Malcolm has spent almost 48 years in the education sector. He is a former secondary school teacher, a National Executive member of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association, and a leader of professional learning and development (called in-service training in his day) in the Waikato, King Country, South Auckland and Thames-Coromandel areas.
His time in the Wellington bureaucracy included time in charge of teacher recruitment and a member of the Government’s negotiating team on industrial relations with the secondary sector. He spent 15 years from 1993 seconded from the Ministry of Education to the Beehive, where he served as private secretary/advisor to 7 successive education Ministers.
Malcolm was seconded to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority for almost two years during 2012-14, project managing a youth engagement strategy called The Amazing Place, giving school-aged children and young people of greater Christchurch a real say in the future of their city.
For the past two years he has worked with the Youth Guarantee area of the Ministry of Education, working mainly with local authorities, employers community groups encouraging their involvement in preparing young people better for the world of further education, training and employment in an exciting, but challenging, future.