DAVID JONES - Chairman
David Jones LLB (Hons), CoP (Taxation) is an independent Director and Chairman of Red Witch Analog Ltd.
David is a principal of Auckland specialist commercial law firm Jones Young. His practice focuses on company law, the capital markets and finance. David is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel.
GEOFF MATTHEWS – Director
Geoff Matthews, PGDipMark, CoP (Marketing Research Methodologies BCA Hons.), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), is one of New Zealand’s best marketers with a record of success in fast growth businesses, and has taken equity positions in a number of successful start-ups.
A major shareholder in Red Witch Analog Ltd, Geoff is a five-time winner of the TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Awards, and was voted a finalist in the ‘Marketer of the Year’ category in 2011, and in both 2012 and 2013 was a finalist in the Marketing Excellence Category, receiving a Merit Award in 2012.
Geoff has had extensive international marketing experience, acting as consultant, CEO and Director of various clients' companies either based overseas, or with global reach.
A passionate recreational guitarist, Geoff’s musical experience also includes Executive Producing Jan Hellriegel’s album All Grown Up, released in October 2009, and he co-wrote the single from that album ‘Under the Stars’.
BOB KING – Director
Bob King is an Auckland businessman and entrepreneur who has founded, and owns a number of companies.
He purchased United Services Group Limited in 1981 and commenced an acquisition programme. In 1994 he purchased QSE Limited, the government owned property services arm, which made the UCS Group New Zealand’s largest private company in that industry.
Bob has represented New Zealand as a director on the WBSC (World Federation of Building Service Contractors) Board since 1980, being International President in 1994 and 2011, hosting international congresses in New Zealand.
He became involved in commercial property development in the early 2000s, and currently owns and manages several properties in Auckland. Other financial interests include rental properties in Fiji and Queenstown, and substantial share holdings in several companies.
BEN FULTON - FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & DESIGNER
Ben studied at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, founded the Guitar Teaching Centre in Wellington, and opened Seven Music Group, a management service for bands.
Ben concluded all teaching and other business commitments in 2003 and founded Red Witch Analog Ltd.
He has had a successful career working as a guitar player for a number of major New Zealand acts including Jan Hellreigel and Ahoribuzz – both in a touring and recording guitarist capacity. Ben cites regular playing as being an integral component of his pedal design process.
Ben has personally designed all of the Red Witch Products and was awarded “Pedal Maker of the Year” in 2011 by popular US online pedal resource What's that Dude Play (WTDP).
TRACEY NEIL – General Manager
Tracey Neil (BCA Hons. in Information Systems) is an experienced Project and General Manager. She has managed and developed businesses and business systems across various industries including banking, hospitality, event management, salmon farming and tourism.
In her last position as General Manager for a Sporting Event company, Iconic Adventures Ltd, she transformed the business into one of New Zealand’s most successful event companies. When it was sold mid way through 2013 she was invited to become General Manager of Red Witch by the board.
Her business experience is backed up by a sound academic career, which saw her lecture Project Management at Masters Level at Victoria University of Wellington.
DAMON WALLER - International Sales
After 12 years at Orange Music Electronic Company and 10 years as its managing director, Damon Waller stood down as MD in October 2014. Orange is a British amplifier manufacturing company famous since the sixties for its bright orange covering on its amplifiers and distinctive sound.
Red Witch was Damon's first International sales client after forming his own international sales consultancy. Damon has known Ben for 10 years and believed he could help Red Witch make immediate connections with distributors that aligned with Red Witch’s values. Damon's skills, knowledge and connections within the international music industry have already assisted Red Witch strengthen our global reach by partnering us with new distributors in Canada (EFKAY), Australia (AMI) and China (Parsons), and he is currently in negotiation with Croatia (Euro Unit), Spain (BOSCO) and Brazil (Royal Music).