Katie is our most recently elected President (and she’ll be the first to say she has some big shoes to fill!)
Katie is passionate about bringing tech comms to students; and helping tech writers to grow their network and create their own opportunities.
She’s been on the TechCommNZ Board for 5 years in various roles, and if you haven’t met her yet, just listen out for the most British voice in the room and you’ll find her. She also loves talking to people, so next time you’re at a branch meeting, come introduce yourself!
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.
Emma’s love of all things language has led her from studies in French and translation to teaching and research roles in Aotearoa, France, and New Caledonia, and into the world of technical communication and information design.
Like a number of fellow graduates of the Ara GDID programme, she joined the growing ranks of technical communication professionals at Streamliners, where she helps to create and maintain complex documentation for the health sector.
Like Peter, she attended a TechCommNZ conference and somehow found herself on the board (in 2019)....
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.
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Peter is currently the Ara Manager of Computing for Free community learning centres. 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...
Megan’s tech comm career path looks like a 3-year old’s gone crazy with a Crayola! She’s recently set up as a freelance plain language writer, so there’s more twists and turns to come.
Megan discovered plain language, technical communication, and TechCommNZ when she did the Graduate Diploma of Information Design in 2014. She’d previously spent 12 years teaching English to adult professionals around the world, so she thought instructional design would be her thing.
Instead, she found herself helping her brother in his conservation fieldwork business around the upper North Island – writing tenders, reports, and environmental/health and safety docs. And occasionally you’d find her bush-bashing through a possum line.
In 2018, Megan swapped the red bands for heels for a web content role at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in Wellington. She helped MFAT staff around the world shape and place content on MFAT’s website – a great place to learn how necessary plain language is!
2020 saw her go the freelance way – living and working from a campervan while travelling around NZ. Her new office has awesome indoor/outdoor flow.
Megan’s been on the TechCommNZ Board since October 2019 and is the Wellington Branch Event coordinator.
Noel’s “technical” career began in 1977 as a radio and communications technician with Civil Aviation, at Christchurch airport. When CAD became corporatized in 1987, he took a role as a maintenance manager at Auckland Airport, with the new Airways Corporation. After working in the fields of Navigation and Landing systems, then Surveillance Radar, he moved to the emerging field of risk and quality management, which led naturally to Information Design and Delivery.
Moving back to Christchurch Radar Centre in 1999, Noel specialised in writing for an engineering and technical audience, transforming their processes from paper-based, to online. Recently, his role has switched to information design for Airways Air Traffic Controllers, taking them on the journey from slow-to-update manuals, to smart delivery at the workface.
A regular at conferences, branch meetings and courses, Noel joined the TechCommNZ Board in October 2019, and is the TechCommNZ Webinar Coordinator
In his spare time, Noel is immersed in Dragon Boat racing, as an (aging) athlete, event organiser, and an International Race Official. Until this virus is under control and our borders open, Noel will have to point his energies toward local activities – which isn’t such a bad thing.
Steph graduated from Massey University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Media Studies. She went on to complete a Diploma in Editing, Proofreading and Book Publishing with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies.
For the last eight years Steph has worked in writing and publishing roles in the transport industry, championing the importance of plain language, writing style and branding across her organisation’s communications.
In 2017, Steph won the Plain English Champion – Best Individual award at the New Zealand Plain English Awards. She knows she’s found her niche.
Outside of work hours, Steph enjoys badminton (surprisingly exhausting), bootcamp-style fitness classes (expectedly exhausting), trying to improve her gluten-free baking skills (emotionally exhausting) and spending time with her niblings. She’s a big fan of a chat about space.
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