Our Executive Leadership Team ensures Callaghan Innovation is operationally sound and fit for purpose.
Vic has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.
Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.
She has been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.
General Manager – Market and Sectors
Erica leads the Sectors team, which supports the delivery of our products and services to customers as well as key initiatives such as the Technology and Founder Incubators programmes. She also oversees all aspects of policy and marketing at Callaghan Innovation.
Erica has extensive experience in business as a senior leader. She has driven technology transformation, as well as brand strategy, stakeholder engagement and digital marketing. She was part of the Group Executive Team at Datacom, where she led all aspects of communications for the business as it grew across New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia.
Erica also managed external relations for the BNZ for a number of years, where she played a key role in enabling the bank’s brand evolution, supported change as part of the Canterbury Recovery Group and built social media capability for customers. Before this, Erica worked as news and current affairs producer and an on-air business journalist for both TVNZ and Mediaworks. She also ran her own technology services businesses for the film and television industry.
General Manager – People and Capability
Esther has extensive public and private sector general management and HR experience. She specialises in HR strategy development and implementation, organisational design and development, and change management which includes organisational design, organisational and management audits and reviews, restructuring, and employment relations management and advice including mediation and collective employment agreement negotiations. She is former General Manager – Human Resources at ESR Ltd and previously held general manager positions for Tourism New Zealand, Infinity Solutions and Comtex Group. She has previously worked as an independent HR consultant and has a MBS (Hons).
General Manager – Research and Technical Services Operations
Heather was formerly Director of NZ Operations at Airbus. A Masters Graduate from Cranfield University, Heather started her career as a Flying Instructor, which culminated in her training military pilots from each of the three British armed services, and running the Defence Elementary Flying Training School, delivering pilot training with a fleet of contractor-owned aircraft.
Heather later managed the commercial aspects of support contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence within integrated project teams set up jointly between industry and defence. She has also worked for multi-national companies including Babcock, BAE Systems and Leonardo, and is an Executive Director on the NZ Defence Industry Association Board.
Heather is experienced working in R&D-focussed environments, particularly within aeronautical engineering organisations using sophisticated design and manufacturing approaches. She has a passion for innovation, creative thinking and working collaboratively with partners to deliver optimal solutions.
Chief Financial Officer
Matt is a Chartered Accountant with financial and senior level leadership experience across the health, government, wholesale supply and manufacturing sectors.
He has held a number of CFO roles, most recently with private hospital provider Acurity Health Group.
He began his career at global accounting firm Deloitte, where for 13 years he provided accounting and business advisory services to a diverse range of clients.
General Manager – Commercial Business
Paul has a background in international business and economic development in both the private and public sectors. He has been New Zealand trade commissioner in a number of locations throughout Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands and run the Industry Capability Network for NZTE. He has also held General Manager roles at the MetService winning Export NZ’s Wellington regional exporter award, and senior roles with organisations such as Objective Corporation and Airways New Zealand.
General Manager – Digital and Optimisation
Megan has a wealth of experience across multiple disciplines, having run large product portfolios and cross organisational programmes for some of the most innovative and market leading technology organisations in New Zealand and the World.
Previously the Global Manager of Revenue Programmes at Xero, Megan has worked with organisations including Spark Digital and Spark, THUS PLC & Demon Internet, Worldcom & UUNet, Xtra and Apple Computer.
Megan initially joined Callaghan Innovation as our Head of Optimisation focused on improving our organisational effectiveness and productivity with strong systems and processes underpinning how we work together to deliver for our customers and stakeholders; and quickly moved to accelerating the development and implementation of our ambitious digital strategy.
General Manager – Strategy, Impact and Insights
As an Executive Leader at New Zealand’s Innovation Agency, Rosalie drives the research, insights and foresights team fuelling an important mission – to activate innovation and help New Zealand businesses grow faster. She has deep experience in technology market disruption, strategic response, and forecasting impact, previously being head of market strategy and insights at Chorus, and having held research director, principal analyst and strategist roles with global research and consulting companies Ovum and IDC.
Updated: 16 April 2019