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The Catalyst Team

Catalyst's team spirit and the company’s management style owe much to the factors behind many a successful open source project. Catalyst's staff are natural collaborators, used to working cooperatively to achieve shared goals. This environment not only attracts some of the most talented open source technologists to Catalyst, but it also makes working with us a pleasant and rewarding experience.

As a Catalyst client you will also enjoy direct access to our senior management team who are all closely involved in continuing our excellent track record for service delivery.

Mike O'Connor

MikeMike's 30-year career in our industry has been concentrated on the delivery of business software systems. He possesses a broad and deep understanding of the issues that can impact on the successful delivery of software solutions, for both packaged and bespoke software. Mike looks after Catalyst's eLearning business unit which delivers Moodle, Mahara and Koha educational and training systems and services, and also takes care of key clients such as New Zealand Registry Service and the NZ Racing Board.

Donald Christie

DonDonald left a position as Development Manager to become a founder of Catalyst IT. He has a depth of experience in designing and delivering free and open source enterprise class solutions to a range of customers. Don was President of the New Zealand Open Source Society for three years. As President he was responsible both for educating New Zealanders on the benefits of FOSS and for projects such as the Public Sector Remix, which allowed 16 government agencies to explore the possibilities of using free software on the desktop.

Don is also a member of the NZ Institute of International Affairs and currently on the council of Internet New Zealand.

Godfrey Fernandez

GodfreyGodfrey brings a wealth of experience in the design and delivery of systems distinguished by their complexity of data structures and business logic. As with all the other members of the Catalyst IT team, Godfrey comes with in-depth experience in all the phases of the system development life cycle. He specialises in the analysis of core and competitive business requirements, the modelling of the processes needed within an organisation, and the design of systems to support these requirements.

Gavin Thompson

GavinWith over ten years' experience developing software, Gavin has been involved in the delivery of a wide variety of software systems in the manufacturing, engineering, financial and government sectors. Skilled in software analysis, design and development, Gavin specialises in high transaction, high complexity business systems, where performance and robustness are paramount. A talented and versatile consultant, Gavin can also perform business process modelling, and, when the need arises, write communication routines and Unix scripts.

Paul Waite

PaulPaul (Doc) Waite's background in physics brings an interesting, if somewhat quirky, approach to IT. As a senior business unit manager he has been responsible for ensuring the delivery of some of New Zealand's largest IT projects. The most recent of these is State Insurance's 2000 policy application using Oracle, PROGRESS and other "Open" systems. Paul's skills cover a breathtaking range of technologies and topics. He has also managed to combine a rabid interest in rugby with the latest Web technologies to produce the award winning Haka website.