TechWomen is a community run by NZTech with the help from a team of skilled professionals who volunteer their time to connect, promote and advance New Zealand women in tech, and to encourage inclusive workplace practices and diversity.

TechWomen is creating positive change in the tech industry in New Zealand for women. These initiatives are led by the NZTech Women Executive Team.

Our Team

Eva Sherwood

Eva Sherwood

TechWomen Chair, Oracle
Eva joined the board of NZTech in 2016 and has taken up the role of Chair of TechWomen. She is delighted to lead a talented team dedicated to inspiring women into the sector as part of NZTech’s overarching drive to create a prosperous New Zealand.

In Eva’s current role at Oracle New Zealand, she is leading the uptake of Oracle Cloud applications within New Zealand Government agencies. She is the New Zealand community leader for a global internal program, Oracles Women Leadership program, which seeks to develop, engage and empower current and future generations of Oracle women leaders to foster an inclusive and innovative workforce. Eva is passionate about the ICT sector and has previously worked at New Zealand owned software development organisations, Fronde Systems Group and Provoke Solutions.

Eva is a member of the Institute of Directors, and has a BCA (Management) and BA (Psychology) from Victoria University of Wellington. Outside of work, she has been volunteering at the Wellington SPCA for 7 years and in 2012 received Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Meritorious Volunteer Service.

Andrea Hancox

Andrea Hancox

Spark
Andrea is a self-taught IT professional who has spent the last 18 years in sales, marketing, channel and contract management, Andrea is extremely passionate about tech and the vast array of opportunities tech brings to New Zealand. She has worked for international tech company, Hewlett Packard, local tech companies and worked with Government on All of Government procurement.

Having never attended university, Andrea made a decision to take on tertiary study in her 30’s and now considers herself a lifetime learner of tech, which has suited her role at Spark New Zealand to keep up with the latest trends.

Andrea previously worked at NZTech, the voice of organisations that are redefining the world we live in. As the co-chair of TechWomen, her particular projects are: Returnships for Women, ShadowTech, Mentoring, Research, Mid Career Pathways and 100TechWomen.

Caroline Herbert

Caroline Herbert

HGM Legal
Caroline is a senior litigation solicitor at Hudson Gavin Martin, a boutique law firm that specialises in technology, media, telecommunications and intellectual property. Caroline graduated from Auckland University with a BCom/LLB. Caroline’s work reflects the convergence of technology, and the increasing importance, and intertwining, of IP and TMT.

Caroline specialises in IP and media law, and works closely with clients that are in, and that regularly do business with, the software, technology, telecommunications and media industries. Caroline has a background in technology, having studied information systems academically. She also presents on technology security issues to other lawyers, to upskill them on their own security practices, and to enable them to offer advice to their own clients on cyber-security issues.

Caroline believes in the value of a broad approach to technology skills in education with the aim of ensuring everyone, especially young women have the skills and opportunity to successfully navigate careers that are directly and indirectly linked to the technology industry.

Colin Philp

Colin Philp

FMG
Colin is the CIO of FMG. He started his 27-year career at BNZ as a banker. After receiving an opportunity to become a developer on a ‘pilot contact centre’, he proved his capability and was offered his first role in IT. After 19 years at BNZ and many IT leadership roles, Colin has a passion for the ICT sector.

Colin has great focus on the values of building a diverse team. He is inspired by work already done to bridge the gender diversity gaps in Tech and has never lost sight of the opportunity he was given from a leader and woman.

Since then, Colin has worked for Gen-I across Australia and New Zealand and as CIO at NZ Racing Board. Now, Colin lives regionally for his role at FMG and enjoys the lifestyle regional New Zealand has to offer.

Dil Khosa

Dil Khosa

Parrot Analytics
Dil has a background in technology and science commercialisation and is currently Operations Manager at Parrot Analytics. Dil has always been a technology and science innovation geek. All of her previous roles have been either in government, investment, start up or tech transfer offices - all intersecting in the space of technology & commercialisation.

She has spent the last three years at Parrot Analytics working with a world class and diverse team, who have grown in size and revenue since founding three years ago. All the TechWomen initiatives are going to push the needle in this space and she is very interested in being a part of ensuring the team works well to make things happen and communicate effectively while doing so.

Jennifer Rutherford

Jen Rutherford

Spark
Jennifer has a sales, marketing and management background in the New Zealand Technology industry spanning 25+ years, and is passionate about the possibilities for New Zealand through a digital and technology-enabled future. Capability and vision are key to this, and she is working hard to ensure that the future generations are aware of the opportunities and that they are enabled and enthusiastic about this future for our country.

Jennifer is a trustee of the Hi-Tech Trust, on the board of the Wellington ICT Graduate School and a trustee of the Eureka Trust.

She loves the outdoors, and would not choose to live anywhere else in the world other than New Zealand. Jen is passionate about making sure that our future generations have a future ready, digitally-enabled, successful economy to ensure our country provides opportunity and fulfilment.

Katarina Kolich

Katarina Kolich

BNZ
Katarina is passionate about technology, data and art. Katarina has over 15 years experience in Enterprise Architecture, data and information management roles. As the Head of Enterprise Data and Information Services as Bank of New Zealand, Katarina and her team are responsible for the banks data platforms and integration. Katarina is a TOGAF certified Architect and has a Masters degree in Information Management from Victoria University.

As a member of TechWomen, Katarina is actively involved in promoting women in STEM within the wider technology community in New Zealand.

Sandra Laws

MBIE
Sandra is a Policy Advisor within the Digital Economy team at MBIE. As one of the leaders of the MBIE project team for the Return to IT pilot, she is passionate about diversity in the tech sector. She also has a keen interest in technology trends and implementation of new technologies. Sandra is also member of NZTech Women’s High Impact Team and is currently on the NZ Internet of Things Alliance Executive. Follow the Digital Economy team on Twitter @MBIEdigital