The team

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Lillian Grace

Chief Executive Officer / Founder & Trustee

Lillian brings a new perspective on data, one where data is a language in which everyone can be fluent. She believes societies and individuals will benefit when anyone can use data to inform their thinking and insights without requiring intermediaries. In establishing Figure.NZ in 2012, Lillian took the unique position of designating everyone to be a user of data. She leads the team to build systems and software, and to widely and deeply collaborate throughout New Zealand to deliver to this standard.

Lillian is also on the Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of NZ Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, at think tank The New Zealand Institute.

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Amy Hooper

Product Manager

Amy is passionate about open data and creating a democratic space for everyone to learn and understand the country they live in. With previous experience in digital marketing, user engagement and online software, she was drawn to the collaborative and community style of Figure.NZ, becoming the first employee of the organisation.

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Andrea Carboni

Chief Data Officer

Andrea moved to Auckland from his native Italy almost 10 years ago, attracted by New Zealand's fresh way of thinking and transparency. His professional expertise with data spans from economic research for government to marketing insights. He's now on a mission to foster Figure.NZ's data coverage to be the most comprehensive and accurate it can be.

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Annemieke Sherwin

Data Officer

Annemieke comes to Figure.NZ from the public sector where she championed the use of data visualisations and worked towards improving the quality of data collections. She was attracted to Figure.NZ by the forward thinking, can-do culture. Mostly, Annemieke is super enthusiastic about providing New Zealand with easy to understand information to help with everyday decision making.

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Anoushka Isaac

Communications Manager

Anoushka has worked in both the private and not for profit sectors, and thinks Figure.NZ brings together the best of both worlds. She’s intrigued by the stories about New Zealand that live within our data, and by Figure.NZ’s ability to share them with everyone. The idea of New Zealanders using data in everyday life is truly exciting, and Anoushka believes the potential this has for making our country a better place is huge.

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Chris McDowall

Product Manager

Chris is a geographer and data enthusiast. He has worked variously as cartographer, scientist and product manager across the science and cultural heritage sectors. Chris cares about data literacy, information design and ensuring that useful things can be easily discovered and reused.

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Hayden Glass

Chief Operating Officer

Hayden reckons your data can probably be useful to someone else and that they will use it in a way that you have never thought of. More generally he is interested in the impacts of the Internet on society, the economy and the world. He works as a consulting economist and he convenes The Moxie Sessions, a monthly collaborative think tank, to look at these issues. Hayden is also fortunate enough to be a Councillor for Internet NZ, the charity that helps New Zealand make the most of the Internet.

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Kimberley Bartlett

Head of Communications

Kimberley didn't know she loved data until she realised data is stories. And then she loved data. With a background in corporate communications for large global brands, Kimberley joined Figure.NZ because the mission to democratise data spoke to her in a voice she found difficult to ignore.

Media can contact Kimberley at kimberley@figure.nz or at 0277029318.

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Nat Dudley

Head of Design

Nat thinks open data helps us to understand and care more about New Zealand's future, which is pretty awesome.

From a background in the finance and SaaS sectors, Nat brings software interaction expertise to Figure.NZ. With a particular focus on usability and accessibility, Nat believes careful interface and experience design will make you love data as much as she does.

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Rob Isaac

Chief Technology Officer

With over 20 years experience in the delivery of software and information systems, Rob joined the team because he has a strong belief that Figure.NZ is something that needs to exist. In his increasingly non-existent spare time, Rob likes tea, dumplings, and whisky.

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Aaron Schiff

Data Counsel

Aaron uses data analysis, modelling, and visualisation to help people understand complex issues and make better decisions. He knows that data is only valuable when it gets used, and strongly believes in Figure.NZ's mission to make data usable by everyone.

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Ludwig Wendzich

Design Counsel

Ludwig is a designer and front-end developer who has worked in digital design agencies, Apple's marketing department and now heads up the design team at Vend. He didn't realise how important easy access to data was until he started working on Figure.NZ and now his view of the world has changed, post-Google style.

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Martyn Smith

Senior Developer

Martyn has a wealth of experience in building complex, scalable web applications for some of the largest companies in New Zealand. With a strong focus on realtime systems and data processing, Martyn has delivered dozens of production Internet systems to customers worldwide.

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Nigel McNie

Senior Developer

Figure.NZ combines two of Nigel's favourite things: building top quality web applications with awesome people, and informing everyone about the facts of our world. For some strange reason, Nigel enjoys the process of turning opaque data into pretty pictures so much that he has been caught doing it in his spare time.

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Richard Clark

Senior Developer

Richard enjoys empowering people through the creation of vibrant, engaging applications. As part of the Figure.NZ technical team, he applies the skills and experience acquired in 19 years of data-driven web application development to the task of turning enormous collections of numbers into nutritious bite-sized visual candy to support a stronger, more informed society.

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Victoria Crone

Chair

Starting her career in research, Vic has always loved insights and data. Her previous role as MD of Xero New Zealand saw her getting her head around the Big Data in the Xero platform and how this can be most useful to customers, partners and government. Vic is a huge fan of NZ Inc and loves the vision of Figure.NZ. She brings a lot of valuable experience to the Figure.NZ Board from her 20 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology sector. Vic is now the Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation.

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Ngapera Riley

Trustee

Ngapera is the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea. She has business relationships in the United States, Asia, Australia and the UK and travels extensively to these regions. Ngapera previously worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, The Ministry of Health, The University of Auckland, MIT and is closely involved with Māori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently also holds board positions with the Inzone Education Foundation and the Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust (Māori Indigenous Business Development Trust). She is passionate about building a positive future for New Zealand, in particular working with young people to help give them opportunities to reach their potential.

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Robett Hollis

Trustee

Robett Hollis is the founder of Aranui Ventures which owns FRONTSIDE, a content consultancy and ColabNZ, a network of creative shared workspaces. In a previous life he was a professional national champion snowboarder, ranked second in the world. Robett started The Leap (NZ's Entrepreneurs' Festival) and currently sits on the sits on the board of the NZ Tech Industry Association. He is basically a speedboat trying to agitate the cruise ships and is extremely passionate about all things digital and more importantly - the Oakland Raiders.

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Stephen England-Hall

Trustee

Stephen England‐Hall is the CEO of Tourism NZ. Previously CEO of Loyalty NZ, the company behind the extremely successful FlyBuys programme and new data analytics business LAB 360. Stephen has extensive international experience – particularly in the UK and North America ‐ working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies. He is a member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum, working with government and private sector leaders on ways New Zealand can harness the power of big data and changing technology for economic and social benefit. Stephen is a member of the Cambridge University Vice-Chancellors Advisory Board on Communication.