Meet the Team

Daniel Watson

Daniel Watson

Managing Director and Owner

Daniel has been the owner/operator of Vertech IT Services since 2010. His areas of focus include creative IT and Cloud Based solutions, business development, and out of the box Technical Solutions.

He loves meeting with clients and working out creative IT strategies that will make a real difference to their business as a whole.

He has a natural leadership ability and is instrumental in developing solid growth strategies for his team at Vertech to ensure that they strive to deliver the best possible solutions and services to their clients at all times.

Married with two teenage children, Daniel is actively involved as a Watch Assistant volunteer with the Spirit of Adventure Trust, as a leader in the local Sea Scouts Troop and was a Sergeant with the Royal New Zealand Engineering Corps Army Reserve


Carolyn Ironside

Carolyn Ironside

Finance Manager

Carolyn is our finance manager and joined the team in 2018 on part-time basis to support the finance function and her role has developed from billing to operations.   A qualified accountant with ACCA (2009) and CA ANZ membership (2019), she is a well-travelled kiwi who did her training as an accountant in London.  Since returning to Auckland in 2010, Carolyn has been running her own independent small book-keeping business working part time whilst raising her family.

Won over by the exciting opportunity of supporting Vertech’s vibrant team on a permanent basis, Carolyn joined us full time in December 2020. Carolyn has a great deal of finance and management accounting experience in a diverse range of industries including retail, engineering, facilities facilities management and mental health.  Keen to contribute to Vertech’s values, she has proven herself to be a supportive team member instrumental in the growth and stability of our business. With spreadsheets, pivot tables and KPI’s Carolyn is getting us to look at numbers and appreciate the value of information to support the Vertech team and its clients.

Born in New Zealand Carolyn did her OE in the UK for 12 years before returning to Auckland to start a family and enjoy the great number of bush and beach walks the Auckland lifestyle has to offer.  Carolyn continues to operate her current accounting client list when not giving her all to upskilling her financial modelling skills or enjoying family time.


Lester Newman

Lester Newman

Service Manager

Lester joined the team as a Service Desk Engineer in 2018.

Having previously worked as an IT Service Specialist, IT Support Specialist and IT Engineer, his talents were recognised and has recently been promoted to the role of Service Manager, working closely with the technical team to ensure a smooth sailing ship.

In his new role at Vertech, Lester will ensure service and support of the highest calibre.

Outside of work he is a Scout Leader loves the simple life, spending quality time with his family and watching his sons play football and cricket over weekends.


Duke Le

Duke Le

Systems Engineer

Duke has joined Vertech in March 2018 as an experienced System Engineer. He loves to support customers and solve their problems. He can speak IT in simple English and always see opportunities to improve the process and make life easier for customers.

Migrated to New Zealand in 2016 from Vietnam, Duke then fell in love with The Land of the Long White Cloud, and wants to stay here presently.

In his free time, Duke loves to learn new technology, watch movies and try new foods with his wife Yuna and his little girl Cherry.


Peter Drum

Peter Drum

Senior Systems Engineer

Peter is an experienced IT support professional keen on using technology to make things easier for businesses to succeed and grow. With a strong background in professional services as well as exposure to manufacturing and financial services sectors, Peter enjoys the challenge of adapting new technologies to business needs, enabling them to do more, with greater ease.

Peter has recently been certified as an ISO 27001 Lead Implementor and is engaged with multiple clients working through their IT governance requirements such as setting policies and creating IT road maps for the development of business systems support their growth strategy.

Outside of work, he enjoys reading, sport, particularly cricket and American football, as well as travel (internationally when possible) cooking and food in general. He is also partial to a spot of video gaming as well as spending time with friends, family, and his dog.


Mina Fahmi

Mina Fahmi

Cybersecurity, Systems and Automation Specialist

Mina has been with Vertech since 2019. Having started with his commitment to our Service desk, Mina has grown to represent Vertech as our Cybersecurity, Systems and Automation Specialist

IT has been Mina’s passion since he started interacting with technology at a very young age. He shares a great vision with Vertech which is to focus on infrastructure security since the world is not as secure as we all think it is.

Mina recently completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering and will be using his knowledge gained to journey Vertech to the next level of Cybersecurity protection for our clients.


Shashank B. Rai

Shashank B. Rai

Systems Engineer

Somewhat of a journeyman in technical and problem-solving roles. Shashank’s core focus is on making sure Vertech's business solutions are consistently delivered to a high standard, and are effective in improving the way our clients' businesses operate.

He has experience in assisting non-technical end users.Maximising efficiencies for businesses, by identifying where systems and processes can be improved, is central to the way Shashank approaches technology solutions.
With 6 years of Educational background in IT, new to networking domain, he looks forward to becoming a valuable and productive team member. In order to sharpen and widen his skills, he tends to do certifications and learning whilst serving the clients.

Apart from work, he tends to do the rest 9 Great walks in NZ whenever he gets a chance. And, always a food person..


Bianca Strang

Bianca Strang

Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, Bianca has made the journey to New Zealand where she joined our Vertech team as our Marketing Coordinator.

With her education being in Business Administration along with her Project Management knowledge and experience, her goal is to drive the success of Vertech through high quality marketing with effective and consistent communication and a customer-focused approach.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children adventuring through the magnificent surroundings New Zealand has to offer.


Mahesh Athi

Mahesh Athi

Account Manager

With a passion to succeed and rich IT solutions experience I had migrated from India to New Zealand in 2008. I take lot of pleasure in addressing customer’s pain points and solving business challenges with efficient and affordable IT solutions contributing to their business growth. I use my analytical capabilities to identify business imperatives and use strong IT and Business Management knowledge to meet the customer expectations. I take immense care in making sure that the customers understand what they are investing in and understand benefits of the solution in their business terms. Only customer delight gives me utmost satisfaction.

Married with two sons, I enjoy spending quality time with the family and watching my sons’ cricket games. In my spare time I get involved in community service and activities of a service organisation I belong to. Watching cricket and reading are my other passions.


Darshil Rathod

Darshil Rathod

Network and Systems Engineer

Darshil joined Vertech in July 2021 as a Network and Systems Engineer and supports our tech team remotely from India.

 He has completed his graduation from Federation University, Australia and has worked in the city of Melbourne for 2 years before migrating back to his home country. He believes that the Australian exposure has played a major role in shaping and building his knowledge and communication skills. His prior work experience as an IT Support executive in Australia and a Systems Engineer in India has given him a broader perspective on how to effectively deal with customers. It has also made him learn the importance of taking ownership and completing tasks.

 When he isn’t wearing the hat of a Systems Engineer, he enjoys some quality time spent with his loved ones. Apart from that he is passionate about Football and Photography.


Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

Luis is an independent IT consultant that has been in partnership with Vertech since early 2021.

With over 18 years of technical and customer support experience, Luis brings his experience and vision to the team.

With a degree in Systems Engineering and a Postgraduate in Networking, Luis is well placed to assist the team with whatever gets thrown his way.

Luis is passionate about technology and clean energy. He spends most of his free time with his family, he loves movies, video games and a good book.


Sumit Khorava

Sumit Khorava

Network & System Engineer

Born in the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Sumit completed his Master’s in Quality and Productivity Management and started his career as a Research Analyst. He then made the jump to the IT side and joined as a Network & System Engineer with a Europe/US based Support Team. He has been connected in the IT Field for over 5 years and successfully completed his certificates in MS AZ103 and Six Sigma.

Sumit is always ready to run the extra mile when needed. He likes various challenges, research work and is keen on learning new things.

Apart from his professional life, he enjoys spending valuable time with wife and 18 months old daughter. He loves swimming in the sea, tasting new food and playing carrom.


Rod Bruce

Rod Bruce

Business Development Manager

Vertech’s token Aussie (we don’t hold that against him!) Rod was born in Coffs Harbour NSW, after multiple stints traveling overseas on working holidays, he had to find a country that would not kick him out after the first year, and surprise New Zealand was it. Rod met his wife in Christchurch, and they have two sons and a daughter. 

Rod’s career path over the last twenty plus years has been with major corporates Telstra Australia, Telecom NZ, Vodafone NZ and a mixture of small ICT companies. Rod’s expertise is in being able to provide exceptional service to clients around account management and process improvement. 

Hitting the big Five 0 has motivated Rod to try and find ways to give back more to the community.  

In his spare time, he likes to spend time with family, trail running, playing squash and hopes to get his Padi dive certificate soon.