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 in NZ and internationally – and can often be seen or heard in the media explaining online challenges and opportunities for New Zealanders. Martin’s knowledge is sought out by many in NZ and beyond.

Sean Lyons, Director of Education & Engagement

Sean is responsible for Netsafe’s work in the Education sector, public education and strategic partnerships. 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, Director of Policy & Research

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.

Netsafe’s Board

Rick Shera

Chair of Netsafe’s board. Rick is a leading New Zealand IT Lawyer and partner at Lowndes Jordan with expertise in internet, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property law. Rick is also a CERT NZ advisory board member. Rick has been the chair since 2002.

Jon Duffy

Jon has been on the Netsafe Board since 2011 and is Deputy Chair. Jon is the Assistant Commissioner (Policy & Operations) at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Prior to that Jon spent several years as the Head of Trust & Safety at Trade Me. Jon is the Chair of Consumer NZ.

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

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.

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.

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