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Council members

Barbara Ala’alatoa

Chair

Barbara Ala'alatoa

Ms Ala’alatoa has been the Principal of Sylvia Park School in South Auckland since 2006. Last year, she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and was shortlisted for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award. She has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Auckland College of Education, and as a primary school teacher. Ms Ala’alatoa has chaired the National Ministerial Leadership and Teaching Quality Workstream and been a member of the National Workforce Policy Advisory Group and National Curriculum Advisory Group.

She has presented at international conferences on education and is a member of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research Pasifika Reference Group. 

She is a member of the Council's Human Resources and Remuneration Committee. 

Barbara.Ala'alatoa@educationcouncil.org.nz

Anthony Mackay

Deputy Chair

Anthony Mackay

Mr Mackay is Chief Executive of the Centre for Strategic Education Melbourne. He is the moderator of the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession. He was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and has held similar roles in the United States and United Kingdom. He has provided policy advice, consultancy and facilitation for government bodies and agencies, think tanks and leadership teams in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Mr Mackay is also Chair of the Global Education Leaders Partnership and adviser to OECD/CERI and is Chair of the National Institute for School Leadership, Washington DC. Mr Mackay is an Honorary Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research. He is a Board Director of the Asia Education Foundation, the Foundation for Young Australians and Teach for Australia. Mr Mackay is Deputy Chancellor of Swinburne University, Melbourne.

He is the Chair of the Council's Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

Anthony.Mackay@educationcouncil.org.nz

Claire Amos

Claire Amos

Ms Amos is the Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. She brings strong expertise in information communications technology (ICT) and has been a member of the PPTA’s ICT advisory committee. She has been Director E-Learning at Epsom Girls Grammar School and ICT in English Forum Facilitator for Cognition Consulting. She is on the NZQA Brainstorming Group – technology and education, an AUT Edge Work – Educational Futures Network team member, on the Network for Learning Reference Board and on the National Aspiring Principal Programme. She also sits on the Board of NetSafe and was the New Zealand Teachers Council Secondary Teacher Representative. She has also been involved in the NZQA Digital Assessment/Future State Programme, and the 21st Century Learning Reference Group.

She is the Convenor of the Council's Compaints Assessment Committee.

Claire.Amos@educationcouncil.org.nz

Simon Heath

Simon Heath

Of Ngāi Tahu descent Mr Heath has been Principal of Renwick School since 2008. He has worked as a teacher, deputy principal and principal. Mr Heath is a member of the Ministerial Regional Cross-Sector Forum and member of Investing in Educational Success – Blenheim Community of Schools Working Group. Mr Heath has also been Chair of Mistletoe Bay Trust, Lead Principal for Marlborough e-Learning Project and Eco Schools, the President of the Marlborough Principals Association and an establishment member of the Ministry of Education’s Principals Reference Group. In 2012, Mr Heath was one of four school principals awarded a Woolf Fisher Principals Fellowship to complete a course of study at Harvard University School of Educational Leadership.

He is a member of the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Simon.Heath@educationcouncil.org.nz

Ripeka Lessels

Ripeka Lessels

Ms Lessels has 30 years’ experience in the education sector. Of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent she has taught at primary and secondary levels and in Māori and English. She is currently on the Principals Council of NZEI representing Te Rohe o te Waiariki. She is active in Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa, holding roles in governance and strategic planning. She was a member of the board that transitioned Kawerau North school to a Māori medium kura, Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, and she became the founding principal in 2012. Ms Lessels is a mentor principal and a member of several professional principals’ associations.

She is a member of the Council's Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and the Māori Medium Advisory Group. 

Ripeka.Lessels@educationcouncil.org.nz

Michael Rondel

Michael Rondel

Michael Rondel will bring demonstrated commercial and business expertise and strengthen the Board’s capability around financial governance.  He will also bring a South Island perspective, currently limited on the Board.  Mr Rondel leads the Audit division at BDO Christchurch and has a particular focus on the education sector. He has undertaken a number of statutory appointment roles at schools on behalf of the Ministry of Education as well as providing advisory services to Boards of Trustees. Mr Rondel has significant governance experience and is involved on a range of boards and committees, including several in the chair role. He is an approved training provider with the NZ Schools Trustee Association.  

Nicola Ngarewa

 

Nicola Ngarewa (Ngati Ruanui) is the Principal at Patea Area School.  She has proven results in improving educational outcomes for Māori to the Education Council, as well as experience with area schools.  Ms Ngarewa became a first time principal in 2010 and achieved impressive results in a short time at Tamatea High School, Hawkes Bay.  In 2013, she received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as a result of her work at Tamatea High School.  She was also recognised as one of the 3 finalists for NZ Māori of the Year (Mātauranga) 2014.  Her governance roles include positions as a board member for Hawke’s Bay Youth Futures, Ahuriri Sports Development and National PPTA Secondary Principals. 

Helen Timperley

Helen Timperley

Professor Timperley began her career teaching at West End Primary School in Palmerston North before moving to educational research. She is currently Professor of Learning, Development and Professional Practice at the University of Auckland. For the past year, she has been providing expert advice to the Ministerial Advisory Group for Professional Learning and Development. She was also a member of the academic experts advisory group to ERO for the revision of its indicators. Her previous positions at the University of Auckland include Director Starpath project, Principal Investigator Building Evaluative Capability in Schooling Improvement Project, Principal Investigator Research strand for Consortium for Professional Learning and Deputy Head of School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice. Professor Timperley became an Ordinary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2009.

Helen.Timperley@educationcouncil.org.nz

Clare Wells

Claire Wells

Ms Wells has been the Chief Executive of New Zealand Kindergartens Te Putahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa since 2008. Her previous roles include policy advisor for the New Zealand Public Service Association and a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Education. Ms Wells has been on several education boards and groups since 1991, most recently the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Panel of Experts, the Minister of Education’s Cross-Sector Forum and the Minister’s Continuity of Early Learning Group, the Children’s Action Plan Directorate Workforce Advisory Group, the New Zealand Teachers Council Early Childhood Education Advisory Group (as Chair), the Early Childhood Education Quality Working Group and is a member of the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee.

She is the Chair of the Council's Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and Early Childhood Education Advisory Group. 

Clare.Wells@educationcouncil.org.nz