Canterbury Angel Investors Inc. is a registered society in New Zealand and is governed by a voluntary committee.

Paul Claridge - Chair

With over 30 years commercial experience, Paul has worked in senior management and executive roles in a range of business from start-ups to corporates across a variety of sectors including, tertiary education, logistics and processing,

business and economic development, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and in the IT sector in software and services delivery and sales. Areas of interest and expertise include business development and strategy, sales, operations,

building strategic partnerships and growing tech businesses. Paul is a business mentor to a range companies including advising companies in UC’s Entre $85k Challenge and CDC’s Hi-Growth Launch Programme.

Shane Wakelin - Treasurer

Shane is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced astute finance professional with experience in financial services, IT, startups and Insurance in the UK and New Zealand. 

Shane currently is  CFO for Receivables Management (NZ) Ltd and was a founding member of Canterbury Angels and has held the position of treasurer since its formation.

Joan McSweeney - Deputy Chair

Joan specialises in start ups, growth from new technology and innovations, Maori business and navigating government business support processes. She has worked in the business development area for Callaghan Innovation, AgResearch and Ngai Tahu. Joan is a mentor for young graduates in early stage careers. Joan is a Director and General Manager for Network Box Australasia. She is on the Board of Canterbury Angels. Joan holds an MBA from Canterbury University.

Geoff Brash

Geoff is the founder of GBJ Innovation. GBJ provides support to startup companies by supporting the startup ecosystem, providing direct one-on-one startup support, and operating startup ventures of its own. Prior to GBJ Geoff was a co-founder of SLI Systems and held positions of CFO, VP of Marketing, and VP of Business Intelligence. Under Geoff’s direction, SLI won the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Marketer of the Year in 2005. SLI was listed on the NZX in 2013. Geoff is the Programme Director of the Christchurch Lightning Lab Programme, committee member and former Chair of Canterbury Software, Trustee of Ministry of Awesome, and Board member of Canterbury Angels.  Geoff holds an MBA from Massey University.

Ben Reid 

Ben Reid is Consulting Director at Memia Ltd, a technology industry advisory firm based in Christchurch. Ben has a professional background in software development, architecture and technology strategy.

Ben has been a longstanding committee member and former Chairman (2012-2013) of the Canterbury Software Cluster (now CanterburyTech), the regional industry body. He is also the co-author of the 2014 Flux Report covering the Canterbury tech sector (download from

Gerald Carter

Gerald Carter has a Masters of Entrepreneurship from Otago University, a degree in fine arts, and post-graduate study in Hotel Development & Financing from New York University.

Gerald has more than thirty years successfully managing businesses in various industry sectors which provides extensive knowledge and experience in financial management and risks analysis.

Gerald advises and mentors start up and mid-level businesses to achieve financial sustainability in global markets through innovation, financial management, market strategy and implementation.

Member of the Institute of Directors and Canterbury Tech Cluster

Steve Wakefield

Steve is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, and has recently retired from a 36 year career with the global accounting and consulting services firm of Deloitte. At Deloitte Steve had a range of roles including Head of Risk Advisory Services for the South Island, Office Managing Partner for Christchurch, and Head of the IT Consulting Services practice for the South Island.
Steve has also committed to the community by accepting governance roles including serving 3 years as Deputy Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board, and is currently on the Board of the Court Theatre, the Youth Hostels Association of NZ, the Church Property Trustees, the East Lake Trust, CropLogic Limited, and the NZ Health Innovation Hub.

Richard Williams

Richard has over 30 years of experience in the geospatial technology field working in the UK, US and New Zealand.  He has a PhD in Computer Graphics from the University of Cambridge, and worked at Trimble from 1991 to 2016 in software engineering, product management, marketing and sales roles.  He is currently a director of TracPlus and a business mentor for Business Mentors NZ and for CDC’s Hi-Growth Launch Programme 2017.

Derek Ensor

Derek who comes from a background in the horticulture industry for 25 years, his involvement was in production and processing in New Zealand and marketing produce locally and overseas. Derek was on the Board of Marlborough Fruit Producers when they opened up fresh exports of cherries to Japan. Over the last nine years Derek has worked in the retail and service sector. Derek has extensive practical knowledge in all areas of business with specific interests in business restructuring, mentoring and setting up businesses for sale.