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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

Ms Hoskin began her career working in a large IT company before running her own e-learning business for 15 years. She was Associate Deputy Secretary Student Achievement at the Ministry of Education for two years from 2014 where she was responsible for driving the overall direction for the digital technology strategy and during 2013 she was the Associate Deputy Secretary Novopay, leading the teacher payroll recovery project. For the past 10 years Ms Hoskin has worked in senior roles that combine her strategic thinking ability with her passion for bringing solutions that deliver. She has a reputation for leading change, solving complex problems and becoming a trusted advisor to senior leaders. Lesley has a Masters in Public Sector Management and a Diploma in Te Reo Māori.

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.