Movers & shakers: CIO-plus role for Nigel Brabyn at OneFortyOne

An updated list of ICT executives recently appointed into a new chief information officer role at organisations in New Zealand

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March 2020

CIO-plus role for Nigel Brabyn at OneFortyOne 

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Nigel Brabyn

Nigel Brabyn is appointed process improvement leader at OneFortyOne (formerly Nelson Forests). Prior to this, he was business performance analyst of Nelson Management, which managed Nelson Forests.

Brabyn has been working in the forestry sector for nearly four decades, starting as a forestry draftsman in Gisborne. He then progressed to ICT roles, including IT coordinator and information and technology manager, and on to business performance analyst, responsible for management, planning and development of information technology systems.

garry johnston Garry Johnston

Garry Johnston is now director,  business services function for IT at the Waikato District Health Board, in charge of architecture, programme and project delivery, business analysis and library services.

He came from Vodafone, where he was digital experience engineering tribe lead. His previous roles include group CEO at Vo2, executive director of IT at Te Wananga o Aotearoa and IT director at Wintec.

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Paul Fallon

Paul Fallon has been appointed executive director of digital services and enterprise projects at Open Polytechnic. 

He replaces Matthew Pawley, who is now deputy chief executive - information directorate (CIO) at Tertiary Education Commission.

Fallon is currently chief digital officer for Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and Whitireia Community Polytechnic. 

This is his fourth ICT leadership position in higher education, after WelTec and Whitireia and Bahrain Polytechnic, where he was ICT operations manager and then ICT services advisor to the CEO. 

Before that, Fallon was infrastructure delivery manager at PepsiCo in the UK.

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Sachin Bhatia

Sachin Bhatia is now cloud, networks and operational technology manager at KiwiRail, following four-and-a-half years at Mitre10, where he was IT services manager.

Bhatia will report to the head of platforms Roy Cohen. He will manage a team of devops and platform engineers to ensure ongoing support for the cloud environment and other operational technologies, as well as security and compliance requirements.

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Mandy Kennedy has joined Regional Facilities Auckland as chief technology officer, following three-and-a-half years at Paper Plus. She joined Paper Plus as CIO and a year later was promoted to chief digital officer.

RFA is the Auckland Council organisation which manages the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Conventions, Auckland Live, Auckland Stadiums, Auckland Zoo and the New Zealand Maritime Museum. 

Kennedy has also held management roles at The Warehouse Group Financial Services, Complete Entertainment Services Limited and Westpac, as well as Accenture and Ernst & Young.

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Simon Young

Simon Young is leaving Trade Me after nine years and in April will be joining industrial automation firm Halter, based in Auckland.

Young joined Trade Me as Head of Development in 2011. After four years he was promoted to Head of Product Development, then to Chief Product and Technology Officer in August 2018.

This is an updated list of CIO movements across New Zealand, and includes ICT leaders who have transitioned to other roles in the C-suite. If we missed a new appointment, please email

February 2020

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Russell Turner

Russell Turner moves to Construction Information Limited as CEO, after more than two years working as an independent business consultant.

Before that, he was deputy chief executive and CIO at Land Information NZ. He had also been CIO at MetService. CIL operates as Masterspec, which provides specification systems, related information and supporting software to the New Zealand construction industry. It is owned by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and the Registered Master Builders' Association.

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Andrew Flavell

Andrew Flavell joins mobile engagement software company Plexure as chief technology officer.

Flavell came from Nike where he held roles including privacy distinguished engineer, VP of architecture and VP of Nike+ and brand. Prior to his six years at Nike, Flavell spent 14 years at Microsoft’s gaming division, Microsoft Studios (now Xbox Games Studios), working in Japan and the United States. 

While living and working in Japan, he attended the University of Tokushima where he gained a Master’s Degree in Information Science and Intelligent Systems and a Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering. He also holds degrees from the Manukau Institute of Technology and the University of Auckland.

At Plexure, Flavell leads a rapidly expanding team of close to 100 engineers.

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Jolann Van Dyk

Jolann Van Dyk steps up from CIO to group CIO at Kathmandu Holdings Limited. Kathmandu runs a chain of retail stores selling travel and adventure clothing and equipment. Its brands include Kathmandu, Oboz and Rip Curl.

Before joining the retail group, Van Dyk was solutions architect at Farmlands Co-operative Society. He also worked as Dynamics practice lead at Intergen.

Dan Beecham joins Fletcher Building, taking on one of the biggest CIO roles in New Zealand

His previous roles include CIO at Morrisons in the United Kingdom, chief digital officer at the University of New South Wales, and CIO at Woolworths.

“He has a strong customer focus that will be an asset to Fletcher Building and support our businesses in harnessing technology for competitive advantage,” says Fletcher CEO Ross Taylor.

Beecham replaces Dan Anthony, now SVP and CIO, FedNow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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