Our Team | PaySauce

Our Team

The chefs who make our awesome sauce

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.

Vicky Taylor
Head of Customer Experience

Vicky developed the customer service division at SmartPayroll into a legendary team of empathetic problem solvers, before coming to PaySauce alongside Asantha. Vicky's payroll knowledge and people skills are second to none. At PaySauce, she leads a team of experts in employment law and customer service.

Ben Colgate
Head of Design

Having worked with some of NZ's top SaaS companies, Ben knows what it takes to keep us ahead of the competition. Ben is the architect of top personal budgeting tool paye.net.nz, and an advocate for human centered design. We owe our trademark visual style and intuitive UI to him.

Tod Rookes
Head of Finance

Tod comes to PaySauce from public practice accounting, where he managed a wide range of issues within the business advisory space. Tod has a passion for technology, a hands-on approach and knack for problem solving. He keeps us sharp with incisive financial analysis and a drive for growth.

Rachel Marsland
Senior Product Analyst

Rachel's extensive operational experience and knowledge of payroll systems are a huge asset when it comes to analysing the finer points of the product. Rachel has played an essential role in elevating our user experience and ensuring that we uphold the highest levels of compliance.

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.

Mandy Simpson
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mandy Simpson is a director, consultant and keynote speaker with a focus on the business and human impacts of technology. Over the past decade, Mandy has held a number of senior executive roles in New Zealand including Chief Financial Officer at Fronde and Chief Operating Officer at NZX.

Patrick Gamble
Board Adviser

Patrick practiced law at Russell McVeagh, and has also worked for international law firms in Dublin and Malta, specialising in corporate and commercial law, capital markets and joint ventures and shareholder arrangements.

Krishnakumar Guda
Board Adviser on International Expansion

Krishna has a wealth of experience in technology businesses around the globe, including as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Unit Global Services at Ericsson. Krishna’s background in best-practice technology operations around the globe will be critical to PaySauce’s international growth.

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