NDF Board

The NDF Board directs and supervises the operations of the National Digital Forum. They meet every two months, with the meeting minutes posted online. You can suggest topics for discussion by contacting us.

Board Members hold a two-year term, with terms staggered so open positions come up every year. Once a year Institutional Members nominate individuals for election, and Individual Members then vote. The Rules of the NDF Incorporated also allow for NDFs founding institutions (Te Papa, National Library of New Zealand, and Archives New Zealand) to each appoint a representative to the Board.

Current board members

Lisa austin

Lisa is Manager Description and Discovery at Archives New Zealand.

Glen Barnes (Treasurer & projects)

Glen is the Founder of My Tours, a mobile application platform for the culture and heritage sector. My Tours has worked with organisations around the world to expand the reach of their content to mobile devices. Glen is passionate about helping cultural organisations both small and large reach the widest possible audience. Although he loves to dabble in code his core strength is bridging the gap between business and tech.

Glen also created the first open data catalogue in New Zealand and has worked with members of the Open Government Information and Data Re-use Working Group to help shape open data policy.

Along with his work on My Tours, Glen is a DigitalNZ Advisory Panel member, is on the Program Committee for Museums and the Web Asia, and was the founder of Open.org.nz.

ROWAN CARROLL (Professional development)

Rowan has worked in medium and small museums across New Zealand for more than 20 years and is currently the director of the New Zealand Police Museum. She has introduced digitisation projects to all of the collections she has managed, developing policy that turns the focus on item significance, so that limited resources are maximised and valued access is achieved.

Rowan’s interest is in supporting smaller museums to move into the digital age, selecting solutions that will enhance collection access and engage their audience with their stories. Supporting small museums to understand the importance of open source data, instead of keeping it close and locked-down is a goal – putting it out there to enrich everyone’s lives.

Recently Rowan has worked on the repatriation of the Human Remains in the New Zealand Police Museum’s collection, successfully returning the remains of 37 victims of murder and accident to their families. She has recently curated the exhibition Honouring Women in New Zealand Police, showcasing the influence of Louise Nicholas, Dame Margaret Bazely and Lyn Provost in changing the culture within New Zealand Police over the last decade.  

CHRIS CORMACK (projects - lead)

As a leading developer of the Koha Open Source Library management system for over 16 years, Chris has a sound practical understanding of the intersection between information technology and the GLAM sector. He is a dedicated community builder and is enthusiastic in using Open Source and Open data for the betterment of Te Iwi Māori and the world in general.

PHILIP EDGAR (CHAIR)

Philip is Manager Digital Collections and Access at Te Papa, leading a team responsible for digitisation, collection information management, online collections, media licensing and digital collaborations.

FIONA FIELDSEND (COnference CONVENER - lead)

Fiona is the Manager of DigitalNZ Services at the National Library of New Zealand. She works with organisations to make their collections discoverable on www.digitalnz.org, assists developers using DigitalNZ's data to make new applications and sites, and spreads the good word about making New Zealand’s digital content easier to find, share and use. 

Fiona co-founded DigitalNZ back in 2008 and her favourite part of the job is collaborating with the huge range content partners from across and beyond the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector. Collaborating to make things better for New Zealanders has been an important theme in her career. Prior to working at DigitalNZ she helped set up and then managed EPIC, the national collaborative purchasing consortium that enables more affordable access to quality electronic resources in libraries.  

Fiona really cares about the power of good metadata and the importance of free and open access to New Zealand’s digital culture and heritage.  She has a particular passion for open licensing and rights and recently co-authored a short history of Open GLAMS in Aotearoa New Zealand in Creative Commons Aotearoa’s, A Quiet Revolution: Growing Creative Commons in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Sarah Gallagher (communications - lead)

Sarah is a Data and Quality Manager at University of Otago. Sarah is a qualified librarian holding an MA in Classics (Otago) and a MLIS (Victoria), she has worked in the tertiary, local government and business sectors in NZ, for a professional association in the UK and an NGO in Ireland. Sarah has worked with the web for many years and has a strong interest in social media. She has enjoyed sharing these skills with researchers, community groups and small business owners. Sarah is the director of the Dunedin Flat Names Project.

Leith Haarhoff (Secretary)

Leith is Digital Strategist at Palmerston North City Library and Community Services. His job is to steer the organisation towards a digital future that is inclusive and sensational. Leith has a wealth of expertise in managing digital heritage projects, websites and community digital projects. Current projects include pilots for DIGITS (digital inclusion for 1,000 families in Palmerston North); 3D Printing and Makerspace; and Seamless Service.

Corin Haines (conference)

Corin is the Manager Public Services to Libraries based at National Library News Zealand. He is an experienced manager, who has made a career out of managing I.T. and Web / Social Media presences in the education and local government sectors.

Ashley Mackenzie-White (Professional development - lead)

Ashley has worked at Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture & Heritage for over 6 years in various roles including administering the Protected Objects Act, the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act & the Commemoration Waitangi Day Fund. She is currently working at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park as an educator.

Ashley has a degree in Art History and Maori Studies and a post graduate certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies. She has a strong network in the culture and heritage sector and a passion for supporting the arts and brings connections with the museums sector with a particular focus on education.

Ashley was the Wellington rep for the Museums Aotearoa Emerging Professionals, has volunteered for Boys’ and Girls’ Institute as a mentor/youth worker and attended the Gallipoli 100th commemorations as a youth chaperone for the 25 NZ Youth Ambassadors. She also recently curated an exhibition as part of the Art Not War Collective. Ashley is also the secretary for the Hutt Valley Irish Society since 2011 and has increased its presence online, in social media and within its community.

JOANNA SZCZEPANSKI (communications)

Joanna is currently the NDF Regional Ambassador for Canterbury and is looking to expand her involvement into a governance and leadership role within NDF. Over the last three years Joanna has developed a network of like-minded GLAM professionals, organising and hosting a well-attended networking and training events in Christchurch. 

Joanna has honed her practical skills through a series of workshops run by the Digital Humanities Department at the University of Canterbury, building on the theoretical base she gained through the Digital Media and Curatorship specialisation as part of her Master’s degree. In her work at Canterbury Museum she has applied her digital skills and knowledge to the collections management of digital objects and projects such as the Canterbury 100 website. Currently the project manager for Canterbury Museum’s collections online, Joanna looks forward to increasing the Museums online profile and facilitating greater access to its world class collection.