About Us

Food Auditors Networking Event

Transforming Life Beyond Spreadsheets

Our Purpose:

To provide a quantum leap in trust and transparency so that food suppliers can comply with the higher standards of a new generation of consumers.

We challenge state of the art digital technologies to help those involved in compliance, quality, and excellence of the food chain.

What we have done:

Over the last 15 years we have built and grown a 'universal platform' for auditors and assessors to measure and improve themselves against any scheme or best practice model.

 

Our unique IP is the ‘digital configurator’, and our know-how, that enables us to rapidly put any scheme into the cloud and have it available online and offline for both self and professional assessment. We have built this on a database that enables benchmarking, monitoring, and analysis for anyone, anywhere across the supply chain.

 

Who we are:

We are based in New Zealand where innovation happens 'on the edge'.

It is no coincidence that the first cloud accounting system came from New Zealand. And after cloud accounting comes cloud compliance - and we are it.

Our Founder, Steve Lewin, has an MBA in Agricultural Science; he does a 36 km commute every morning on an e-wheel and spends his life in cyberspace.

 

Louis Ormerod our CIO is brilliant too. When he is not testing the limits of online/offline computing he is into life on other planets and the future of the universe (if there is one).

Keith Phillips, CEO, has had a number of international marketing jobs and has been the CEO of at least four technology companies: one of which was called Apple (in keeping with the agricultural theme). As  CEO of Apple UK he was the youngest in Europe.

He was then transferred to Silicon Valley until luckily, 'burn-out' saw him retire to New Zealand where he works even harder.

But everyone knows that it is Linda Kerkmann, our COO, who really runs the place.

Linda utilises her German heritage to be one of the most awesome operations officers in the history of business. She has a business degree and an international career with Unilever and Procter and Gamble. Customers love her because what she commits to, happens.

And making it happen is an awesome technical team of developers Dion, Joe, Mark, Louis, Steve, and anyone else we can contract, project managed by our Delivery Manager, and Agile Scrum Master Harriet.

Oh!  We also have a corporate dog called Benson in charge of security. His effectiveness is limited as he lives in Europe. But we hope our European clients will get to meet him.

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Our MSECB Management System Certificate signifies that QLBS has been assessed and found to be in accordance with the management system requirements in ISO/IEC 27001:2013.​

You can be assured that QLBS has integrity, expertise and fairness. 

Meet our Leaders

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Keith Phillips

Chief Executive Officer/President

Keith has a track record of growing successful technology companies.

 

Keith Phillips - previously an Exec with Apple Computers in the UK and USA - is leading QuantumLeap to use interconnected digital technology to grow knowledge and make a difference, both with each business and with whole communities of business.   

After delivering as a senior executive for Apple in the USA and the UK, Keith has established and invested in a range of successful technology companies.

"I have built and sold a number of tech companies, and as a Venture Capitalist, I needed a smarter way to assess business capability, and risk.  First I became a user, and then I became an owner.  I am increasingly convinced that in the technology continuum, this is the life after spreadsheets".

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Kane Wright

Business Development Director

Kane is the Business Development Director at QLBS, and helps our clients understand the value that our systems can deliver.

 

Kane has considerable expertise in the areas of risk management, workplace relations, health and safety, and ESG, as well as having previously worked within the EMA - Employers and Manufacturer's Association - the largest business association in New Zealand.

As a result he brings considerable experience of the problems, and challenges across a broad range of business sectors.

He is a cricket, rugby, tennis, and golf tragic.

"The world of business is changing, and I want to be part of that change.
QLBS enables me to participate in the digital transformation of a whole industry."

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Linda Kerkmann
Chief Operations Officer

Linda brings together experience of working in multinationals like Procter and Gamble as well as start-ups technology companies, and makes use of her great numerate, and organisational skills to manage the commercial side of the business. 

Louis Ormerod, CIO at QLBS

Louis Ormerod
Chief Information Officer

Louis held senior engineering positions in the USA prior to joining QLBS in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics, and Computers, and brings with him a wide range of experiences in technical, applications, operating systems, computer languages, and web technologies. 

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Juliet Phillips
European Project Manager

Julie Phillips is our European Project Manager, based in Amsterdam. Having worked the last five years within sustainability consulting, focusing on the agriculture sector, she has an excellent knowledge of sustainability and food compliance challenges, and is able to drive projects from Europe.

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Steve Lewin
Founder & Chief Architect

Steve pioneered the methodology that enables the capture of best-practice models as an audit framework. In the process, he invented a Universal Measurement System that facilitates lead activity measurement, action planning, and progress tracking. 

Tony Morse, Director QLBS Australia

Tony Morse
Director - Australia

Tony is a finance professional with experience in planning, reporting, and business improvement in corporations like CSR Ltd (Australia), and Weyerhaeuser Inc (USA). More recent assignments have been in the manufacturing, finance, and media sectors. This breadth of experience provides an independent perspective on the business. 

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Maria Bermejo
Hispanic Markets

Maria Jesus Bermejo is our Spanish speaking market manager, who reaches across our Spanish speaking clients worldwide. She leads our activity,  and drives projects from Spain to South America, and everywhere in between. Originally from Murcia in Spain - one of Europe’s great wine and fruit growing regions - she has substantial experience as a professional translator in international business.
 

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Harriet Porter
Delivery Manager

As an experienced Senior Project, and Program Manager with a range of international organisations, Harriet is qualified, and experienced in both waterfall, and agile delivery methodologies, and has managed successful projects across the globe. She works closely with clients, and the entire QLBS team to deliver solutions that are user centric and fit-for-purpose. 
 

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Mark Clasio
Business Systems Analyst

Mark brings a wealth of experience in management information reporting, data governance, applications support and process improvement. Prior to joining QLBS, Mark held Master Data and IT Support Analyst, and Credit Underwriting roles with Fletcher Building and HSBC Philippines.