Phil Norman

Phil Norman

Chairman

Phil was the founding Chairman of Xero Limited, one of New Zealand’s most successful publicly listed technology companies, and retired from Xero’s Board in July 2012 after five years’ service.
Phil’s current director roles include the Independent Chairmanship of Loyalty New Zealand Limited and Chair of NZAX listed VMob Group Limited. He also holds director positions in a number of other SME’s.Phil is Managing Director of Nortek Management Services Limited, a boutique business advisory firm providing investment banking, strategy and governance services for growth companies.

He has over thirty years experience working with small and mid-sized companies in a number of industry sectors and has been an owner, manager, director and investor in a number of local and international businesses.Phil served as Chairman of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association during 2002 and 2003 and was for six years a member of NZTE’s New Zealand Beachheads Advisory Board, resigning in June 2010.

Grant Straker

Grant Straker

CEO

Grant co-founded Straker in 1999 with his wife Merryn. Along with Merryn, Grant was the winner of the 2018 master category for NZ Entrepreneur of the Year.

Grant has extensive experience in the language translation market, wide ranging technical, sales and business skills, combined with his strong entrepreneurial drive, have placed him in an ideal position to help accelerate the growth of Straker.

He is of Maori decent from the Ngati Raukawa Iwi, and served as a paratrooper in the British Army before founding Straker.

Grant is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Steve Donovan

Steve Donovan

Director

Steve is a former partner of Ernst & Young. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the U.K. and has operated within the IT and finance industry in New Zealand for a number of years. Steve has been working with technology companies across a range of industries.

Katrina Johnson

Katrina Johnson

Director

Katrina is an independent director of Trade Me Group Limited, and a member of its Audit and Risk Management Committee. Trade Me operates New Zealand’s largest online marketplace, and is a dual ASX and NZX listed business with a market cap of approximately NZ$2 billion.
Katrina was named “General Counsel of the Year” at the 2017 Australian Law Awards and “General Counsel of the Year” at the 2017 Women in Law Awards.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Director

Paul has had extensive private equity investment experience as a Director of CHAMP Private Equity in Sydney and New York, with MetLife in London, and as Executive Director at media focused investment group, Illyria Pty Ltd. Paul is Chairman of SiteMinder and iPRO and a Director of Viocorp International, Yellow Pages (New Zealand), the Rajasthan Royals IPL cricket franchise, and ASX listed Vita Group Limited. Paul has a B. Bus, Banking and Finance from QUT and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Director

Tim founded ValueClick Japan KK in 1998 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Tim founded ValueCommerce Co. Ltd. (Formerly Trans Pacific Inc.) in 1996. Mr. Williams is one of the original pioneers in the Japanese Internet and advertising industry. His vision and record of achievement are mirrored through the success and growth of ValueCommerce. He came back to Transpacific Inc. with a vision to develop a performance marketing platform as a new project which launched in November 1999. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of ValueCommerce and focused on M&A and other strategic business development opportunities for ValueCommerce. Mr. Williams served as the Chairman of ValueCommerce Co. Ltd since 2006. He has been a Director of The Icehouse Limited since June 2012. Tim graduated from Canterbury University with a BSc in Molecular biology.