Our Team | PaySauce

Our Team

The chefs who make our awesome sauce

Asantha Wijeyeratne
Executive Director & CEO

Asantha Wijeyeratne has over 20 years’ experience of unparalleled focus on helping small businesses navigate the difficult landscape of effective payroll. His formal background in accounting combined with his ‘people first’ attitude, has seen him successfully build a number of businesses into market leadership positions.

Most notably Asantha was the driving force behind the creation and growth of SmartPayroll/ SmartBooks which he grew to service close to 10,000 SME’s in NZ before his exit in December 2013.

Asantha’s obsession is the small business sector with a tech/customer service focus. He loves seeing someone turn an idea with determination and passion into a business that supports them, their families and the wider community and gets a lot of enjoyment from making tech work to help business owners rather than hinder them.

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 and is a finalist in Ernst & Young’s 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Gavin Thompson

Gavin is a founder and a director of Catalyst IT, New Zealand’s largest open-source IT service provider. His background is in software development and delivery, and he has over 30 years’ experience in software systems in the manufacturing, engineering, financial, and government sectors. Gavin is also a director on the board of Catalyst Cloud, a company which grew from an infrastructure platform for the Catalyst business, into a provider of cloud services for Aotearoa.

Gavin is passionate about open source and open standards software and systems which allow a collaborative and effective approach to delivering secure, resilient and innovative solutions.

Jacqueline Cheyne
Independent Director, Audit & Risk Committee Chair

Jackie is a professional director with a focus on finance, risk and sustainability. She is currently on the boards of Stride Property Group and NZ Green Investment Finance and is Chair of Snow Sports NZ. Jackie is on the board of the XRB and is chairing the steering group leading the project for the development of climate risk disclosure standards in New Zealand. Jackie is also a member of the FMA’s audit oversight committee and MBIE’s Risk and Assurance committee.

Jackie was previously an assurance partner at Deloitte for over 12 years and led Deloitte NZ’s sustainability service line. Jackie is Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mike "MOD" O'Donnell
Independent Director, Interim Chair

Mike “MOD” O’Donnell is a professional director, writer and advisor with a background in fintech, ecommerce, tourism and news media.

MOD is chair of New Zealand’s largest craft brewery Garage Project and deputy chair of global online music company Serato. He’s also a director of KiwiWealth, Radio New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand, G2G Knowhow, www.realestate.co.nz and The New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust.

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, Chief Operating Officer of vWork and head of wholesale investment at Gareth Morgan Investments.

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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