Brave, smart outcomes that really work for people

Aspeq’s purpose centres on ensuring that people know and trust they will be safe. To make this happen, we have created a globally recognised organisation focused on customer and commercial excellence that is dedicated to providing best-practice assessment and licensing services.

As a team, we have proven successful around the globe. We back ourselves to deliver the specific knowledge and expertise that our global market relies on. To do this successfully, we work as a team, collaborating with customers to achieve better outcomes for all.

While technical expertise is crucial, and we have real confidence in our technical solutions, ultimately this is a people business. The human connection is a critical part of how we do business. We respect everything you are trying to achieve, and we encourage our people to be proactive problem-solvers and contribute to your goals. By fostering a culture of recognition, achievement and growth, our people are committed to developing flexible solutions that will enable you to succeed.

Aspeq’s purpose centres on ensuring that people know and trust they will be safe. To make this happen, we have created a globally recognised organisation focused on customer and commercial excellence that is dedicated to providing best-practice assessment and licensing services.

As a team, we have proven successful around the globe. We back ourselves to deliver the specific knowledge and expertise that our global market relies on. To do this successfully, we work as a team, collaborating with customers to achieve better outcomes for all.

While technical expertise is crucial, and we have real confidence in our technical solutions, ultimately this is a people business. The human connection is a critical part of how we do business. We respect everything you are trying to achieve, and we encourage our people to be proactive problem-solvers and contribute to your goals. By fostering a culture of recognition, achievement and growth, our people are committed to developing flexible solutions that will enable you to succeed.

Aspeq team members

Meet our experienced Board and Leadership Team

Our Board members

Chairman Paul Le Gros Chairman

Paul has worked as a lawyer in Nelson for over 30 years. He holds several business and board appointments. Paul has also been extensively involved with the YMCA movement in Nelson, working with them nationally and internationally on constitutional and governance matters.

Director Teresa Ciprian Director

Teresa has a background in the commercialisation, marketing and business development of a broad range of consumer food products with local and international organisations. Teresa's governance portfolio includes the boards of Zespri, Firstlight Foods Ltd. Prolife Foods, Bluerock, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand and Superthriller Jet Sprint.

Director Richard Small Director

Richard has extensive international business experience in the service sector related to large scale Dairy process technology. Richard has served as the National President of the Royal New Zealand Aero Club and sits on several aviation industry consultative and participative bodies.

Director Ian Andrews Director

Ian’s background spans construction, project management, farming, boat building and aviation. He holds a diploma in governance from the NZ Institute of Directors and is the President of the New Zealand Aviation Federation and the Past President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Director John Nicholson Director

John has a background in international business development encompassing primary products, manufactured products and services. During his career, he has participated in several trade agreement negotiations. John is currently Chief Executive of Aviation New Zealand.

Chairman Paul Le Gros Chairman

Paul has worked as a lawyer in Nelson for over 30 years. He holds several business and board appointments. Paul has also been extensively involved with the YMCA movement in Nelson, working with them nationally and internationally on constitutional and governance matters.

Director Teresa Ciprian Director

Teresa has a background in the commercialisation, marketing and business development of a broad range of consumer food products with local and international organisations. Teresa's governance portfolio includes the boards of Zespri, Firstlight Foods Ltd. Prolife Foods, Bluerock, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand and Superthriller Jet Sprint.

Director Richard Small Director

Richard has extensive international business experience in the service sector related to large scale Dairy process technology. Richard has served as the National President of the Royal New Zealand Aero Club and sits on several aviation industry consultative and participative bodies.

Director Ian Andrews Director

Ian’s background spans construction, project management, farming, boat building and aviation. He holds a diploma in governance from the NZ Institute of Directors and is the President of the New Zealand Aviation Federation and the Past President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Director John Nicholson Director

John has a background in international business development encompassing primary products, manufactured products and services. During his career, he has participated in several trade agreement negotiations. John is currently Chief Executive of Aviation New Zealand.

Our Leadership team

Chief Executive Bruce Heesterman Chief Executive

A trained mechanical engineer, Bruce has also held executive and governance leadership roles in the logistics and aviation industries. Bruce has extensive experience leading the delivery of innovative solutions globally. He joined Aspeq in 2010 and has since lead the business to deliver its aspirations for innovation and growth.

Director Business Development Mike Lynskey Director Business Development

Mike has past experience in military and commercial aviation. He has worked at Aspeq since 1995 in various roles, but now leads the business development and projects team. Mike has been responsible for expanding business in Australia, Asia and the UK.

General Manager Exams and Customer Services Duncan Macgregor General Manager Exams and Customer Services

Duncan joined the Aspeq team in 2011 after 15 years working for New Zealand Post and Transend Worldwide Limited. He has focused on expanding and supporting Aspeq’s international customer base, including managing implementations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, The Maldives, and the United Kingdom.

Chief Technology Officer David Bailey Chief Technology Officer

David brings 25 years of blended ICT and financial experience to Aspeq. He is a Chartered Accountant who migrated naturally to building and leading high performing technical teams. He is a passionate advocate, and practitioner, of the Agile methodology. He joined the Aspeq Senior Leadership team in 2016.

Manager of Quality and Compliance Adila Bajema Manager of Quality and Compliance

Adila has been with Aspeq since 1996 in a variety of roles. She has an extensive knowledge of the company processes and is responsible for quality, security, privacy, auditing, project implementation and infrastructure support across the Aspeq Group. Adila has a wide range of local and international professional qualifications in ISO Standards, Auditing, Quality and Privacy.

Culture and Communications Manager Katy Patrick Culture and Communications Manager

Katy joined the Aspeq team in 2017, bringing with her a background of communications and customer experience roles. Katy is responsible for looking after a range of our people process’ areas and oversees most of the company’s branding and communications.

Business Analyst Aleesha Waistell Business Analyst

Aleesha joined Aspeq in 2010 and has worked in various roles. Her extensive knowledge of the company and natural ability for seeing the big picture led her to follow her passion for problem solving as a business analyst. She works closely with customers and team members to ensure customer’s needs are being met.

Chief Financial Officer Currently Recruiting Chief Financial Officer

Chief Executive Bruce Heesterman Chief Executive

A trained mechanical engineer, Bruce has also held executive and governance leadership roles in the logistics and aviation industries. Bruce has extensive experience leading the delivery of innovative solutions globally. He joined Aspeq in 2010 and has since lead the business to deliver its aspirations for innovation and growth.

Director Business Development Mike Lynskey Director Business Development

Mike has past experience in military and commercial aviation. He has worked at Aspeq since 1995 in various roles, but now leads the business development and projects team. Mike has been responsible for expanding business in Australia, Asia and the UK.

General Manager Exams and Customer Services Duncan Macgregor General Manager Exams and Customer Services

Duncan joined the Aspeq team in 2011 after 15 years working for New Zealand Post and Transend Worldwide Limited. He has focused on expanding and supporting Aspeq’s international customer base, including managing implementations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, The Maldives, and the United Kingdom.

Chief Technology Officer David Bailey Chief Technology Officer

David brings 25 years of blended ICT and financial experience to Aspeq. He is a Chartered Accountant who migrated naturally to building and leading high performing technical teams. He is a passionate advocate, and practitioner, of the Agile methodology. He joined the Aspeq Senior Leadership team in 2016.

Manager of Quality and Compliance Adila Bajema Manager of Quality and Compliance

Adila has been with Aspeq since 1996 in a variety of roles. She has an extensive knowledge of the company processes and is responsible for quality, security, privacy, auditing, project implementation and infrastructure support across the Aspeq Group. Adila has a wide range of local and international professional qualifications in ISO Standards, Auditing, Quality and Privacy.

Culture and Communications Manager Katy Patrick Culture and Communications Manager

Katy joined the Aspeq team in 2017, bringing with her a background of communications and customer experience roles. Katy is responsible for looking after a range of our people process’ areas and oversees most of the company’s branding and communications.

Business Analyst Aleesha Waistell Business Analyst

Aleesha joined Aspeq in 2010 and has worked in various roles. Her extensive knowledge of the company and natural ability for seeing the big picture led her to follow her passion for problem solving as a business analyst. She works closely with customers and team members to ensure customer’s needs are being met.

Chief Financial Officer Currently Recruiting Chief Financial Officer

We can help you

We have built multi-skilled teams with experience in bringing world-class examination, assessment, and certification systems to the world. Our teams, our leadership and our board are experienced and passionate about what we do, and are keen to help you make a difference.

If you are a regulator responsible for exams and assessments, we can assist you with particular issues or work with you to rethink how you assess your sector. For a no-obligation discussion on the difference Aspeq can make for you and your customers, please contact Mike Lynskey, our Director Business Development.

Mike Lynskey Director Business Development Phone: +64 27 435 9309 Email Mike
Aspeq team members
Mike Lynskey Director Business Development Phone: +64 27 435 9309 Email Mike
Aspeq team members