A New Zealand born lawyer, Gerard completed a Bachelor of Laws (1981-1985) and Masters of Laws (Honours) with a thesis in international trade law (1992-1994) at the University of Auckland. He left New Zealand in 1994 to gain international experience and returned to New Zealand in late 2016.
In the last 17 years in particular, as a legal counsel and negotiator, he has focused on the development, use and provision of technology systems. He has engaged in bespoke technology consulting, development & implementation and outsourced services engagements concerning material technology architectures, delivery, and service models.
Gerard has worked for global IT consultancy groups and represented other global and SME providers, users, investors and early stage companies and engaged with business and government agencies teams in the ANZ, Asia Pacific, North American, UK and European markets.
Roles have included:
Since late 2015, Gerard has operated a negotiation and strategic services business Be Amorgos Limited (www.beamorgos.com) with a focus on the technology sector.
Collaborative negotiation and Mediation focus:
Through the above experiences, Gerard has evolved a range of skills and approaches that align diverse stakeholders, and, with energy, delivers collaborative solutions based on understanding the detailed technology context and key risks and mediating conflict. In particular he has managed negotiated work arounds for a range of misaligned or conflicted IT implementation projects, concerning both private sector and government agencies.
In early 2016, Gerard obtained in London, a CEDR mediation accreditation to address, his belief in a growing need for mediation of misunderstandings or disputes concerning the delivery, use and management of technology solutions and services.
Prior to his career focus on the technology sector, Gerard specialised in non listed mergers and acquisitions project work so he is also able to engage in broader commercial meditations.