Founded in 2019, Leaven is the cloud transformation business unit of CCL, an established IT and multi-cloud services firm, and part of the Spark group.

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.

Mike Walls

Mike Walls

Director Cloud Transformation

Mike heads up CCL’s cloud transformation business unit, 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 company’s overall direction, brand, and services portfolio.

He joined CCL in 2020 following the company’s amalgamation of Spark sibling and business transformation company Leaven, where he held the position GM – strategy and marketing.

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

Director Global Alliances

Elizabeth is responsible for 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 Spark sibling and business transformation company Leaven (now a division of CCL), 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.