meet our team

We're friendly, enthusiastic, and passionate about helping people

Tim Clark

Creative Director

Tim oversees creative direction at Transformative. He guides the team with a focus on problem solving rather than simple aesthetics and has a shrewd eye for the business opportunities within a project. Tim loves to be able to take a business's highest priority goals and see how digital technology can help achieve that vision. In his spare time you'll find Tim riding and racing bicycles.

Katie Te Nahu Owen

Technical Director

Katie leads the development team, maintaining the high standards Transformative has become known for. Having worked as a developer for over twelve years, Katie brings first-class knowledge to the technical side of the business always ensuring digital solutions are designed and built using the latest best practices. 

Phil Vinall

Digital Strategist

As a web strategist and design thinker, Phil has helped a multitude of start ups, government agencies and corporate clients find their place online and launch successful products. He loves to find unexplored areas of innovation within a business and show how a digital solution can rapidly improve sales, profits, productivity and customer success. 

Tom Rishworth

Design & UX Lead

Tom is a designer and a front-end developer. He has a sharp eye for detail and has the ability to quickly iterate and explore design concepts in the browser. As UX Lead, Tom sees Transformative projects from the initial wireframing, mockups and prototype stage through to the polished final product.

Catherine Cao

Front-End Developer

Catherine is a front-end developer with a background in motion graphics design and animation and over 7 years experience. Since joining Transformative in 2017, she has enjoyed using her web development skills to deliver clean efficient HTML & CSS. Outside the office you might catch her dancing the night away, training, or performing in the vibrant local Latin dance scene.

Joshua Lee

Full Stack Developer

Joshua is hard-working, organised, and reliable. He completed a degree in Computer Science and worked on various projects in South Korea as a web developer. Passionate about his work, Joshua is not one to shy away from an opportunity to up-skill. In his free time, he likes to play golf with friends and go mountain biking with his son. He also enjoys having a cup of tea with his wife and little daughter.

Chen Liang

Full Stack Developer

Chen joined Transformative in 2019 with a variety of technology stacks under his belt. In his previous jobs, he had the chance to work on hybrid mobile application development to serverless functions in the cloud with image recognition. Chen is passionate about learning and growth. He fills his spare time with books, video games and everything tech.

JY Lim

Front-End Developer

JY grew up and studied in Malaysia, graduating with a Bachelor of Computer Science. After five years in Malaysia as a software engineer, he decided to embark on a New Zealand working holiday adventure. He started as a freelancer, developing hybrid mobile apps, before joining the Transformative team. In his spare time he enjoys writing lyrics, reading novels, and playing mobile games and board games.

Haiping Lu

Full Stack Developer

Haiping is a self-driven software engineer with many years of experience with the Laravel framework. In the past five years he has developed various Laravel-based platforms and Lumen microservice applications. Apart from backend development, Haiping is also familiar with various frontend technologies. In his spare time, Haiping continues to advance his skills through the open source community.

Nikita Rarov

Front-End Developer

Nikita is a software developer with an extensive skill set. He has over seven years experience in front-end development and a passion for creating Vuejs / React applications. Nikita is highly driven and reliable, achieving great outcomes even under tight deadlines. When not programming, Nikita enjoys snowboarding, playing chess and hiking in New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors.

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