Netsafe’s board has considerable experience in governance, industry, online safety, education and law.

Our board is motivated by Netsafe’s unrelenting focus on improving online safety and security outcomes for New Zealand internet users.

Netsafe board members

Rick Shera

Chair of Netsafe’s board. Rick is a leading New Zealand ICT Lawyer and partner at Lowndes Jordan with an interest in internet, IT and intellectual property law. Rick is also a Director of Network for Learning (N4L). Rick has been the chair since 2002.

Jon Duffy

Heads up trust and safety for Trade Me, New Zealand’s leading online marketplace and classified advertising platform. The company is a household name and one of the most visited websites in New Zealand. Jon has been a Netsafe board member since 2011 and is the deputy chair.

Claire Amos

Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School and an acknowledged leader in the use of digital technology in learning and teaching. Netsafe Board member 2013.

Colin James

The Head of Security for Vodafone New Zealand with responsibility for end-to-end security elements across the entire business. Netsafe board member since 2014.

Andrew Cowie

Andrew Cowie has worked for a variety of schools and educational organisations in his fifteen year teaching career. This has included roles at the National Library – Services to Schools, CORE Education, and now as Deputy Principal at Upper Harbour Primary. He joined Netsafe’s board in 2016.

Miriam Walker

Miriam Walker is Director of User Experience and Strategy for Digital Arts Network in Auckland, an organiser for the Auckland User Experience Meetups and an active member of Onepoto Playcentre. She joined Netsafe’s board in 2016.