Recollect today announces that it is splitting out from NZMS into a separate legal entity. Recollect was developed by NZMS as a cloud-based Special Collection Management and Community Engagement Platform for the Cultural Heritage and Archive sector.

The Recollect platform has experienced sustained growth throughout Australasia over the past 4 years. To facilitate the continued growth of Recollect, the decision has been made to spin out the platform from NZMS into its own company.

This will allow the platform to be managed independently of NZMS and will enable the new company to raise capital to support the expansion of Recollect into new overseas markets.

NZMS will maintain its position as the reseller of Recollect to the New Zealand market and will continue to provide support to existing NZMS Recollect customers in New Zealand and Australia. NZMS will also take on the role of implementing Recollect in markets where Resellers have yet to be appointed.

After 24 years leading NZMS, Andy Fenton now assumes the role of Chairman and Founder for both companies, he and co-Founder Audrey Fenton will remain on the Board of each organisation. Audrey will also maintain her role as Finance Manager and Director. To support this expansion the board have made the following executive appointment effective immediately.

Gavin Mitchell, General Manager of NZMS has overseen the growth of NZMS and Recollect for the past 4 years will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Recollect.


Gavin Mitchell notes:

“This significant step will allow Recollect to become a global contender in the special collection and archives sector through a dedicated new company structure. This change will provide greater opportunities for the Recollect team to increase the quality of its service offering to new and existing customers. We look forward to taking this great product to a wider market.”

Gavin Mitchell – CEO, Recollect


Andy Fenton notes:

“Audrey and I have enjoyed recollecting back to founding NZMS with John and Nan Pert back in 1990, and think about signature moments where we have grown on the back of a new service offering or investment around equipment or software services… This significant next step continues that trend but on a much grander scale – a global scale, and our research in North America and UK indicates the GLAM and special collections sectors of the world are looking for a product like Recollect – not surprising when you consider the Australasian market has grown from 15 to 70+ sites since 2015. 

I’m looking forward to a governance-focused role and giving our new CEO the space and delegations they need to drive company performance in accordance with our strategic plans and our company values.  I’ll also be staying in touch with the sector in a networking and connecting role for both organisations.”

Andy Fenton – Chairman and Founder NZMS and Recollect