Our Team | PaySauce

Our Team

The chefs who make our awesome sauce

Asantha Wijeyeratne
Director (Non-Independent)

Asantha moved to New Zealand in his twenties and built a number of successful businesses prior to founding New Zealand’s largest SME payroll provider, SmartPayroll. He sold that business due to technical limitations which prevented it from responding rapidly to customer needs. He founded PaySauce to bring a fresh approach to payroll software and revolutionise the way SME owners pay staff and manage employment obligations.

Nick Lewis
Independent Non-Executive Director / Chairman

Nick has 15 years of governance experience in the fintech, financial services, energy, hospitality and education sectors. He is an investor in early-stage companies, and previously had a Wall Street finance career in M&A, equity, bank, bond, and derivatives capital markets at JP Morgan in New York. He is also the Chair of Kiwi Insurance (affiliate of Kiwibank) and a director of renewable electricity generator Pioneer Energy and CarboNZero-certified Electricty retailer Ecotricity. He was formerly the Chair of Mojo Coffee and the crowdfunding site PledgeMe. Nick is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Gavin Thompson
Director (Non-Independent)

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. This experience is critical in advising on technical matters as PaySauce grows.

Jacqueline Cheyne
Independent Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline is a professional director holding governance positions with Stride Property Group, NZ Green Investment Finance, the XRB and Snow Sports NZ. She is a member of the FMA’s Audit Oversight Committee and the MBIE and Christchurch City Council Audit Committees. Prior to embarking on a governance career Jackie was an audit and assurance partner at Deloitte. She has a keen interest in corporate responsibility and led Deloitte NZ’s Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Services for a number of years. Jacqueline is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the IOD.

Mike "MOD" O'Donnell
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mike "MOD" O'Donnell is a professional director, writer and advisor; with particular interest in fintech, ecommerce, tourism and news media.

MOD is a director of Kiwibank and of Kiwi Wealth. He is also chairman of online booking company Timely, and a director of online global music company Serato, online real estate portal realestate.co.nz, tourism marketing agency Tourism New Zealand and IP marketing company G2G Knowhow. MOD is an independent weekly business columnist for Stuff Media and the host of TVNZ series "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
COO

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
CFO

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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