Stuart has been part of the SIGNAL ecosystem since Steven Joyce announced the ICT Grad School initiative in 2015. As convener of the Academic Working Group, Stuart was perfectly placed to step into the role of director, steering the good ship SIGNAL through its first year of being. Stuart moved from the UK to New Zealand in 2006 to lecture at Lincoln University in the Applied Computing Group. Before taking up SIGNAL, Stuart was Head of Department, Department of Informatics and Enabling Technologies. Stuart has research interests in Evidence Based Software Engineering, eResearch and Precision Agriculture technologies.
Fiona has been involved in education in Christchurch with eight years as a secondary school teacher and then three years working in outreach at Lincoln University. Now she moves into the graduate area. Fiona has long had a fascination with IT education and its potential for future learning for students and educators. In her role in operations and engagement at the Christchurch office, Fiona is enjoying the opportunity to work in the Innovation Precinct and be a part of establishing a new and exciting venture with IT professionals, students, academics and other keen people!
Lenore blends academic training in Commerce & Business Administration with hands-on experience in a variety of industries in Government and private sectors in New Zealand and internationally. Lenore has previously worked for Dell Computers in the large corporate account sales division in Sydney, and as an Executive Assistant to the Director of IT Infrastructure at Queensland Health. Lenore is excited to be involved with SIGNAL, where the goal is to empower graduates through their professional development programmes. Growing New Zealand’s IT sector means a robust and growing economy, which underpins a healthy and happy society. Let’s do this!
Kylie Jackson started at the SIGNAL Dunedin studio in May, and comes with a focus on industry engagement and results for local business and SIGNAL students. Having most recently worked with media company Allied Press as a Sales Manager, and with experience managing a Private Training Establishment, Kylie is utilising and expanding her existing industry networks, to assist students and businesses looking to future-proof themselves with SIGNAL's professional development programmes. "Tech roles exist today in nearly every sector imaginable. SIGNAL's visionary approach, combining the best tech training and development resources in the South Island with industry-focused, real-world learning, is definitely the way of the future. I love the opportunity to work with local industry to boost their current tech staff capabilities, and to find meaningful and rewarding industry placements for our Shift students. These things really set SIGNAL's offerings apart."
Amanda is currently a student at the University of Otago completing a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Computer Science and Minoring in Gender Studies. She has a passion for technology, education, and promoting diversity within the IT workforce. With extensive experience in Customer Service, Leadership, and IT, Amanda hopes to use her skills to get more people involved with careers in technology alongside SIGNAL.