The NZRise AGM of 2017 was held on Wednesday 31st May.

Thank you to Rabid for hosting a very lively debate with members attending both in person and via hangout from remote locations.

Many thanks to Board members who are not returning to the board – Bianca Mueller, Daniel Spector and Paul Ramsay.

The Board and members specifically thank Paul Ramsay for his contribution and tireless support for our community advocating for fair Procurement practises in New Zealand plus his work on Talent creation leading the¬†Vocational / Professional Development¬†pathways working group within the Digital Skills Forum. Paul’s involvement in many initiatives has been handed over (with further thanks) to Jason Ryan and Shane Ross (Procurement) and Rohan Wakefield (Vocational Pathways).

Election of Officers:

Victoria MacLennan and Don Christie returned as Co-Chairs

Larry Lepper returned as Treasurer

Election of Board Members:

Breccan McLeod-Lundy returned as a Board Member with a portfolio focus on Sponsorship

Thomas Mitchell returned as a Board Member with a portfolio focus on Startups

Noel Reid returned as a Board Member with a portfolio focus on Auckland

Shane Ross elected as new Board Member with a portfolio focus on Membership

Other Business

Co-Chairs and Treasurers reports tabled and will be made available to members.

Discussion on the Future of NZRise was the major topic with a range of great initiatives to pursue. Our existence as a membership community with key members who contribute hours of time on a pro-bono basis for the broader industry and how to share that load or focus that impact were also discussed at length. This also led into a Succession Planning discussion.

The Board thanked Bronnie our community manager for her contribution in that role, Bronnie is departing for a warmer climate.

Mike Riversdale offered to work on the future of Who is IT Wellington – a fantastic event run in May during TechWeek.

Thanks to all who attended. Victoria MacLennan, Co-Chair.

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