CEO, Director, Co-Founder
Selwyn Pellett has redefined the term “serial entrepreneur” for many New Zealanders and currently has an active portfolio of five companies he has successfully founded, including Imarda. Among his success stories is network security and monitoring company Endace Limited, which listed in the UK in 2005 on the AIM:EDA. Selwyn not only co-founded Endace but served as the company’s CEO and Chairman until 2010.
He cut his teeth in the global technology arena as the Senior VP Asia-Pac for Avnet, a global Fortune 500 technology distributor, where he was responsible for revenues of $US1billion+ and involved in multiple acquisitions across the Asia-Pacific region.
Selwyn is an active member of the technology industry in New Zealand and was named as a Flying Kiwi and NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame member by the New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust in 2009 in recognition of his sustained contribution to growing New Zealand’s hi-tech sector.
Neil Richardson was a co-founder and Chairman of Endace (2000 – 2005) and participated in its listing on the UK AIM: EDA in 2005. Prior to this he was managing director of agricultural electronics manufacturer Gallagher Group. As a professional director he has served on numerous boards and was Chairman of the Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST) from 1999-2004, AgResearch (1994-1999), Optical Holdings Limited (1997 – 2008) and Norris Ward McKinnon (2001- 2004), and a Director of WEL Energy (1991 – 1996).
Neil is currently Chairman of New Zealand Home Loans. An adjunct professor of the University of Waikato School of Management, Neil holds a Bachelor’s Degree (with Merit) in Commerce (marketing), a Master’s Degree in Commerce (marketing strategy and consumer behaviour) from the University of New South Wales, and a Juris Doctor Degree (business and trade practices law) from Southern Illinois University (US).
Claire Mitchell is the owner and CEO of Natalie Group, an Australian manufacturer of aromatherapy, essential oils, natural skin and body care, home fragrance, spa and well-being products.
Claire joined Endace’s accounting team in the early days of the company and as Finance Director was part of the listing team in 2005 when Endace entered the AIM:EDA in the UK. Claire remained a director of Endace until 2008, when she resigned to join the team at Imarda as its CFO, while also pursuing her own business interests. In 2011 she transitioned out of the CFO role and currently sits on the board of directors. She was formerly Corporate Finance Director at Queensland IT enabled services company Intasys Ltd.
As both a director and a businessman in his own right John Walley encompasses a vast amount of experience. The CEO of the NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA), he is an advocate for manufacturing-based businesses leading economic growth for New Zealand. He holds active directorships with Hamer Ltd and Powerhouse Ltd. John is also the chair of and a shareholder in Horotane Investments and ProActive Software Limited.
John was Executive Director of Engineering for the Gallagher Group (1987-1998) during a dynamic period of growth and international expansion for the privately held, Hamilton-based company.
Mark Giles is an exceptional senior executive with a track record of success over 25 years in the ICT industry. He has headed sales divisions at both IBM and Vodafone New Zealand, where he managed retail and channel sales teams and had responsibility for B2B and online sales. He was Managing Director of Alcatel NZ and has held board positions at Vodafone New Zealand and Vodafone Mobile New Zealand from 2004 until 2007, and at Alcatel New Zealand.
Mark is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Endace Ltd and the Chairman of Commit Services Limited. He holds trustee positions on a number of trusts and is Chairperson for the Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust. Mark has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Massey University.