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


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.


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.


Ben Pearce

Ben Pearce

Senior Systems Engineer

Ben is a Massey University IT graduate with a quiet and conscientious demeanour. But that doesn’t stop him being at the cutting edge of IT. With a passion for helping people and finding solutions, Ben is our first point of contact for all our support queries.

With a vast knowledge of multiple operating systems, software and hardware, he can support almost anything. Since being at Vertech, he has quickly started building upon his skills, becoming a valuable asset to the company and our customers.

If he isn’t walking customers through their issues, he is out kicking goals at the local rugby park.


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.


Mina Fahmi

Mina Fahmi

Service Desk Analyst

My name is Mina Fahmi, a self-motivated 2nd year university student, currently studying two degrees. A) Engineering, majoring in Mechatronics and B) Science, Majoring in Computer Science.

With interests in infrastructure programming and security. IT has been my passion since I started interacting with technologies when I was 10 years old.  My dream was and still is to work for an organization that focuses on the infrastructure security since the world is not as secure as we all think it is, while trying to integrate it with the artificial intelligence part of my study to achieve the maximum security any individual can have.

I am also striving to take my experience in customer service to the next the level always ensuring the satisfaction of every customer while promoting the quality of the service/product I am providing.

 


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.

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.


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.