Company Leadership | IKE


At ikeGPS, we are a team of pole experts with a commitment to innovation, safety, speed, and value to telecommunications and utilities.

We are building a stable of the brightest pole experts in the world to address both the proliferation of fiber communications and challenges utilities are facing with aging infrastructures. We’re a team of expert pole veterans, user experience architects, builders of businesses, and mountain bikers. We’re here to go the distance.

Glenn Milnes

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Glenn Milnes is the CEO and managing director at ikeGPS, where he is accountable for the company’s overall strategy, performance, and growth.

Glenn joined ikeGPS following more than a decade of leadership roles at organizations including international Communications group, Cable & Wireless International, London, where he oversaw a group of more than 30 fixed and wireless business, and No. 8 Ventures.

Before entering the business world, Glenn played professional cricket in New Zealand, England, and The Netherlands, representing New Zealand at various levels. Glenn holds an MBA with Distinction from Imperial College London, a Bachelor of Science with First-Class Honors from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Otago.

Leon Toorenburg

Chief Technology Officer

Leon Toorenburg is the Chief Technology Officer at ikeGPS, where he leads the research department to investigate how to leverage new technologies to simplify and speed up ikeGPS customers’ workflow.

Leon is the founder of ikeGPS and has been instrumental in the development of all ikeGPS’ products. He holds numerous U.S. and international patents on measurement technologies. Leon holds a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University and Bachelor of Engineering with honors from Canterbury University.

Chris Birkett

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Birkett is the Chief Finance Officer at ikeGPS, where he is responsible for ensuring the company has the correct settings for growth and profitability. A key part of his role is supporting other team members to unleash the value of our products for our customers.

Prior to joining ikeGPS, Chris held CFO and Managing Director roles at General Cable New Zealand Limited, General Cable Asia Pacific, and Rock Shox (US). Chris is Chartered Accountant, Australia – New Zealand. When Chris is not busy supporting the success of the business, he is spending time with his family skiing, mountain biking, or tramping in New Zealand. Chris received his degree from Victoria University of Wellington.

Board of Directors

Rick Christie / (MSc (Hons) Chemistry)

Chairman and Independent Director

Rick Christie is the former Chairman of Ebos Group, where he was Chair through much of its growth to become a >$3B business today. He has experience on a number of other major boards, including TVNZ. Rick was previously CEO of investment company Rangatira Ltd and had 20 years’ executive management experience in the international oil & gas industry.

Glenn Milnes

CEO & Managing Director / (MBA (Dist.), BSc (Hons), B PhD)

Prior to leading ikeGPS, Glenn Milnes previously held senior executive, strategy and corporate development positions with No 8 Ventures and Cable & Wireless International.

Alex Knowles


Alex has investing and operating experience with international companies in the information technology and transportation industries. Based in Los Angeles, He was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the largest international freight forwarder and small parcel consolidator in the U.S.

Fred Lax / (MSEE AND BSEE)

Independent Director

Fred Lax is an executive leader with extensive global experience in the telecommunications industry and related technologies. Based in California, he is a former director of NASDAQ listed Ikanos Communications Inc. (acquired by Qualcomm Atheros), and former Chief Executive Officer and President of NASDAQ listed Tekelec Inc.

Mark Ratcliffe


Mark joined IKE most recently from Chorus, where he was its CEO leading the deployment of New Zealand's national fiber network. Prior to Chorus, Mark was CIO and COO of Spark (formerly Telecom NZ). His other governance roles include as non-executive director of 2Degrees Mobile and Chairman of First Gas.

Eileen Healy

Independent Director

Eileen is a serial entrepreneur including two high-tech startups addressing the U.S. communications market: Healy & Co, providing outsourced engineering to the U.S. utility market. Customers include AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, Frontier Communications, and FirstNet. She also founded and sold Telecompetition Inc., a data analytics company. Healy & Co’s current contracts include the build of a greenfield 5G network using ORAN (Open Radio Access Network) across all of the U.S. for a major mobile network operator and the transition of a 4G network from Los Angeles County to AT&T Inc. Based in San Francisco, she holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

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