Our people

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Zoe Timbrell

Zoe has an extensive background in event production and management, producing large-scale events and tours across New Zealand and internationally. Prior to joining the OMG! Team, Zoe worked for 8 years at Employers and Manufacturers Association headed the conferencing and events department and sitting on the senior management team.

General Manager since its inception, Zoe has been instrumental in developing the strategy and establishing our strategic partnerships, has lead the successful design and execution of the award winning OMGTech! Rangers events.

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Vaughan Fergusson

Vaughan is the Founder of retail software maker Vend - one of New Zealand’s most successful technology companies, employing more than 300 staff in London, Melbourne, Toronto, San Francisco, Wellington and Auckland.

In 2014 Vaughan was the winner of the EY Tech Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been a judge for the Entrepreneur of the Year programme since.

Vaughan is passionate about technology and making technology accessible – he believes New Zealand has the opportunity to create a whole new generation of innovators, inventors, and future technologists.

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Vivian Chandra

Vivian has been involved with the Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust from the very beginning, from an eager volunteer to her current role, Vivian is passionate about making tech accessible to all. Her day job involves demystifying digital technologies for the teachers of Aotearoa, in order to enable them to influence the next generation of kiwis to become creators with technology.

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Mati Beccatti

Matilde is the driving force behind our Rangers events and the Mana Tangata programme. She is passionate about creating strong positive relationships with community leaders, rangatahi and their whānau and building long-lasting partnerships that can benefit the communities we work with. Mati has a background in media and marketing and is heavily involved in the innovation and youth space.

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Kawana Wallace

Kawana began his journey of studying technology in 2013, where he discovered that he was one of only a handful of Maori studying digital technology and computer Sciences at tertiary in New Zealand. After this, he dedicated himself to improving Māori participation in computer Sciences and digital technologies.

Over the last 6 years he has worked with a range of people in different communities in the hopes that he might inspire school leadership, kaiako (teachers), rangatahi (youth), whānau (families), and communities to follow a path of technology education with confidence.

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Shannon Clarke

Shannon is a youth worker, a Kura kaupapa māmā, a funding nut, and a community development and project management enthusiast. Her passion is her whānau, talking to people, and bargain hunting at garage sales. With qualifications in communications, Te Reo Māori and professional bicultural supervision, Shannon came to the Trust passionate about building relationships with whānau, and rangatahi with the intention of discovering innovative tech solutions to key issues facing families and communities and walking alongside these communities.

Shannon joined the Trust after working at the Waikato district council as the Youth Engagement Advisor for 2 years where she did extensive work to develop the Youth engagement strategy.

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Andrew Watkins

Andrew started coding 40 years ago and his career reflects the growth of technology from early microprocessor based data loggers, through CPM and DOS PCs, Windows, Macs, Networks, Web, PDA, mobile phones, GPS Navigation devices to cloud based software services.

Andrew has experience as a software developer, team leader, system designer, architect, and product manager. From 2008 Andrew ran the software development team at NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research which was responsible for significant environmental and climate science information systems.

Andrew is married, has four adult children and one grandchild. They live in Kaiwaka where they are establishing a forest garden. For fun he sings in an acapella choir, draws, and plays guitar.

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Walter Lim

Walt is a designer obsessed with making sure technology serves people. He's working on the Voluntari.ly Platform, which brings together skilled tech volunteers, content providers, and schools to ensure that future students are well equipped to learn tech skills. In his spare time, you'll find him at hackathons, or building weird things with software.

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Eteroa Lafaele

Eteroa Lafaele is a proud Samoan women born and bred in Cannons Creek, Porirua. She is a STEM ambassador for Maori and Pasifika people in tech and made shock waves when she appeared on TVNZ and Seven sharp “showing them who was boss” when she danced across the stage at graduation.

She is currently a Graduate developer and Community Manager for Voluntari.ly. And she hopes to take this experience and use it to help her community and family!