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Board Members

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Barry Brailey - Chair

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, initially working in the private sector as a security consultant and then as a security specialist for a global engineering firm. Following this, Barry spent a few years working for the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), filling the role of Operations Lead for the Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) and later the Head of Consultancy Services at National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Barry joined the .nz Domain Name Commission as the Manager, Security Policy in October 2012.

Mike Seddon - Vice Chair

Mike Seddon
Mike has been in ICT support roles for over thirty years and neck deep in information security since 1999. He left Telecom NZ as Operational Security Officer in 2014 to join the NCSC as Senior Network Security Consultant. He is also a co-founder and board member of the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) and founding committee member of iSANZ.
Mike represents both NCSC and NZITF on a number of domestic and international trust groups and security forums and he'll also happily talk to anyone willing to listen about beekeeping.

Chester Holmes - Treasurer

Chester Holmes
Much to his own surprise, Chester has had “security” in his job title whilst working in Systems Security/ IT Security / Information Security since 1990. This has been in NZ Banks, which have over this time changed dramatically . In 1989 Chester moved from a UK company (Whitbread & Co PLC) that had email (Verimation) and which had deployed its own handheld microprocessor devices to sales staff back in 1985, and started at Postbank in Auckland which had no email and where Olivetti would like the deployed teller terminals to put in their museum please. Once upon a time, Chester ran development user community groups for APL, managed the production sales analysis systems (written in APL) including designing, specifying and supervising changes to the application as well and generally getting stuck into everything. Now he is most comfortable considering implications of user behaviour (staff / customers / miscreants) and how those affect systems and systems usage. He can rarely be found talking about security at conferences. Nowadays he prefers to give useful advice rather than dabble in the technical depths in detail.

Terry MacDonald - Secretary

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

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


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

Kate Pearce has several years of information security experience in New Zealand, the USA, and internationally. Starting from an initial foundation in application security and secure SDLC and broadening to network and systems security, she has worked as a security consultant for clients across the planet in many different verticals. She has also spoken and presented research on security topics at many high-profile events, and is also a passionate advocate for voices and perspectives that need to be at the table.
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. She currently runs a security assessment and response services practise across the Asia-Pacific region for Cisco.
Kate is also an InternetNZ councillor and was previously one of the team that ran the BSides Wellington conference in 2017. Kate 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.