Dr Stuart Charters

SIGNAL Director

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.


Kylie Jackson

Deputy Director (Dunedin)

Kylie Jackson started with SIGNAL in May 2017, with an initial focus  on the Operations and Engagement side of the SIGNAL Dunedin studio.   Kylie was the Dunedin Techweek Coordinator for 2018, and along with a talented team of volunteers organised nearly fifty tech-focused events for audiences of all ages.    Kylie is passionate about boosting the profile of NZ's tech sector, both by assisting people from any background to transition to a career in tech, and by assisting businesses and organisations 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."

Lenore Wright

Client Engagement (Christchurch)

Lenore blends academic training in commerce & business applications with hands-on experience in a variety of industries across government and private sectors. At SIGNAL ICT Grad School, Lenore's role is diverse, she assists in marketing, promotion, events, and recruitment activities, along with account management for SIGNAL industry clients. The Tech sector set to be New Zealand’s biggest earner, and Lenore is excited to be a team member with SIGNAL, where the goal is to empower people through their professional development programmes and community spirit. Growing New Zealand’s Information and Communication Technologies sector means a robust and growing economy, which underpins a healthy and happy society. Let’s do this!

Steven Geddes

Operations and Engagement Coordinator (Dunedin)

Stephen joined SIGNAL at the beginning of September.  He has extensive experience in the tertiary education sector, both as a student and in marketing, recruitment and engagement roles.  After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business at the University of Otago, he has worked as the Marketing Manager at Telford Rural Polytechnic, promoted and recruited for the University of Otago's MBA programme, and joins SIGNAL after 12 years as the Otago Business School's Divisional Marketing and Communications Coordinator.  Stephen is looking forward to working with the closeknit SIGNAL team in a boutique course environment within the dynamic tech sector. 



Lufei Wang

Operations Administrator (Christchurch)

Lufei started at SIGNAL in August 2018, prior to this, she worked at the University of Canterbury, in the International Relationships Office, in a variety of roles such a project researcher, application and enrollments administration. Originally from Beijing, Lufei was a school teacher of geography in a leading education group for three years.  Lufei moved to New Zealand in 2016 and recently completed a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Canterbury. Lufei has the passion and dedication for technology, she is looking forward to working and growing with SIGNAL ICT Graduate School.

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