Godfrey Bridger - election statement

InternetNZ is a high calibre organisation

Users of the NZ internet are extremely fortunate that their interests are looked after by such a capable and professional organisation as InternetNZ. I’m a recent member of InternetNZ but as a long term supporter and business user, I believe I can materially contribute to its governance. 

As an engineering manager, though not an IT expert, I’ve been a passionate user and promoter of the internet use from its earliest beginnings. It’s clear we’re still on an exciting journey to help improve people’s lives because the internet is – as one of your councillors called it – the world’s nervous system.

Why I would like to be elected

I am offering myself for election in order to use my governance skills and experience to build on InternetNZ’s goals and work to 1) reduce the digital divide, 2) increase security to improve user confidence, and 3) to improve the world’s democratic systems through wise use of the internet. As a business developer, I also know that these ambitious goals can only be achieved by ensuring InternetNZ continues to grow its revenue.

Godfrey Bridger’s experience

I have two Electronic Engineering degrees and completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA Exec) while running a small 25 person manufacturing business early in my career. I am a former chief executive or general manager of three technology-based organisations, I have Institute of Directors training and have served as an independent director (ie excluding ones in which I have ownership) on the boards of four organisations, including NZ’s largest electricity distribution company. I’ve also provided management, marketing and public relations consultancy to many large and small organisations through my own company Bridger Beavis and Associates Ltd (BBA).

I currently act as a management consultant for Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd (SLP) which advises on smart street lighting to facilitate the ‘internet of things’ and to create smart cities and towns. (The humble lamp post is humble no more!) For more details you can go to my LinkedIn page or two business websites at SLP and BBA and/or sendme an e-mail at godfrey@bba.org.nz and I’ll send you my CV. If you would like to talk to me I can be contacted on 021 274 3437 or via Skype at Godfreyb.