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 China, Hong Kong, Argentina, Bolivia, South Africa, England, Scotland 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. 

Rob Ford

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Rob Ford

CEO

Rob’s been in involved in technology businesses for most of his career and is an collector and trier of gadgets, was once a semi professional tennis player but now the mind is willing but the body is not.

Rob’s been in involved in technology businesses for most of his career and is an unfortunate collector and trier of gadgets.

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Mike Dennehy

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Mike Dennehy

Chair & Interim CEO

Mike has a long history running tech businesses, a deep interest in using technology to solve big problems, loves golf and cycling, and is the most competitive person we've met.

Mike has a long history running tech businesses, loves golf and cycling, and is the most competitive person we've met.

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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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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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Mark Thompson

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Mark Thompson

Business Development Manager

Mark loves spending time with his family, growing kiwifruit or mountain biking. He also plays the bass and drums and enjoys motorsport

Mark loves spending time with his family, growing kiwifruit or mountain biking. He also plays the bass and drums and enjoys motorsport

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Gerry Tipping

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Gerry Tipping

Business Development Manager

Gerry has worked for enterprise and start up companies in the UK, Germany, US and paradise - NZ. He loves football (the real one) golf, cooking & cinema and is excited to explore apple orchards in his job to sample cider.

Gerry has worked in the UK, Germany, US and paradise - NZ. He loves football, golf, cooking & cinema and is excited to explore apple orchards in his job to sample cider.

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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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Mandy Armstrong

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Mandy Armstrong

Commercialisation Manager

Mandy is an engineer with innovations under her belt from deer milk to solar energy. She loves glacier skiing, Calexico concerts & hopes one day to be a mural artist.

Mandy is an engineer with innovations under her belt from deer milk to solar energy. She loves glacier skiing, Calexico concerts & hopes one day to be a mural artist.

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Nick Langstone

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Nick Langstone

Head of Development

Nick is a life long technologist and tinkerer of technology as well as all things mechanical. In his spare time you’ll find him in a workshop creating machines, furniture or gadgets to solve one problem or another.

Nick is a life long technologist and tinkerer, in his spare time you’ll find him in a workshop creating machines, furniture or gadgets to solve one problem or another.

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Jodie Springall

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Jodie Springall

HR & Culture Coordinator

Jodie is from the town of Shakespeare and is a total farm girl at heart. She once got lost at the top of Mauao whilst competing in the King & Queen of the Mount race and she is really scared of the dark (but won’t admit it!).

Jodie is from the town of Shakespeare and is a total farm girl. She once got lost at the top of Mauao whilst competing in a race and she is really scared of the dark (but won’t admit it!).

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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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Rachel Martin

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Rachel Martin

Senior 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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Amanda Crowther

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Amanda Crowther

Senior Analyst

Amanda is from the Manawatu via the UK, and loves reading, cooking, cocktails, and shoes. She is a little obsessed with the correct usage of apostrophes.

Amanda is from the Manawatu via the UK, and loves reading, cooking, cocktails, and shoes. She is a little obsessed with the correct usage of apostrophes.

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Katrina Abbott

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Katrina Abbott

User Experience Designer

Kat has cycle toured around Hawaii solo, lived in 7 countries and has a side hustle metal smithing. She has an obsession with opshopping and mystery box vegetarian cooking.

Kat has cycle toured around Hawaii solo, lived in 7 countries and has a side hustle metal smithing. She also enjoys mystery box vegetarian cooking.

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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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Nick Baker

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Nick Baker

Support Consultant

Nick is a web analyst, self-confessed sports addict and always wins the office sports sweepstakes. 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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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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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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Matt Skinner

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Matt Skinner

Senior Front End Developer

If he’s not tinkering with Code you might find him tinkering in his workshop - Matt enjoys woodworking in his spare time, he is currently building his first 15’ Native American canoe.

If he’s not tinkering with Code he's tinkering in his workshop - Matt's currently building his first 15’ Native American canoe.

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Tracey Maule

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Tracey Maule

Senior Developer

After leaving the NZ Army as a qualified Automotive Electrician and Mechanic, she forged a new career path as a Software Developer. Not only does she have cleaner hands, she also owns two rescue dogs and is mum to two grown up girls.

Tracey was formerly in the NZ Army as a qualified Automotive Electrician and Mechanic. Not only does she have cleaner hands now, she also owns two rescue dogs and is mum to two grown up girls.

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Tony Lin

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Tony Lin

Mobile Developer

When not developing mobile apps, Tony loves 2 wheel toys (motor and mountain bikes) and wants to trip around NZ. He is working hard to improve his cooking skills to stop his kids complaining.

Tony loves 2 wheel toys (motor and mountain bikes) and wants to trip around NZ. He is working hard to improve his cooking skills to stop his kids complaining.

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Racheal Morrison

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Racheal Morrison

Test Analyst

Racheal attended a Brew Master course at Massey which inspired growing hops and a food forest garden. She likes to sample the beer she brews with her partner - and other people's brewed beer. Beer.

Racheal attended a Brew Master course which inspired growing hops. She likes to sample the beer she brews with her partner - and other's brewed beer. Beer.

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Nathan Johnson

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Nathan Johnson

Application Support Consultant

Nathan likes to spend his spare time gardening and tinkering with his home PC to maximise performance on games he'll probably never actually play!

Nathan likes to spend his spare time gardening and tinkering with his home PC to maximise performance on games he'll probably never actually play!

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Ryan Stanford Smyth

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Ryan Stanford Smyth

Project Manager

Ryan manages projects for us by turning coffee into emails. Straight from South Africa into Cucumber, Ryan will be looking to explore the Kiwi outdoors.

Ryan manages projects for us by turning coffee into emails. Straight from South Africa into Cucumber, Ryan will be looking to explore the Kiwi outdoors.

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Raymond Tsui

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Raymond Tsui

Front End Developer

Raymond is an explorer who loves travelling around the world. He has been visited most of Asia and is keen to explore the rest of the world.

Raymond is an explorer who loves travelling around the world. He has been visited most of Asia and is keen to explore the rest of the world.

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Logan Braithwaite

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Logan Braithwaite

Service Delivery Manager

Logan was a mechanic in a previous life and loves all things automotive. He loves to spend time on the beach with his young family and also loves to travel, hoping to snowboard in Hokkaido very soon.

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