Reseller News 2018 Women in ICT Awards - and the winners are…

Reseller News 2018 Women in ICT Awards - and the winners are…

Industry unites to celebrate gender diversity and recognise female excellence across New Zealand

Winners - Reseller News 2018 Women in ICT Awards

Winners - Reseller News 2018 Women in ICT Awards

Credit: Christine Wong

Reseller News honoured the leading front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland.

Held at a jam-packed Hilton Hotel, the awards highlighted the success of female front runners across the industry, with more than 35 individuals making the final shortlist in 2018, representing over 25 organisations.

Reflective of Reseller News’ continued dedication to the New Zealand market, the 2018 awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

In response to a wealth of standout submissions, three categories exceed the traditional six finalist limit, with Rising Star, Shining Star and Achievement shortlisting seven, 13 and eight individuals respectively.

The end result was the most hotly contested WIICTA since launching in 2016, acknowledging the achievements of a talented group of female leaders and innovators, who have become influential figures across the local ICT industry.

Following an overwhelming response, finalist submissions were selected by a shortlist panel consisting of Reseller News publisher Susan Searle; Reseller News editorial director James Henderson and Reseller News associate publisher Cherry Yumul.

The winners were then selected by a panel of industry judges, acknowledging creativity, innovation and excellence.

Reseller News congratulates all winners and finalists and thanks all organisations and individuals for taking the time to submit nominations.


The Technical award recognises the candidate who has excelled in the IT and engineering segment of the market, demonstrating a proven depth of knowledge and abilities. The candidate will demonstrate excellence in problem-solving and decision-making skills, and an exemplary level of accomplishment in job performance.

Finalists -

  • Julia Gardiner - Westcon-Comstor
  • Katey Martin - Computer Concepts Limited
  • Rima Devi - HP

Winner -

  • Julia Gardiner - Westcon-Comstor

Julia wins this award in recognition of her deep technical expertise on critical electronic data interchange (EDI) projects across New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Julia has spearheaded a number of significant projects across Asia Pacific, including a recent regional SAP rollout.


The Innovation award recognises the candidate who is a stand-out in delivering ‘big picture’ ideas and vision in the ICT industry, thereby responding to change and discovering unique and challenging business opportunities. The candidate will show a proven track record of finding new and better ways of doing business, continually pushing the envelope in the ICT industry.

Finalists -

  • Jackie Hatchwell - PS Duo
  • Kim Mckay - HP
  • Pip Simeon - Microsoft

Winner -

  • Jackie Hatchwell - PS Duo

Jackie wins this award for spearheading PS Duo, a security focused distributor. Jackie has worked with a range of partners across the country, who are struggling to find the appropriate skills to design and implement security solutions in New Zealand.

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