Board of Directors
Kate Bunge - Sales Director
Kate has been at the forefront of business development within Swapkit NZ since its inception.
Though her hard work and dedication to support charitable organisations in New Zealand Kate is seen as the driving force that delivered $2.5 million to the Starship Foundation from mobile phone recycling.
Kate extended the charitable reach in 2016 by winning the Accreditation to become New Zealand's first Mobile phone recycle to be approved by the Ministry For The Environment.
Kate's dedication to Best Practice Environmental Studies has led to Swapkit NZ handling through its recycle-reuse-reduce program over 1.4 million phones. This equates to over 150 tonnes of waste material that otherwise may have ended up in landfills throughout New Zealand.
Brian Egan - CEO
With 14 years experience in telecoms distribution, Brian's previous position was that of Sales Director with mobile handset distributor, BPI Telecom.
It is down to Brian's drive, energy and enthusiasm that he was promoted from Sales manager to the position of director, and in turn, drove sales revenues that positioned the company in the top 400 Irish Companies in 2008.
It was in this position that Brian identified the ever increasing key role, of both Trade In solutions, and waste management, in the consumer electronics industry.
Through the design and implementation of re purchase, and re use programmes, Brian implemented value added solutions for small retail outlets through to large multiples and mobile networks.
The development of this business led Brian to incorporate Surpany Limited in 2011. Trading as Swapkit, the company specialises in Trade In, Buy back and Re cycle solution. Brian is both Chief Executive Officer and shareholder of Surpany Limited (T/A Swapkit), and Swapkit Corporate Limited.
Barry Higginbotham - CFO
As a business studies graduate, Barry spent six years with a Dublin based firm of Auditors studying Chartered Accountancy.
An offer from a client Shipping Company led Barry from practice to industry. In 2000 Barry began his journey in the mobile Industry with the role of Financial Controller in mobile handset distribution.
Barry played an integral role in the purchase of Brightpoint (Irl.) from the NASDAQ quoted parent company and assumed the role of Finance Director and shareholder of the renamed entity, BPI Telecom Ltd.
As head of finance Barry was responsible for managing revenues in excess of €100 million per annum.Being in agreement with the potential of this Trade In, Re Use and Re Cycle Market, Barry joined Brian as CFO and co shareholder in both Surpany Limited (T/A Swapkit), and Swapkit Corporate Limited.