Meet the Team

Garry Johnston

Garry Johnston

Chief Executive

Having successfully created and sold startup tech organisations, held executive positions in a number of large organisations and worked in telecoms both in NZ and Australia, Garry brings a whole heap of experience and drive to Vo2.

Developing a team that continually developing their own technical and professional skills whilst always striving for the best customer outcomes is a key theme in Garry's work as he inspires and challenges Vo2 to reach new heights.

Garry lives on a lifestyle property in the Waikato with his wife and 3 children, and is a big fan of regional New Zealand, seeing the potential and opportunity that technology can bring to those regions.

Gavyn Jones

Gavyn Jones

Lead Developer

Gavyn leads the developer team with over 12 years experience as a software engineer, having worked at Vo2 for over 6 of those years.

In this time Gavyn has developed the Maori Online Dictionary. eLearning systems for AUT and eCommerce sites that drive revenue throughout New Zealand. He has also established great working relationships with many of our customers and regularly enhances their sites.

Gavyn is a keen cyclist and runner and can often be found following this passion on the Waikato roads in the weekends.

Kate King

Kate King

Account Manager

With significant experience in business consultancy and training, Kate is able to support our clients by identifying the specific changes required to improve their business and then walking with them through those improvements.

Kate's clients describe her as being enthusiastic and energetic, with a real passion for people and their work, matching this energy with professional rigour that is required to bring real change.

Living in the Bay of Plenty, she runs an orchard with her family and enjoys handcrafts such as sewing.

Daniel Kenna

Daniel Kenna

Professional Services Manager

Daniel is an adaptable and enthusiastic person with 15 years’ experience in the Information Technology. Predominantly working with Microsoft based environments, Daniel held a key role designing and implementing Microsoft based systems with one of New Zealand's premier tertiary providers.

With a user base of around 25,000, Daniel provides technical guidance and support to all Microsoft systems including 4500 desktops and laptops.

Daniel's passion is to assist our clients move forward with technology. Daniel has worked with business, education and healthcare sectors providing technical leadership in those areas while ensuring successful outcomes.

Rohan Bowyer

Rohan Bowyer

Area Manager

Rohan brings a real depth of business experience to Vo2 with over 20 years of that experience being in the IT sector.

With a relentless drive to continuously improve the business outcomes for our clients he ensures that technology and needs are aligned well to create true business value.

The key measure of success for Rohan is when Vo2 clients volunteer themselves as a source of referral. As an established and respected business leader in the Hawkes Bay region, he takes personal pride in knowing that Vo2 is making continual improvements to the regions economy, the businesses that contribute to it and the people and families that work in those businesses.

Richard Rayner

Richard Rayner

General Manager - Online and Integration

Richard brings a unique blend of software development, project management and commercial law to Vo2. With a software background in biometrics and encryption he has worked on some of Europe's largest projects before returning to New Zealand.

Richard leads the online and integration team with high energy and a keen sense of wit as they continually explore new technologies and strive to deliver the very best outcomes possible for Vo2 clients. His gregarious nature and natural sense of curiosity see him spending a lot of his time with clients, exploring their businesses and looking for ways to grow rapidly using technology.

Richard enjoys living in Hamilton with his wife and 3 children and is an accomplished musician, having performed before royalty on multiple occasions and worked alongside some of the big names in the industry.

Katie Gaisford

Katie Gaisford

Client Manager

Having worked in Europe and Australia, and now New Zealand, Katie brings international best practice to the Hawkes Bay team as she supports Vo2 clients.

Katie enjoys getting to know clients, understanding their business and ensuring that they receive excellent IT support. Her practice is informed by over 15 years of experience in commercial and IT roles and this allows her to bring a perspective that combines both technology and commercial sensibilities.

Shawn Walsh

Shawn Walsh

Principal Consultant

As an experienced senior technology consultant and team manager with over 20 year’s diverse commercial experience, Shawn brings a portfolio of essential skills to Vo2 customers.

Technically proficient, analytical and customer facing, Shawn has contributed to a number of large-scale projects for international organisations, developing a wide portfolio of first-hand experience of managing large scale desktop and server infrastructures.

Having held senior technical positions in the London financial sector has provided Shawn with the ability to engage at all levels of the organisation, delivering true business value.

Jason Strong

Jason Strong

Senior Engineer

Jason's key strengths lie in the mid level technologies of servers, networks and desktop PCs. A keen problem solver and trouble shooter, Jason spends a lot of his time proactively ensuring that the IT experience for our clients is smooth and trouble free.

As with all our Vo2 engineers, his technical abilities are equaled by the pride he takes in delivering a fantastic customer service experience and this is evidenced by the relationships that he has developed with our clients whilst he has been with us.

Having a new son keeps him busy much of the time as he and his wife enjoy family life in the Bay of Plenty.

Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill

Services Manager

Shawn's career has spanned both software and hardware, providing him with a rich perspective as he works alongside Vo2 clients to overcome their challenges.

Over 20 years international experience in the IT sector have provided Shawn with an intuition about what is the best fit solution for a client's needs.

Working alongside the wider Vo2 team and their wealth of specific technical knowledge allows Shawn to advise effectively, not just on the technologies to implement, but also the ways in which they should be adopted and the organisational changes that are sometimes required in tandem.

Like everyone in the Vo2 team, Shawn's passion is business growth through technology and this is a vocation he enjoys on a daily basis

Rachel Bond

Rachel Bond

Office Manager

Rachel leads our Vo2 administration team, bringing over 10 years of experience in both large and small organisations to bear on the smooth internal running of Vo2.

Rachel enjoys the variety of client types that working at Vo2 brings her into contact with, having established close relationships with our clients to ensure a frictionless experience as they engage with us.

A big fan of technology to help make life easier, Rachel leads the drive on the uptake of new technologies that we use to improve our internal practice. These often add value to our clients as they adopt the systems and improvements that we have benefited from ourselves.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys a good read, especially fiction thrillers and is also a phenomenal baker of cupcakes, often bringing the results of her efforts into the office.

Jason Gann

Jason Gann

Senior Engineer

Jason adds enterprise level expertise to our Bay of Plenty team, with an extensive background in large organisation infrastructure and systems engineering.

He enjoys bringing these skills and thinking to all our Vo2 customers, from the large well known entities to small and mid-sized organisations. Assisting our clients of all sizes take the next step forward in their technology journey provides him with a real drive and passion.

When not being part of the Vo2 team, Jason can be found in the ocean as he enjoys his other passion, surfing.

Michael Sprott

Michael Sprott

Digital Consultant

Michael remains on the cutting edge of business growth via technology as he assists our Vo2 clients as Digital Consultant.

With an international career in business spanning almost 30 years he brings a strategic perspective to systems, telecommunications and process development as he assists Vo2 clients navigate the technology landscape to reduce risk, increase revenue and create efficiencies through the use of technology.

One of Michael's passions is to see IT strategy resonate and contribute to wider business strategy, acting as a true enabler, rather than a necessary cost centre. With this perspective, Michael often finds himself at the centre of innovative and ground breaking technology.

Tony Zaremba

Tony Zaremba

Service Deliver Manager/Senior Engineer

Tony's reason for getting out of bed in the morning is to enable his service team to deliver their very best for our Vo2 clients.

With over 20 years in the IT industry he knows what makes the difference in creating an outstanding customer experience and he now supports his team with this wealth of knowledge and insight.

20 years of experience also brings with it a depth of technology knowledge, and Tony knows the right sorts of solutions for the many challenges that our clients ask for our help with. Working with the wider Vo2 team he is able to architect and organise the delivery of technology, then arrange the support to ensure that it is used effectively.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys (and is really good at !) cooking and has a passion for his Italian sports car.

Steve Webb

Steve Webb

Client Manager

With over 30 years of experience, Steve takes care of key client accounts for Vo2 in the Hawkes Bay region.

Taking a consultative approach, Steve works to understand your business needs and goals and then helps to build a pragmatic business case that results in measurable business improvements.

Steve enjoys working in a high energy team that contributes to great business outcomes for the client and their bottom line.

In his spare time, Steve rocks out by playing lead guitar in a covers band.