Kiwi software firm led by former DHB CIO cracks UK market

Kiwi software firm led by former DHB CIO cracks UK market

Wild Bamboo CEO Alan Grainer signs up second UK-based customer, mental health services provider Leeds Mind.

Wild Bamboo, a small, 'under-the-radar' software company in Hamilton, has signed up its second UK-based customer, Leeds Mind. The Wild Bamboo team of 23 is led by Alan Grainer, the former CIO at Waikato District Health Board. The company specialises in health software for use in non-government mental health, disability and community service organisations.

Wild Bamboo’s latest customer, Leeds Mind, supports hundreds of people with mental health problems. It offers a range of employment, housing and wellbeing services. Wild Bamboo says it underwent a rigorous selection process in which it competed against four UK-based software companies.

Wild Bamboo’s flagship product, Recordbase, is a client management system which was originally designed for the New Zealand mental health sector.

Grainer recently travelled to the UK to meet with Leeds Minds and to investigate other market opportunities. The company is also active in Australia, particularly in Victoria and Queensland.

“We are delighted to have another UK-based customer,” says Grainer. Our first UK customer, mcch, started using Recordbase in 2010.

“It’s extremely satisfying to have Recordbase recognised as an information management system that’s as applicable in the UK as it is in New Zealand. It validates the team’s foresight, hard work and commitment to developing a product in partnership with non-government organisations.

Wild Bamboo also launched its new website -, featuring its programs and modules; Recordbase Elite, MyRecord and Supported Employment.

Wild Bamboo CEO Alan Grainer is concurrent CIO of the software company’s parent organisation Wise Group. The latter is one of the largest non-government providers of mental health and wellbeing services in New Zealand.

In an earlier interview with CIO New Zealand, Grainer discusses how he tackles the merged CIO and CEO roles.

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