Meet the Team

Daniel Watson

Daniel Watson

Managing Director and Owner

Daniel has been the owner/operator of Vertech IT Services since 2010. His area's of focus are building a best in class Managed Services & Security Provider, advising on security & regulatory compliance and supporting clients with scalable resilient cloud 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.

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.

Frankie Lee

Frankie Lee

Security & Systems Engineer

When my father got his first desktop computer at home when I was a kid, this ignited my interest in computers and the reason I pursued a career in the IT industry.  

I have completed a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT University in Melbourne. On the other hand, I have three years of customer service experience in the telecommunication sector in New Zealand. I am also interested in electronic gadgets, and I have experience in repairing mobile phones and laptops.  

The rise of cybercrime and incidents also stimulates me to explore cyber security. Therefore, I recently completed a Master of Information Technology at the University of Auckland and specialising in information security. I also had good exposure to the security system as I was working as an intern at Vertech.  

During my downtime, I watch Netflix with my family and go out with my Cavoodle to play ball.  

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.

Dean Fourie

Dean Fourie

Systems Engineer

Dean joined Vertech in 2022 as a Systems engineer. His primary goal will be to manage service desk escalations and project tasks. Network engineering has captured his interest and is his field of choice. He is currently studying to extend his knowledge further to ensure he stays ahead of the forever changing industry requirements.

Dean is excited to get in front of our clients and solve the issues that they face on the daily.

In his spare time he enjoys everything Squash and in his downtime, music is his go to. Dean loves playing the acoustic guitar.

Abby Watson

Abby Watson

Service Desk Engineer

Abby recently joined our team on her journey of exploring the world of IT.

She has always had a keen interest in IT which is no surprise given Daniel’s influence.

Abby will form part of our service desk team handling all your day-to-day requests and escalating any pressing issues when the need arises.

She has a great sense for listening compassionately and is eager to help with the management and escalations of your concerns. Abby has a history in retail so she plans on utilizing her experience in delivering on the promise of getting back to clients.

In her spare time she gets lost in the world of video games with a special interest in Dungeons and Dragons.