The Netsafe Team
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, Chief Operating Officer: Andrea became Chief Operating Officer in 2022. 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, Chief Online Safety Officer: 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.
Leanne Ross, Chief Customer Officer: Leanne leads Netsafe’s prevention campaign work in the Marketing team, our education outreach in schools by the Education team, and our partnerships and sponsorships in the business development and fundraising function. Leanne previously served as Executive Director of the New Zealand Game Developers Association, after leading the external relations teams at Otago Polytechnic and teaching marketing at the University of Otago. Leanne is based in Dunedin.
Michael des Tombe, Chief Legal Advisor: Michael joined Netsafe after recently returning from the United Kingdom where, for the past 18 years, he worked in a number of legal roles in the public sector. He was most recently Deputy Director at Cabinet Office Europe Legal Group and was a core member of the UK team successfully negotiating the UK’s post-Brexit trade and security relationship with the EU. Michael is based in Wellington.
Colin James, Chair: 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, Deputy Chair: Anita joined Netsafe’s board in 2020 and is Deputy Chair. She is a Barrister at Quay Chambers with 24 years’ legal post qualification experience and 13 years’ governance experience. She has specialist expertise in financial crime and fraud, commercial and criminal litigation, compliance and regulation, and governance and decision-making. She is an experienced governance professional and qualified lawyer who offers directorship, ministerial review and tribunal experience, together with strong legal, advocacy, financial and analytical skills capability. She is also skilled in dispute resolution and commercial mediation.
Anita is the former Chief Prosecutor and former Chief Legal Advisor of the Serious Fraud Office and hold governance roles in the legal, financial, local government, health and not for profit sectors including serving as Chair of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Deputy Chair of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki’s Commercial Investment Board (East Auckland Iwi), Deputy Chair of Netsafe New Zealand, Independent Director of Domain Name Commission Ltd, and Director of UNICEF New Zealand. She is a member of the Icehouse and Arc Angels, which are angel investment organisations focused on building investor knowledge and dedicated to investing in early stage businesses across New Zealand. She is also a member of Global Women Leaders and the Institute of Directors.
Claire Amos: Claire is Principal at Albany Senior High School in Auckland, New Zealand. She was also one of the three foundation Deputy Principals at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. Claire has worked for a variety of schools and educational organisations in her twenty-plus year teaching career. This has included working at a number of new and established secondary schools as well as working on various national projects with the NZ Ministry of Education, the Network for Learning and, and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Claire was a member of the Teachers Council and was a founding member of the Education Council of Aotearoa. Claire is also a member of Global Women NZ and co-founder of DisruptEDNZ. She joined Netsafe’s board in 2013.
Dr Natalia D’Souza: Natalia is a consultant at Habilis New Zealand Ltd., engaged in social investment and strategic consulting. Her background as an academic means she has nearly a decade of research expertise in the area of online safety and cyber abuse, with a specific focus on gendered outcomes. She also represents the Netsafe Board as a founding member of the Women’s Online Safety Partnership: a multi-sector working group with the purpose of addressing technology facilitated gendered violence. Her previous research has involved industry sponsors and collaborators including Netsafe and TechWomen and her work has received significant media interest. Natalia joined Netsafe’s board in 2020.
Steve Honiss: Steve is the Director of Cyber Strategy & Risk at ZX Security, and a member of the government Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. He is Chair of the Trailblazers Charitable Trust which provides running and physical fitness programmes to rangatahi from marginalised groups. 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. Steve is a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a Member of IT Professionals NZ.
Miriam Walker: Miriam Walker (Tangata Tiriti, she/her) is a human-centred designer of digital experiences and services. As a strategist, researcher and designer she brings connections to the world of designing for diverse human experiences and needs. Miriam’s work spans technology organisations, early childhood (Playcentre), non-profit service providers, and consultancies/design agencies. She is also on the board of the 20/20 Trust. She enjoys board games, books and bike rides with her primary aged child..
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.