Founded in 2019, Leaven is a cloud and business transformation consultancy, and is the cloud transformation business unit of CCL.

CCL's purpose is to enable Aotearoa to adapt and thrive in a digital future. With a heritage delivering cloud-based solutions to New Zealand organisations, Leaven combines local knowledge and experience with robust and proven delivery methodologies to help organisations embrace, run and innovate on the public cloud – with a goal of delivering frequent, tangible results.

Founded on the belief that business transformation is a bigger conversation than cloud, Leaven is your digital transformation partner, bringing clarity to the process of transformation and cloud states to get you there.

Run by a team with experience across the technology sector, Leaven has established a strategic partnership with global hybrid cloud specialist Hewlett Packard Enterprise, to bring their proven ideas and methodologies to the New Zealand market.

By combining local experience with proven global expertise, Leaven accelerates cloud and business transformation for New Zealand organisations. We enable organisations to take greater control over their IT infrastructure, while optimising cost, working with the leading cloud platforms to provide choice.

And because transformation is about helping clients picture new business possibilities and deliver a cloud state to get them there, Leaven comprises a team of people with a passion for architecting transformational change to help businesses operate at peak performance.

Part of Spark Business Group

Together with Spark, CCL, Qrious and Digital Island, Leaven is part of Spark Business Group, New Zealand's largest technology and transformation partner.

The combined capabilities of Spark Business Group enables us to be precisely the kind of partner you need on your digital modernisation journey.

Together we can transform your organisation by helping your teams adopt and embrace the cloud, and the opportunities it can deliver. And with data-driven innovation designed to help unleash intelligence and uncover entirely new possibilities. We’ll help you innovate and deliver value on your terms, with foundations in place to evolve as your needs change.

Together we enable your team to focus on, and excel at, their core activities. We do this by deploying our leading certified specialists across data, networks, cloud, collaboration and more. And we combine it with our ability to maintain, modernise or even revolutionise your platforms.

Together we connect your organisation to a brighter future. By building strong operational foundations with our world-class, high-speed data, mobile, and IoT networks. And by using them to create seamless, secure connections.

As a group, we help you take control of your businesses and set a foundation for the future, by giving you the insights, tools and capabilities that can serve your team now – and into the future.

Quite simply, we help New Zealand business win big in a digital world.

Leaven is part of Spark Business Group, helping NZ business win big in a digital world.

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Our team

Leaven is led by an experienced leadership team, supported by a team of transformation experts.

Mike Walls

Mike Walls

Director Cloud Transformation

Mike heads up Leaven, leading a team of experts enabling clients to accelerate cloud adoption and digital innovation, and succeed with business transformation.

Mike’s experience is broad and deep, spanning leadership roles in technology, delivery, and business change across public, private, and service provider sectors in New Zealand and the UK.

He was formerly GM and COO at Leaven when it first launched as an independent Spark-owned subsidiary in 2019.

Prior, Mike played a pivotal in Revera’s growth and transformation, holding a variety of roles and responsibilities, including CTO, portfolio delivery, product development, and professional services.

Tim Howell

Tim Howell

Director Marketing and Strategy

Tim spearheads CCL’s and Leaven's strategy and marketing to shape the overall direction, brand, and portfolio for both CCL and Leaven.

He joined CCL in 2020, and was previously General Manager - Strategy and Marketing at Leaven.

Tim has held product and marketing leadership roles at Xero, Intergen, and Unisys. He also advised several start-ups and was a co-founder of AfterMail, an email archiving company acquired by Quest Software.

Elizabeth Kirby

Elizabeth Kirby

Head of Strategic Alliances

Elizabeth is responsible for both CCL’s and Leaven's strategic alliances, including long-term vision and goals for company growth and partnerships.

She was formerly head of global alliances at Leaven, and earlier completed long stints with Microsoft and IBM.

Elizabeth’s experience in building relationships and strategies to support technology evolution and transformation is broad and deep, spanning enterprise, corporate, SMB and start-up sectors.

We’re always looking for new talent with a passion for enabling and transforming organisations through cloud and digital technology and new ways of working.

If you have the passion and can bring expertise in Business Consulting and Analysis, Cloud Architecture, Cloud DevOps Engineering, Cloud Security and Compliance, Agile delivery and Project Management please get in touch.