General Manager Consulting New Zealand
Joined way, way back in 2003
Steve started out ‘back in the day’ with hardcore green-screen Mainframe programming (COBOL/CICS) before transitioning into the Client Server arena in Food Retailing. Next, he became a Consultant at Admiral Computing using Powerbuilder/Sybase/Oracle, then spent six months contracting for Coopers & Lybrand in Sydney as a backpacker (which then funded his travels in New Zealand for three additional months). He spent five years in London in the BI area then married a Kiwi, moved to NZ under strict orders, and got a job at WhereScape when the company consisted of 8 people and no office. He’s been here ever since.
Tell us a bit about your background.
English parents (doctors), born Belfast, lived north of London, went to boarding school in Somerset, then Bristol and Avon before travelling the world a lot. I ended up in London … and finally New Zealand! According to my father-in-law it takes 20 years to convert an Englishman into a Kiwi – so I identify as a ‘Trainee Kiwi’.
How did you get into BI/Data?
I’ve always loved programming, but at HSBC I started to see the value add of giving business areas new insights and access to data.
What’s your most memorable WhereScape/NOW moment?
Meeting and chatting to John Key the Prime Minister at the NZTE awards (when we won two awards in 2016). He was actually a really nice guy.
What do you do outside the office?
Keeping fit (boot camp, cycling), brewing beer, organising social/sporting events, films/reading.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I rode around Australia on a motorcycle on my own for 6 months, and also played basketball for the England Under16 team.