Speakers Panel - Successful Hiring
Dave Ffowcs Williams - Director, Blackbay (Facilitator)
Dave has been involved in the tech industry in Chch for the last 14 years and has a background in radio engineering. He was a founding director of the business that is now Blackbay. He was one of the pioneers in the mobile and wireless space prior to 2G and packet based networks and help to develop and deliver the solutions for many of the major logistics and service business across ANZ and the UK.
Having just moved back to Christchurch from the UK he is passionate about New Zealand and how we can further build knowledge based businesses that deliver jobs across a spectrum of skills.
Scott Noakes - CEO, Adscale Laboratories LTD
Adscale Laboratories Ltd is a Christchurch company established in 2007 to create the technology platform for Adscale GmbH, a leading European online advertising marketplace located in Germany. Today Adscale's marketplace reaches 47 million German internet users and delivers 300 million ad impressions per day.
An enthusiastic exponent of Agile methodologies and XP practices, Scott has helped grow Adscale from a greenfields startup in 2007 to its current development operation of 30 employees and 3 cross-functional Scrum teams. Prior to Adscale Scott was a Product Manager at Syft Technologies Ltd and before that spent 5 years as Technical Director of a U.K. based Telecommunications startup.
Heather Kinghorn - HR Manager, SLI Systems
Heather is a generalist in the human resources arena with nearly 25 years experience in organisational development, change management, policy formulation, training and development, recruitment, payrolls and strategic planning.
Jan Behrens - Product Development Director, Orion Health
Jan is a currently a Product Development Director with Orion Health. He looks after Orion's Christchurch Development Centre. Since coming 'of the boat' from Germany some 6 years ago, Jan has worked in leadership roles for House of Travel, PayGlobal and now Orion Health. He has a background in logistics and software R&D. He is passionate about working with customers, growing & empowering teams, leading positive change, and Agile & Lean principles in general. Jan's favourite quote is Gandhi's; 'be the change you wish to see in the world'.
Steve Perdia - GM of Strategy and Planning, CDC
Steve Perdia is the GM of Strategy and Planning for CDC, Christchurch’s economic development agency. He has overseen the development of the Christchurch Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) bringing together a vision of growth for Christchurch until 2031 that is integrated with CERA’s Economic Recovery Plan. He is now working on establishment of a Project Management Office in order to ensure implementation.
Prior to working for CDC Steve was Director of Planning & Development at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology).
In his spare time he is a music nut and loves the movies. He likes football in all its guises, having arranged competitive tournaments in the Gap Filler football pitch and foosball in recent months!