The Committee

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The Executive Committee is the engine of the Unlimited Potential train, providing energy and direction. Below you’ll find a line-up of the current committee.

Feel free to e-mail us with whatever is on your mind.

To email a committee member directly, email their firstname @ up.org.nz

Peter Kerr

Media Advisor and Writer - Joined 2011

Peter is interested in how to convert a good idea into a commercial or social reality. His blog, StickNZ (science, technology, innovation & commercialisation KNOWLEDGE) outlines interesting companies as well as thoughts on the innovation space. He provides a science and technology writing consultancy and is currently polishing his draft novel (about love and cricket).

Paul Spence

Chairperson - Joined 2008

Paul Spence has been involved in New Zealand’s technology business networking scene for over ten years since establishing ION a virtual community for innovators and entrepreneurs. He is the director of management consultancy GeniusNet Ltd and runs the popular GeniusNet blog. Paul is also CFO and co-founder of domain registrar platform iWantMyName.

Stephen Nicholas

Treasurer - Joined 2008

Our ‘numbers man’, Stephen is a partner at Deloitte. Stephen and his team take care of small and medium sized businesses and specialise in working with clients operating in the technology sector. Stephen has been involved with Wellington based Xero since the early days and has converted dozens of clients to the SaaS accounting platform.

Jo Booth

Web Master / Social Media Coordinator - Joined 2005

Jo has been an UP member since getting hooked on UP’s networking potential in 2004, and subsequently joined the UP Executive Committee in July 2005. Alongside UP, Jo is involved with a number of local networking organisations and projects including WelMac and MovieFest and is a huge fan of Apple tech. He was also previously part of the Mesh|net project. He currently facilitates the Wellington Macintosh Society New Media Group and works for Intergraph SG&I.

Jacob Rosevear

Legal Advisor - Joined 2008

Jacob joined the UP Committee in 2008.  He is a lawyer at Wigley and Company, a specialist IT and Telecommunications boutique law firm. Outside of UP and his legal work, Jacob is a qualified personal trainer; and has also performed at salsa events in New York, Cali (Colombia) and Sydney.

Martin Ehrenstein

Risk Manager - Joined 2006

Martin has been involved with programming computers since a lad, and is a big supporter of the ICT industry in Wellington. His background is in Enterprise Architecture as well as IT strategy, architecture and security. He’s also interested in the share market.