Netsafe’s depth of experience is unique in New Zealand and respected internationally. The team come from the education, government and business sectors and have backgrounds in project management, design, software development, network administration and security, IT sales, marketing, communications, education, policy, mediation and conflict resolution.
Netsafe’s Senior Leadership Team
Brent Carey, Chief Executive Officer: Brent joined Netsafe as the CEO in early May 2022. Brent has broad and extensive experience in regulatory, privacy, safety and response environments. Along with a good understanding of both local and global online industries and a commitment to community safety. He has previously held senior positions at the Australian Telecommunications Ombudsman and the Victorian Department of Justice. As New Zealand’s previous Domain Name Commissioner, Brent has promoted and advocated for fairness in the .nz domain name market and led responses to domain name abuse. Brent brings strong stakeholder management experience and technical awareness to the role of Netsafe CEO and is a member of several international bodies, including the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution and the crisis response working group of the Global Internet Forum to Counter-Terrorism.
Andrea Leask, General Manager: Andrea became General Manager in 2021. She joined Netsafe with responsibility for ensuring Netsafe’s products and services are consistently delivered to the highest standards, and in line with regulatory, legal and contractual obligations. Her previous experience in a variety of industries, including banking, utilities, health and aged care, is proving invaluable as Netsafe continues to find new and innovative ways to keep people in Aotearoa New Zealand safe online.
Sean Lyons, Online Safety Operations Centre Manager: Sean is responsible for Netsafe’s work on the frontline and manages the team that takes online incident reports. Sean comes from a background in the IT industry and the education sector having spent part of his career as a classroom teacher and school leader. He is incredibly knowledgeable about online challenges and is responsible for Netsafe’s programme to combat child sexual exploitation material.
Sarah White, Harmful Digital Communications Services Manager: Sarah is responsible for managing Netsafe’s harmful digital communication service. Sarah’s focus is ensuring those experiencing online harm are provided with the support and expertise required to achieve a resolution. She has a keen eye for process improvement and a passion for helping people overcome online challenges. Sarah’s early career was focused on working with young people at risk and supporting them to make positive choices and changes to better their lives. Sarah joined Netsafe in 2015 and has been a part of the incident response team since then.
Paula Wistrand, Acting Netsafe Education and Schools Team Manager: Paula is the Acting Netsafe Education and Schools Team (NEST) manager. She started her career with the New Zealand Police in the 111 communication centre in Auckland and moved into teaching after becoming a mum. Her teaching career took her from Maungaturoto, Northland to Dubai and Shanghai. In 2018 Paula returned to NZ and made Ōtautahi. After three years working for the Ministry of Education she took on the role as Education Advisor for Netsafe in 2021. Knowing the impact of online harm Paula is enjoying the opportunities that her mahi gives her to provide education to schools, kura and their communities to keep rangatahi safe online.
Colin James: Colin has been on the Netsafe board since 2014 and was appointed Chair in 2021. He is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fletcher Building, working across the broad group of businesses that make up the overall Fletcher group. He also has a strong background working in the telco space having spent more than 15 years in the industry, including working closely with law enforcement and national security services on identifying and blocking malicious activity online. Colin continues to be an advocate for providing safe and trusted internet access, allowing for curious young minds to explore and learn without the risk of online harm.
Anita Killeen: Anita joined Netsafe’s board in 2020 and is Deputy Chair. She is a Barrister specialising in financial crime and fraud, civil and criminal litigation, and governance and decision-making. She has extensive decision-making experience at board, executive and statutory levels. Anita is the former Chief Prosecutor of the Serious Fraud Office New Zealand and holds a variety of governance roles in the legal, financial, local government, education, health and not for profit sector. Her involvement includes serving as a Visiting Justice, a member of the New Zealand Legal Aid Tribunal, Board Member of the NZ Career College, Director of the SPCA Auckland, Director of UNICEF NZ, and Director of the Domain Name Commission. Anita has an overriding motivation to protect the vulnerable and serve her community.
Claire Amos: Claire Amos has worked for a variety of schools and educational organisations in her twenty-year teaching career. This has included working at a variety of secondary schools and working on various projects with the MoE, N4L, and NZQA. Claire is a founding member of the Education Council of Aotearoa and is Principal of Albany Senior High Scool. She joined Netsafe’s board in 2013.
Dr Natalia D’Souza: Natalia is a lecturer and researcher at Massey University. She has expertise in the area of online safety, specifically workplace onlinebullying, cyber abuse, and most recently digital inequality and bias. Her research involves industry sponsors and collaborators including Netsafe and TechWomen and her work has received significant media interest. Natalia also currently serves on the Massey University College of Business Board. She joined Netsafe’s board in 2019.
Steve Honiss: Steve works as a virtual Chief Information Security Officer for a variety of organisations. His background is in law enforcement and cyber security, and he has a keen interest in international cooperation to boost cyber security. He was a Netsafe board member in 2014 before resigning when he moved overseas for work. He re-joined the board in 2021.
Miriam Walker: Miriam is a user experience designer, strategist and researcher. She was on the Netsafe Board from 2016 to 2019 and contributed to Netsafe’s strategy refresh and appointment of new auditors, re-joining in 2021. She’s recently been appointed a Trustee of the 20/20 Trust. Miriam has undertaken governance training with the Institute of Directors and the State University of New York. Miriam is an advocate for inclusive design and innovation in technology. She brings expertise in technology, early childhood education, and some financial review skills. Her motivations in joining the Netsafe board include online safety for tamariki and vulnerable people, and creating an equitable online environment.
The governance of the Netsafe Society is vested in six board members elected by our members. You can apply to become a Netsafe member, by completing this form. The Board considers all applications at its monthly meeting.