Grant Straker

Grant Straker

CEO

Grant co-founded Straker in 1999 with his wife Merryn. Along with Merryn, Grant was the winner of the 2018 master category for NZ Entrepreneur of the Year.

Grant has extensive experience in the language translation market, wide ranging technical, sales and business skills, combined with his strong entrepreneurial drive, have placed him in an ideal position to help accelerate the growth of Straker.

He is of Maori decent from the Ngati Raukawa Iwi, and served as a paratrooper in the British Army before founding Straker.

Grant is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Merryn Straker

Merryn Straker

Chief Operating Officer

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Merryn oversees Straker Translations’ global production systems and teams, making sure that every touch point within the company runs smoothly – from client projects to finance and everything in between. She has a Bachelor of Management Studies (majoring in Management and HR), from Waikato University.

David Sowerby

David Sowerby

Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer

David has more than 10 years’ experience in the Internet and tech industry. He is the sales manager at Straker Translations and founder of Sportsys Pty Ltd. His background in statistics and data analysis, and his strong entrepreneurial drive, helps accelerate the growth of a number of early-stage ventures. He has proven experience in building businesses and has been directly responsible for growing a number of companies from start-up phase and growing start-up units within larger organisations. David has an Undergraduate Degree in Science from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Management from CQU and a Masters of Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin.

Indiver Nagpal

Indiver Nagpal

Chief Platform Officer

Indy has been working in web application development for more than 17 years at various companies in the US, Canada, Australia, India and New Zealand. Over the years, Indy has been involved in different aspects of software development from programming to project management, content development, training and consulting. As the CPO of Straker Translations, Indy is responsible for setting the technical direction of the company across its multilingual translation product sets.

Kim Andrews

Kim Andrews

Chief People Officer

Kim works alongside the leadership team to provide operational support to improve the performance, production, and efficiency of the business. Her main responsibilities include managing every aspect of human resources and administering best practice, plus overseeing day-to-day office operations, the coordination and supervision of policies and procedures, and employee engagement. Prior to joining Straker – Kim was in the Telco industry for 16 years and has a strong background in Leadership, HR and Credit Management.

Haydn Marks

Haydn Marks

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Haydn oversees the Group’s Finance function. Responsible for general financial management, compliance, board reporting, commercial contract review, tax, planning and cashflow management. With more than 17 years’ financial management experience, Haydn has worked in professional services, as well as, global finance and tech companies, based in London. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business from Massey University.