In a market that’s evolving faster than ever, at Fusion our engineers are able to bring the latest technologies to clients. They draw from their knowledge to come up with innovative new business solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.
We have an equal commitment to technology and client service, evidenced by the range of next-generation IT solutions we provide to clients. We’re an independent lot and because we are agile, we can work in teams to bring the right combination of intelligence to bear on problem solving or the rapid resolution of critical issues.
Andrew has grown and developed five businesses since leaving Auckland University where he gained Architecture and Business Degrees. He is an entrepreneur and a humanitarian. Andrew likes conquering new and ever greater challenges, reflected in the company aspiration: “Inspiring Technology Journeys”.
He has an expansive view to achieve the vision and contribution to the areas he is passionate about. Never content with adequate or average, Andrew’s DNA is wired to challenge and strive for more. This culture permeates Fusion, driven directly from Andrew’s ethos to perform at the highest level. His personal motivation is to excel at the things he attempts through determination and hard work. He is an enlightened leader, recognising others’ contributions, building strong teams for shared success.
Andrew is Vice President on the ITS NZ Board.
As a champion open grade road cyclist Andrew competes at a national level in open and masters’ grades. His dedication, passion and endurance for road cycling reflects the approach he takes to business – persistent, meticulous, demanding of himself and those he works with.
General Manager, Sales Director
Dave Till is a commercially astute ICT and related Business development professional of more than 17 years and he’s worked with Fusion for eight years. He combines a solid technical understanding of his specialty areas, with fantastic people and networking skills and a commitment to building trusted relationships with clients and his work colleagues. When it comes to business he is highly energetic and committed to achieving positive outcomes.
Dave has his commercial helicopter pilot’s license. Dave’s approach is always innovative and he is first out of the hangar for emerging technologies. He is the guy you want to have as your pilot.
He knows the New Zealand marketplace as well as his helicopter instruments for IT Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, Security, LAN & WAN Networking, Wireless, VoIP, Unified Communications, Data Centres, and End User (managed) services. Combining all of this with his understanding and knowledge of different vertical markets – enterprise spaces, education, Government and public sector – Dave is a key senior member of the Fusion team. He can fly you anywhere.
Cyber Security Lead Architect
Francis Kaitano is a strategic, innovative, delivery focused Cyber Security professional. He has had more than 15 years leading, building and delivering security capabilities for organisations and leading on continuous improvement on these. He has worked for EY (Zimbabwe) & Deloitte (NZ) and across some of New Zealand’s largest and complex organisations across insurance, financial services, health, Public Sector, energy and utilities sectors.
With a diverse international background, Francis has strong technical and operational capabilities. He has an extensive certification portfolio covering specialties across Security Governance, Risk Architecture, Frameworks and Compliance, Security Project Delivery and more. He has exceptional ability to engage with C-Level Level Executives, Senior Leadership Teams and CEO’s. He has a strong stakeholder management track record, building security teams in Wellington, and with an impressive reputation for delivering innovative security solutions for large organisations.
Francis is highly motivated to make an impact through delivering value-added cyber security services for enterprises, whilst making security an enabler of business agility and customer experience. He uses continuous delivery and DevOps methodologies to deliver robust security across the risk, cloud, applications, APIs, integration, networks, Data, Critical Infrastructure, Mobile, Identity and Access Management and Integration aspects of security and architecture.
Francis believes cyber security and resilience are vital in gaining competitive advantage and should therefore be backed into the DNA and supply chain of every business. Francis is innovative and loves to simplify complex issues, from a tech and security perspective.
Nathan gives new meaning to the word wired. He is responsible for all engineering activities across the networks and he is the last point of call for all customers, a troubleshooter in the extreme. Nathan is regarded by clients and colleagues as the most detailed, meticulous and problem-solving engineer in the Fusion team. He has been in the business since its inception.
Nathan’s expertise has spanned the globe; literally analysing major networks around the world. He also comes from a Research and Development background, adding to his formidable skill set.
Outside the office Nathan is an ultra-marathon distance trail runner, regularly competing in up to 100 kilometres of rugged off-road racing across the country. He loves to run barefoot. An 8 hour run in the mountains is a fun run for him. His persistence, stamina, determination, and concentration to endure to the finishing line is utterly his hallmark.
Paul loves the challenge of problem solving and getting to the root cause of an issue. “We spend the time to fully understand why a problem occurs, or to create solutions to fix it, with everything we do designed to meet business needs.”
Paul is trained in computer engineering, has all sorts of IT qualifications, including industry qualifications from Microsoft to Citrix. He works in the networking / consulting side of things, including firewall configurations, but where he really comes into his element is his specialty area around security. He says he has a more paranoid view than most in that area.
“That is because when it comes to security the cost of a compromise is huge. The cliché is security versus usability, and getting the balance is the trick. Getting security right is hard and it takes time, yet most people don’t realise it and take security for granted. When we come into a job dealing with non technical contractors it’s hardly top of mind, and often we review configurations and discover equipment installed by non-networking experts that’s simply not deployed to best practice or security-enabled.”
Matt Elgar has been with Fusion Networks from the beginning of its partnership with the Manaiakalani digital learning programme. He has progressed from being a Field Engineer working with the first seven schools in the Tamaki cluster to today being in charge of a team of 12 Field Engineers working across more than 50 schools across New Zealand in the school outreach clusters. Matt also manages the first two Interns in Fusion Networks’ ground-breaking Intern Pathway.
Matt says his Mum was a teacher, he grew up around schools and has always been passionate about education and IT. Now he has the dream job where he can put the two together in one of the most innovative programmes in New Zealand education. “Working in low decile schools has added a huge amount to my understanding of different education needs.“
Matt’s a gym enthusiast and loves to travel. He says he likes that Fusion engineers break the stereotypes of “IT types sitting in backrooms”. The Manaiakalani programme demands Fusion engineers have both superlative IT skills but also they must be comfortable and flexible working with teachers, the students, and their families in local communities.
Aaron Reed is responsible for Fusion’s overall Service Management, including heading up our Service Desk. He supports Fusions’ support and assistance to clients whatever the complexity of their issue, from minor to massive impact. Aaron brings 13 years industry experience across the IT spectrum. In his role Aaron ensures smooth and responsive operations with clients.
With the senior team members Aaron is committed to keep on improving Fusion’s service delivery and performance, including how staff can support each other’s work loads and broaden the scope of their delivery. This includes managing career progression, in particular for the new Fusion Interns.
Like most of the Fusion high-octane team, when it comes to pursuits outside of the office, Aaron has a keen interest in sports cars and would love to get out on the track!
Susan has extensive experience in marketing and brand strategy, working in New Zealand and internationally. She loves that Fusion is a challenger brand, innovative and agile, and with a strong commitment to driving commercial and social capital.
She supports Fusion’s work managing IT for the Manaiakalani digital learning programme for low decile schools around New Zealand.
Like many members of the Fusion team, Susan is a keen sports person and mountain biking is her latest pursuit. She brings the same energy and enthusiasm to the business to achieve ever greater goals, as she does to exploring the latest cycling and hiking trails around NZ.
Jo, a chartered accountant, looks after the finance division for Fusion and keeps the team on track. She is passionate about number crunching. She is a real self-starter, fitting in well with the innovative spirit at Fusion. She is a consummate professional, coming to Fusion two years ago from Ingersoll Rand, and previously Ernst and Young, where her colleagues have described her variously as smart, hardworking, and an asset to any business!
In her spare time Jo also loves travelling and runs her own travel business, bringing in honeymooners to New Zealand from India. She is learning to ride horses, and being an energetic person also does Bachata dancing, a Latin American dance similar to Salsa.
Sam Jones, based in Christchurch looks after Fusion’s Education and Corporate clients in the South Island.
He has more than 25 years working as a sales executive, relationship manager and strategic key account manager in New Zealand and internationally.
Sam says he was looking for a new opportunity where could make an impact in his job when he signed up to work with Fusion. “I wanted to work with an innovative and client-centric company with strong leadership, and talented engineers. What is best for a client now, and moving forwards, permeates Fusion’s approach.”
When Sam is not looking after clients, his passion is to sail. You can find him on the water at Lyttelton Harbour, whether yacht racing, teaching kids and adults to sail at the Waimakariri Sailing Club, sailing for pleasure, or taking his kids out fishing.