Our Team

What makes Cucumber special isn’t a technology, framework or tool (or even a methodology, philosophy or approach). What makes us unique is our people. We search high and low for the best marketers, designers, analysts, developers, project managers and relationship type folk and then we do our very best to convince them that they should come and work for us. Most of the time they agree (we can be very persuasive) and that - simple though it seems - is the secret behind a team of people from Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Argentina, USA, the Philippines, India, Holland and even New Zealand that our customers love to work with. 

We asked some photographers to come in and take some snaps of us and (of course) make us look better than we do in real life. They assure us that they succeeded but you're welcome to pop in to our offices and decide for yourself. 

Jodie Tipping

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Jodie Tipping

Director

Jodie’s career in technology started the day she bought a technology company. She speaks fluent Japanese, grows her own vegetables and has a gold medal in multi-tasking.

Jodie’s career in the web started the day she bought a web company.

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Ian Gray

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Ian Gray

Business Manager

Ian has a pet goat named Bertie, 3 horses and a lot of chickens. He used to have a garden too but then he got the chickens. He is doing a horticulture course and hoping to learn how to defend his garden.

Ian is Cucumber's resident green thumb.

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Peter McHannigan

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Peter McHannigan

Strategy & Service Design

Peter has more degrees than the rest of Cucumber combined (it’s not that the rest of us are stupid, it’s just that Peter's really smart). He runs ultra-marathons barefoot and writes in a neat font. We are saving up to buy him shoes.

Peter runs ultra-marathons barefoot and writes in a neat font. We are saving up to buy him shoes.

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June Mobley

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June Mobley

Finance Manager

June is Cucumber’s CFO, COO and OCM (Official Camp Mother). She has her finger on the pulse of pretty much everything and navigates the business around twists and turns with the same ease as she does her Goldwing.

June is Cucumber’s CFO, COO and OCM (Official Camp Mother).

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Rozanna Lillas

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Rozanna Lillas

Office Manager / HR Advisor

Roz likes nothing more than to scooter around the streets of The Mount with her daughter Kaia and hang out at the beach in the summer. She's super organised and gets stuff done around Cucumber HQ!

Roz likes nothing more than to scooter around the streets of The Mount with her daughter Kaia.

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Carol Machaj

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Carol Machaj

Digital Experience Analyst

Carol is an amateur triathlete, qualified masseuse and started out as a software developer back when women didn’t do that sort of thing. She is from the UK but her surname is from Poland.

Carol is from the UK but her surname is from Poland.

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Matt Varley

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Matt Varley

Project Manager

Matt studied golf and maths at St. Andrews, has modelled jumpers for GQ magazine, was a snowboard instructor in Switzerland and he's our Project Manager. We're as surprised as you are.

Matt has modelled for GQ magazine and was a snowboard instructor in Switzerland.

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Dean Wood

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Dean Wood

Business Manager

Dean has run 4 marathons but has never run from ice cream. A self-confessed petrol head, he has to watch Bathurst every year with only a tub of ice cream and a slab of pizza for company.

Dean has run 4 marathons but has never run from ice cream. A petrol head, he has to watch Bathurst every year.

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Nick Baker

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Nick Baker

Support Consultant

Nick is a web analyst, self-confessed sports addict and almost always wins the office sports sweepstakes. In hindsight, those things may be related. He started in web analytics before Google was invented and drinks a lot of tea. Seriously, a lot.

Nick started in web analytics before Google was invented and drinks a lot of tea. Seriously, a lot.

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Kyle Turner

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Kyle Turner

Digital Experience Designer

Kyle is our resident designer and he has a twin brother (insert cut and paste joke here). He is the proud owner of a Barbie lunchbox, restores 1970’s furniture and drives a really cool, poo-coloured retro Mazda.

Kyle is our resident designer and he has a twin brother (insert cut and paste joke here).

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Ryan Tuck

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Ryan Tuck

Developer

Ryan is an avid Game of Thrones fan and owns a horse-sized dog (they were out of dog-sized horses). He has 3 kids and has been officially diagnosed as “radio sport obsessed”.

What Ryan doesn't know about cricket isn't worth knowing!

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Greg Burgess

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Greg Burgess

Senior Developer

Greg’s first job out of uni was here at Cucumber, then he did the big OE thing and now he’s back but this time we’ve seized his passport. Greg once came to work dressed as a piece of sushi. Fortunately it was dress-up day.

Greg once came to work dressed as a piece of sushi.

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Rachel Martin

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Rachel Martin

Digital Experience Analyst

When Rachel was a teenager she used to be a regular Code Camp attendee and these days she does hip hop dancing. Basically she is living her life in reverse.

Rachel can code and hip hop dance. Not weird at all.

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Roland Rich

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Roland Rich

Technical Lead

Roland moved to Tauranga solely to have a bigger shed.

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Sergey Alekseev

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Sergey Alekseev

Front End Developer

Sergey was once a Major in the Russian army, has 3 degrees and is adept with a sabre. If he asks for chocolate, ask him how much he wants.

Sergey was once a Major in the Russian army, has 3 degrees and is adept with a sabre.

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Tess Gamble

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Tess Gamble

Business Analyst

Despite being an expert in the hi-tech digital world, Tess likes nothing more than writing with an extra sharp 2H pencil. Tess longs to have handwriting as neat as Peter (see above)

An expert in the hi-tech digital world, Tess likes nothing more than writing with an extra sharp 2H pencil.

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Josh Biddick

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Josh Biddick

Front End Developer

Josh is our resident cage fighter. Apparently there is other cool stuff on his CV too but we stopped reading when we got to that bit. He is a regular (almost exclusive) winner of our monthly Muppet award which, fortunately, doesn’t seem to make him angry.

Josh is a cage fighter. Apparently there is other cool stuff on his CV too but we stopped reading there.

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Claire Stewart

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Claire Stewart

Business Manager

Claire comes from Rotorua and after travelling the world, she is back there again. She is a double Sitecore Digital MVP and likes fly fishing and chasing after her son (not at the same time).

Claire comes from Rotorua and after travelling the world, she is back there again.

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Stu Marwick

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Stu Marwick

Service Manager

Stu's Cucumber's resident delivery manager & bass player. With two kids, his soon to hit the big time band and his work at Cucumber, where does he find the time! We believe it's his Ewok like facial hair that gives him special powers.

Cucumber's resident delivery manager & bass player. We believe it's his Ewok like facial hair that gives him special powers.

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Denis Ostapenko

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Denis Ostapenko

Developer

Denis has travelled the world and ticked off 36 countries. He's now not quite sure how he's going to increase that number after joining the amazing team at Cucumber and becoming their Android / iOS / Azure developer.

Denis has travelled the world and ticked off 36 countries. Denis is an Android / iOS / Azure developer.

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Mauro Andrea

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Mauro Andrea

Senior Developer

Besides being a master developer, Mauro is also a scuba diver and private pilot. So in his spare time he doesn't spend much time on the ground. Rumours are he moved to New Zealand because it was the longest flight he could find.

Besides being a master developer, Mauro is also a scuba diver and private pilot.

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Matias Iacono

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Matias Iacono

Senior Developer

Matías has been a Microsoft MVP since 2004, a system engineer, a university professor, a published writer and now a Cucumber. His passion for writing has produced a novel, a number of technical books and short stories for various magazines.

Matías has been a Microsoft MVP since 2004, a system engineer, a university professor and a published writer.

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Hayden Bruin

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Hayden Bruin

Front End Developer

Hayden is one of the few people at Cucumber who has lived his entire life in Tauranga. A self-taught developer, he’s obviously quite smart, but we really hired him because he brought the average age of the team down.

Hayden is one of the few people at Cucumber who has lived his entire life in Tauranga.

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Simon Mottram

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Simon Mottram

Java Developer

Simon is proud to be our oldest developer, with an impressive 20 years of developing under his belt. His special talent's bending his fingers back to touch the back of his hand. He might have more, but we're too afraid to ask.

Simon is proud to be our oldest developer, with an impressive 20 years of developing under his belt.

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Vic Mark Petilla

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Vic Mark Petilla

Support Consultant

Vic hails from the Philippines and enjoys athletic pursuits such as dragon boat racing and watching volleyball despite not knowing the rules. He’s also our weight loss pin-up, having lost over 13kg due to following the Ketogenic diet.

Vic hails from the Philippines and enjoys athletic pursuits such as dragon boat racing and watching volleyball.

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Charlotte van Son

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Charlotte van Son

Digital Project Manager

Charlotte is our Digital Project Manager who originally hails from Amsterdam. She’s a self-confessed sports junkie – the more dangerous the better - loves travelling and having long discussions about the weather.

Charlotte originally hails from Amsterdam. She’s a self-confessed sports junkie – the more dangerous the better.

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Kelly Williams

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Kelly Williams

Junior Developer

Kelly and has recently moved to sunny Tauranga from Christchurch. She has studied Fine Arts, been a mixologist in the UK and more recently a preschool teacher in Japan. So many diverse talents, it’s really a wonder she’s as experienced in IT as she is.

Kelly has recently moved to sunny Tauranga from Christchurch. She has studied Fine Arts and been a mixologist.

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Aidan Lett

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Aidan Lett

General Manager

Aidan has four children under 7. So you can understand why we thought he was the perfect choice to be our GM (AKA cat-herder, referee, all-round coraller of things). He also loves a good surf.

Aidan has four children under 7. So you can understand why we thought he was the perfect choice to be our GM.

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Jo Burns

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Jo Burns

Product Engagement Manager

Jo loves furniture restoration, upcycling and refurbishing. She spent many years away from NZ but was ultimately drawn back by the fresh food this country offers. Jo can also ride a motorbike and a horse (but not at the same time).

Jo loves furniture restoration, upcycling and refurbishing. Jo can also ride a motorbike and a horse.

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Polina Samoylova

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Polina Samoylova

Digital Experience Analyst

Originally from Moscow, Polina was once an NZ Judo champion and has an identical twin sister who also happens to work in IT. If you think that’s unusual, she has two cats that accompany her on long walks in the rain.

Originally from Moscow, Polina was once an NZ Judo champion and has an identical twin sister who also happens to work in IT.

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Sharon Hollenstein

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Sharon Hollenstein

Product Manager

Sharon's a nature-lover and enjoys being outside in her garden and going fishing. Food and wine constitute her favourite indoor activities, which are presumably also a result of a garden somewhere…and possibly fishing.

Sharon's a nature-lover and enjoys being outside in her garden and going fishing. Food and wine constitute her favourite indoor activities.

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Katarina Anton

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Katarina Anton

Front End Developer

Katarina is one of our Front End Developers. She is passionate about front end work and claims to be windows incompatible. Originally from Slovakia, she enjoys white water rafting and has almost drowned only once.

Katarina is passionate about front end work and claims to be windows incompatible. She enjoys white water rafting.

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Adrian Lepou

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Adrian Lepou

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Adrian's one busy man. He's a closet musician, Uber driver for his 4 sons, Investor in Digital/Online businesses, and has 2 English Staffies named Lennox and Layla.

Adrian's one busy man. He's a closet musician, Uber driver for his 4 sons and investor in Digital/Online businesses.

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Bryce Marshall

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Bryce Marshall

Developer

Bryce is an animal lover, having owned cats, a ferret, parrots and German Shepherds. He had successfully given up coffee until he joined Cucumber, where he relapsed on the third day.

Bryce is an animal lover, having owned cats, a ferret, parrots and German Shepherds, and has also tried his hand at sheep and cattle rearing.

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Amy McIntyre

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Amy McIntyre

Support Consultant

Amy is a Tauranga local who is fresh out of uni with a passion for IT which started in childhood. Her hobbies include taking her dog to the beach and dreaming of hiring an RV to travel from one side of America to the other.

Amy's hobbies include taking her dog to the beach and dreaming of hiring an RV to travel from one side of America to the other.

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