Brave, smart outcomes that really work for people

Aspeq’s purpose centres on ensuring that people know and trust they will be safe. To make this happen, we have created a globally recognised organisation focused on customer and commercial excellence that is dedicated to providing best-practice assessment and licensing services.

As a team, we have proven successful around the globe. We back ourselves to deliver the specific knowledge and expertise that our global market relies on. To do this successfully, we work as a team, collaborating with customers to achieve better outcomes for all.

While technical expertise is crucial, and we have real confidence in our technical solutions, ultimately this is a people business. The human connection is a critical part of how we do business. We respect everything you are trying to achieve, and we encourage our people to be proactive problem-solvers and contribute to your goals. By fostering a culture of recognition, achievement and growth, our people are committed to developing flexible solutions that will enable you to succeed.

Aspeq’s purpose centres on ensuring that people know and trust they will be safe. To make this happen, we have created a globally recognised organisation focused on customer and commercial excellence that is dedicated to providing best-practice assessment and licensing services.

As a team, we have proven successful around the globe. We back ourselves to deliver the specific knowledge and expertise that our global market relies on. To do this successfully, we work as a team, collaborating with customers to achieve better outcomes for all.

While technical expertise is crucial, and we have real confidence in our technical solutions, ultimately this is a people business. The human connection is a critical part of how we do business. We respect everything you are trying to achieve, and we encourage our people to be proactive problem-solvers and contribute to your goals. By fostering a culture of recognition, achievement and growth, our people are committed to developing flexible solutions that will enable you to succeed.

Aspeq team members

Meet our experienced Board and Leadership Team

Our Board members

Chairman Paul Le Gros Chairman

Paul has worked as a lawyer in Nelson for over 30 years. He holds several business and board appointments. Paul has also been extensively involved with the YMCA movement in Nelson, working with them nationally and internationally on constitutional and governance matters.

Director Teresa Ciprian Director

Teresa has a background in the commercialisation, marketing and business development of a broad range of consumer food products with local and international organisations. Teresa's governance portfolio includes the boards of Zespri, Firstlight Foods Ltd. Prolife Foods, Bluerock, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand and Superthriller Jet Sprint.

Director Richard Small Director

Richard has extensive international business experience in the service sector related to large scale Dairy process technology. Richard has served as the National President of the Royal New Zealand Aero Club and sits on several aviation industry consultative and participative bodies.

Director Ian Andrews Director

Ian’s background spans construction, project management, farming, boat building and aviation. He holds a diploma in governance from the NZ Institute of Directors and is the President of the New Zealand Aviation Federation and the Past President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Director Simon Wallace Director

Simon has a strong background in industry associations with a focus on advocacy, policy, strategy, and leadership. He was recently Chief Executive of the Aged Care Association, that included stewardship of the organisation through the Covid-19 pandemic and negotiation of multi-billion-dollar funding contracts. Prior to that, Simon led policy and advocacy activities for Tourism Industry Aotearoa and worked in the Beehive for several years. Simon currently heads up Aviation New Zealand.

Chairman Paul Le Gros Chairman

Paul has worked as a lawyer in Nelson for over 30 years. He holds several business and board appointments. Paul has also been extensively involved with the YMCA movement in Nelson, working with them nationally and internationally on constitutional and governance matters.

Director Teresa Ciprian Director

Teresa has a background in the commercialisation, marketing and business development of a broad range of consumer food products with local and international organisations. Teresa's governance portfolio includes the boards of Zespri, Firstlight Foods Ltd. Prolife Foods, Bluerock, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand and Superthriller Jet Sprint.

Director Richard Small Director

Richard has extensive international business experience in the service sector related to large scale Dairy process technology. Richard has served as the National President of the Royal New Zealand Aero Club and sits on several aviation industry consultative and participative bodies.

Director Ian Andrews Director

Ian’s background spans construction, project management, farming, boat building and aviation. He holds a diploma in governance from the NZ Institute of Directors and is the President of the New Zealand Aviation Federation and the Past President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Director Simon Wallace Director

Simon has a strong background in industry associations with a focus on advocacy, policy, strategy, and leadership. He was recently Chief Executive of the Aged Care Association, that included stewardship of the organisation through the Covid-19 pandemic and negotiation of multi-billion-dollar funding contracts. Prior to that, Simon led policy and advocacy activities for Tourism Industry Aotearoa and worked in the Beehive for several years. Simon currently heads up Aviation New Zealand.

Our Leadership team

Chief Executive Hamish Findlay Chief Executive

Hamish is a natural relationship builder and has extensive international networks. He has extensive commercial experience at senior management levels with particular expertise in marketing strategy, sales and distributor management, general management, financial management, governance, business strategy and planning. His successes have been achieved through market analysis, understanding and building great teams

Head of Client Services Mike Lynskey Head of Client Services

Mike has past experience in military and commercial aviation. He has worked at Aspeq since 1995 in various roles, but now leads the business development and projects team. Mike has been responsible for expanding business in Australia, Asia and the UK.

Head of Candidate Services Naomi Barker Head of Candidate Services

Naomi joined Aspeq in 2010 as a member of our customer service team and has since worked her way through the organisation to lead our Candidate Services team across New Zealand and Australia. Through her 13 years with Aspeq, she has gained extensive knowledge and insight into the needs and requirements of our Candidates and Clients and developed precise strategies to meet those needs. Naomi is based in our office in Canberra, Australia

Head of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer Adam Lee Head of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer

Adam joined the Aspeq team in 2021 after five years in the UK where he worked as Finance Director for a German owned group of SME’s in the construction industry throughout the UK and Asia. He is a Chartered Accountant who is responsible for the planning, implementation, managing and running of all the finance activities of Aspeq.

Manager of Assessment Services Duncan Macgregor Manager of Assessment Services

Duncan joined the Aspeq team in 2011 after 15 years working for New Zealand Post and Transend Worldwide Limited. He has focused on expanding and supporting Aspeq’s international customer base, including managing implementations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, The Maldives, and the United Kingdom.

Head of Product David Bailey Head of Product

David brings 25 years of blended ICT and financial experience to Aspeq. He is a Chartered Accountant who migrated naturally to building and leading high performing technical teams. He is a passionate advocate, and practitioner, of the Agile methodology. He joined the Aspeq Senior Leadership team in 2016.

Manager of Quality and Compliance Adila Bajema Manager of Quality and Compliance

Adila has been with Aspeq since 1996 in a variety of roles. She has an extensive knowledge of the company processes and is responsible for quality, security, privacy, auditing, project implementation and infrastructure support across the Aspeq Group. Adila has a wide range of local and international professional qualifications in ISO Standards, Auditing, Quality and Privacy.

People Advisor Nick Jackson People Advisor

Nick Joined Aspeq in 2021 after over 15 years in leadership roles for some of New Zealand's largest retailers and followed his passion for people by moving into the People and Culture industry. Nick now oversees all People functions at Aspeq, including Human Resources, Health and Safety, Learning and Development, and Culture and Wellbeing.


Marketing & Communications Lead Amie Cripps Marketing & Communications Lead

Amie joined Aspeq in 2023 after working in a wide range of Marketing and Communication roles. With a genuine passion for creative engagement, Amie is a results-focused professional with a drive to deliver creative solutions to staff, clients and stakeholders. Amie now oversees all Marketing and Communication functions at Aspeq and likes to take a broad approach to work, connecting opportunities and ideas across the business.

Innovation Specialist Emmah Windley Innovation Specialist

Emmah joined Aspeq in 2023 following several years' specialising in innovation commercialisation at Wellington Univentures.
She is passionate about creating impact and driving new growth through innovation.
Emmah now manages our innovation pipeline at Aspeq, and is responsible for identifying, validating and developing new ideas, products, services and processes.

Chief Executive Hamish Findlay Chief Executive

Hamish is a natural relationship builder and has extensive international networks. He has extensive commercial experience at senior management levels with particular expertise in marketing strategy, sales and distributor management, general management, financial management, governance, business strategy and planning. His successes have been achieved through market analysis, understanding and building great teams

Head of Client Services Mike Lynskey Head of Client Services

Mike has past experience in military and commercial aviation. He has worked at Aspeq since 1995 in various roles, but now leads the business development and projects team. Mike has been responsible for expanding business in Australia, Asia and the UK.

Head of Candidate Services Naomi Barker Head of Candidate Services

Naomi joined Aspeq in 2010 as a member of our customer service team and has since worked her way through the organisation to lead our Candidate Services team across New Zealand and Australia. Through her 13 years with Aspeq, she has gained extensive knowledge and insight into the needs and requirements of our Candidates and Clients and developed precise strategies to meet those needs. Naomi is based in our office in Canberra, Australia

Head of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer Adam Lee Head of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer

Adam joined the Aspeq team in 2021 after five years in the UK where he worked as Finance Director for a German owned group of SME’s in the construction industry throughout the UK and Asia. He is a Chartered Accountant who is responsible for the planning, implementation, managing and running of all the finance activities of Aspeq.

Manager of Assessment Services Duncan Macgregor Manager of Assessment Services

Duncan joined the Aspeq team in 2011 after 15 years working for New Zealand Post and Transend Worldwide Limited. He has focused on expanding and supporting Aspeq’s international customer base, including managing implementations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, The Maldives, and the United Kingdom.

Head of Product David Bailey Head of Product

David brings 25 years of blended ICT and financial experience to Aspeq. He is a Chartered Accountant who migrated naturally to building and leading high performing technical teams. He is a passionate advocate, and practitioner, of the Agile methodology. He joined the Aspeq Senior Leadership team in 2016.

Manager of Quality and Compliance Adila Bajema Manager of Quality and Compliance

Adila has been with Aspeq since 1996 in a variety of roles. She has an extensive knowledge of the company processes and is responsible for quality, security, privacy, auditing, project implementation and infrastructure support across the Aspeq Group. Adila has a wide range of local and international professional qualifications in ISO Standards, Auditing, Quality and Privacy.

People Advisor Nick Jackson People Advisor

Nick Joined Aspeq in 2021 after over 15 years in leadership roles for some of New Zealand's largest retailers and followed his passion for people by moving into the People and Culture industry. Nick now oversees all People functions at Aspeq, including Human Resources, Health and Safety, Learning and Development, and Culture and Wellbeing.


Marketing & Communications Lead Amie Cripps Marketing & Communications Lead

Amie joined Aspeq in 2023 after working in a wide range of Marketing and Communication roles. With a genuine passion for creative engagement, Amie is a results-focused professional with a drive to deliver creative solutions to staff, clients and stakeholders. Amie now oversees all Marketing and Communication functions at Aspeq and likes to take a broad approach to work, connecting opportunities and ideas across the business.

Innovation Specialist Emmah Windley Innovation Specialist

Emmah joined Aspeq in 2023 following several years' specialising in innovation commercialisation at Wellington Univentures.
She is passionate about creating impact and driving new growth through innovation.
Emmah now manages our innovation pipeline at Aspeq, and is responsible for identifying, validating and developing new ideas, products, services and processes.

We can help you

We have built multi-skilled teams with experience in bringing world-class examination, assessment, and certification systems to the world. Our teams, our leadership and our board are experienced and passionate about what we do, and are keen to help you make a difference.

If you are a regulator responsible for exams and assessments, we can assist you with particular issues or work with you to rethink how you assess your sector. For a no-obligation discussion on the difference Aspeq can make for you and your customers, please contact Mike Lynskey, our Head of Client Services.

Mike Lynskey Head of Client Services Phone: +64 4 913 9710 Email Mike
Aspeq team members
Mike Lynskey Head of Client Services Phone: +64 4 913 9710 Email Mike
Aspeq team members