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Dr Graham Stoop - Chief Executive

Dr Stoop was appointed Chief Executive at the end of 2015.  He was variously Deputy Secretary Student Achievement and Deputy Secretary Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers at the Ministry of Education from 2013.

He was Chief Executive of the Education Review Office from 2007 to 2013 and from 2004 to 2007 Chief Executive of Christchurch College of Education and Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Canterbury. He is a Secondary School teacher by profession and for seven years was Principal at Burnside High School. Dr Stoop was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 2004 to attend an executive leadership programme at Harvard University.

He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for Services to Education in 2014. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts – First Class Honours, from Canterbury University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University.

Lesley Hoskin - Deputy Chief Executive

As Deputy Chief Executive at the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, Ms Hoskin is responsible for providing strong leadership, influence and the drive to lift the status of the teaching profession.

Ms Hoskin’s career began in a large IT company before leaving to run an e-learning and change management business for 15 years while raising her family. In the ten years before coming to the Education Council, Ms Hoskin held senior roles within the education sector: leading policy conversations and large implementation teams with a focus to lift student achievement as Associate Deputy Secretary Student Achievement at the Ministry of Education and leading the teacher payroll recovery project as Associate Deputy Secretary Novopay. Ms Hoskin combines her strategic thinking ability with her passion for bringing solutions that deliver. 

Ms Hoskin has a Diploma in Te Reo Māori, a Masters in Public Sector Management, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management & Leadership from Oxford University.

Pauline Barnes - General Manager

Pauline Barnes has recently been appointed to the role of General Manager, Professional Services. Prior to her work with Council she held the position of Group Manager Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ministry of Education from 2011 to 2015, and prior to this, she was Director of PTE and Community Education at the Tertiary Education Commission.

Before taking up a role with TEC, Pauline co-led a humanitarian foundation in Romania with her husband for many years, working in educational and community development projects.

Pauline has held a number of other roles as a management and financial consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is currently studying Education at postgraduate level.