Meet the Team

Chris Lowe

System Administrator

Chris has worked in IT support for over 10 years, supporting a wide range of businesses from small scale to large corporations and government in the UK and NZ. With a passion for everything tech, he enjoys learning new systems, coding and spending way too much money on the latest gadgets. A keen brewer in his spare time, he’s always seeking new styles and recipes in the hope of brewing the perfect beer (yet to happen!). Since arriving in NZ in 2012, he’s also discovered a passion for kayaking and scuba diving.

David Swann

Chief Technology Officer

David’s passion is technology innovation – finding new ways to improve business outcomes.   After 12 years as a British Army Military Surveyor, David was recruited by Esri, the world’s leading GIS software company.  Eleven years enjoying Southern California sun and enduring smog and traffic was enough – New Zealand was next.  David’s years of frustration about how few organisations realise the transformational potential of IT is being assuaged through the development of the LINQ platform; LINQ is a powerful enabler of business transformation.  David enjoys travel (just as well given the amount he does!) and is a keen kayaker – the best way of seeing New Zealand!

Emma Dowman

Visual Designer

Emma is a recent Massey graduate with a Bachelor of Design with First Class Honours, majoring in Visual Communication Design. She jumped straight into full time work at LINQ as soon as her degree was completed and hasn’t looked back since. She has a love for everything design, from user interface design to print to photography. At LINQ, Emma gets to use all these skills and more as the in-house designer, dabbling in both the product and marketing side of the business. This includes adding the LINQ flare to all produced material and overall just making everything look pretty.

Geoff Bush

Lead Developer

Geoff is a web application specialist with a positive, can-do attitude. He is excited about the evolution of web technology and enjoys building fun and practical web-based experiences to solve real world problems. Geoff completed his education in Dunedin, studying Computer Science at the University of Otago (while carefully avoiding couch-burning parties on Castle St). His first commercial experience was with the Internet Banking system of a major New Zealand bank, at a time when web applications were in their infancy. Since then he has been involved in numerous projects across various technologies and business domains.  He particularly enjoys mentoring other developers and managing small teams. Outside of work, Geoff enjoys getting out and about in the sunny Bay of Plenty with his family.

Jonny Hay

Business Development Manager

Jonny brings with him over twenty years sales and business development experience across a number of sectors in both the UK and NZ. He has gained extensive knowledge of New Zealand’s business transformation and change environment having operated within the executive recruitment industry. He has operated as senior leader, Associate Director and a Principal Consultant and understands the core ingredients needed to deliver a successful change. Outside work his 6 year old son keeps him busy, when he is not on the hunt for Pokemon he will be fishing in Wellington’s stunning harbour.

Jono Halse

Lead Developer

Jono is a creator with a passion for software development and visual design. Whether he is developing cutting edge software here at LINQ or building random experiments at home, he endeavors to create software that is functional, intuitive and visually appealing. Jono is responsible for the architecture of the LINQ platform, but also dabbles in UX design and DevOps. When not staring at a screen, Jono is busy raising two boys with his wife Joni, and volunteers as a sound engineer at his local church.

Julia Dakova

PhD Researcher

Julia is coming from Slovakia, Europe and she is a PhD candidate at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She obtained her Master of Engineering degree in the field of Industrial Logistics at the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia, while a substantial part of her final work was developed at the University of Vaasa, Finland.

In her research, Julia is closely cooperating with the LINQ Team and together they intend to contribute towards the unknown in the fields of information valuation, information flow modelling and knowledge management. In her personal life, Julia is either on the road to discovering the beauties of ‘Aotearoa’ or is busy with planning her next journey to who knows where.

Marc Cramer

Customer Success Manager

Marc brings with him 30 years of gaining value from IT systems. After 10 years of designing solutions answering customer data management needs, Marc brings that desire for positive customer outcomes to the SaaS world.

In his spare time Marc enjoys reading, photography and engaging in battles of wills with his two teenage boys.

Mark Shaw

Chief Information Officer

Mark has spent much of his career working with emerging technologies, enjoying the chance to learn something new. He has worked in a variety of IT roles from systems administration to user experience design.

When not building virtual systems with the latest technology Mark spends his time building physical objects with traditional techniques. He is equally enthusiastic about designing on a laptop or an anvil.

Michelle Boodee

BA and UX Specialist

Michelle has had many titles since joining the team as a research assistant in 2013. She has overseen the design and quality of LINQ as the lead nitpixeler, big picture questioner, and nominated ‘oracle of LINQ knowledge’ from the very beginning. She loves to be involved in all aspects of the product (except for the voice acting – that was coercion), so often pops up in other parts of the business to learn new things.

Neil Calvert

Chief Operating Officer & Head of Customer Success

Neil is a technologist with a large streak of gadget running through his veins. He gets people and is motivated by helping them achieve the most important things to them by understanding the value of their information. Since moving to New Zealand with his family in 2009 his focus has been on helping to transform businesses at home and overseas. As the COO and Head of Customer Success, Neil is tasked with getting the LINQ message out there and ensuring customers get value from the platform as quickly as possible. Outside of work Neil is a keen Scuba Diver, particularly enjoying being able to catch fresh fish, stays active through Shaolin Kempo and his fitness group, and relaxes in the kitchen creating gastronomic delights for family and friends!

Steve Mannion

VP of Growth

As an expat living in South Africa, Australia and Argentina for the last 10+ years Steve and his family made the decision to move to New Zealand in 2017 and live the Kiwi dream. Steve’s career has included roles as Sales and Marketing Manager, VP of Commercial Services, and Business Development Manager in the US, SA, AU and now in NZ. He has been focused on acquiring new business and helping technology company’s setup and improve sales processes and scale sales throughout his career. Here at LINQ the goals are similar, as he is responsible for developing new business opportunities and revenue growth for the LINQ platform. Outside of work Steve can be found playing sports (basketball, swimming, kayaking, tennis, soccer, snowboarding, biking) with his wife and kids, hiking in NZ, cooking for family and friends, and enjoying Wellington’s craft brew scene!

Stew Darling

Chief Executive Officer

Stew gets the best out of folks by removing as much bureaucracy as possible allowing them to succeed in their role within the company.  For him it is all about helping the team develop individual strengths and then direct that capability to enhance and improve our output.  As CEO, his task at LINQ is to lead and set the strategy for all aspects of the business; Sales activities, Customer Success requirements, Platform development while keeping a beady eye on the finances and setting the conditions for future growth.  When not working or sleeping, Stew enjoys Scuba diving and the outdoor life. Having just purchased a piece of land in the Wairarapa his next project is building a new home and toy farm.