Mike Fowler Jun 1, 2021 11:46:59 AM 5 min read

Inde Co-Founder, Simon O'Sullivan moves on to next big venture

One of Inde's Co-Founders and Directors, Simon O'Sullivan has moved on to his next big venture, a South Canterbury vineyard.

After almost a decade of working tirelessly to help build the Inde brand, Simon has left his role at the Inde Christchurch, New Zealand headquarters as of April 28.

Simon has played a vital role at Inde, from envisioning the unique managerial structure and internal culture to helping maintain client relations and the company's overall growth. The team at Inde will miss having Simon's visionary around but look forward to hearing more on how he plans to implement emerging tech into his vineyard down south.

"I grew up rurally, and I've always pictured myself returning to my grassroots once I had a family. My wife is from France, and we've spent a lot of time in Bordeaux. The opportunity came up for us to purchase a vineyard in South Canterbury, and we thought, now is the time. I've been working hard over the years, and the slower-paced lifestyle was enticing but not an easy decision to make. In the end, my wife, Mathilde and I decided to do it. We're both excited for this new venture," says Simon.

Having worked alongside fellow Co-Founders to build Inde from the ground up, Simon admits the decision was especially difficult with the commercial growth Inde has seen in recent years.

Speaking of his time at Inde, Simon recalls one initiative he is very proud of, the employee ownership model. "Inde is very unique, in that all employees have the opportunity to become shareholders of the business. I have always been keen on the idea of an employee's shareholders trust because it encourages employees to stay engaged and motivated about the work they do, as they're financially involved in the success of the business long-term," says Simon.

Simon has played a massive role at Inde. He has contributed to many of our initiatives and policies we use, founding many of the ideas. Simon was instrumental in winning two large contracts in our formative years, Christchurch Airport support in 2014, and Lincoln University full campus network replacement in 2015. These two contracts both built a path for us to compete at the top level of the New Zealand market. He's had a huge positive impact on getting us to where we are and where we want to be, and his forward-thinking will be missed.

To the team at Inde, Simon would like to pass on his well wishes. "It's a great company and will continue to be really successful. I wish both the company and all the employees well on their journey at Inde and through life."

Thanking his wife, Mathilde, for her years of support, Simon concludes he's ready for the next chapter and looks forward to the challenges it will bring. His first order of business is already well underway: implementing IoT sensors to produce better grapes and wine.

Despite Simon's departure, the progressive initiatives he implemented over the years, including the lattice structure and the employee ownership model will continue to make Inde a unique place to work for years to come.

If you'd like to keep in touch with Simon, please connect with him via LinkedIn.

About the author

Mike Fowler

After a farming upbringing, Mike chose IT at age 18 and never looked back, and by 2010 was ready to start a business focusing on delivering high quality specialist IT services to New Zealand's leading organisations. After 12 years operating in the business, Mike stepped back to focus on the strategy and governance of Inde as a Board Director, ensuring the original vision and goals are maintained as Inde continues to grow our specialist capability and deliver great outcomes. When not eyeball deep in Inde's governance, Mike enjoys playing in a band, and flipping a Yak-52 aeroplane around the skies.