Digital Future Aotearoa

Our People

Our Staff


Michael Trengrove – general Manager

Michael is an experienced Agile Test Engineer who works with software teams focused on moving towards a high-performance culture. Michael is the co-founder of Code Club Aotearoa, a grassroots response to the huge skills gap faced by the Aotearoa New Zealand IT industry. Michael’s interest in teaching kids to code was sparked by a three-year period living in the Brazilian Amazon where access to education, computers and the internet was restricted to a privileged few. Michael is based in Christchurch

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Scott is an experienced entrepreneur with a lifelong curiosity for discovering new technologies and transforming them into successful solutions. An enduring passion for working with tech startups has seen Scott develop a broad range of skills encompassing leadership, product management and software development. Scott has worked the past 6 years in the education space building an EdTech startup which was purchased by Family Zone, an ASX listed company. Scott is based in Christchurch.


Kate Allan – Project Manager, Code Club 4 Teachers

Kate started with Code Club Aotearoa team as the South Island Volunteer Coordinator, but has recently taken on the new role of Project Manager, Code Club 4 Teachers. Her background is in education management and she is thrilled to be on board with Code Club to support exciting opportunities within education and technology. Kate is based in Christchurch.


Rebecca Donnelly – Educational resource developer

Rebecca is a science communicator from the UK with a variety of experience engaging both children and adults in science. She started off as working as a researcher in computational biology before discovering a love for teaching. Her work has taken her around the world, from presenting live science shows at festivals to leading cyber security workshops in the UAE. She is excited to combine her skills in communication and teaching with her love for tech. Rebecca is based in Christchurch.


Siobhan O'Connor – Volunteer Coordinator

Siobhan is an Enspiral Dev Academy graduate who has recently joined the team as the Volunteer Coordinator. Her background is in coordination in the public sector and she is excited to be a part of the growth of edu-tech in Aotearoa. Siobhan is based in Auckland.


kirialana wilson – Training Facilitator

Kiri has a wealth of experience in facilitating Māori focussed forums in te reo Māori for over fifteen years. With a background in education from ECE, Primary and Tertiary, Kiri has taught at Te Wananga o Aotearoa and kura kaupapa around Aotearoa. Her passion is leading wanange for kapa haka, curriculum and reo strategies for a wide range of audiences. Kiri is an expert facilitator and can effectively connect and inspire workshop participants from a range of backgrounds and ages.


UAI LIU – Educational Resource DEveloper

Uai spent four years working in South Auckland as a STEM teacher, with a focus on Pasifika and Maori achievement in these fields. He is now working for DFA to develop learning material for Code Club 4 Teachers and the Electric Garden with a focus on student engagement and developing rich cross-curricular content. Uai is based in Christchurch.


Joe Mulder – software/hardware engineer

Joe is a recent graduate from the University of Canterbury studying Computer Engineering. He is working on the Electric Garden software and hardware redesigns to connect it to IoT networks such as LoRa and Cat-M1, to allow the device to connect and send data straight out of the box. He is also working on changing existing aspects or adding new features to the Electric Garden. Joe is based in Christchurch.


Sarah Barnett – Digital and Social Media Lead

Sarah oversees our social media and web presence, and uses her eagle editing eye to QA written material for all streams of DFA work. She has a background in creative writing and IT management, and loves being part of an organisation that wants to make a Aotearoa a better place. Sarah is based in Wellington.


Rigby R0b0t – OFFICE Robot

Rigby is an autonomous, humanoid robot. They have a background in self-configuration and modularizing architecture. Rigby keeps up everyone's morale, performs complex mathematical calculations, and waters the plants. Whenever Rigby has a great idea – and they're all great – a light bulb pops above their head.


Our Board


Victoria MacLennan – Board Chair

Victoria is well known in the Aotearoa New Zealand IT business community, as Managing Director of Wellington-based companies OptimalBI, Optimal People and Optimal Labs, director of Noted, FlatpakNZ, LOUD! In Public, the Draper Cormack Group, and was named IT Professional of the Year at ITx in 2016. Victoria also chairs the Digital Skills Forum and co-chairs NZRise.


Professor Tim Bell

Professor Tim Bell is one of the brains behind the successful Computer Science Unplugged education programme which has developed an international following among mathematics and computer science educators since it was launched in the early 1990s. Tim received the 2011 University of Canterbury’s Innovation Medal, one of the University’s highest honours, and has been awarded the 2018 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education.


Kris Morrison

Kris leads leads the corporate, technology and startup advisory team at Parry Field Lawyers, and regularly advises on business structuring, acquisitions, intellectual property ownership and licensing, software agreements, services agreements and joint venture agreements, as well as solvency issues affecting business operations. Kris acts for a number of not for profits, charities, social enterprises, and has expertise in the framework that governs state integrated schools in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Sam White – Treasurer

Sam is Manager at Deloitte Private, New Zealand. His accountancy experiences include reporting on business performance and SaaS metrics; advising on and implementing cloud based finance and management information systems; providing accounting and taxation services; using excel to create high quality customised financial models; and providing business advice on day-to-day policies and processes through to the preparation of strategic business plans.


Selva Ganapathy – Board intern

Selva works as a Sustainability Executive at the Christchurch Casino. With a background in Chemical Engineering and a MBA, he has been actively involved with NGOs working in the education space in India. He has volunteered with AID India since 2003, and is interested to learn how governance functions in non-profits. As Code Club Aotearoa is a volunteer-driven organization, Selva brings in a lot of value to the board and the organization from his earlier volunteering experiences.