Meet some of our team

At Optimation, we have a large and talented team. Meet some of our people.

Alex Bouma - CEO

Alex Bouma - CEO

With over 25 years of experience in applying smart technology to businesses across the globe, Alex is our Chief Executive, and responsible for driving a growth strategy for the Optimation Group of companies across New Zealand and Australia. Alex’s experience spans multiple industries from Government, Defence and the Private Sector.  He has a special focus on the wider Justice Sector eco-system, as part of Optimation’s key relationship with NZ Corrections.

Alex was formerly an executive at HP for 14 years, with his last role there running Global Delivery of Application Services across Australia and NZ into India, The Philippines and China.

Carl Church - COO

Carl Church - COO

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.

 

Neil Butler - Chairman and Founder

Neil Butler - Chairman and Founder

Neil is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist who founded Optimation in 1992. He is inspired by the twin goals of helping organisations transform for productivity and competitive advantage, while contributing to a thriving, sustainable local ICT sector that provides people with rewarding careers.

Neil pioneered the formation of strategic partnerships that give customers global capabilities at New Zealand scale. He has also taken local ingenuity and IP to the world through Optimation Ventures.

Neil is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds several independent directorships and board advisory roles. He is involved in ICT sector groups including NZTech, and he provides mentoring and advice to a number of start-ups and innovators.

Craig McGrory - Executive Director, Talent Supply Solutions

Craig McGrory - Executive Director, Talent Supply Solutions

With a background in all things Talent Supply Chain related, from recruitment delivery to workforce strategy, Craig is a Talent Acquisition expert. As a career recruiter, his recent experience outside of New Zealand allows him to bring back thought leadership at the forefront of the TA debate. Craig gets to work with our clients on the big picture around effective talent acquisition methods, but more so, what it means for their employment brand and the nature of the engagement experience candidates can expect. Craig has a very natural and knowledgeable communication style that will help decipher the current TA noise and craft a deliberate and pragmatic pathway to the right solution for the right problem.

Philip Jones - General Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Philip Jones - General Manager, Strategic Initiatives

A Forester by trade, Philip has spent 10 years running forestry operations. He was introduced to things IT through managing mergers and acquisitions within Carter Holt Harvey Forests operations, and as a programme manager for CHH SAP implementations in the late ’90s. Transformation is the word to describe our General Manager’s career. Philip spent 10 years in business development and sales leadership roles focused on large multi-year ITO and business process outsourcing, with EDS and Axon. Back to the operations leadership last 7 years, Philip managed the Auckland Council contact centres through the transition from 9 centres, later in 2017 building a start-up business for Rhipe around their customer support capability. He has recently joined our new Auckland branch and is working close to our CEO Alex Bouma and chairman Neil Butler on developing a number of strategic business within the public sector across the Tasman.

Karl Belsham - Account Director Corrections New Zealand

Karl Belsham - Account Director Corrections New Zealand

Karl has more than 30 years proven experience in the IT industry working with Government, Commercial and Utility Sector clients.  With considerable experience in client relationship management, solution development, service delivery, programme management and financial management.  A results driven self-starter committed to delivering quality outcomes for our clients whilst being committed to maintaining integrity, respect and trust.  A skilled networker and collaborator who adds value by establishing and building relationships with key people in organisations to facilitate business win/win solutions.  A natural influencer, who is able to focus large teams on a single goal/outcome.  Karl is an open, enthusiastic and energetic person who brings a positive approach to colleagues and clients alike.  Karl’s values (open, honest, integrity - his word is his bond) ensures he brings commitment and determination to all his responsibilities. 

 Mary Cording - Group HR Manager

Mary Cording - Group HR Manager

With extensive experience in Human Resources and a strong commercial understanding of working with fast-paced, agile, diverse, high growth and change businesses, Mary is a passionate and innovative HR Leader that delivers results. With proven strength and passion for developing people and business improvement, Mary focuses on growth through leadership, culture and capability development. Delivering results and supporting people excel to deliver their full potential internally and externally is what thrives her to succeed.

John Watson - Sales Director

John Watson - Sales Director

With over 20 years’ experience across a number of industry verticals, such as Finance, banking & insurance, Manufacturing, Utilities, and Logistics, Johns focus is on the customers’ business outcome and success.

Experience ranging from a start-up Telecommunications provider that became the 3rd largest provider in NZ, a Systems Integrator focused on transition to cloud and outsourced managed services, and most recently delivering Business Continuity Solutions to customers to ensure compliance with contract and regulatory obligations.

John is our Sales Director and works with the Client Directors across the business on sales strategy and ensuring the client experience is always exemplary.

John’s ability to Interpret, understand and even expand on customer’s business opportunities or issues results in delivery of tailored and innovative solutions for our customer’s success.

Sarah O'Sullivan - Corporate Counsel

Sarah O'Sullivan - Corporate Counsel

Sarah is our corporate and commercial lawyer.  She has experience as a commercial lawyer working in the corporate sector (both the arts and technology fields) in NZ and the UK, and specialises in ICT and technology related advice. Sarah has advised on a wide range of projects including large-scale ICT outsourcing deals.  She provides pragmatic legal and commercial solutions to assist in the delivery of great business outcomes.  Sarah is an ICAgile Certified Professional.

Daniel Gray - Principal Consultant

Daniel Gray - Principal Consultant

Daniel has developed a solid foundation in assisting organisations to harness customer journeys and interactions as an asset and drive real value from user experience.  Daniel has a broad range of skills in the UX and Information Management space including both design and technical capabilities. He has successfully defined user requirements and journeys in intranet and web development projects for large organisations and designed and prototyped web-based and mobile apps in commercial environments.

Daniel’s key focus and passion is in delivering effective, creative, digital services that add value to businesses but also keep a clear focus on user interactions and user adoption.

Sarah McClintock - Senior Consultant

Sarah McClintock - Senior Consultant

Sarah’s journey into Business Consulting started in the New Zealand IT industry and she has since utilised her skills internationally working in Australia, the UK and Sweden.

Sarah has knowledge of multiple industries, mainly working as a Consultant on software delivery and business transformation portfolios. Sarah thrives in Agile delivery-driven environments and is progressing along the Agile Coaching track. Her tenacious appetite for delivery makes working within a transformation environment her passion. She gets a real buzz out of assessing the constantly changing, and sometimes complex, stakeholder needs from multiple areas, and bringing these together to provide a unified approach to aid in designing both business and people change solutions.

Her natural attraction to being a conduit within a business and acting as the bridge between the business context and technical applicability of specific needs, such that the solutions meet both the business and Customer needs, is a testament to her skill set. 

David Norman - General Manager, Delivery

David Norman - General Manager, Delivery

With over 30 years of experience in the ICT industry, David is General Manager of our Consult, Develop and Support business. He is experienced in leading large cross-functional teams to deliver excellent outcomes for customers from innovating through to operate.

David has a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering and has extensive experience in technical, sales, delivery and leadership roles spanning multiple industries from both Private Sector and Government.  He has successfully led the delivery of a number of significant infrastructure, outsource and application projects.

David is passionate about leveraging the power of technology, teams and innovation to help solve customers’ business problems.

Sophia Hobman - Practice Lead

Sophia Hobman - Practice Lead

Sophia is a seasoned IT professional with a background in systems development, project management, support and outsourcing but with a speciality in Software Testing.  Sophia has worked in most industries and phases of testing.  She is a respected independent Senior Test Consultant having been involved in the inaugural ANZTB (Australian New Zealand Testing Board) and spoken at several NZ testing conferences.  Sophia has worked for 23 years in multi-national and kiwi owned organisations leading testing capabilities.  Sophia understands what it takes to build successful teams and trust relationships with clients.  She is able to tailor pragmatic solutions for digital solutions, ERP projects and bespoke solutions.

Nigel Sloley - Manager, Service Delivery

Nigel Sloley - Manager, Service Delivery

Nigel has managed various facets of Government and Commercial application systems development and systems integration projects along with complex application support and maintenance environments while employed with major information technology organisations in New Zealand and the UK.

He has successfully contributed to a wide variety of information technology activities for a number of large New Zealand organisations and has led initiatives to implement and transform business functions to ensure strategic goals are realised with the most appropriate and commercially viable technologies available.

Nigel has worked as a Delivery Leader and Information Systems Specialist and has wide experience across all facets of software development, delivery and management.

Stewart Baird - Principal Architect

Stewart Baird - Principal Architect

Stewart leads the architecture practice at Optimation, where he is responsible for ensuring quality enterprise and solution architecture services for customers.   Stewart brings his wealth of technical and business experience to any engagement, focusing on practical outcomes.

A published author and strong advocate for Agile methods, he works closely with customers as they define strategy and deliver results.  He is equally comfortable working in large, multi-year programmes or small, targeted advisory engagement.

Ruchir Goel - Client Director

Ruchir Goel - Client Director

 Ruchir has worked within the IT & Consulting industry for over 20 years.  His forte is business applications and consulting, he has a solid background in account management and service delivery.  Much of his time has been spent working with Optimation’s enterprise customers.

Ruchir is a post graduate in management (MBA) and has spent time in Sydney with HCL Technologies before coming to Wellington.  Prior to joining Optimation he worked at Fujitsu New Zealand for over 15 years.

Ruchir takes pride in forging and maintaining long-term relationships and providing value-added services to his customers.

 

Philippa McQuillan - PMO Manager

Philippa McQuillan - PMO Manager

Philippa has experience in governance of large, medium and small scale IT projects with an attention to detail including planning, communication, financial and commercial management.  She strives to drive a strong culture of accuracy in reporting, governance, delivery of financial reporting (including detailed analysis) and process.  Philippa has a passion and a desire to continually re-evaluate standards and process and actively engage in problem solving to achieve continuous improvement and results.  Philippa favours process and order, keeping things simple and transparent for all parties, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved while continuing to drive impactful business change across Optimation.

Kris Kincaid - Client Director

Kris Kincaid - Client Director

With nearly 20 years’ experience in corporate sales and a strong background in IT, Kris is an accomplished client director, and an outstanding sales professional with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and information services industries. Kris has strong commercial skills in enterprise software, digital solutions, partner relationship management, customer relationship management (CRM), and go-to-market strategy.

He is passionate about helping organisations realise their potential through innovative software solutions. Kris is driven by helping customers overcome complex challenges.

Adam Theyers-Hasemore - Test Consultant

Adam Theyers-Hasemore - Test Consultant

Adam is Optimation's Test Consultant with over 20 years of testing experience. Adam has led the testing on many projects throughout his career, he has successfully delivered  large complex projects in both government and private organisations.

Having held many leadership roles throughout his career, he has been responsible for leading and developing testing professionals and teams over many years.

Adam has experience working with companies throughout NZ and internationally, he builds and develops great working relationships with both Information Technology and Business Teams.

Karthick Subramani - Client Director

Karthick Subramani - Client Director

Karthick is an experienced ICT professional with over 16 years of experience. He has proven record spanning Business Development, Account Management, Software development and Training.

He is a digital business transformation management evangelist who prides himself on helping customers drive digital transformation, that adds genuine value to their business.

Karthick is a post-graduate in Information Management from Victoria University, before joining Optimation he has worked with SilverStripe, Fujitsu and Fronde.