Our Board of Directors
Executive chairman of Colmar Brunton Research, New Zealand’s best-known market research company, which Dick jointly founded 30 years ago. Dick has a degree in electrical engineering, is a member of the NZ Marketing Hall of Fame and a Life member of the Market Research Society of NZ. Dick’s role in SharpDrive is as business and marketing advisor.
"I found the course surprisingly good. For example, I used to drive a lot on auto-pilot, with my head somewhere else. And I didn’t think much about what I put on the back seat, not realising it could become a missile If I had to brake suddenly. The course has definitely made me a better driver, even after 45 years of driving.”
Ryan Balemi (CEO)
Founder of leading IT service provider Pulse IT, Ryan brings a wealth of technical knowledge to support the delivery of the SharpDrive e-learning platform, specifically around successful cloud based IT delivery.
“During my five years in the volunteer fire service I recall the adrenalin that would come when I heard the siren go up and the pager go off. The excitement of what the next call-out might be. But when that message came through “MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident), persons trapped”, the entire tone of the crew changed. Whilst we would always step-up and perform to our utmost, it was never a call-out that we wanted to attend. Reducing the number of times the pager says “MVA” is going to be a great thing for NZ, and I’m excited to be at the forefront of this undertaking”.
Graham Sharp, Research and Development
Graham has spent 25 years developing and delivering successful drive courses to businesses, government agencies and organisations for company vehicle and courier drivers; VIP, Diplomatic, Police and Fire Service drivers; IHC, car dealerships, car clubs and private drivers.
A focus on accident avoidance, good visual and scanning skills and smooth economical driving has helped his clients to establish a safe driver culture and save money in their organisations. His light vehicle driver safety and high performance specialist experience was gained on roads, race tracks and rallies both locally and internationally.
Career highlights include a 24 hour distance driving world record, winning the 2006 EECA Energywise Rally Driver Award, World Cup 3 Rally to the Sahara Desert in Morocco and helping in the start up of New Zealand’s first Racing Drivers and Advanced Drivers Schools.
His experience also includes Race Team Management, courier and taxi driving in Sydney, V8 Hotlap driving and speaking on road safety for businesses and conferences.
Graham has held certificates for LTSA Driving Instructor Class 1; Defensive Driving Course Manager; StreetSkills Course Facilitator, and he has attended and participated in Driver Safety conferences and courses run by the AA Driver Safety Foundation, local bodies and the LTSA/LTNZ. Additionally, Graham has regularly delivered driver safety and driver risk management talks to companies, Rotaries, conferences, AFMA, insurance companies and CIBNZ; he has designed and run special driver training courses for the Police Special Tactics Group and Dog Squads, NZ Fire Service, Government VIP & PPO drivers, and many major New Zealand companies, and has contracted to the Royal New Zealand Police College Driving School. Graham has visited international Driver Training Establishments, anti-skid pans and race tracks in the USA and Australia, including the NSW Police Academy School of Traffic and Mobile Policing, and Transport Training ACT in Canberra, Australia.
His wealth of expertise has seen Graham take key roles in touring car race team management for Castrol BMW, Ford Falcon, and work Honda Integra teams for the Wellington Street Races, Pukekohe 500’s, Bathhurst 1000 and Manfield 12-hour races. He has also planned, managed and run hundreds of conferences, motivational seminars and team-building events for audiences of up to 1,500; corporate and track day events for BMW, Ford, Holden, Jaguar, Ferrari and dozens of New Zealand companies for groups of up to 120; and motorsports events, track days and burnout events including Performance Car and Top Gear magazine track days. This also led to Graham co-producing SpeedShow (2007 and 2008), and writing and appearing in countless magazine, television, radio and newspaper articles on driving-related issues.
In 2001, with his brother Keith, Graham raced in the 3rd World Cup Rally, a 12,000km endurance event from London to the Sahara Desert in Morocco and back. In February 2006 Graham was one of a team of four racing drivers that set a 24-hour driving distance record, and in October 2006 he won the Drivers Award with co-driver Neil Gyde in the EECA Energywise Rally.
Graham’s determination and expertise aren’t just limited to motor vehicles; he was a New Zealand Representative offshore sailor in the 1970s (crewing with Sir Peter Blake), and in 1979 was Club Coach and State Sailing Coach with the Australian Yachting Federation.
Jim Majoram, Instructional Designer
Jim is an Instructional Designer and educator with over 20 years experience in adult education, including NZQA standards, workplace assessment and "train the trainer". He has designed a large variety of online training systems for corporate use covering many diverse fields, such as Sales/Customer Service, and Office Applications to Health and Safety requirements and procedures.
Susan Sheridan, Office Manager
Susan keeps our office running smoothly. Susan is up-beat, friendly and liaises with clients and students alike with any day to day requirements. With you through the enrolment process from A to Z, Susan also takes care of the adding of new staff, provision of reports, invoicing, and organising custom requirements in a jiffy. Relevant staff will find it a pleasure working with Susan to implement SharpDrive's training.