Meet our team

Abbie Reid Bio

Abbie Reid

CoLabs Lead - Facilitator

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.

Abbie

Abi Little Bio

Abigail Little

General 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. With her recent shift to take on the GM responsibilities, Abi's role is still making all those things that need to "just happen" happen but on a larger scale. Abi gets her kicks out of all things people, culture and curiosity and seeing the MS team growing and doing work they can be proud of.

Abi

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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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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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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Callum Morris Bio

Callum Morris

Full Stack Developer

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Callum Morris

Callum is an expert at picking up the ball and running with it. Both literally and metaphorically. In fact, thanks to his seven year's experience as a Rugby Performance Analyst and Coach, Callum brings a lot of complementary skills to his role at Media Suite. He's into learning new tech and building cool stuff in environments that put the end user first, but when he's not in the office you'll often find him hiking with his dog Theo.

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Catherine Maritz Bio

Catherine Maritz

Full-stack Developer

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Catherine Maritz

If you combine the extreme attention to detail of a trained pharmacist and a passion for UI you get Catherine. A Javascript specialist with React experience, Catherine applies her unique background to great effect doing what she loves best - building great things with great people. She's also a big fan of true crime documentaries, which makes complete sense when you think about it.

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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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Craig Hedley Bio

Craig Hedley

Service Delivery Manager / Senior Project Lead

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Craig Hedley

The appeal of the great outdoors and a culture based on building the right thing brought Craig to Media Suite. He's passionate about people and extremely adept at analysing designs to steer partners right. It's all part and parcel of a career in operations management and digital project management. When he's not on the clock you'll find Craig and his young family in the hills or on the water - hiking, camping, and kayaking whenever they can.

Craig

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.

Dominic

Eila Gendig Bio

Eila Gendig

Business Analyst

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Eila Gendig

Eila's superpower is thinking about a problem in one language and communicating it in another. Which is perhaps why she's so darned good at helping our partners find creative solutions to complex problems. She's also a passionate environmental advocate with extensive government experience, making her a real asset to our CoLabs team. Her family have called Canterbury home for over a decade, where they take full advantage of living so close to the mountains and the sea.

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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.

Elliot

Emma Naji Bio

Emma Naji

Partner Outcomes Manager

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Emma Naji

Emma is an expert relationship-builder and problem solver who honed her skills at AI/data technology start-ups and early stage businesses. That means she has a zeal for applying new technology to create positive societal change, but comes with the entrepreneurial know-how for getting that done. Outside of work, Emma loves nothing better than trying out new culinary experiments with her young family, diving into books on quantum physics, and dreaming about recreating the farm she used to live on in Wales.

Emma

Fiona Beaton Bio

Fiona Beaton

Office Manager

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 …

Fiona

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.

George

Glenda Lewis Bio

Glenda Lewis

Chief Financial Officer

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Glenda Lewis

Glenda has an equally intuitive understanding of people and numbers, often helping the former turn the latter into meaningful action. It's what makes her excel as Media Suite's CFO, but it also speaks to her great experience in people coaching, strategy, and leadership. Glenda loves nothing better than demystifying complex numbers for wider audiences, that is, of course, when she's not windsurfing, biking, or just enjoying life with her young family.

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Jacquie Annand Bio

Jacquie Annand

Agile Business Analyst

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Jacquie Annand

We're always happy to have Jacquie in the room because she's fantastic at giving voice to those who are not. Her deep passion for human-centred design and a wealth of experience working in the New Zealand and Australian public sectors give her an unerring focus on the needs of end users. And we love that! Away from work, Jacquie soaks up as much culture as her native Christchurch can provide while enjoying downtime with her partner and a retired racing greyhound called Kalani.

Jacquie

James Brown Bio

James Brown

Full Stack Developer

James Brown

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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Jess Costello Bio

Jess Costello

Full-stack Developer

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Jess Costello

Jess is active with a capital A. In the Media Suite office, she has an unrelenting curiosity for all things Silverstripe and loves nothing more than finding multiple solutions to the complex challenges posed by content management systems. Outside the office she's just as energetic, enjoying a packed schedule of winter netball, summer touch rugby, and frequent visits to the gym.

Jess

Joe Smith Bio

Joe Smith

Full Stack Developer

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Joe Smith

Two dogs, a cat, and a classic Datsun B310 keep Joseph occupied when he's not experiencing the great outdoors or developing awesome software. A former mechanic hailing from Nelson, Joe has 10 years of full stack experience across multiple tech stacks and has worked on everything from mobile apps to e-commerce solutions. He relishes a challenge and any chance to learn something new, which makes him a perfect fit at Media Suite.

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Jordan Tuinman Bio

Jordan Tuinman

Full-stack Developer

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Jordan Tuinman

A keen problem solver with an eye for detail, Jordan never stops learning - whether it's new tech stacks or Jiu Jitsu. Jordan comes to Media Suite with 5 years experience supporting Microsoft Data Centres in Japan. He's all about diagnosing problems and working through them methodically. Jordan is also fluent in Japanese and when he's not motorbike trail riding you might find him in front of the TV enjoying the odd Japanese game show.

Jordan

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.

Julia

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.

Kirsty

Lee Barker Bio

Lee Barker

Head of Engineering

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Lee Barker

Lee describes himself as a good asker of questions. Which is certainly an understatement considering his 28 years of experience straddling software development, architecture and strategy in sectors as diverse as banking and health. However, he's never lost his passion for engineering. Lee loves nothing better than getting into the weeds of a problem, whether he's working out a proof of concept for Media Suite or following his passion for music production or repairing vintage computers.

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Marjolein Visser Bio

Marjolein Visser

UI/UX Designer

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Marjolein Visser

Rembrandt and van Gogh have nothing on Media Suite's very own Dutch master - at least when it comes to user interface and user experience design. Mar hails from Alkmaar in the Netherlands, where she developed a love of cycling, art house movies, and digital design. Creating smooth, intuitive user experiences is Mar's MO, especially when it's for projects with real world impact.

Mar

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.

Mark

Matt Sirkis Bio

Matt Sirkis

Full-stack Developer

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Matt Sirkis

Environmental educator turned climate coder, Matt loves working on platforms that bring together people and the planet, creating practical applications that have a real world impact. He's most at home with React and Node.js, boiling down complex systems and concepts into smart solutions - particularly those that measure our impact on the natural world. Matt's been suffering from ‘puppy fever' and his Christchurch home doubles as an orphanage for foster dogs until they find their forever homes.

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Max Catto Bio

Max Catto

Head of Growth

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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.

Max

Niall McAndrew Bio

Niall McAndrew

Full-stack Developer

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Niall McAndrew

Niall sees plenty of Canterbury sunrises at the weekend - not because he parents a toddler, but because he's a dedicated Formula 1 groupie trying to live on European time. When he's not watching the racing, he's all about working with Linux and Docker and coding in Python, figuring out how to solve the next complex problem. He's passionate about using new tools to build bigger, better and smarter things, giving computers tasks that free up the user to focus on their best work.

Niall

Przemek Kumorek Bio

Przemek Kumorek

Full-stack Developer

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Przemek Kumorek

A polish lad with a fondness for Scotland and industrial cities, Przemek's love of code includes everything from debugging and user interaction right through to databases and middleware. Whether it's learning new programming languages or working on slick new web apps, his happy place is nutting out problems and automating processes. Przemek is a man who loves to walk, climb and stare at mountains. He'll also get pretty excited about the right coastline. Canterbury has both in spades and he's gearing up to see them all.

Przemek

Rae Catley-Maurice Bio

Rae Catley-Maurice

Head of Delivery (Chapter Lead - Analysis & Design)

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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.

Rae

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

Chief of Staff to GM / Business Ops

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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.

Subhra

Tim Grey Bio

Tim Grey

Agile Business Analyst

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Tim Grey

Tim has been working with subject matter experts to demystify challenging topics for almost 20 years - as a motoring journalist, content developer, technical writer, and marketer. He hasn't got the usual CV, but he has a breadth of experience championing end users that runs through all his work. Hailing from the UK, Tim is an avid follower of Formula One and a big fan of English bitter served at room temperature.

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Tim Oliver Bio

Tim Oliver

Full Stack Developer

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Tim Oliver

Tim's head is in the cloud, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Tim is a Full Stack Engineer with more than 20 years' experience across generations of content management platforms and software development languages. Keeping pace with the ever evolving discipline of building cloud platforms is his enduring pursuit. In other words, he's a real problem solver - whether he's delving into software archaeology or planning a weekend excursion.

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