Founded in 2019, Leaven is a division of Spark New Zealand Trading Limited, New Zealand’s leading digital and telecommunications services provider.

With a heritage delivering cloud-based solutions to New Zealand organisations, we combine 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 cloud adoption specialist Cloud Technology Partners, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, 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.

Our team

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

Robin Cockayne

Robin Cockayne


Robin leads Leaven following a six-year stint as CEO at award-winning Revera. At the helm of Revera, Robin transformed the company from an infrastructure specialist to a cloud services provider, helping to redefine how New Zealand organisations access and consume technology services.

Earlier, he led application service provision, business development, and the cross-Government IaaS team within Revera.

Mike Walls

Mike Walls

General Manager - Capability and Delivery

Mike leads Leaven’s service delivery, ensuring our capabilities and people are aligned and delivering on our customer needs.

Mike previously played a principal role in Revera's growth and transformation as a CTO as well as leading Portfolio Delivery, Product Development, and Professional Services.

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.

Mike is passionate about using technology to help organisations achieve their goals, while demonstrating tangible progress quickly.

Tim Howell

Tim Howell

General Manager - Strategy and Marketing

Tim looks after strategy and marketing for Leaven, helping drive awareness, set direction, and evolve its portfolio mix.

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

Tim is passionate about technology and communicating complex ideas simply.

Elizabeth Kirby

Elizabeth Kirby

General Manager - Global Alliances

Elizabeth joined Leaven after a long and successful career with Microsoft, working alongside customers and partners, and prior to that worked at IBM.

Her roles have included engagement with customers in the Enterprise, Corporate, SMB and Start-up sectors, building relationships and strategies to support technology evolution and transformation. Elizabeth's partner roles have enabled deep insight into identifying growth and investment opportunities, and profitable solutions for partner businesses to truly transform their own businesses and those of their customers.

Elizabeth is passionate about building strong customer connections, understanding customer needs, and developing strategies to help them be successful.

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.