Pat O’Connell – Board Chairman

Pat is Christchurch based, and for the past 10 years has been CIO of the Rank Group, a private company with extensive manufacturing interests and operating concerns worldwide. Pat has worked in and around the IT industry all his working life, in various roles, ranging from a technical focus through to management. Prior to his current role he was CIO of Carter Holt Harvey, and earlier worked in technology at Telecom New Zealand and consulting with Ernst & Young.

He has two grown daughters, and enjoys running, cycling, and swimming, and sometimes a bit of climbing. He holds an MBA from Australia’s Southern Cross University.

Pat O’Connell has served as a TUANZ board member since 2006 and as TUANZ Chair since 2010.


Liz Gosling – Board Deputy Chair

Liz Gosling is the Chief Information Officer at Auckland University of Technology.

She leads a team of 170 people, and is responsible for information technology provision for AUT’s staff and students, including 6,500 + desktop and laptop computers, IT and Digital plans, networking, audio visual services, innovation, contracts and software licensing, customer relationships and support services, as well as the development teams and infrastructure.

Her role is focussed on contributing to the University’s strategic direction, creating and executing ICT strategy, building collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the University and ensuring that ICT delivers excellent services and value.

Liz studied Computer Science at the University of Westminster in London, and holds an MBA (Human Resources Management), Distinction from AUT. She has worked in the IT industry for over three decades, in New Zealand, the US, UK and Europe, in a variety of roles in commercial and not for profit organisations, and in both vendors and client companies. Liz is a faculty member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute, of which she was previously Director. She was chair of the Universities NZ Information and Communications Technology Committee for four years and was also the New Zealand invited board member on the CAUDIT Executive. She has spoken as international keynote at a number of conferences.

Her professional interests include customer relationship management, human resources and change management and staff development. She is passionate about the need for all New Zealanders to access high speed, high quality and affordable internet connectivity, and about the transformative power of education.


Jenna Woolley – Contact Officer

Jenna Woolley is the Executive General Manager, Technology for Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). She leads a team of 30, and is responsible for all ICT delivery across 8 campus locations. Bringing a strategic emphasis to the role, Jenna is focused on building a digital strategy and roadmap that transforms the way staff and students engage with technology.

Leaving her role as Head of Strategy and Planning at Network for Learning (N4L) to join MIT, Jenna builds on a deep understanding of the education landscape and how it interfaces with technology. Jenna has broad experience on both sides of the ICT industry. She has worked in strategy roles with Soltius, Telecom Retail, and as an industry analyst with IDC. She has also worked with both NZTech and the TCF facilitating industry working groups.

Jenna is passionate about technology as a catalyst for change and growth in New Zealand. She believes it starts with education and ensuring equitable access to digital technologies and enabling new ways of learning. She has seen first hand the potential of technology to create regional employment opportunities and prosperity. To fully capitalise on this, technology and connectivity need to thrive in the regions in both education and industry.


Clayton Balle

Clayton Balle is passionate about positive change for the benefit of New Zealand’s next generation, recognising the dynamic nature of the technology horizons that are rapidly approaching . This is demonstrated every day in his role at Westpac. As well as active involvement across a variety of initiatives developing leadership skills through the next generation:

  • Reverse Mentoring to Westpac Executive team members
  • Westpac’s Youth Ambassador programme
  • Rotary Young Leader Awardee
  • Future Leader in Technology (FLINT) Leadership Team
  • Westpac’s Technology Culture Transformation Team 

Clayton is passionate about empowering future leaders to seize opportunities and help influence decisions about the country and world we live in. He strongly believes in delivery of superior service to customers is key to success of any organisation. 

As the Telco Product Owner and Service Assurance Manager, Clayton takes responsibility for the Telco portfolio across Westpac New Zealand Ltd. This is a multi-vendor environment developing innovative vision and delivering sustainable services.

In his vision, Clayton sees an opportunity to further TUANZ’s position as the trusted, respected and relevant thought leadership body across the Telco industry in New Zealand.

Clayton was elected to the TUANZ Board in 2017.


Donna Spargo

Donna is a dedicated telecommunications user and industry professional who is passionate about NZ digitally connecting with the world and the benefits this will bring. She has been working in the telecommunications industry for the past 18 years since joining CLEAR Communication in 1997. Currently working at Downer NZ as National Manager of the Work Management Centre, which is responsible for dispatching and managing over 600k jobs a year for many of NZ’s key service providers.

Recently Donna has led Stakeholder, Health and Safety and Quality teams working on the NBN roll out in Australia. Prior to this she has worked in strategic roles representing Downer with key national clients and TelstraClear with the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) to implement the Customer Transfer Codes and Customer Complaint Codes and Local and Mobile Number Portability. Her background in telecommunications has included working as a call centre representative to more technical analyst roles integrating ordering and billing systems. Donna graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Business Administration from University of Newcastle.


Malcolm Condie


Malcolm Condie has had a long and varied career in the technology industry in NZ. He has worked in the media, health, manufacturing, distribution and finance industries in various roles all with telecommunications accountabilities. This includes leading the operations and infrastructure teams for the trans-Tasman business of Oxygen Business Solutions (CHH). During his subsequent tenure at TelstraClear, Malcolm lead the project developing New Zealand’s first full MVNO for TelstraClear with Telecom, now Spark.

Malcolm has strengths in datacentre, business continuity, infrastructure and customer advocacy. He currently holds a technology leadership role with ANZ bank, and most recently was responsible for merging the technology capability of ING NZ into the ANZ Bank in NZ.

Malcolm has been on the TUANZ Board since 2016.


Maxine Elliott

Maxine Elliott’s 25-year career as a senior B2B business leader in New Zealand and Australia has drawn upon her strong management, marketing and commercial skills.

Prior to joining Vocus Communications, Maxine was CEO at Ultrafast Fibre, and earlier, GM at Vector Communications, a start-up fibre network.

Her track record in these roles shows an outstanding ability for strategy, leadership and delivery. From being the first to introduce a one gigabit Internet product to New Zealand’s residential market to transforming her previous workplace into a ‘best place to work’, Maxine is highly respected for tackling and resolving complex issues.

Following Vocus’ acquisition of FX Networks and more recently Amcom, her role as CEO at Vocus NZ is, in her words, ‘the most exciting yet’, as the company challenges the status quo within the industry. With the constant transformations in the industry and the benefits that innovations in telecommunications can bring to New Zealand’s business community, she sees more opportunity than ever for the industry to make a real difference in people’s lives and the businesses that drive the country forward.


Rob McDonnell


Rob McDonnell is the Head of Digital Enterprise at Air New Zealand, and has over 20 years of IT and Telecommunications industry experience. In this role he is responsible for the digital enterprise environments and platforms, including mobility, their roadmaps, strategies, innovation and delivery. Being a global 24/7 organisation, with critical operations, telecommunications plays a big part in the operations and in the lives of the staff at Air New Zealand. Rob had previously managed online and mobile customer facing platforms, with innovation a key component for success. Prior to this, Rob spent 6 years with Vodafone NZ and also had a year with Meteor back in Ireland. Having left Ireland 20 years ago, he has consulted in ERP and CRM around Europe and the Middle East prior to moving to Auckland.

Rob has been on the TUANZ Board since 2016.


Tristan Ilich

Tristan is passionate about Digital, IoT and Advanced Technologies which can create real human, business and social benefits. As a Chartered Professional Engineer by background, and with a strong focus on project delivery and client service excellence, Tristan is a recognised Data & Telco industry leader with over 20 years experience in NZ, Australia and the UK. Tristan has a proven track record in the area of governance, project directorship and engineering design across wide range of Data & Telco infrastructure deployments for mobile and fixed networks, core nodes and exchanges, co-location facilities, data centres, disaster recovery facilities and mission critical systems for a range of public and private enterprises. Tristan is currently leading Aurecon’s Data & Telco business in NZ focusing on managing key client relationships as well as developing new service offerings to clients in IoT, Digital Advisory and Data & Telco Infrastructure Asset Management. Tristan is the TUANZ representative on the NZ IoT Alliance.

Tristan has been on the TUANZ Board since 2016.


Vaughan Baker


As the Managing Director of MyRepublic New Zealand, the fibre focused broadband provider currently disrupting the telecommunications and content industries, Vaughan is actively involved in the industry, and strongly believes that we all have a role to ensure the promise of initiatives such as the UFB and RBI programmes and separation of Telecom is delivered for the benefit of all Kiwis. For more than a decade, he has been an advocate for ubiquitous ultra-fast broadband and its potential to transform New Zealand’s economy and way of life, and is a firm believer that New Zealand will grow its capacity to compete globally. As the CEO of the New Zealand Regional Fibre Group, Vaughan played a pivotal role in enabling a structure of locally owned and managed network companies to deliver open access fibre to retail providers. As a result of this undertaking, today approximately 30% of the UFB network is built and managed by local fibre companies.

Vaughan has been on the TUANZ Board since 2016.