Seminar Speakers

Amanda White


Taylor Pass Honey Co

Amanda’s background includes working with the New Zealand Army as a Janus simulation operator for wartime scenario training, teaching ICT to male and female prison inmates within the Wellington region, holding ICT positions within the Royal New Zealand Air Force, ICT Consulting, Head of ICT at Marlborough Lines and being an ICT leader within the New Zealand Electricity sector. Currently Amanda is Head of ICT and Digital at Taylor Pass Honey Co. She has also received awards such as the Emerging ICT leader Award and Young ICT Award and holds an MBA.

Jefferson King

Market Analyst


Jefferson King is the lead telecommunications analyst for IDC New Zealand, responsible for competitive analysis, research, and consulting across the New Zealand and Australian markets. Jefferson is also the lead analyst for streaming video on demand (SVOD) services and smart cities. His role involves engaging with the market to carry out research and analysis including market sizing, business models and strategies, current market conditions, and future outcomes. Projects are delivered through qualitative and quantitative reports, presentations and custom consulting engagements.

Prior to joining IDC, Jefferson graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in economics and marketing

Shirley McIntyre

Chief Digital Officer


Shirley McIntyre believes digital technology is not just about creating beautiful user experience: it’s about creating new ways of thinking and frictionless ways of working. It’s about experimenting, taking risks, and ultimately, delivering exceptional digital products to Jarden’s clients. Shirley’s career has spanned multiple industries and roles, always with the objective of accomplishing outstanding client impact through the implementation of technology. Shirley is known for kick-starting digital transformations, both in her former role as Chief Digital Officer for Livestock Improvement Corporation and in previous roles across the banking sector and private enterprise. Critical to any successful change is the team that makes it happen and the mindset they bring. Creating that culture is super hard, to quote Marc Andreesson, software is eating the world, …….no one should expect building a high growth, software-powered company in an established industry to be easy. Its brutally difficult. Of course that’s also why it’s worth doing.”

Stephen Kurjeza

Chief Technology Officer


Stephen started as CTO in October 2018, after almost three years as Head of Architecture at Vocus Group. His 20-year career has seen him undertake a range of network and software roles with CallPlus, Maxnet and other businesses. He holds a Master of Science Degree with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. He now manages a team of 120, responsible for maintaining and optimising Vocus Group’s NZ network, which includes more than 4,200km of fibre, more than 200 Exchanges, and 125 handovers and POPs nationwide.

Tom Maasland



Tom is a Partner in this leading law firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice – ranked by international legal researchers as Tier 1 in New Zealand. Tom has more than 18 years’ experience advising in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He advises on the full gamut of technology law issues – from advising clients on major technology transformation programs and large scale technology procurement, through outsourcing and managed services and “as a service” arrangements, to the more run of the mill software licensing and support agreements. Tom also advises clients on emerging technology areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.

Tom leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts Tech Innovation group, which is, amongst other things, working with the firm’s artificial intelligence joint venture McCarthyFinch, to explore the application of this new technology for clients.