PRESS RELEASE – Institute of IT Professionals NZ Inc
5 December 2014, For Immediate Release
Creative innovator Ian Taylor has been elected President of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP), the professional body for those working in the IT sector, with Qube Global Software Managing Director Mike Dennehy named as Deputy President.
Taylor, founder of Dunedin-based Animation Research Ltd and a well-known and often outspoken tech entrepreneur, said today that he had accepted nomination after being blown away by the work the Institute does on behalf of the IT profession.
“Whether it’s getting into schools to get more kids following a path to IT, working with government on behalf of the tech industry, empowering our people through things like certification, or pushing against software patents, this is the body out there fighting every day for IT professionals”, Taylor said today.
Taylor says that the two things that matter most to him are Collaboration and Engagement. “I’m excited to see how IITP can work together and support other industry bodies, and I’m also looking forward to helping show a more diverse group of tech people, devs, innovators and others why they should engage with the Institute”, Taylor said. “Especially younger innovators and other under-represented groups such as women and Maori”.
Taylor also sees a need to help strengthen the Maori technology business community in New Zealand, and sees a role for the Institute in supporting young Maori who want to follow their dreams through innovation.
The President is a voluntary role and leads the Institute’s governing body, the National Council, working with the Council to set the strategic direction of the organisation.
Outgoing President Ray Delany, who stepped down after reaching his four-year term limit, welcomed the appointment of Ian Taylor as President for 2015 and beyond. “Ian’s an amazing guy and I couldn’t think of anyone better to lead the Council and help steer the Institute going forwards”, Delany said.
Tauranga-based Mike Dennehy was also named Deputy President of the Institute today. Dennehy is Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for Qube Global Software, after having his company Vision Software successfully acquired by Qube earlier in the year.
IITP CEO Paul Matthews also paid tribute to the huge effort put in by Ray Delany and Steve Davis, the outgoing Deputy President, over the last four years. “Ray and Steve have provided confident and stable leadership for the Institute and presided over significant growth in membership and relevance”, Matthews said. “The organisation was very different when they started, and they oversaw major transformation as it changed from the Computer Society to the Institute. Their commitment has been huge and the profession owes them a debt of gratitude.”
About Ian Taylor
Ian Taylor (Ngati Kahungunu), a Flying Kiwi and IITP Honorary Fellow, was inducted into the Hi-Tech Hall of Fame 2009 and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading Maori innovators. After a 20 year career with Television New Zealand Ian left in 1988 to establish three successful technology businesses from his base in Dunedin: Taylormade Media – a television and multi media company; Animation Research Ltd (ARL), one of the country’s most celebrated high tech companies; and BookIt, a specialist on line booking company.
Taylor shot to fame in 1992 by revolutionalising the way the world watched sport with the creation of real-time 3D graphics for the Americas Cup. In 1999 Virtual Spectator was born – a real-time 3D graphics tracking system enabling the Americas Cup to be tracked and viewed in 3D in real time. This created even more revolutionary graphics for TV as well as the ability to broadcast the race online in a digital form for the first time ever. This was later expanded to cover other sports such as Golf, Cricket, Motorsport, Gliding and Aerosports.
About the Institute of IT Professionals NZ
The Institute of IT Professionals is the professional body for those working in the Software and Information Technology industry. With thousands of members nationwide, the Institute is the voice of the IT Profession and the largest IT representative body in New Zealand.
The Institute works closely with Industry, Government and Academia however is a fully independent non-profit body; funded, operated and governed by IT Professionals. The Institute has been the voice of the IT Profession for 54 years.