Education Leaders Forum 2016 steering team – see below for their bios.
ELF Convener:
Lyall Lukey

Steering Team:
Malcolm Bell
Dr Gaye Tyler-Merrick
Birgit Maier

LYALL LUKEY – ELF Convener and Event Organiser

Lyall Lukey, Convener of the annual Education Leaders Forums since 2007 and Seismics and the City events since 2012, is the Managing Director of Lyall Lukey Resources Ltd, founded in 1987 and the originator and co-ordinator of SmartNet workshops, founded in 1997 and Silververve, founded in 2016             .

Lyall has a unique background spanning the academic and business worlds. His MA Honours thesis was entitled Industrial Conflict in New Zealand. He is a former secondary school teacher and Visiting Teaching Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

He had three stints in teacher recruiting in the Canterbury region and coordinated the national recruitment resources and briefing in the last of those secondments.

Since 1987 Lyall’s organisation Lukey Resources has worked with client organisations throughout New Zealand in the public and private sectors to enhance their intangible assets – especially what their people know and do – through knowledge sharing. The company also designs multimedia and online learning resources and business coaching programmes to fill knowledge and performance gaps.

The SmartNet initiative, which he started in 1997, helps foster innovation and creates new local and global opportunities for New Zealand enterprises. SmartNet has an extensive database of NZ based and international speakers and consultants.

Lyall is a former National President and a Life Member of the Service Club Round Table New Zealand, a current member of the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was on the Board of Cholmondeley Children’s Home from 1987 to 2007 and was President from 2001 to 2005. He was made a Life Member of the Home in 2007. He is also a foundation member of the Board of Trustees of the Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation.

MALCOLM BELL – Principal Advisor, Youth Guarantees Network and Vocational Pathways, Ministry of Education

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.

DR GAYE TYLER-MERRICK – Past President, Kids First Kindergarten, past Board member of Plunket – Canterbury Region & Lecturer, University of Canterbury.

Dr Gaye Tyler-Merrick, Past President, Kids First Kindergarten,  past Board member of Plunket – Canterbury Region & Lecturer, University of Canterbury.

Gaye is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury. Her teaching and research interests focus on behaviour and learning, in particular, behavioural assessment and the implementation of evidence-based interventions in the classroom and preschool.

BIRGIT MAIER – Birgit Maier Consultancy Ltd, Management Consulting Industry

Birgit has extensive experience in the field of change management and organisational development. She manages her own consultancy and specializes in the facilitation of strategic change initiatives.

Birgit’s experience in the management of strategic change across both government and business organizations ideally places her to assist management teams to grow sustainable businesses in today’s post-earthquake environment. In addition, her training as a social worker has enabled her to counsel and support both staff and management who are experiencing stressful change in both work and non-work environments.

Birgit has worked with a number of businesses and organisations in South Africa, the USA and New Zealand, and she started her own New Zealand based Change Management Consultancy in 2010.

As a parent and change facilitator, Birgit believes that we should be enabling the development of resilience, self worth and a passion for life-long learning. Educating children holistically strengthens the foundations of a society in which the fulfilment of dreams, becomes an accessible reality for each child.



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