Board

TechCommNZ Executive

Emma Harding

President

Emma has been a technical communicator since 1989 and has written plain English policies and procedures in industry sectors such as banking, health, manufacturing, retail sales, technology, and software. In addition to her role on the TechCommNZ executive, she leads the Streamliners technical writing team, is a senior member of The Society for Technical Communication, and is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Graduate Diploma in Information Design (CPIT). She has a BA (Hons) in Linguistics.

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Peter Russell

Secretary and Honorary treasurer

Peter is Senior Technical Communicator with KiwiRail’s Fleet Engineering in Wellington, focused on codes of practice for maintaining, inspecting and operating the company’s rolling stock. Before this, Peter worked with the Department of Corrections Prison Services, on policies, procedures, instructions and guidelines for prison staff and, occasionally, prisoners.

Other roles have included editing in Inland Revenue's ministerials unit, developing vehicle inspection requirements manuals for the LTSA and Land Transport New Zealand (now the New Zealand Transport Agency), scientific editing and writing, correspondence tutoring, and advising the horticultural industry. Throughout the 1990s, Peter was self employed, with most clients in the transport sector, the largest being NZ Rail (later Tranz Rail, Toll Rail and now KiwiRail).

Peter believes that a technical communicator is someone who is quick to grasp new technical subject matter, and is competent to communicate it authoritatively and appropriately to a fresh audience.

Contact phone number: +64 21 255 1521
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Roy McKone

Business Manager

Roy has been a self employed technical communicator since the beginning of 1998. Prior to this he has had substantial experience in the IT industry in management, sales, solution design, software development and technical roles. During his career Roy also had to develop a wide range of documentation from technical through to sales proposals.

Combining these various skills and experiences with formal training in Information Mapping, Roy has since been involved in a number of major documentation projects with IBM, Vodafone, Placemakers, to name but a few. Roy is now retired and based in Tauranga.

Contact phone number: +64 7 543-3533
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Abhay Chokshi

Board member

Abhay is a computer science engineering graduate who stumbled upon technical communication in 2008. He loves language and technology equally, which helps him solve most problems at work. He has been working in the software industry for 9 years and has evolved from being a technical writer to an information engineer. He is extremely passionate about tech comm and has been dedicated to the community. He understands graphics and social media and tries to use these effectively in the field. When not thinking about work, Abhay becomes a little creative. He has a keen interest in people, stories, and poetry. His maiden Hindi poetry collection, Kavyanaam was published in 2013.

Meredith Evans

Board member

Meredith completed a Graduate Diploma in Technical Communication in 2002 and has been working in technical communications ever since, first at Streamliners and now at Synlait Milk. Meredith has a passion for software. She has a particular interest in creating user documentation for information technology, especially ERP systems, and in working on content strategy and solutions. Meredith has also dabbled in training and e-Learning content development and has recently been having fun producing e-Learning with Articulate Storyline. When not at work or wrangling two young boys, Meredith can be found at dog agility competitions, either chasing her own dogs around the course or standing in the middle as the judge.

Rob Grover

Board member

Rob Grover has recently switched his career focus from music performance and teaching to technical communication. He is in the final stages of a Graduate Diploma of Information Design at CPIT, completing an internship with the SCIRT Learning Legacy project. This has involved user research to define the needs and expectations of the future Learning Legacy users, then representing those through a set of user personas. In mid-November he joins the HealthPathways team at Streamliners. When he's not studying, working, or having his arm twisted to join committees, Rob writes his own blues/rock/folk/soul music which you can check out on Sound Cloud.

Grant Mackenzie

Board member

Grant fell into technical communication early this century and has never been happier in his work. He is currently the sole technical communicator for a very successful New Zealand software house. For some years now he has eschewed printed and even online user guides and manuals. Instead, he creates videos as the user assistance for all his employer’s products. This has been so successful that Grant has taken on the mantle of TechCommNZ in-house video evangelist. When Grant is not channelling Quentin Tarantino, he plays tennis.

Peter Nock

Board member

Peter is currently the Head of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology's Campus Connect community learning centres. Two years ago, in his previous role as an Academic Team Leader, he was looking for the "next step" in his career and discovered the GDID programme at CPIT. Having experience in writing educational materials, course books and project planning he found the programme rewarding and useful. While not working in the technical writing industry, the skills and knowledge gained in the GDID programme have proved immensely useful and applicable in his current management role. As a GDID student he joined up with TechCommNZ and attended the 2012 conference - and somehow found himself on the board...

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