David Fuller: Board Member
David has over 20 years’ experience in delivering practical testing solutions to clients in the Financial Services industry, with a focus on the promotion of best practice Testing techniques and tools across the Software Development Lifecycle.
David is currently Portfolio Test Manager (for Online & Mobility) for the Westpac Banking Group. He strongly believes in the promotion of Testing as a career and has hands-on experience with quality standards including ISO 9000, 9126 and CMMI.
Graeme Mackenzie: Board Member
Graeme has been managing software testing for over 20 years, typically at a strategic or organisational level. He is currently a Testing Director with HPE New Zealand.
Graeme has held strategic management roles in a variety of organisations and industries including telecommunications, finance, fishing, oil and government. He also has considerable experience in managing remote teams including teams spread around the world.
Graeme is a founding board member of ANZTB and is currently the ANZTB representative at ISTQB, as well as Exam Vice Chair. He is a past Chair of the ISTQB Exam Working Party which drives ISTQB exams globally.
He currently holds ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager and ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Analyst and is based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Ian Ross: Chair
Ian has worked for both small boutique organisations, government agencies and large multinationals which gives him a unique perspective on the application of testing in differing environments, as well as experience in catering to a large range of customers. Ian is currently the employed as the Chief Technical Officer of Hedgebook.
Ian is active in the testing community and has presented papers at various conferences and speaking venues where he has discussed Web Service Testing, Security, and Agile techniques. Ian has a fluent and relaxed speaking manner which enhances the audiences’ ability to become involved in his presentations.
Ian has been part of ANZTB since 2008, and is involved in the development and review of the exams that ANZTB provides at the Advanced Level. Ian is currently establishing a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in Christchurch to assist with the development of more exam questions. Ian brings the full weight of his professional knowledge to the board providing a vital industry representation.
Ian has the achieved ISTQB Foundation (CTFL), Advanced Test Analyst (CTAL – TA), Advanced Test Manager (CTAL – TM) Certifications. Ian is also a certified Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).
Leanne Howard: Board Member
Leanne currently works as an Agile Practices Consultant with Planit Test Management Solutions. She has been in the testing industry for more than 20 years, both in Australia and the UK, working in many domains and diverse programmes. She is keen to mentor and share her experiences through education for test professionals. Leanne takes a practical approach to testing, using all of her skills and competencies, selecting from her vast “toolkit” of techniques to fit the context in which she works. Leanne is focused on delivering the highest quality to her stakeholders within the boundaries of the project. She has extensive knowledge of Agile methodologies, she is a certified Scrum Master and has been a speaker at global testing industry conferences. She is also a keen author of whitepapers and articles for various magazines.
Leanne has authored Advanced Test Analyst and Test Manager training courses plus ISQTB guidelines and has been instrumental in setting up the SIGiST Sydney (Special Interest Group in Software Testing). She is a Senior Certified Professional member of Australian Computer Society, a member of the Scrum Alliance and Standards Australia Committees. Leanne’s also on ISTQB Expert syllabus review panels and has written a large number of the Advanced level examination questions for ANZTB. She is herself a certified Advanced Test Analyst, Test Manager and a Certified Agile Tester. Leanne was also recognised by her peers through the iAward ICT Woman of the Year 2014.
Marie Walsh: Vice Chair
Marie is a Senior Program Test Manager with over 13 years’ experience in IT. Currently an independent contractor, she has worked on high profile projects for organisations including Microsoft, Suncorp, CSIRO, Centrelink, and the Queensland Police Service.
During her career, Marie has worked as a Technical Tester, Test Automation Specialist, Business and Systems Analyst, Test Manager, Release and Implementation Manager, Change Manager and Problem Manager. Her experience spans many industry sectors, including finance, telecommunications, and government, and a range of technologies, methodologies and disciplines.
Marie’s career focus is on the testing discipline, and her diverse roles have provided her with a solid understanding of the importance of testing within IT project lifecycles.
Marie is a keen advocate of testing, and regularly attends IT community group meetings to grow professionally and to promote the benefits of testing. Her passion is to improve the image of testing, and to work with teams to build testing processes that are flexible, adaptable, and effective in improving software quality.
Marie is based in Brisbane, Australia.
Nigel Saunders: Treasurer
Nigel is a professional, qualified ISTQB Advanced Test Manager, an ISEB (ISTQB) qualified Software Tester, and is a Manager Testing for ASB Bank with over 15 years’ experience within the testing and quality assurance field.
Nigel has delivered numerous projects where he has been responsible for developing the testing processes and leading the testing teams and is dedicated to providing a quality product within tight project deadlines. Nigel has in-depth experience in applying testing methodologies within structured and iterative project environments. His skills in delivering testing projects, be this managing user acceptance projects, through day-to-day system testing, to more technical integration testing projects, has Nigel held in the highest regard by his peers and customers. Nigel has developed a strong competency in delivering and implementing projects across a variety of industries.
Sarah Benstead: Board Member
Sarah is an ISTQB certified Test Manager with over ten years’ testing experience, obtained from working in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She is proficient in a wide range of software testing methodologies and possesses in-depth knowledge of test management processes, test strategies and incident management. Her experience has been gained through working on diverse projects in domains that include emergency services, control rooms, banking, and finance.
She has overseen local and offshore projects and believes that team building and a fostering a sense of belonging are crucial for team success. As a strong advocate of mentoring, she provides coaching, support and assistance to her team to inspire them to take ownership of their tasks.
Sarah has always had a passion for testing and hopes her enthusiasm will encourage others to continue with their own professional development and further develop the field. In her current role she is the Quality Assurance Manager at the Insurance Commission of Western Australia.
Stanley Johannes: Board Member
Stanley is an ISTQB certified Advanced Test Analyst and a certified Professional Scrum Master. His experience spans a diverse range of industries including travel, musical instrument production, consulting and insurance. He has worked on various sized projects, using both traditional methodologies and Agile.
Stanley is passionate about improving the value of testing to the IT industry, the increasing inclusion of testing courses in the education sector, and the promotion of testing as a professional career choice.
Currently Stanley contributes to the testing community in Christchurch through the Test Professional Network and by mentoring junior test analysts.
Steve Toms: Board Member
Currently a Test Manager at ASG Group, Steve has worked in Software Development for 25 years. His experience as a developer in the defence industry was a solid foundation for his subsequent testing roles. More recently Steve has had many key test consulting roles across Finance and Media.
Steve has been a Board Member with the ANZTB for over eight years, having served as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Training Provider Liaison Officer. He is also an active participant at ISTQB level.
Steve holds the ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Certificate in Software Testing and is located in Sydney.