from its inception, and served in many capacities including President during the late 1980s. He was honoured to be appointed a Life Member in the early 1990s.
He comments that, “We’ve only scratched the surface” of the opportunities available in the software business, which are as great as ever, probably greater. He remains an enthusiastic support of this dynamic industry and a regular attendee, and occasional speaker, at NZSA monthly meetings.
Jane Smallfield

 

Jane Smallfield

Past President
Life Member

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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.
When the project successfully concluded in 2006 Jane moved back into the private sector as a senior consultant and marketing manager working with a wide variety of technology companies from start-up to multi-nationals including Endace, Orion Health, EMC, Ingram Micro and Greentree, prior to its sale to MYOB in 2016.

Jane also continued her involvement with the NZ Software Association as a member of the Executive, serving a two-year term as its first female President from 2013. She is currently Vice President of Global Marketing for Invenco Group – a self-service payment technology company founded by Sir Peter Maire. Jane is also Convener of Judges for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards and holds the honorary role of Global Alliances Liaison for NZ Tech. In 2016 she founded a Special Interest Group for Tech Marketers acting on her belief that if New Zealand technology companies are going to reach their full potential they need to get a lot better at marketing globally from New Zealand. Jane continues to actively support the work of the NZSA and looks to help software companies to develop, whenever and however she can.

John O'Hara

 

John O’Hara

Life Member
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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.
One was sold privately in New Zealand, one was listed in the US on NASDAQ and one was publicly listed in New Zealand. John has also chaired a UK publicly listed (AIM market) company.

John also has public company experience in businesses listed on New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States public markets. He has broad commercial experience with primarily hi-tech companies, founding and growing start-ups and also acquiring, operating, rescuing and divesting subsidiaries of public and private companies.

Peter Dickinson

 

Peter Dickinson

Founding President
Life Member

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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.
In between Peter has helped build a number of successful technology companies with a focus on international growth, led M&As from both sides and provided strategic advice to tech companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

A 1991 highlight was founding the New Zealand Software Exporters Association (now www.nzsa.org.nz) and helping other NZ software companies to achieve international growth. Peter continues to be actively involved in the NZ Technology investing and mentoring arenas.

Wayne Hudson

 

Wayne Hudson

Past President
Life Member

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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.

Wayne Hudson is a Director of WHIPIT Limited, a company which provides consultancy services primarily to technology focussed start-ups, to assist them in preparation for investment and sale.

Wayne was made a Life Member in 2012, after having served two terms as President.

Rollo Gillespie

 

Rollo Gillespie

Past President

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.
He continued to develop the business through a number of technology transitions. In the mid nineties Data Group spawned a number of subsidiary companies including, Data Group Services (third party servicing), Data College (computer training), Solomon Software NZ (distributor of ERP solutions) and AdvanceRetail Technology (developer of retail POS and back office solutions).

More recently Rollo has been involved in restructuring and management buyouts of a number of companies to form Adaptable Consulting Ltd (a Microsoft reseller of ERP and CRM solutions). Rollo continues as a director and CFO of Adaptable Consulting as well as working on other technology start-ups through his involvement in IceAngels and other connections.

Rollo is a chartered accountant, with specialist skills in financial accounting and ERP solutions. He is a founding member and past president of the New Zealand Software Association, member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and has also served on the NZ Hi Tech Council. With over 40 years in the software industry he has acquired considerable experience in most aspects of business acquisition, disposition and restructuring in the technology business area.