Our People

Tom Lawton

Tom Lawton, BE [Elect]

Founder and Director

With over 25 years commercial experience in writing and subsequently marketing software and hardware solutions, Tom is Istari's Managing Director and primary point of contact for new and existing customers seeking lateral solutions to supply chain issues.

Tom's skills and experience focus on problem solving and lateral thinking to provide solutions to customer requirements.


Karen Lawton, MA, DipBus [Marketing]


Practical commercial experience coupled with formal qualifications in business and marketing have determined core responsibilities to include accounts, marketing and publicity. All accounts and media enquiries should be directed to Karen in the first instance.

Leon Luo, BSc [Information Specialisation]

Software Engineer

Graduating from Auckland University in 2006, Leon is a .NET developer with a focus on the ongoing development of label printing software solutions for Istari. Joining the company at the beginning of 2008, Leon has a particular focus on StarJet, StarPrint and StarLabel as well as development of software for mobile devices and research and development of RFiD solutions..

Jamie Lawton, BCom [Information Systems]


Since graduating from Auckland University in 2012, Jamie has taken up a technician role within Istari.  Combining a very practical approach to diagnosis and problem solving and a personable, approachable manner, Jamie is an integral part of Istari’s printer maintenance resource.

Kamal Yadav, BSc Hons, PGDip Computer Applications


Kamal has a solid history in the Kiwifruit industry, having worked as Quality Manager for a major packhouse in the Bay of Plenty region. His wide experience in computer applications, networking and troubleshooting brings valuable, locally based technician skills to Istari, enabling faster response to on-site technical issues.