CCNNZ Committee

Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of experienced Contact Centre professionals form the CCNNZ Committee.

Julie Valencia


National Customer Delivery Manager
Tower Insurance

I am currently with Tower Insurance and look after the contact centre. Before that, I worked 12 years at Paymark as Head of Customer Care.

My expertise is generally in people management and customer service. In two of the companies I used to work with – Philippine Airlines and Globe Telecom, Inc. – I headed the department handling customer complaints and claims. I also have Sales and Marketing experience, having been an Area Head for Metro Manila Business Centres during my stint in Globe Telecom. Before moving to New Zealand, I was doing consultation work and training because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with more people in various industries. My specialties include People Management, Customer Service, Claims Handling and Negotiation, Training and Development.

I have been a CCNNZ Committee member for 6 years and the CCNNZ Chair for a year.  I enjoy working with the other committee members to come up with strategies, organize and run different events for the wider membership and continue to assist as well in managing the website.

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Jono Samaniego

Vice Chairperson

Campaign Delivery Manager
Phone Plus 2000 Limited

As a Committee member, I am able to bridge gaps between industry members, partners and suppliers through regular engagement and events. As the current Vice Chairperson, I am able to assist the Committee in carrying out the plans to make CCNNZ the “top of mind” amongst industry players and those outside of New Zealand wanting to understand the state of our local contact centre industry.

New perspective and ideas are what I can offer to the Committee and the industry. I like being a trailblazer, and is something I also envision for CCNNZ.

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Linda Norris


Patient Access Centre Team Lead
Pinnacle Midland Health

I have had 16 years experience leading staff to deliver quality outcomes in the Public Sector and thrive in an environment of change and challenge.

I am currently a Team Lead, in the Patient Access Centre for Pinnacle Midlands Health.

My great team of Patient Service Representatives manage Medical Reception calls for a number of General Practices in the Midlands region.

I am passionate about training and learning within our sector and have been involved in the development of the Contact Centre Qualification through the last three reviews. Volunteer work within our sector assists me to learn and grow, and keep current.

In my “other life” I am happily married to Dave, and between us we have eight (grown up) kids and twelve precious grandies. Family time is treasured. We are mad Hot Air Balloonists and committee member of the Waikato Hot Air Balloon Club. I am also a volunteer Ambulance Officer – both a privilege and a challenge. I complete two half shifts per week out of Te Aroha Ambulance Station, and Dave and I do occasional event work together.

Serving on the CCNNZ Committee is a privilege and an opportunity to support/represent small Contact Centres, and encourage greater networking and learning opportunities. I believe that we have much to learn from each other and that active networking is critical to our individual and collective success. It is important that we maintain our links to each other, and network here and abroad to ensure we present our “best selves” and continue to grow personally and as an Industry. This year I have fulfilled the role of Secretary for CCNNZ, updated my EMT qualification and completed certificates in Medical Reception and Terminology.

 We operate in a small country – even small steps taken to stop duplication of effort/reinventing the wheel represents both a corporate and economic gain. So often a Contact Centre Manager is a unique role in an organisation. Through CCNNZ I have found listening ears, and guidance when I needed support. I value the opportunity to share that with others.


Samantha Mills

Owner Director

Phone Plus

I am the owner operator of an outsourced contact centre business services organisation that operates out of two sites with one being based in Auckland and the other in Kaikohe – Far North.

I have had over 25 years’ experience leading Contact Centres and IT Helpdesks. My background also includes roles with large, multi-site outsourcing contact centres in both the private and public sectors in New Zealand and overseas. I have also spent considerable time in the contact centre space developing new business and setting up new inbound and outbound centres and leading significant change across large centres with multiple customer channels.

I’m passionate about service across every customer touchpoint/channel and strongly believe that Service Excellence, Brand Management & Optimised Customer Engagement is fundamental to the success of any organisation. Within our business I work hard with my fantastic team to ensure that each client builds strong processes to enable our business to collaborate and contribute to the success of any of its partner organisations.

The experience I have gained within the public and private sectors allows me to understand the issues and challenges faced in both areas especially whilst providing outsourced solutions to both sectors. We are facing some new and exciting challenges over the next few years within our industry with the introduction of new contact centre technologies and I really want to assist my colleagues and our members to navigate these uncharted waters to ensure their success.

Over the last 7-8 years, I have really enjoyed collaborating with our amazing team of volunteers at CCNNZ to run some great conferences and assisting CCNNZ in the Treasurer role.


Katy Langridge

Team Leader Customer Services

Christchurch City Council

I have been in the Customer Services industry for over 17 years and the last 3 years in the contact centre world and working in the public sector for the last 11 years. My passion is people focused leadership and I am committed to wellbeing, engagement, growing and developing the team through behavioural based coaching and improving customer experience through process improvement. I believe that great customer experience and a successful business starts with your team. I currently work as Team Leader Customer services for Christchurch City Council, I have a team of Customer Service Representatives who manage phones, email and social media in a 24/7 Contact Centre and a face to face channel across the Christchurch Region.

In 2018 I was fortunate enough to win “Team Leader of the Year” and that has led me to want to be part of the CCNNZ committee. I believe CCINZ has a lot to offer the industry and look forward to working with the rest of the team.

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Candice Murphy

Customer Experience Manager


As a highly-motivated and solutions-focused call centre manager and passionate customer champion, I thrive on leading teams to achieve and exceed challenging goals. I have extensive experience in providing exceptional service within a range of industries and pride myself on consistently going above and beyond to deliver positive outcomes.

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Richard Fuli

Chief Customer Operations Officer

Online Republic Limited

I have been involved within the Industry over the past 20+ years in a number of senior positions assisting businesses to define their Customer strategy, execute their tactical plans. I have been heavily involved in all aspects of business from financial planning, commercial negotiation, project management and marketing. 

I have managed large Sales and Service Contact Centres for a number of major Telcos within NZ, and was tasked with establishing the 2degrees Contact from the ground approx. 10 years ago. I am also involved in providing strategic advice to tech startups to assist them with defining their product offering, go to market strategy and assist them with capital raise.

I would like to bring this experience to the CCNNZ Committee as I feel I could assist the team with their plans to continue growing the network, and to develop stronger relationships with vendors. I would also love to work with the committee to establish a structured mentoring programme with existing and emerging talent across the Industry, supported by interactive sessions with members and vendors. 

I am also looking forward to gaining insights from the Committee members as they have a wealth of experience that I would love to tap into.

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Laurie Smith

Owner Director

CRM Consulting

Laurie worked for The Startel Group for 14 years and was organiser of their Awards from their introduction in 1997 until the closure of Startel in October 2003. Following that, Laurie purchased the license to continue with the CRM Customer Service Awards and associated mystery shopping programs under her own company, CRM Consulting Limited.

The CRM Contact Centre Awards have gained considerable momentum over the last 17 years with more companies realising the importance of providing their customers with superior customer service, and Laurie is well known within the NZ Contact Centre industry.

She was part of the inaugural set up of CCiNZ (now CCNNZ) and has been closely involved with them since then, most recently being part of the Advisory Board.

Kaye Kennedy

Kaye Kennedy



Kaye is an Experienced Customer Service Manager with award winning track record in Contact Centre Management with a very strong focus on customer service and customer satisfaction in financial, business and consumer product sectors.

Value I am able to add to the Committee:

Even though I am semi-retired I keep myself involved in the industry by being a Mystery Caller for Laurie Smith’s CRM Consulting business.

I am a Moderator and a Contract Assessor for SKILLS and very involved in keeping the Contact Centre qualifications relevant and updated. My passion is allowing Learners to grow their skills and gain relevant qualifications.

I am very willing to assist in any way I can to keep CCNNZ in the forefront and the “go to” organisation for any businesses or companies and their staff to seek assistance in anything relevant to the industry.


Lisa McNee

Head of Digital and Customer Engagement Centre


I am an energetic strategic leader with expertise and success in leading Contact Centre teams to achieve all aspects of business including lifting leadership capability, growing team engagement, increasing customer service attributes and revenue growth.


Prue Linford

Administration Manager



Chris Clark

National Partner Manager


I began working as an Agent in a UK Bristol Contact Centre in 2005. I used to receive calls for pet claim insurance. That role taught me a lot about empathy, tolerance and customer engagement and the skills I learnt back then, are effectively helping me succeed today. From pet claim insurance, I moved onto Spark as an Outbound Customer Care Representative. I have been lucky enough to gain an in-depth knowledge of the ICT industry with over 12 years’ experience in the UC/ CX field.

I have continued to be heavily involved with telephony and interface integration with Contact Centres. In the last 24 months I have been involved with CCNNZ personally with events and was an active member in the Educate Sub-committee.

About Us

We are as passionate about our industry as you are and work hard to deliver the organisation’s business plan every year that is robust enough to meet the ever-changing needs of our industry – all while doing our day jobs!

It is fair to say the job is not for the faint hearted, but we firmly believe that if our industry is to grow and meet business demand, then we need to be on hand to provide a stable platform for our members to meet, engage, support, learn and network with each other.

Our team work hard to bring you events, special initiatives and of course the annual CCNNZ Conference and Awards.

Interested in becoming part of an amazing dynamic team?
What better way is there than to give back to the industry you have made a career from? We are always happy to have more Committee members! If you are interested in becoming part of our team of fantastic contact centre professionals, complete this form and email it to us.