Meet the team


Mark Everleigh
Senior Marketing Consultant

Mark has been with Techday for over three years, bringing more than 10 years of advertising and media experience to the company. Prior to the advertising industry, Mark qualified as a Personal Trainer. During this time, Mark’s success came from working with his clients to help them achieve their goals and maximise their full potential. He believes in achieving results by setting strategic targets and working towards them diligently, an approach which he applies in his work in the advertising industry. Outside of his busy lifestyle, Mark enjoys the occasional round of golf or spending quality time with his family.

Please feel free to contact Mark directly if you have any queries about advertising with any of our magazines or website brands at Techday. He is more than happy to put together a strategic marketing plan to suit your business needs and budget.

Email Mark
DDI (09) 973 5959

Ryan McCallum
Senior Marketing Consultant

Ryan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in corporate IT Sales, Marketing and Advertising having worked in the 90s and early 2Ks marketing and pitching enterprise solutions to NZ’s medium to large organisations. In the last 7 years Ryan took the plunge and dedicated his time and energy working with youth in non-government and not for profit organisations. His adventures took him into places where he was working at the cold face with young people, mentoring, counselling and facilitating programs for at-risk youth, students, teenage fathers and youth offenders. These days when Ryan is outside of the Techday offices he loves quality time with his partner and son, teaching and performing music on guitar and helping out young people in the community.

Contact Ryan directly to talk about how Techday can create and promote your case studies and leverage your existing and new customer success stories through Techday’s targeted channels. It’s time your story was told…

Email Ryan
DDI (09) 973 1868

Sharn Gardner
Marketing Consultant

Sharn joins Techday from a background in advertising account management, prior to that he has spent 10 years in sales and customer services. In a variety of industries including Real Estate which he thoroughly enjoyed and gained a lot of knowledge and experience in, also Banking which he was successful in helping his customers with their financial and investment needs. He brings to the team a passion for people and knowledge of various industries and is excited by the prospective of learning all about the technology and IT industry. He believes in having a superb work ethic and providing excellent service while doing the best he can for his clients and their advertising needs, identifying the correct channel for their advertisement to get the best response is something Sharn prides himself in. While not in the Techday offices Sharn enjoys a relaxing weekend with his partner, a number of leisure activities (especially in the summer), various sports, travelling (even a short weekend road trip) and much more…

Please feel free to contact Sharn directly with any queries you have about advertising across Techday’s magazines or website brands, he is more than happy to tailor a marketing strategy to reach the target audience that you want, and to seek the best result you can get.

Email Sharn
DDI (09) 913 1453

Emily Sluter
Marketing Consultant

Emily brings enthusiasm and fresh knowledge to Techday, especially regarding businesses and the importance of communication. Prior to working in the advertising industry, Emily worked in sales and customer service for four years where she thrived on building quality relationships with clients in order to better understand their wants and needs.

Emily is also continuing her studies at University to attain a Bachelors Degree in Business management and marketing. She is excited to take the next step and learn all about technology and the IT industry. Outside of her busy work and study-life, Emily enjoys travelling and spending time with her family, partner and kitten.

Please feel free to contact her directly if you have any queries about advertising with any of our magazines or website brands at Techday. She is more than happy to put together a marketing plan to suit your business needs and budget and spread your message to our audience.

Email Emily
DDI (09) 973 5969

Gabi Knipe

Wooing us with her British charm and creative problem solving abilities Gabi Knipe of London or ‘Landan’, as she pronounces it, is a newbie to the TechDay team and Creative Idea Generator for Your Virtual Marketing Department, but definitely not a newbie to the design industry. Starting out back in 2006 Gabi has been impressively doodling her way through a diverse range of agency and in-house roles. From music merchandising to funky advertising agency through to corporate branding, she has worked hard to give clients, the creative attention needed to grow their brands.

With all that creative energy flowing in London how did she ever end up here you ask? Well, having had enough of the awful British weather, she headed where most Brits go…down under on an East Coast Aussie adventure ending in Melbourne, Australia. Not wanting to be too much of a travelling bum she made heaps more clients happy with her awesome design skills. But lucky for us, after the classic two-year mark, she finally saw sense and realised that Kiwi was the only way forward.

Email Gabi
DDI (09) 972 9846


Heather Wright
Editor (The Channel & IT Brief)

After a nearly 10 year sabbatical from the technology sector, Heather is happy to be returning to home turf in the sector she first started out in with New Zealand InfoTech Weekly and New Zealand PC World. Stints as the founding editor of a community newspaper on Waiheke Island, a travel writer and freelance journalist for a range of publications followed. Away from work, Heather can be found hiking, travelling, reading or catching up with friends.

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Email Heather
DDI (09) 973 5964

Shannon Williams
News Editor

A writer from Auckland, Shannon has been working in the publishing and advertising industry for the last six years. A book snob and Scrabble nut, Shannon likes to have an opinion about everything from news and technology to what the best Instagram filter is. With a pretty laidback writing approach, Shannon likes to have a good look at what is important to the world and approach it with a red pen and sense of humour. Away from her desk Shannon likes playing sport, watching Joseph Gordon Levitt movies and hanging out with her dog.

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Email Shannon
DDI (09) 973 5956

Catherine Knowles
Staff Writer

Catherine has spent most of her life developing her writing, more recently taking part in workshop classes at Victoria University and working as a writer for a content marketing company.

Along with writing, Catherine spends her time running around the harbour, devouring the latest book, watching too many movies, swimming, painting, hanging out with friends and wandering into uncharted territory.

She is keen to keep seeking out stories and discovering the latest happenings behind the scenes in the world of technology.

View Catherine’s articles

Email Catherine
DDI (09) 973 5586

Eddie Monotone
Contributor (Android reviews)

Eddie is a writer and cartoonist from Auckland. His relationship with technology is, like that of most graphic artists, one of equal parts joy and frustration. He revels in the opportunity that Techday gives him to experience new and emerging technologies, and then complain about them.

Email Eddie


Aaron Smithson
Customer & Community Manager

Aaron came to us from the Telecommunications Industry where he provided customer support. He has worked in the IT industry over the past 16 years covering Retail, Service and Training. He has also worked in a number of technical roles and loves Apple devices and computers. In his spare time you can catch him with his camera developing his photography passion.

Email Aaron
DDI (09) 973 5585

Sean Mitchell

Having started his career at Renaissance in Auckland, Sean joined Apple in Melbourne for a number of years before working in the media space. This started with Review Publishing and later the tech publisher IDG Communications in Auckland. In 2006 he was involved in the launch of The Channel magazine. As they say – the rest is history.

Email Sean
DDI (09) 973 5960

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