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Board Members

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Terry MacDonald - Chair

Terry MacDonald
Terry MacDonald has been involved in information security for over 15 years. He has been a major contributor to the STIX, TAXII, and CybOX threat intelligence sharing standards through his work on the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence Technical Committee, and has provided advisory services to major vendors such as Microsoft and Soltra. He is co-chair of the FIRST Information Exchange Policy Special Interest Group (IEP-SIG) and is a NZITF board member. Terry has worked in various roles during that time, spanning Security Operations, Policy, Planning, Design, Business Development and Product Development. Terry co-founded the Spark NZ Security Operations Team, has worked in senior roles at the Cisco Managed Threat Defense centre and helped Microsoft develop their internal Threat Intelligence Management solution. In recent years Terry has focused on helping organizations integrate threat intelligence, incident response and policy planning together, to gain the most benefit from their information security programmes. He currently works for Cosive as a Chief Product Officer. He has the CISSP, GCIA, GCIA and GXPN certifications in addition to numerous vendor specific qualifications.

Hinne Hettema - Vice Chair

Hinne Hettema is the tactical security operations leader at Ports of Auckland. His strengths are in SOC enablement, intelligence and incident response, as well as intelligence driven security operations and security architecture. In a previous role, he led the security operations at the University of Auckland and has also worked as security architect. He has experience working in security operations in both ICT and ICS environments, setting and driving strategy and incident response. He studied Theoretical Chemistry (PhD 1993) and Philosophy (PhD 2012). As a theoretical chemist, he played with the supercomputers of the time. His first computer was hacked in 1991, after which he developed an enduring interest in cyber security. He is a blogger for APNIC, and maintains a security blog on his LinkedIn page.

Ben Creet - Secretary


Ben (aka Creeture online) is a policy analyst, technology geek and cybersecurity professional who leads InternetNZ’s public policy team. Ben is also a member of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s Reference Group, InternetNZ, a part time Master of Strategic Studies student at Victoria University of Wellington and a national expert on vulnerability disclosure policy. Ben joined the NZITF in 2012.

Kate Pearce - Treasurer


Kate Pearce is currently the Security Officer at Trade Me. Originally born and educated in New Zealand, Kate is an NZITF member in her individual capacity. She spent several years working in information security consulting while based in the United States – first for the Chicago-based consultancy Neohapsis, and then for Cisco after Neohapsis was acquired by Cisco in 2015. Before her current role, Kate ran a security assessment and response practice across the Asia-Pacific region for Cisco. Her work as a consultant covered application security and secure SDLC, network security, and systems security. She has also spoken and presented research on security topics at many high-profile events, and is an advocate for women and minorities in tech.
Kate is also an InternetNZ councillor and was previously one of the team that ran the BSides Wellington conference in 2017. She has a BSc in Computer Science (2008), PgDipSci (Computer Security and Forensics) (2009), and an MSc in Computer Science (2011) from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Barry Brailey

Barry Brailey
Barry has been involved with NZITF since 2009 serving initially on the steering committee and then the Board (following incorporation of the society in 2011). Barry also co-founded and is on the Board of iSANZ (Information Security Awards NZ).
Barry spent a number of years in the British Army where he specialised in investigations, IT Forensics, IT Security and the protection of critical assets. In 2005 he left the Army and headed to New Zealand, where he has held security-related roles in both the public and private sectors. These roles include a global engineering firm, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), the .nz Domain Name Commission and security consulting. Barry is currently the Practice Manager with Quantum Security in Wellington.

Reyna Ramirez Montes

Reyna Ramirez Montes has been in the IT field since 2007, she has been in a variety of industries overseas and in New Zealand including financial services, education and electricity. Reyna’s experience is a combination of Operations and Security through various roles including Help Desk Manager, Security Auditor, Security Engineer and currently as the Security and Compliance Manager at Genesis Energy and member of the NZITF since 2016.

Dean Pemberton