Code Club Aotearoa Staff and Board of Directors
Code Club Aotearoa Staff and Board of Directors
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.
Kate started with Code Club Aotearoa team as the South Island Volunteer Coordinator, but has recently taken on the new role of Project Manager, Code Club 4 Teachers. Her background is in education management and she is thrilled to be on board with Code Club to support exciting opportunities within education and technology. Kate is based in Christchurch.
Sarah is the Digital and Social Media Lead for Code Club Aotearoa, which means she shares stories from clubs around the country on our social media, and looks after the website. She also coordinates some of the North Island volunteers. Sarah is excited to be part of an organisation that wants to make a difference in kids' lives.
Rebecca is a science communicator from the UK with experience engaging both children and adults in science. She started off as a researcher in computational biology before discovering a love for teaching. Her work has taken her around the world, from presenting live science shows at festivals to leading cyber security workshops in the UAE. She is excited to combine her skills in teaching with her love for tech.
Siobhan is an Enspiral Dev Academy graduate who has recently joined the team as the North Island Volunteer Coordinator. Her background is in coordination in the public sector and she is excited to be a part of the growth of edu-tech in Aotearoa. Siobhan is based in Auckland.
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 Wananga o Aotearoa and kura kaupapa around Aotearoa. Her passion is leading wanange 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 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.
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.
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.
Sam is Manager at Deloitte Private, New Zealand. His accountancy experiences include reporting on business performance and SaaS metrics; advising on and implementing cloud based finance and management information systems; providing accounting and taxation services; using excel to create high quality customised financial models; and providing business advice on day-to-day policies and processes through to the preparation of strategic business plans.
Selva works as a Sustainability Executive at the Christchurch Casino. With a background in Chemical Engineering and a MBA, he has been actively involved with NGOs working in the education space in India. He has volunteered with AID India since 2003, and is interested to learn how governance functions in non-profits. As Code Club Aotearoa is a volunteer-driven organization, Selva brings in a lot of value to the board and the organization from his earlier volunteering experiences.
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.