Board of directors
Shaun has a background in international banking and has provided strategic direction to New Zealand technology businesses. With experience in both small start-ups and large-scale commercial operations, he brings the unique know-how required to concurrently manage both current and future opportunities for successful business growth. In 2014, Shaun was awarded a Prime Minister's Business Scholarship to study at Harvard Business School and London Business School on innovation, emerging markets, strategy for value creation, and global business leadership. In 2014 Pencarrow Private Equity secured an equity stake in Seequent to help drive growth into new markets. Seequent’s continued success has been recognised by a number of business and technology awards. In 2018 leading Silicon Valley technology focused private equity firm Accel-KKR became the company’s majority shareholder, with Pencarrow remaining as a shareholder. The investment and additional support from Accel-KKR will further drive Seequent’s rapid global expansion, including new market development, product innovation and further acquisitions.
Nigel is currently on the boards of Seequent, MMC and Netlogix.
Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Andy worked with Peak Rock Capital and the Gores Group focused on control investments across a variety of industries, including the technology, business services and industrial sectors. Previously, Andy worked with Technology Crossover Ventures focused on sourcing, evaluating and executing late stage growth equity investments in leading software and technology infrastructure companies. Andy started his career in the technology investment banking group of J.P. Morgan in San Francisco.
Andy is currently a Director of FastSpring and Seequent. Andy received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Dean was a Vice President with Summit Partners where he was involved in private equity investments in the technology and financial services sectors. Prior to Summit, Dean worked as a Director of Corporate Development at Vonage, a leading provider of digital phone services. Before Vonage, Dean was an Associate Director at 3i, a leading global private equity firm where he focused on the firm’s later-stage technology investing practice in the United States. Dean started his career in the technology group at Robertson Stephens where he worked with growing companies in the semiconductor, hardware, storage and digital media sectors.
Dean’s current board seats include FastSpring, FM:Systems, iSolved HCM, Seequent, Springbrook Software, SugarCRM and TELCOR.
Dean’s former selected directorships include JAGGAER (sold to Cinven in 2019), Cielo (sold to the Permira Funds in 2019), Oildex (sold to Drillinginfo in 2018), Episerver (sold to Insight Venture Partners in 2018), Datapipe (acquired by Rackspace in 2017), Abila (sold to Community Brands in 2017), KANA Software (sold to Verint Systems (NASD: VRNT) in 2014) and The Endurance International Group (sold to a private equity consortium in 2011).
Dean received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller scholar and his A.B. from Harvard University.
Tom’s current board seats include FastSpring, iMed, Kerridge Commercial Systems, Lemontech, Seequent, Smart Communications, Springbrook Software, TrueCommerce and Vitu.
Tom’s former selected directorships include: Abila (sold to Community Brands for $285 million in 2017), Alias (sold to Autodesk for $200 million in 2006), Applied Predictive Technologies (sold to MasterCard for $600 million in 2015), Blackhawk Network (HAWK: NASDAQ) (sold to Silver Lake Partners for $3.5 billion in 2018), CRS Retail Systems (sold to Epicor for $121 million in 2005), Endurance (sold to a private equity consortium led by Warburg Pincus in 2011 for $1.0 billion), Episerver (sold to Insight Venture Partners for $1.2 billion in 2018), HighJump Software (sold to Körber AG for $750 million in 2017), IntrinsiQ Research (sold to AmerisourceBergen in 2011), iTradeNetwork (sold to Roper Industries for $525 million in 2010), Jaggaer (sold to Cinven for $1.6B in 2019), KANA Software (sold to Verint Systems for $514 million in 2014), Oildex (sold to Drillinginfo in 2018), Saber (sold to EDS for $460 million in 2007), Savista (sold in a series of transactions for over $100 million to Accenture and Torex Retail Systems in 2006) and Systems & Software (sold to Constellation Software in 2007).
Prior to joining Accel-KKR in 2000, Tom was a Managing Director at Nassau Capital, a private equity firm engaged in investing $2.5 billion of Princeton University’s endowment, where for four years he led growth equity investments and buyouts in technology, energy, media and healthcare. Prior to Nassau Capital, Tom ran Business Development at McGaw, a successful leveraged buyout led by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and ABS Capital. Tom started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he worked with emerging growth and technology companies. Tom has been a guest lecturer on private equity topics at Stanford University and Princeton University.
Tom received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his A.B. from Princeton University.
Shaun has a background in international banking and has provided strategic direction to New Zealand technology businesses. With experience in both small start-ups and large-scale commercial operations, he brings the unique know-how required to concurrently manage both current and future opportunities for successful business growth. In 2014, Shaun was awarded a Prime Minister's Business Scholarship to study at Harvard Business School and London Business School on innovation, emerging markets, strategy for value creation, and global business leadership.
He brings leadership, commercial and operational experience from multiple geographies, sectors and functions. These include financial services, renewable energy, international charter shipping and forest management, holding roles in Australia, UK and New Zealand. He gained a first-class honours degree in Forestry Science from Canterbury University, MBA and Diploma in Management Consulting from Leeds UK. His connection with Canterbury University continues as Chairman of the MBA board.
Philip previously worked at the New Zealand Treasury and in the Beehive as Economic Advisor to the New Zealand Minister of Finance. Philip has Commerce and Law degrees from the University of Auckland.
Daniel joined Seequent in 2017 as General Manager of the Civil & Environmental division. He brings over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry, including executive roles with Trimble in both start-up and large established business units. He has global executive experience in strategy, business performance, marketing, sales and general management, having built and led teams from inception to many hundreds in size.
Daniel has an MBA from the University of Colorado and Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Surveying degrees from Otago University, New Zealand.
Before relocating to New Zealand in 2013 she spent many years at Amazon.com and most recently was the Head of Marketing for Meridian Energy.
Melanie’s role includes managing Seequent’s brand direction, content creation, UI and UX functions, digital, marketing, and design.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a MBA from the University of Canterbury.
Prior to this he spent 14 years with Siemens Enterprise Communications (now Unify) in a variety of roles including VP Strategic Business Development and VP Strategic Portfolio Integration, following several years at IBM Canada as an IS systems operational team leader.
He started his career as a Project Geologist and worked on numerous geological exploration projects in Canada and Guyana. James gained a B.Sc. (hons) in Geological Sciences from Ontario’s Queen’s University.
She has a background in technology law and worked in private practice in New Zealand and Scotland before moving in-house in London. She spent several years as a senior lawyer and then General Counsel at lastminute.com before returning to New Zealand and joining Seequent in 2016.
Emma's team provides day to day legal support to the entire business including the regional teams and head office corporate services as well as supporting strategic projects and initiatives. Her role also includes IP protection and disputes management.
Before relocating to New Zealand, she spent many years in investment banking recruitment and marketing for clients; Credit Suisse First Boston, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and AXA Investment Managers.
She has worked with a wide range of companies and industry sectors in New Zealand as a media & communications consultant, advisor and strategy specialist, including primary industry, property Investment, engineering, and local government.
Clare holds a degree in Politics from Durham University, England and studied Oenology at Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Prior to joining Seequent Phil’s career was in the Telecommunications domain; initially for Telecom NZ and then for IBM New Zealand for 20 years. Within IBM Phil’s roles encompassed Product Development, Systems Implementation, Key Account Management and Sales. His most recent role at IBM was Head of the Communications Sector for New Zealand.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she held leadership and consulting roles in technical and executive search before joining the Human Resources team of one of the world’s largest energy companies to experience recruitment and talent management from the inside. These comprehensive roles allowed her to gain valuable expertise through her involvement in large-scale workforce strategic planning, HR process and policy design, job evaluation, training program development, career management, and recruitment leadership. As Chief People Officer, it's Lisa's mandate to foster a world-class place for people to do their best work together.
Leading this region, Nick brings dynamic leadership, vision, and Strategic business practice to ensure ongoing growth in this region.
Nick joined Seequent in 2015 to lead the company’s Mining and Minerals sector during which time he was responsible for the global growth and sales performance of the division. Prior to this Nick held the roles of Global Sales and Channel Director and Regional Director Latin America. A qualified solicitor by training, Nick has 15 years of experience advising on and implementing international sales and marketing initiatives and in 2015 was awarded a New Zealand Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship to study at the London Business School.
Developing hardware, software and service solutions, these enterprises operated in markets ranging from alternative energy to local government and from healthcare to the mining industry. Most recently he was Vice President, Americas for Gemcom Software, both before and after their acquisition by Dassault Systèmes and Chief Operating Officer for MineSense Technologies. Iain was a member of the Board of Directors of Platinum Group Metals Ltd from 2000 to 2020.
Iain holds a BSc degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Committed to lifelong learning he also holds a BA in Archaeology from the University of Leicester and most recently completed (2016) an M.Phil in Egyptology from Cambridge University. His research has focused on Pharaonic Gold Mining.
Throughout his career in technology companies, he has been involved in complex ‘go to market’ activities and has focused on creating strong teams to implement strategic plans.
With more than 30 years of experience working with geoscientific data, technology and services related to the Earth Sciences, most recently Ana Cristina was the Managing Director for the Geosoft office in Latin America, working with similar services and solutions for the regional customers for Mining, Government, Energy and Environmental sectors.
She started her career as a Systems Analyst, processing geophysical data at BP Minerals in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
Joining Seequent in July 2020, Colin brings over 20 years experience across a variety of B2B technology sectors and stages. Lucky to have worked across Asia, and the US, his depth of exposure is across the EMEA region. The last 10 years has seen Colin engaged in PE technology companies, and latterly was VP Europe for a high-growth SaaS customer-experience platform.
Building on a first career in the British Army, Colin has a focus on teams, leadership and execution, and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.