We're a diverse bunch here at Optimation, with staff from around the world who can boast an impressive array of skills and qualifications.

But we all share a common delight in solving tough problems and we’re constantly on the lookout for smart, practical ideas you can use to improve the way you do business.

 

Neil Butler

Neil Butler

Chairman and Founder

Neil founded Optimation in 1992 and is committed to seeing the company and the ICT Industry grow, succeed, and create employment for New Zealanders.  He is looking at strategic partnerships and deepening Optimation's specialisations. He is also focused on developing Optimation Ventures, a vehicle to explore emerging technologies and joint ventures to develop IP we can share with our clients and leverage globally.

Neil is actively involved in a number of industry groups and he is a member of the Institute of Directors. He continues to work with ICT sector groups, undertaking some independent directorships and mentoring.

 

Alex Bouma

Alex Bouma

Chief Executive Officer

Alex is responsible for driving and executing a value growth strategy for the Optimation Group of companies across New Zealand and Australia. This includes building on existing long-term relationships with key clients, evaluating and supporting long-range and non-BAU initiatives, and supporting  the incubation and growth of new ventures.

Alex has an extensive background in IT professional services businesses. Most recently, he was HP’s Australia and New Zealand Global Delivery Manager, responsible for the Christchurch and Adelaide Application Services 'Near-Shore' Centres delivery across Australia and New Zealand. A committed Cantabrian, Alex has also served as Chair of the Canterbury Employment and Skills Board where he helped focus and drive local skills development as part of the rebuild.

Carl Church

Carl Church

Chief Operating Officer

Carl works cross-functionally across all areas of the business. He has a focus on enabling Optimation to execute on business strategies and grow value and has specific responsibility for Optimation’s finance, legal and business operations teams. Prior to joining Optimation, Carl was the COO at a maturing disrupter in the energy sector, and before that he held a regional leadership role within Deloitte's Asia Pacific Financial Services practice.

Carl is a Chartered Accountant and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand. He is originally from Southland, of Ngāi Tahu descent, and has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

David Norman

David Norman

Director, Delivery & Consulting

David heads up the substantive Delivery and Consulting arm of Optimation. He leads our Consulting team in designing innovative, effective solutions in areas like digital transformation, information management, and enterprise intelligence. David also looks after after all of the customer delivery for the Build and Integration teams and is responsible for the service delivery of all support and maintenance SLAs. 

David has a strong track record in the information technology and services industry. His recent professional experience has included senior roles managing delivery for large and complex organisations like Kiwirail. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from Auckland University, with a focus in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

John Watson

John Watson

Sales Director

John leads Optimation’s national team of Client Directors and is responsible for building strong and enduring client relationships across our New Zealand business. He is committed to fostering a consultative culture that ensures Optimation enjoys win-win partnerships with our clients by delivering solutions that generate sustained business value.

John has an extensive background in Sales, Marketing and General Management in the New Zealand ICT sector. As Sales Director and General Manager, he helped to grow a New Zealand start-up into a major player in the telco sector. More recently, he held a specialist position in Business Continuity Solutions.

Petar Bielovich

Petar Bielovich

General Manager Mentum Systems (Australia)

Petar has an impressive history in consulting and leadership positions and heads up our Australian business, Mentum Systems. Petar has over 20 years experience in Professional Services during which he has led the integration of ideas, people, strategies, processes and technology. Working for ThoughtWeb, PwC, IBM and now OGA, he has worked across the industries of Aerospace & Defence, Industrial Products, Consumer Products, Banking, Professional Services and Government, in South Africa, USA and Australia.