Staff

Jordan Carter

Chief Executive

Jordan Carter

Email: jordan@internetnz.net.nz

Jordan Carter is Chief Executive of InternetNZ. He is responsible for overall management of the organisation leading the staff team and workings with Council and members to establish and develop the organisation's strategy and relationships with stakeholders. He is InternetNZ’s main spokesperson. In his spare time he likes reading, film, exploring Wellington’s restaurant scene and doing the odd bit of tramping

   

Technology Services Director 
Dave Baker 

Dave has had over 20 years experience in the IT industry. Dave has had permanent and consultancy roles with a number of large companies encompassing a variety of industries including banking, insurance, oil, manufacturing and utilities in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Dave started out in IT as a developer in a mainframe environment before moving into client-server development roles using object-oriented programming languages. Dave joined NZRS shortly after the go-live of the implementation of the Shared Registry System.

Megan Baker

Communications Manager
Megan Baker 

Email: megan@internetnz.net.nz

Megan is responsible for developing and implementing InternetNZ's communications strategy. She manages all communications plans and outreach to our key stakeholders, members and the wider public. Megan’s dream job is a travel blogger - traveling the world, eating good food, doing awesome activities and getting paid! What’s not to love.

 Nicola Brown  

Policy Advisor
Nicola Brown 

Email: nicola@internetnz.net.nz

As a member of our issues team, Nicola works on projects that support a better Internet across our focus areas of access, trust, and creative potential. She is currently leading our work on telecommunications regulation and digital inclusion. As a recent Auckland ex-pat, Nicola moved to Wellington for the craft beer scene, but is staying for the quality public transport system.

   

Chief Scientist
Sebastian Castro

Sebastian obtained an MSc and Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Chile in the area of Computer Networks. Before arriving to New Zealand, he spent a two-year sabbatical working as DNS Analyst for CAIDA, mainly involved in the analysis of DITL (Day In The Life of Internet) data. Before that, he shared his time between DNS Operations for the .CL registry and lecturer for the CS Department of the University of Chile.

 Ben Creet  

Policy Manager
Ben Creet

Email: ben@internetnz.net.nz [Ben's PGP Key 
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Ben is the Issues Manager and leads InternetNZ's Internet Issues Programme to deliver high quality projects and products that promote the Internet's benefits and protect its potential. Ben is also a post-grad student in strategic studies, an xbox gamer and most importantly is parent/pack-leader to #LilCreeture, #LittlestCreeture and #CreeturePup.

 Andrew Cushen  

Outreach and Engagement Director
Andrew Cushen 

Email: andrew@internetnz.net.nz

Andrew is the Outreach and Engagement Director and leads the Community, Events and Communication teams at InternetNZ. Andrew has worked for InternetNZ for four years and has had 15 years experience working within the Internet industry sector. He believes that the community funding InternetNZ provides to promote research and discover new ways to improve the Internet is vital. He is proud of InternetNZ's engagement with the growing Internet community at events like NetHui. In his spare time he collects Lego, drinks craft beer and loves his cat Carlos like a brother.

 
Organisational Services Director
Catherine Fenwick
Catherine Fenwick joined InternetNZ in May 2018 as Organisational Services Diretor. Her role is to support, lead, develop and execute InternetNZ's core corporate operations and financial performance. Outside of work she enjoys travelling whenever possible, attending rowing, netball and other sporting events with her daughter and exploring the many great walks around the regions.
   

Infrastructure Manager
Dane Foster

Dane has been working in the sysadmin and network engineering fields for 15 years, across 17 countries spread all over the world. From his beginnings in Canada he has helped run the systems for the World Rally  Championships, been instrumental in setting up an affordable ISP in Fiji, and ensured CityLink’s network stays functional here in New Zealand. He’s a keen motorcyclist, a motorcycle race team owner and adventurer, and a fan of craft beer and dogs (and especially, places where one can have both). Dane joined NZRS in early 2014, and is tasked with maintaining the infrastructure on which all .nz websites run.

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Sarah George

Communications Advisor
Sarah George 

Email: sarah@internetnz.net.nz

Sarah works with the Communications Manager to ensure that all InternetNZ's work is communicated to our key stakeholders, members and the wider public.  Sarah is proud to be Taranaki born and bred and spends her weekends wakeboarding, snowboarding or tramping - whatever the weather allows!

   

Systems and Security Architect 
Mike Gray 

Mike started at NZRS in mid-2012 having spent the previous five years as a technical lead in a large U.S.-based corporate environment. Mike has a broad range of technical skills and enjoys applying these in the design and development of technical solutions.

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Systems Administrator
Daniel Griggs 

Daniel has been working in the IT industry for 15 years, during that time he has worked for New Zealand ISPs such as Paradise Net and FX Networks, working as both a Unix Systems Administrator and DWDM Architect. His work has ranged from manning the helpdesk, through to planning and executing nationwide transmission network upgrades. When not at work Daniel can often be found on-board an aeroplane travelling to far off locations or trying the variety of coffees and beers on offer in Wellington.

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Data Scientist
Huayi Jing

Huayi is a new kiwi. Before joining NZRS in early-2016, she worked as a research engineer in National University of Singapore where she developed her mathematical modelling and data analysis skills to find business insights. She believes data is the present and the future and she is very excited to learn and grow in the data scientist career. Recently, she fell in love with sketching and found it amazing to draw different objects and texture using just one pencil. Also, she is very excited about getting her first dog.

   

Channel Manager 
Tracy Johnson  
 

An outgoing member of the team, Tracy works with each registrar to discuss a personal, well-tailored plan to assist with their .nz domain business. Experience in Account Management developed Tracy’s passion to offer enthusiastic and professional service to clients. She specialises in assisting business with their growth strategies. Her results are built on her reputation for being a great communicator, reinforced by her personal approach and success in forming trusted client relationships. There is nothing Tracy enjoys more than helping businesses to achieve their goals. Tracy is passionate about giving back to the community, often using her networking and event organisation skills to facilitate charity fundraising events. She also enjoys exploring NZ’s scenic bush walks.

 Gertrud Kikajon  

Community Funding Coordinator
Gertrud Kikajon

Email: gertrud@internetnz.net.nz

Gertrud collaborates within InternetNZ, and the Internet community, to develop and advance the community programme. Her focus is on community funding activities including community grants, sponsorships, strategic partnership funding and grants and sponsorship committee support. In her spare time, Gertrud sews her own clothes, bakes, reads and is currently learning French.

   

Senior Developer
Taras Klish 

Taras joined NZRS in early 2014 having spent over 20 years in the IT industry. Taras has been involved in the development of the Internet on a variety of roles in Ukraine and New Zealand, worked on software development for New Zealand and the U.S hospitality industry and telco companies. As a member of the new development team Taras is responsible for the development and support of core .nz software systems. Taras likes good music, virtual worlds and strong coffee.

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David Morrison

Commercial Director
David Morrison

As Commercial Director, David is charged with leading the commercial development of InternetNZ's existing and new products to ensure long term, sustainable revenues that support the society's objectives. The role is diverse, incorporating marketing, channel management, product development and business intelligence. Outside of work David is a keen motorcyclist, enjoys quality family time and also finds time for an occasional game of Star Wars X-Wing.

 

Senior Developer
Gareth Palmer

Gareth is a Senior Developer working on the Shared Registry System. When not working he is either planning to, or in the process of taking a nap.

   

Internet Researcher
Jing Qiao

Jing joined NZRS in early 2016 after moving with her family from Beijing. Jing started her career in 2009 in CNNIC, the .cn Registry, where she has been focused on DNS Analysis, R&D and DNS Server Testing. After that Jing has been mainly working in a Testing area for private and public IT companies in Beijing and Wellington. Jing was keen on sports like badminton, table tennis and swimming in China and could not wait to explore her new life here in New Zealand.

   

Systems Administrator
Paul Radford

Paul appeared at NZRS one day in 2017, following a stint at a European open-journalism firm. He has done Linux/UNIX/application systems work for several NZ public-sector organisations, interspersed with periods of academic study and six years teaching English in Japan and Vietnam. Hehas two Master's degrees and a teaching diploma. Paul values quality,elegant solutions and time well-spent; therefore he lives on the *nix command line. No Pine or Mutt though.

   

Senior Web Developer
Kesara Rathnayake 

Kesara has worked on various projects in the areas of web application development, enterprise search engines, web hosting platforms and domain name management over the past 7 years. He is passionate about FOSS, AI, photography, music and video games.

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 Maria Reyes  

Office Manager
Maria Reyes

Email: maria@internetnz.net.nz

Maria provides administrative and operational services to support the core functions of InternetNZ. Maria enjoys watching movies, loves listening to music and going to the beach on a warm sunny day.

 Maryann Robertson  

Administration Assistant
Maryann Robertson

Email: maryann@internetnz.net.nz

Maryann ensures that InternetNZ and its subsidiaries are supported through efficient frontline and administration. Maryann is the first point of contact for the InternetNZ group. Maryann enjoys spending her weekends checking out cafes around Wellington. She also likes hiking and is learning New Zealand Sign Language.

 Yvonne Shelton  

Events Manager
Yvonne Shelton

Email: yvonne@internetnz.net.nz

Yvonne manages the planning and implementation of InternetNZ's events and conferences. Yvonne enjoys the great outdoors - her motto is work, save, travel, enjoy.

   

Systems Administrator
Josh Simpson  

Josh joined the NZRS systems administrator team in early-2014 to assist in maintaining the .nz infrastructure. In a previous life, he shared the technical responsibilities of maintaining and expanding the reach of Wellington-based internet provider Actrix. He has personal interests in all things tech and gadgets, runs a home virtualization lab, enjoys the occasional sci-fi movie, and has also been known to lurk at Kiwicon and NZNOG conferences.
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 Ellen Strickland  

Policy Director
Dr Ellen Strickland 

Email: ellen@internetnz.net.nz

Ellen Strickland is the Policy Director and leads InternetNZ's Policy Programme to deliver high quality projects and products that promote the Internet's benefits and protect its potential. Ellen works on the issues and policies that impact the Internet community in New Zealand. Ellen has one cat, one dog and one daughter, who she adores and keeps her on her toes. She also plays a mean game of scrabble.

 James Ting-Edwards  

Senior Policy Advisor
James Ting-Edwards

Email: james@internetnz.net.nz

As a member of our Issues Team, James works on projects that support a better Internet across our focus areas of access, trust, and creative potential. He has led our recent work on telecommunications regulation, updating copyright law, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In his free time, James practices his Mandarin and performs on-stage improv with the Covert Theatre. 

 Mary Tovey  

Finance Manager
Mary Tovey

Email: accounts@internetnz.net.nz

Mary is the Finance Manager of InternetNZ. She is responsible for financial reporting and analysis to the Chief Executive. Mary loves spending time with her grandchildren playing Monopoly and knuckle bones. She also enjoys fishing!

   

Applications Support Analyst 
Sonya Trompetter

A career change has seen her return to the IT sector after working as a Vet for the past 10 years. Brought into the Applications Support role to make use of the analytical skills she gained in both of her careers - her first career included a variety of IT roles such as Systems, Data and Test Analysis in the IT Sector here in Wellington as well as in London.

 

   

Senior Web Developer 
Heiko Wanning

Before joining the NZRS team, Heiko has, among other things, co-founded a small start up for social hitch hiking, developed code for the biggest news site in NZ and co-designed and implemented a client-server-architecture used in border security systems in the EU and for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. He is interested in data analysis and languages and loves playing Volleyball and Underwater Rugby.