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
Martin Cocker, Chief Executive Officer: As the Chief Executive Officer, Martin leads the Netsafe team. He oversees the development of partner relationships locally and internationally – and can often be seen or heard in the media explaining the online challenges and opportunities for people in New Zealand. Martin’s knowledge is sought out by many in Aotearoa and beyond. He also represents Netsafe on Facebook’s Global Advisory Board and Twitter’s Trust & Safety Council.
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.
Neil Melhuish, Policy & Research Manager: Neil provides expert strategic and operational policy advice on the role of digital technology in the lives of young people, family and whānau and the wider community.
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.
Andrew Cowie, Netsafe Education and Schools Team Manager: Andrew is the Netsafe Education and Schools Team (NEST) manager. He has worked for a variety of schools and educational organisations during his 20 years in the education sector and joins the Netsafe team after four years as a Netsafe board member. Andrew’s previous roles were as deputy principal for five years, and stints at the National Library’s Services to Schools, CORE Education, and the The Peace Foundation (Foundation for Peace Studies Aotearoa/New Zealand).
Andrea Leask, General Manager: Andrea’s role as General Manager means she is responsible 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 are proving invaluable as Netsafe continuously works to improve our engagement with people in New Zealand.
Jon Duffy: Jon has been on the Netsafe board since 2011 and was appointed Chair in 2021. Jon is the CEO of Consumer NZ, a not for profit dedicated to getting a fairer deal for all. Prior to joining Consumer NZ Jon was the Assistant Privacy Commissioner, Head of Trust & Safety at Trade Me and worked as an investigator at the Commerce Commission.
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.
Colin James: Colin is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fletcher Building, working across the broad group of business 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. He has been a Netsafe board member since 2014.
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 rejoined the Board in 2021.
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.