The Team

  • Chris Grant-Foster

    CEO & Managing Director

    Chris holds the position of CEO & Managing Director of GIVV Technologies Ltd and is a significant shareholder. Chris has held numerous Senior Management and Director roles with companies such as Siemens (Telecommunications), Hutchison Whampoa (3G Implementation), Samsung (Mobile) and iTouch part of Irish Independent News and Media and listed on the exchange in London. Chris was CEO of listed ASX entity Two Way TV before sitting on the board as a Non-Executive Director for five years.

    Chris is also a Non-Executive Director of Linx Card, Inc. an entity that GiVV hold a 43% equity stake in San Francisco.

  • Scott Shields

    Chief Operating Officer

    Scott is a Payment professional with over 25years experience leading and developing solutions for the worlds largest businesses. As one of the founding members of the Blackhawk ASIAPAC team, Scott has held key Senior roles including Head of IT and Operations and Managing Director ASIAPAC.

    Scott has helped launch major Brands with their physical and digital products around the world and he also has an innovation patent for his work with Telecommunication companies in Australia. Scott also provides advisory services for telecommunication, loyalty and rewards and retail businesses around the world.

  • Matt Hillman

    Head of Engineering

    Matt has over ten years as a software engineer, architect and team lead, starting his career in university innovation centres and more recently in the financial technology and payments market. He has managed many high profile, international projects, providing unique solutions to a number of different sectors.

    Matt heads up our engineering efforts and leads the delivery of the entire WAIVPAY technology stack, from back-end big data operations, our high velocity CMS and our fleet of in-store card kiosks.

  • Elisa Witenden

    Head of Customer Advocacy

    Elisa (‘E’ for short) heads up our Customer Advocacy team. She’s always on the look out how we can make things better for our customers, partners, shopping centres and their shoppers. Always on the look out for a better way to gift, E has driven the installation and upkeep of WAIVPAY’s assets in the largest of shopping centres. Her career at WAIVPAY has meant that she has managed nearly all aspects of the business. If you want to know about the gifting industry, you will want to know E.

  • Steph Pokrivka

    General Manager Commercial

    Steph comes from a traditional accounting background, initially managing the finance function for the business. She now heads up our commercial and administration division managing and building relationships with our client base.

    Steph is passionate in working with our clients to provide first class solutions in all things gifting and rewards.

  • Michael Bamford


    Michael has held numerous senior roles in the technology industry in Australia and the United States, including CTO, engineering head, full-stack coder and educator. Michael loves creating new products from code, and combining computer science and business innovation to create unique and extraordinary custommer experiences.

    At WAIVPAY, Michael heads up our product and technology initiatives to purse the next generation of loyalty, payments and engagement products.

  • Josh Elliot

    Customer Service

    Josh began his career in the hospitality industry and brings to WAIVPAY many years of in-depth experience in customer service and success. He is used to being front and centre in the stickiest of customer problems, and being able to consistently resolve issues to the delight of our customers. You too will see that Josh always ensures an efficient, professional customer service experience for all of our customers.

  • Renata Torres

    Customer Service

    Renata pushes WAIVPAY to be our best for our customers. She is enormously skilled in creating great experiences that our customer love. Originally from Brazil, Renata has recently made Sydney her home. In her home country, Renata is a experienced and highly qualified accountant, and she’s presently transferring those skill and credentials for the Australian market.