Meet our team

Abbie Reid Bio

Abbie Reid

Programme Coordinator and Communicator

Abbie Reid

Abbie's daily to-do list is a long one. She takes care of our valuable clients, organises everything and everyone, and puts the “help” in Help Desk. A former journalist, you'll find her fingerprints on all things written, from client advertisements and web pages to our social media accounts. Need something done in a hurry? Abbie is receptive to bribes including, but not limited to, wine, blue cheese and green tea. When not at the office she's up in the Port Hills with her dog, Kevin or teaching a boxing bag some lessons.

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Abi Little Bio

Abigail Little

Commercial Manager

Abi Little

With a background in corporate and commercial law, Abigail delights in dotted i's and crossed t's to an extent the rest of us reserve for smooth deployments and long weekends. Abi's role is to make all those things that need to "just happen" happen, so the rest of us can focus on the fun stuff.

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Alex Green Bio

Alex Green

Agile Business Analyst

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Alex

If you're after a football-mad dog person who can speak Dutch and loves electronica, Alex is your guy. He's also a specialist in some useful things - like business analytics and data science, stakeholder relations and User Experience. Alex's background is in industrial psychology, which sparked his interest in all things data. When he's not neck-deep in detail, he's all about finding that perfect flat white, frequenting the local surf breaks, or producing some drum and bass tunes.

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Ali Churcher Bio

Ali Churcher

Full Stack Developer

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Ali

If there's a longboard, surfboard or snowboard involved, Ali is all over it. While she may still be a giant (but ambitious) wuss on the waves and pavements, she saves all her bravado for the snow. When she's not out seeking a bit of a thrill, she's eyeballs deep in the front end of the code, solving the puzzles and working the CSS, specialising in JavaScript, React and all things front end. She's also partial to a great database and engineering test code.

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Andrew Pitts Bio

Andrew Pitts

Creative Director

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Andrew Pitts

Andrew has a body of work to his name which most can only aspire to. He has the rare knack of being able to take an idea and distil it down to its raw ingredients, thus providing the basis for a thoughtful design. Andrew inspires our teams to constantly try new things and to evolve. He's always inside the mind of the user, and ensures User Experience is at the core of everything we do. Andrew moonlights as the office DIY advisor, and when he's not tinkling the ivories on his home piano he's eyeing up his next home improvement project.

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Arie Van Der Poel Bio

Arie Van Der Poel

Full Stack Developer

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Arie Van Der Poel

Musicians are credited with being some of the most divergent thinkers in the world, using both halves of their brain more than most. Arie, former sound engineer and recording studio owner, comes to the role of developer with both halves of his brain hitting the ground running. He's a problem solver and inventor at heart, thriving on the diversity of his days and the challenges that software brings. Weekends find Arie out for a long hike and absorbing nature.

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Brad Eggins Bio

Brad Eggins

Full Stack Developer

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Brad

Landing a commercial plane full of people was just another day at the office for Brad. Rest assured, he's a reliable kinda guy and a top notch communicator. These days, he's earning his stripes as a developer, and knocking it out of the park. He loves building things that make our lives better, obsessing over golf and being a "cricket tragic".

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Chris Cain Bio

Chris Cain

Finance Ninja

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Chris Cain

On paper, the guy who carves spoons, paraglides and loves all things Hobbits, may not seem like a natural financial whiz. Chris is here to break such stereotyping and prove that process improvement, financial storytelling, analysis and business modelling can pair pretty darn well with dress ups, making velvet waistcoats and forest hiking. Chris loves a good rabbit (read: hobbit) hole and dives right into the detail to find out how things tick, and how we can make them leaner, faster and stronger. He's got a head for figures, a heart for community and a hands on attitude.

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Christian Dixon-McIver Bio

Christian Dixon-McIver

UI/UX Design Specialist

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Christian Dixon-McIver

Christian's passions are pretty simple: fluffy dogs, and kick ass user experiences. Simplifying complexity is his sweet spot, ensuring sophisticated solutions remain user-friendly and meet the highest design standards. From interactive prototypes to user journey maps and personas he's making sure the user is front and centre. His weekends are filled playing indoor soccer, gaming into the wee small hours and upskilling in animation and design.

Christian

Darren Wilson Bio

Darren Wilson

Head of Transformation

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Darren Wilson

Bio coming soon!

Darren

Dominic Jarvis Bio

Dominic Jarvis

Full Stack Developer

Dominic Jarvis

Dominic went to University of Canterbury intending to be a Civil Engineer. Somewhere along the way he fell in love with software development. He did a graduate stint in development for customer relationship management systems, and is all about the JavaScript these days. A bit of a whiz in the kitchen, he's promised a steady supply of banana loaf for the team and swears he will bike to work in summer.

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Elliot Lines Smith Bio

Elliot Lines Smith

Full Stack Developer

Elliot Lines Smith

Elliot is a bit of a dark horse, pulling off a degree in Software Engineering while simultaneously serving as a "grunt" in the New Zealand Defence Force Army Reserve. He has a true love of app development (experience in both native and cross-platform) and User Experience design. In his role as a Support Developer, he helps our partners get the best from their bespoke software. A passion for all things code means you'll also spot him digging into some of our JS-based projects.

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Fiona Beaton Bio

Fiona Beaton

Office Operations Manager / EA

Fiona Beaton

A self-confessed "super cliched Canadian", Fiona loves her chihuahua Megatron, ice hockey and goes all out for Christmas. She loves crushing her to-do list(s) and deftly combines a passion for detail with all things organisation and finances. She also plays the most important office role - Whip Cracker in Chief. A pro in pointe shoes, Fi has promised to teach the devs some ballet …

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George Wills Bio

George Wills

Managing Director

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George Wills

Kite Surfer, Glider Pilot, Yachtsman. George wears many hats but when he's not playing wind sports (or wearing hats) you'll find him pulling strings, peddling our wares and generally keeping the Media Suite's wheels spinning. While he has spent almost 20 weeks on crutches this year it has hardly slowed him down.

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James Brown Bio

James Brown

Full Stack Developer

James Pearson

Avid scenic driver, craft beer drinker and casual ball player, James is a grad from the Enspiral dev academy in Wellington. He studied in 2016 and has been developing his skills in Web Development ever since. A Pom at heart (and genetically), James enjoys a good cup of “Yorkshire” tea, Dominos pizza (the UK version), and New Zealand's lack of rain and cloud.

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James Gunn Bio

James Gunn

Partner Outcomes Manager

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James Gunn

A fanatical rock climber and drum and bass head, James says things like “super duper rad”, owns five named chickens and counts an avocado tree among his prized possessions. He’s relationship and people focused, ensuring we are delivering value in our partnerships. James is most at home in the complex, dynamic and nuanced problem spaces we specialise in and is always finding ways digital practices can transform and improve our future. He has more than 15 years experience in projects and roles spanning geospatial, product development, data analytics, change management and process improvement.

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James Pearson Bio

James Pearson

Head of Partner Outcomes

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James Pearson

As our resident anthropologist, James focusses on the relationship between people, systems and technology. Whether he's developing relationships with the tech community, tweaking internal processes or facilitating team meetings, James makes sure that people are considered with everything we do. When he's not in the office, you're likely to find him at the disc golf course (it's kind of like golf frisbee), fishing from his Canadian Canoe (even though he's American), or venturing into the southern New Zealand wilds with his partner, BB.

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Jonathan Hollingsworth Bio

Jonathan Hollingsworth

Director of Engineering

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Jonathan Hollingsworth

Jonathan, who is surprisingly youthful in appearance, has decades of experience working as a software engineer and is an expert in software architecture. Affectionately known as Hollingsworth (or H, short), moved to the land of the long white cloud with wife Jo, in 2013. He is an Ember fanboy, with a fondness for JS and Python. A family man now, he aims to retire by 55 (hah!), is a keen bike commuter and loves a bit of workplace banter around the coffee machine.

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Joshua Vial Bio

Joshua Vial

Director, Developer & Mentor

Joshua Vial

Joshua has been a director and shareholder in Media Suite since 2004. His passion for social change and giving back led him to found Enspiral, a social innovations company, and Dev Academy, a 12 week program training web developers. Joshua provides strategic direction and mentoring to the development teams at Media Suite.

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Julia Tokumaru Bio

Julia Tokumaru

Front End Developer

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Julia Tokumaru

Julia is the ultimate relationship counsellor, deftly ensuring design, UX and development play nice in all our projects. A CSS whiz, she's focused on consistency and has a keen eye for detail, bringing practicality and flare to her work. Give her a problem, she's sure to come up with the best fix! If she's not eating, drinking or cooing over animal memes, she's lounging in the sun with her dog, Spyro, or lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix with her dog, Spyro.

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Kerry Gibbs Bio

Kerry Gibbs

Project Manager

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Kerry Gibbs

Kerry keeps track of what's being delivered when, by whom and how we'll do it. Kerry brings a wealth of experience in the digital, advertising and creative industries. Gaining knowledge dabbling in creative and UX design, development and 3D modelling, before becoming a Digital Producer then Project Director. In her downtime she can be found in Bottle Lake Forest with her dog, Ranger, skiing at Mt Hutt or indulging her inner petrolhead at motorsport events.

Kerry

Kirsty Dunford Bio

Kirsty Dunford

Project Manager

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Kirsty Dunford

Kirsty wears a lot of hats, and she wears them well. From project manager to awesome administrator, she's spinning plates, wrangling cats and herding zebras - and all with a seemingly unstoppably positive attitude. Kirsty is your go-to for getting stuff done, smoothing the road ahead and ensuring our team and partners are enjoying the ride. She brings a huge breadth of experience, a love of 1950s floofy skirts and a passion for all things David Bowie. Despite her self-described “breakable” age, she also owns a pair of proper roller skates.

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Mark Stuart Bio

Mark Stuart

Full Stack Developer

Mark Stuart

Mark plays the role of tech lead with skill and is an Agile master with a love of Javascript-based technologies. He's a dab hand in web, server and mobile development and can wrangle a group of devs like nobody's business. Calm under pressure, Mark's your man for project leadership, pipeline planning and Agile ceremonies. He's all about living the Kiwi DIY dream, tinkering with his car, and hitting the outdoors with his family.

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Matt Lang Bio

Matt Lang

Full Stack Developer

Matt Lang

Matt is a man of many talents. He's a DevOps team member, with a hand in our Support activities, while simultaneously providing development talent and ongoing services for our production applications. He's ruthlessly efficient and one of our core developers who is equally well versed in JavaScript, Python and PHP. Matt's a tiny house enthusiast and board game master who dabbles in a bit of theatre and is a keen home brew experimentalist.

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Matt Sirkis Bio

Matt Sirkis

Full-stack Developer

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Bio coming soon!

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Max Catto Bio

Max Catto

Agile Business Analyst

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Max

Max is an experienced organiser/plate spinner/cat herder with an eye for detail and a perceptive mind, linking the goal and process to the solution. He brings his experience as a developer to his analysis work, making him the ideal link between the technical and the business or user. Max has a lot of plates spinning outside of work too, directing the Christchurch Youth Choir, adventuring with husband Nic and their mini labradoodle Luna, and enjoying all of the work-life balance Canterbury has to offer.

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Niall McAndrew Bio

Niall McAndrew

Full-stack Developer

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Niall McAndrew

Bio coming soon!

Niall

Mel Gallo Bio

Mel Gallo

Application Support Analyst

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If there's a role out there with 'tech support' in the title, chances are, Mel has done it. For over a decade, she has been on the front line and behind the scenes, supporting users to get the best from technology and building their trust. She brings a wealth of experience to Media Suite's passionate support team. A vegetarian from the home of meat (Argentina), Mel has a true and lasting passion for food and dance, and a friendly prank to keep her team on its toes.

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Onkar Tibe Bio

Onkar Tibe

Full Stack Developer

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Onkar

You'll be hard pressed to find someone more mad on cricket than Onkar. This fanatical Team India supporter joins us from Pune, India. Onkar is a developer by trade, with a wealth of experience working with startup companies, developing smart software tools to empower businesses. He has a decade of experience with systems and solution architecture, technical consultation and project management. Onkar has a passion for Python and is always keen to get back to his coding roots.

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Przemek Kumorek Bio

Przemek Kumorek

Full-stack Developer

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Bio coming soon!

Przemek

Rae Catley-Maurice Bio

Rae Catley-Maurice

Chapter Lead (Analysis, Design, Delivery)

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Rae

The first thing you should know about Rae? She loves the colour purple, big time. The next most important things include her keen eye for lightweight, efficient processes and an instinct for people, communication and effective working relationships. She's spent two decades focusing on building robust, reliable and secure software. A cricket buff, keen skier and recently returned expat, she's all about the NZ weather and raving about having a lawn she can mow.

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Rhys Davies Bio

Rhys Davies

Chapter Lead (Engineering)

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Rhys

Making technology accessible and approachable is where Rhys spends his time. Finding solutions that make people's lives easier drives his work, and if he can achieve that while drinking coffee and chatting, even better. He's spent more than a decade in tech, gaining experience in product innovation, account management and various technical roles. When he's not working or dadding, he's skiing, golfing, gaming and trying to carve out some peace and quiet.

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Sarah Jackson Bio

Sarah Jackson

Full Stack Developer

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Sarah Jackson

It's not too often we hire someone who “specialised in excavators”. Sarah is most definitely the first, bringing her automation experience alongside her galaxy-inspired wardrobe and an awfully long list of hobbies and passions. She has serious chops coding in C++ and Python and is always hungry for the next challenge as she continues to add languages to her arsenal. Yoga teacher, surfer, moto-head, snowboarder, brewer, enthusiastic eater and keen traveller, Sarah also claims she can “squat and deadlift most humans” and would be happy to prove it.

Sarah

Sharmaine Vinzon Bio

Sharmaine Artagame Vinzon

Office Manager & Finance Assistant

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Sharmaine Vinzon

Sharmaine lists her specialties as spreadsheets, nagging, timesheet tracking and ordering the weekly Learning Lunch eats. While these are incredibly valuable skills in our team (probably among the most valuable, if we're honest), what Sharmaine really brings to the team is a superb eye for detail, an ability to juggle a To Do list as long as her arm and her knack for ensuring we're always improving our efficiency and working smarter. In her down time she's out exploring Canterbury and binge-watching murder mystery shows.

Sharmaine

Shelly Robinson Bio

Shelly Robinson

Agile Business Analyst

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Shelly Robinson

Deep diving the detail gets Shelly out of bed in the morning. That, and walking her horse-sized rescue dog Loki. With a history in the analysis, support and testing spaces, she brings a diverse range of skills to the Media Suite team. She has a passion for change management, and the desire to improve lives using clever technology. In her spare time, you'll find her cycling, pounding the pavement, at the gym - or just 'refuelling' from all that exercise.

Shelly

Steve Foster Bio

Steve Foster

Dev Ops Manager

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Steve Foster

What do you get when you combine 20 years of DevOps and SysOps experience with a head full of obscure knowledge, a red speedo and a passion for DIY, and craft beer? Well, you get Steve - the Sumner-based British expat keeping the Media Suite lights on (and shining at premium brightness). Steve specialises in fault finding, optimising systems and processes and ensuring our projects get the love and care they deserve long after they venture out into the real world. Ask him about his free range backyard rabbits…

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Steve Liew Bio

Steve Liew

Support and Testing Manager

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Steve Liew

Steve heads up our Operations Team, runs the Support Crew, and ensures everything is hunky dory. He's our testing whiz and plays a committed role in the development of the Media Suite company culture. If something's broken, Steve makes sure it gets fixed. He's a keen collector of Apple gadgets and keeps the office stocked with sugary goodness. You'll find him out and about with his dog, Alfie, buying stuff for Alfie, or posting photos of Alfie. Steve loves Alfie.

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Stu Craig Bio

Stu Craig

Data Architect

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Stu Craig

Stu has decades of experience as a Software Engineer, Technical Architect and Software Development Manager in the financial, natural resources, and government sectors. He has always taken on jobs where he could spend at least half of his time cutting code. Stu lives in Queenstown with his wife and small posse of very demanding cats. His current location means he can hit the ski slopes regularly, chop all the firewood he could ever need, and continue his diatribe on the state of society from the safety of his lifestyle block.

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Subhra Borkakati Bio

Subhra Borkakati

Full Stack Developer

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Subhra Borkakati

If there's a dog around, Subhra will find it and pat it. That's a fact. Second to dogs is coding. Subhra brings some serious passion and a love of learning to his craft as a Media Suite full stack dev. Coding is his jam, and he's up for any language or framework on offer. Despite having lived in Canterbury only three years, he's just as passionate about his new home, and captures some stunning shots on his regular photographic adventures.

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