Our sincere thanks go to our panel of esteemed and hardworking Awards judges.

John Holt



Co Founder

Kiwi Landing Pad

John Holt is an experienced entrepreneur, company director and advisor with over 25 years experience across a wide variety of industries and ventures.

He is the founder of Technology and Innovations New Zealand (TAINZ) and co-founder of internet business start-ups Sonar6 (sold to US company Cornerstone in 2012), Putti and Homes.co.nz.

Prior to shifting focus to the early stage technology and startup sector John was a global technology executive with various global and Australasian companies including Hewlett Packard, IBM and ANZ Bank.

In 2011 John co-founded the not for profit organisation Kiwi Landing Pad with Sam Morgan which has evolved into a global community of over 6000 entrepreneurs and innovators commercialising Kiwi technology and exporting it globally.

John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration in addition to a lifelong interest in aviation and is a flying member of the Wellington Aero Club and Canterbury Aero Club.

Kevin Angland

General Manager Retail and Digital


Kevin is a member of the Mercury Executive team and he has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the mass market retail business, along with enterprise-wide responsibility for Digital & Technology, and Portfolio Delivery capability at Mercury. Kevin is an insightful business leader who understands the potential for technology solutions to drive business outcomes and he has a real passion for enabling business strategy through people and technology.

With a passion for coaching, mentoring and inspiring greatness in others, Kevin has completed studies with world leading Mt Eliza Business School in the area of leadership. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Auckland, having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business (Information Systems Management), and a Master of Business Administration, and in 2019 he joined the global Alumni who have completed the Singularity University Executive Program.

Kevin was the 2014 NZ CIO of the Year, and is an International Coaching Federation accredited Workplace Coach.

Louise Francis

Country Manager New Zealand and Research Director ANZ


Louise Francis is the New Zealand Country Manager and the Research Director for IDC Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ). Louise is responsible for leading and managing IDC New Zealand’s local team and she is the head of the A/NZ research programme. Reporting to the IDC Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Louise is responsible for:

managing the business performance, research, and strategic direction of New Zealand in collaboration with the global IDC leadership team;

providing customers with strategic advisory services to make more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research leveraging IDC's deep portfolio of expertise;

acting as an interpreter and facilitator for change to IDC customers positioning themselves as digital leaders on the global stage;

leading the NZ InTEP group to lift the level of engagement with NZ CIOs, digital decision makers, and business leaders;

collaborating with the wider IDC research community on customised projects and developing innovative research solutions for customers; and

representing IDC A/NZ through presenting keynotes at key events, facilitating panels, and leading roundtable discussions.

Joining IDC in 2008, Louise has over 30 years of experience in the ICT sector within both vendor and end-user organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies with First Class Honours from Massey University, graduating with a double major of Marketing and Communications. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the University of Auckland.

Mavis Mullens


Rangitane Tamaki Nui a Rua

Regardless of sector, the innovation and technology factor has become significant.

From shearing shed hand to corporate strategist and company director, Mavis has received widespread recognition for her services to the agricultural industry.

Her recent achievements include:

  • 2018 Women Entrepreneurs Business Hall of Fame
  • 2018 Inductee NZ Business Hall of Fame,
  • 2017 Outstanding Maori Business Leader – Auckland University,
  • 2017 Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award,
  • 2016 Westpac Rural Woman of Influence,
  • 2015 Maori Business Woman Leader Auckland University.

In 2002 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to the wool industry.

She is Patron of AWDT, facilitating rural women in their personal leadership development; and Chair of the Atihau Whanganui Incorporation farming 200,000 su in the Waimarino.

Mavis was a founding trustee of Te Huarahi Tika Trust and board member of Hautaki Ltd, NZ investors in the 2 degreesmobile, and a founding board member of T3W. We are a tech venturing network - one that connects and drives Māori involvement in the tech industry, and is united by the desire to improve Māori prosperity.

Mavis currently holds several directorships including StockX Ltd, UNICEF, HBRU, Nga Whenua Rahui and a NZ Advisor for Finistere Ventures.

Past directorships include Landcorp Farming, Massey University and 2 degrees mobile.

Michael Myers

Professor of Information Systems

University of Auckland Business School

Michael D. Myers is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Auckland Business School. He teaches and conducts research on digital transformation and the relationship between IT and people in an organizational context. In 2019 Michael was a winner of the LEO Award, named for the world's first business application of computing. Granted by the Association for Information Systems, the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide, the LEO Award is for outstanding scholars who have made a global impact on the field of information systems.

Monica Collier

Senior Research Manager, Telecommunications


Monica Collier is a senior research manager at IDC Australia/New Zealand, leading the New Zealand based tracker analyst team. Her research centres on the Australia and New Zealand Telecommunications market, including traditional telecommunications and telco driven digital services. This includes the broadband, mobile and digital services markets, competitive dynamics between retail service providers, regulatory developments, and merger & acquisition activity.

Her specialist research areas include 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). She also specialises in Customer Experience (CX), holding a NPS practioner certification and a SixSigma Green Belt.

Prior to joining IDC in 2014 Monica has worked in a number of analyst, designer and management roles for companies including Vodafone New Zealand, Fonterra, Telstra and Spark New Zealand.

Paul Littlefair



Paul is proudly the CTO at Bank of New Zealand, having held several senior technology roles in the financial services industry including ASB, Kiwibank and Bank of South Pacific. He has broad expertise and experience across cloud, agile software delivery, devops, data, infrastructure and architecture. Paul is also the current NZ ‘CIO of The Year’ having won this prestigious award in 2019 while CIO at Livestock Improvement Corporation. He lives in Wellington, having migrated to New Zealand in 1998, and has international experience working in UK, USA, Australia and the South Pacific.

Rachel Kelly

Chief Product Officer

Gallagher Security

Rachel Kelly is an ex-scientist, biochemist, strategist, high-tech product developer, and commercialization professional who has spent the last 19 years in the science and technology sector. After spending 9 years in California working within biotechnology and high-tech manufacturing, she returned to New Zealand in 2014 and has since been heavily involved with stimulating New Zealand's regional and national technology ecosystem. Rachel has worked with award-winning and innovative tech startups including CoHired and Nyriad, co-created a world-class Enterprise Product House at Gallagher Security as Chief Product Officer, and offers product and tech advisory to a group of high-value NZ tech startups currently in stealth mode.

She is a co-founder of the Waikato technology cluster, former Deputy Chair of NZTech, an elected member on the New Zealand AI Forum Executive Council and a ministerial advisor on the Digital Council of New Zealand.

Richard Kay



Richard is NZTE’s Chief Digital Officer. In this role he leads our IT development and support functions, but also provides strategic direction for the organisation, and how it will meet the digital needs of NZTE’s customers.

Richard grew up in Dunedin, spent a number of years in Christchurch before moving to Wellington. He has delivered and owned some of the largest ICT projects in New Zealand during the last decade, including the build of New Zealand’s third largest telecommunications network.

His professional roles have included Global IT Director and Solutions roles for PGG Wrightson, senior technical and consulting roles at Spark (previously Gen-i), senior strategic advisory roles for a number of organisations, and Shared Services Manager for Transpower. 

Richard has been with NZTE since late 2015. Apart from a BA Hons. with the University of Otago, he has completed an Executive Leadership Program with the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also lectures from time to time at the Auckland University, as part of the CIO education programme. 

Thanks to his work with NZTE, Richard was judged the 2017 New Zealand CIO of the Year.

Wendy Bussen


Bussen Consulting

Wendy Bussen has over 20 years’ experience in executive leadership roles. These include IS Manager at UNITEC, Director Information Services at the AUT University and General Manager Corporate Services at the Auckland Regional Council. In the last 9 years Wendy has been running her own international consultancy business leading transformation programmes at ASB, Commonwealth Bank, Fletcher Building, Fonterra and in the Health Sector . She is known for driving change through the use of new technologies and creating new ways of working. She is experienced in establishing shared services, contact centres and building centres of excellence.