Who we are

Educators are innovators

We don’t offer cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions, every client gets the personal expertise of our consultants to create their bespoke infrastructure. We can do this because we’ve chosen to be completely focused on education, and are not a generic IT services company. We deliberately put people first and embed ourselves into our customer’s environments.

About Us

Our Team

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Managing Director

Andrew, our Managing Director, combines strong leadership with extensive experience in service management and a robust history as both a former and current business owner. Specializing in the education sector, he expertly leads the Contrast team, focusing on strategic partnerships and enhancing educational outcomes through innovative IT solutions.

Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson

Director

Scott has been working with Canterbury Schools for over 10 years in various roles. Starting in technical support then transitioning into sales and relationship management. Scott enjoys keeping up to date with the latest technological developments to help navigate schools through the ever-changing information technology landscape.

Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye

Service Manager

Laura has spent time overseas working in the education industry including Australia, India, and Europe. She has worked in a variety of schools supporting their IT needs in the South Island has lead a team of technicians who support Canterbury schools.

Steve McGirr

Steve McGirr

Senior Engineer

With over 20 years’ experience in the global IT industry, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the Contrast team. Most recently Steve has been supporting Canterbury’s educational institutions by developing large-scale systems and networks. Steve is a keen supporter of New Zealand sports teams, particularly cricket and rugby.

Jordan Sharplin

Jordan Sharplin

Engineer

Jordan began his IT career in 2018 and has spent most of this time working in the New Zealand Education sector. Jordan has a wide array of skills including experience in on premise servers, Azure/Office 365, and G-Suite. In his spare time Jordan likes to be outdoors mounting biking and skiing.

Princes Manauis

Princes Manauis

Technology Support Specialist

Princes has been working in the IT sector since 2019 and during that time has spent over two years supporting Canterbury schools. She holds numerous vendor certifications including NSE from Fortinet, CompTIA A+, Network+ and is a Microsoft Certified Teams Administrator.

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans

Technology Support Specialist

Daniel is a Technical Support Specialist with several years’ experience. Daniel has previously spent time supporting one of Canterbury’s largest High Schools and is experienced in the Google and Chrome ecosystem. In his spare time, he enjoys indoor rock climbing and volunteers with Age Concern.

Jael Martin

Jael Martin

Technology Support Specialist

Jael embarked on his IT journey within the health sector, acquiring knowledge and expertise from one of the most rapidly evolving industries. He dedicated the early stage of his career assisting healthcare professionals and gained valuable experience in troubleshooting Windows, remote access, Office 365 issues. He enjoys participating in group training sessions, bouldering, and running as his hobbies.

Hylton Jorgensen

Hylton Jorgensen

Technology Support Specialist

Hylton is one of our Technical Support Specialists based in Christchurch. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Canterbury and enjoys all things technical. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games, 3D printing and designing microcontrollers and PCBs.

Robbie Macky

Robbie Macky

Technology Support Specialist

Robbie is a Technical Support Specialist who has completed the New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6) at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. His studies included Systems Deployment, Wireless Local Area Networks, and Systems Infrastructure. In his spare time, Robbie enjoys staying fit and has a keen interest in cars.