"Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience."Clarence Day
Meet the team that makes our work possible
There’s no shortage of consultants that claim to understand information security and privacy. But few have the knowledge and experience that our team can bring to your project.
All of our consultants are information security professionals with extensive real world experience across both the public and private sector.
What’s more, they’re also real people with real life interests outside of the office. Just like you. Given how much time we spend at our computers, that might just be a surprise to some people!
Director | Consulting Partner
Since I first encountered a hacker in an IT system I was responsible for over 3 decades ago, I have been working with clients to help them understand and manage the risks to which the information systems supporting their businesses are exposed.
As a keen cyclist for many years, I still enjoy the rush of a fast downhill either on or off-road. I also enjoy time with my children and grandchildren, walking, sailing, dabbling with electronics and making my own bread, cheese, beer and wine.
Mobile: +64 21 689 998
I believe that security done well can help our clients balance the trade-off between new and exciting opportunities and the risk for their businesses. Professionally, I thrive on solving big hairy problems.
Outside of work, I’m kept busy with my family (my lovely wife, three kids and two dogs), woodworking, coaching my kids football team and a perpetual cycle of home DIY.
Mobile: +64 21 912 739
Consulting Practice Lead
Working for diverse organisations throughout my career and my emotional engagement with work, transformed information security to become a passion for me, rather than a job. I am a big fan of pragmatic, simple and automation approaches, and enjoy supporting our clients on their security journey.
Talk to me about motorcycles, squash or football, and you will find passion that compares to, but cannot compete against information security.
My role at Axenic combines my love of people, process and business management, and allows me to work in a team filled with passionate, knowledgeable and motivated people.
Outside of work I love spending time with my wonderful family and friends. I am a regular gym goer, to offset my interest in cooking and wine. I’m a keen traveller and explorer and always like to have a new adventure on the radar.
Since kicking off my marketing career with the Sydney Olympics back in 2000 I have been working with companies helping to deliver marketing strategies that are customer focused. I am particularly interested in Digital Marketing and I lecture for the NZ Marketing Association for their Certificate in Digital Marketing course.
When I’m not banging on about marketing - my family and young kids keeps me busy. I enjoy coaching their sports including rugby and have even been known to play the odd game myself now and again. I love to get out on the South Coast for a dive or a surf when time/weather permits.
I am passionate about delivering great outcomes to our diverse client portfolio. My role is to facilitate and project manage the engagements delivered by our team.
If I’m not out and about chasing sunsets with my partner trying to get the perfect photo, I’m sat by the fire listening to music; enjoying a glass of pinot & a carefully crafted cheeseboard. I spend every Sunday evening with my close-knit family and like to fill my weekends up with concerts & shows.
Practice Lead - PCI
I have worked in information security for 23 years providing technical consultancy, managed services and compliance advice & assessments for clients. I believe in encouraging sustainable security practice that allow organisations to achieve their business goals while also achieving and maintaining compliance with standards such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Out of work I spend time with my wife and two boys, extended family and friends. When I’m not socializing or in the garden, I enjoy brewing, sustainability technologies, home automation and permaculture agriculture. Weather and time permitting, I love to get out on my ebike or fly my drone.
Johan van Blerk
Senior Consultant (PCI)
During my 20 + years spent working in the security industry I’ve been fortunate to witness significant innovation and growth. I am a lifetime student of all things security and know that I will need to continuously learn and grow in order to keep pace with that innovation. The various roles I have performed, both past and current, have all helped me understand how to best support stakeholders, whether they are shareholders, customers, team members or industry players.
Life is good when you get to do the things that you are passionate about 24/7. I am so very fortunate to be a husband, father, farmer, student and a DIY mechanic.
I like to take the time to understand context of the client so that the security services I deliver will meet their outcomes, as I don’t believe that security should be reduced to a tick-in-the-box exercise.
I enjoy playing football, watching sports with my cat (go the Hurricanes!), spending hours war gaming with my friends, and tinkering with computers and cars.
I believe the fundamentals of good information security, now more than ever, are important across both public and private sectors. For me the key is helping our clients to understand and apply security principles to benefit their business and give them confidence in their security decisions.
I’m a bit of a planner, so I like to have a few home projects on the go at any one time. I enjoy listening to a range of music, reading, binge watching TV episodes, gaming, and also a bit of sewing.
Great information security is a combination of many factors – understanding risk, knowing your organisational goals and using the right business and technical tools. This will ensure practical and real-world security is embedded throughout your organisation. As a Senior Consultant with Axenic, my job is to help you achieve this.
After hours you can always find me with my wife and kids, either enjoying food, snuggling up to a movie or a good book or tinkering with a new piece of computer code or graphics. When blessed with good weather I enjoy the outdoors whether it is just a barbecue or exploring any piece of nature NZ can provide, letting the adventure choose me.
With information becoming such an important part of everyone’s lives, we need to go to great lengths to protect it. I take pride in knowing I am able to protect the information of our clients through my work. Working in security has been a passion for much of the past decade, with building knowledge and educating others a priority for the future.
Outside work I love spending time with my wife and two daughters, playing badminton or running calories off (acquired through my other passion, eating!). A Mechanical Engineer by education, I also enjoy tinkering with everything from my kids’ toys and stuff around the house, to the classic Volkswagen Beetle I have back in my hometown.
I am a firm believer that information security can be a positive force multiplier in business. I enjoy helping clients see the big picture of security and demonstrating how it can enhance business strengths, while reducing risk.
I spend much of my free time with my wife Veronica exploring the cities and countryside. Fishing, homebrewing beer and tinkering with electronics are also big interests of mine, and we are always on the quest for new or unique dining experiences . In my home country (USA), I had a small farm where I raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, pheasants and quail.
These days security is critical to business success and I’m passionate about using security to help our customers achieve their goals. I have extensive experience of enterprise IT, in solution design and delivery as well as in IT strategy and planning and I can bring that experience to bear on fitting security into an organisation’s plans, architectures and projects.
I’m a voracious reader – usually having 6 or 7 books on the go at any one time. To balance that out I like to go for long walks or bike rides in the NZ countryside with my family. I also like overseas travel – particularly in the Pacific where I love snorkelling (NZ is far too cold!).
I developed a strong interest in Information Security during my time at Victoria University and it has kept developing ever since then. I’m very customer focused, love problem solving and being challenged. I can’t wait to see where my career at Axenic takes me.
When I’m not working you can find me with my head in a book, doing the Code Cracker in the newspaper, on some outdoor exploration or just spending time with the people I love in my life. Next to my goals to expand my information security career, a few of my others are to scratch as many countries off my map as I can, become a better cook and to learn to knit beanies for babies at the Neonatal Ward.
As a recent University graduate, I have a keen interest in all areas of information security, ranging from risk and assurance to enterprise security architecture. I enjoy working on projects that challenge me, and look forward to applying my mix of business and technical knowledge to help solve problems in the ever-changing information security landscape.
When I'm not at work, I can usually be found up a mountainside taking photographs, out riding my skateboard, or at home knitting a pair of socks.