Our People

Code Club Aotearoa Staff and Board of Directors


Michael Trengrove

General Manager

Michael is an experienced Agile Test Engineer who works with software teams focused on moving towards a high-performance culture. Michael is the co-founder of Code Club Aotearoa, a grassroots response to the huge skills gap faced by the Aotearoa New Zealand IT industry. Michael’s interest in teaching kids to code was sparked by a three-year period living in the Brazilian Amazon where access to education, computers and the internet was restricted to a privileged few.

Michael Trengrove


Kate Allan

Project Manager, Code Club 4 Teachers

Kate has a background in education management and is experienced in working with teams striving for success and high quality practice. Kate is passionate about supporting teachers in growing confidence with Digital Technologies and applying it in exciting and meaningful ways across all curriculum areas. Kate is based in Christchurch.

Kate Allan


Siobhán O'Connor

Volunteer Coordinator

Siobhan is an Enspiral Dev Academy graduate who supports our nationwide network of volunteers and club leaders. She is passionate about the growth of digital technology and digital literacy in Aotearoa and uses her skills to assist club leaders and students on their journey with programming. She enjoys collaborating with the team on a variety of projects and is based in Auckland.



Kirialana Wilson

Training Facilitator

Kiri has a wealth of experience in facilitating Māori focussed forums in te reo Māori. With a background in education from ECE, Primary and Tertiary, Kiri has taught at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and kura kaupapa around Aotearoa. Her passion is leading wānanga for kapa haka, curriculum and reo strategies for a wide range of audiences. Kiri is an expert facilitator and can effectively connect and inspire workshop participants from a range of backgrounds and ages.



Victoria MacLennan

Board Chair

Victoria is well known in the Aotearoa New Zealand IT business community, as Managing Director of Wellington-based companies OptimalBI, Optimal People and Optimal Labs, director of Noted, FlatpakNZ, LOUD! In Public, the Draper Cormack Group, and was named IT Professional of the Year at ITx in 2016. Victoria also chairs the Digital Skills Forum and co-chairs NZRise.

Victoria MacLennan


Tim Bell

Board Member

Professor Tim Bell is one of the brains behind the successful Computer Science Unplugged education programme which has developed an international following among mathematics and computer science educators since it was launched in the early 1990s. Tim received the 2011 University of Canterbury’s Innovation Medal, one of the University’s highest honours, and has been awarded the 2018 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.

Tim Bell


Kris Morrison

Board Member

Kris leads leads the corporate, technology and startup advisory team at Parry Field Lawyers, and regularly advises on business structuring, acquisitions, intellectual property ownership and licensing, software agreements, services agreements and joint venture agreements, as well as solvency issues affecting business operations. Kris acts for a number of not for profits, charities, social enterprises, and has expertise in the framework that governs state integrated schools in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Kris Morrison


Erica Anderson

Board Member

Erica Anderson is a leader in the cybersecurity community, and has been a volunteer for Code Club Aotearoa for years. Erica is the co-founder, COO, and security consultant for SafeStack Academy and SafeAdvisory; and is also a lead organizer for large community events like Kawaiicon, Kiwicon, and BSides Wellington.

Erica Anderson


Rachel MacLennan

Book Keeper

Rachel’s our finance whizz. From invoicing right through to end-of-year accounts, management reporting and everything in between, Rach can do it all. She’s Xero and Xero Payroll certified! Rachel is based in Nelson

Rachel Maclennan


Rigby R0b0t

Office Robot

Rigby is an autonomous, humanoid robot. He has a background in self-configuration and modularizing architecture. Rigby keeps up everyone's morale, performs complex mathematical calculations, and waters the plants. Whenever Rigby has a great idea – and they're all great – a lightbulb pops above his head.

Rigby

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