Our Team | PaySauce

Our Team

The chefs who make our awesome sauce

Asantha Wijeyeratne
Executive Director & CEO

Asantha previously built a market-leading payroll solution with 10,000 customers before departing in 2013 to create PaySauce. He has been Executive Chair of Cloud Investments Ltd for the past six years. In recognition of his contribution to business and the community, he was awarded a Queens Service Medal (QSM) in the New Year’s honours list in 2013.

Gavin Thompson

Gavin is the founder and a director of Catalyst IT, New Zealand’s largest open-source IT service provider. He has over 25 years’ experience in developing software systems in the manufacturing, engineering, financial, and government sectors.

Nicholas Lewis
Independent Director & Chair

Nick has 15 years of governance experience in the fintech, financial services, energy, hospitality and education sectors. He is Chair of Kiwi Insurance (affiliate of Kiwibank) and a director of Pioneer Energy and Ecotricity. He was formerly the Chair of Mojo Coffee and PledgeMe. Nick is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Jacqueline Cheyne
Independent Director, Audit & Risk Committee Chair

Jackie has over 25 years’ experience in financial audit and advisory services. She was a partner at Deloitte NZ for 11 years where she also led the Sustainability service line. She is a Director of NZX-listed Stride Property Group and NZ Green Investment Finance Limited as well as a member of the XRB, Chair of Snow Sports NZ and a member of the Audit Oversight Committee of the Financial Markets Authority. Jackie is an FCA and CMIoD.

Mike "MOD" O'Donnell
Independent Director

MOD is a director, writer and advisor with a background in fintech, ecommerce, tourism and news media. MOD is a director of Kiwibank and Kiwi Wealth, Chairman of Timely, and a director of Serato, Tourism New Zealand and G2G Knowhow. He is an independent weekly business columnist for Stuff Media and hosts TVNZ's "Start Me Up". He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Trade Me, head of wholesale investment at Gareth Morgan Investments and head of distribution at AMP Capital Investors.

Asantha Wijeyeratne
CEO / Co-founder

With a background in accounting and payroll, Asantha earned his stripes at SmartPayroll, which he built up to over 10,000 customers. In 2015, he co-founded PaySauce with a drive to bring small businesses the freedom of 21st-century technology. By putting the customer first, Asantha aims to bring awesome change to people at work.

Troy Tarrant
CTO / Co-founder

Troy has over 20 years experience in IT development, product design and architecture, ten of those years focused solely on HR and payroll applications. He's worked on projects across the board, from small business to government. He's built PaySauce to enable rapid development, security and scale.

Mat Stokes

As a lifelong learner and student of successful organisations, Mat believes in the maxim that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’. As a leader, Mat's biggest priority is building and nurturing culture. His track record ranges from managing integrations with major international corporates to building innovative startups.

Jaime Monaghan

Jaime has a powerhouse background in leadership and finance, with a former role as Head of Insurance at Trade Me and eight years in KiwiBank’s Finance team. She brings incisive commercial acumen to our financial and strategic planning.

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