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, founded in 1997 and Silververve, founded in 2016.
Lyall has a unique background spanning the academic and business worlds. His History 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 also had three seconded stints in teacher recruiting.
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 past 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 was also the founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation, serving from 2004-17.
MALCOLM BELL – Leadership Coach and Strategic Planner, Silververve
Before his recent retirement Malcolm 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 in the Waikato, King Country, South Auckland and Thames-Coromandel areas.
His Ministry of Education responsibilities included time in charge of teacher recruitment and being 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 through their involvement in the design of the Margaret Mahy playground.
During 2015 and 2016 he was Principal Advisor, Youth Guarantees Network and Vocational Pathways, 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.
He now works with senior leaders in the public and private sectors via leadership coaching, strategic planning, team culture development and special projects through his Silververve practice.
“You have a great deal of experience and it is good to know that you are channelling that experience for the benefit of others. We all age and it is admirable that you have seen that age, in itself, is no barrier to making an ongoing contribution.“
DR GAYE TYLER-MERRICK – Coordinator (endorsed in Positive Behaviour Support) , University of Canterbury, Past President, KidsFirst Kindergartens, past Board member of Plunket – Canterbury Region
Gaye is coordinator of the PGDipEd endorsed in Positive Behaviour Support in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury. Her teaching and research interests focus on antisocial development and antisocial behaviour. In particular, behaviour screening, behavioural assessment and the implementation of evidence-based interventions for families, early childhood and schools.
Gaye has extensive experience in the early childhood sector both as a kindergarten teacher and as a pre-service lecturer. As an RTLB she has also worked in both primary and secondary schools focusing on students with learning and behavioural needs. For her doctoral thesis, she developed a three-step multiple gating screening tool to accurately identify children on an antisocial trajectory.
BIRGIT MAIER – Birgit Maier Consultancy Ltd, Management Consulting Industry
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.
CRAIG McDOWELL – Leadership Learning and Development Coach and Facilitator
M.Tch.Ln, B.Sc (Hons), Dip Ed Man, Dip Teaching (Distinction)
Craig is a leadership learning and development coach and facilitator. He has previously been a Leadership and Management Adviser at University of Canterbury. He has developed a specialisation and high level of knowledge in coaching and mentoring in a variety of sectors – business and education.
He has individually coached business leaders and been involved as a coach in two significant developmental programmes:
1. Advanced Leadership e.g. CEO’s, General Managers, Clinical Director of DHB, and
2. Federated Farmers programme: Advocacy, Influence and Outcomes e.g. Chairpersons of branches, Senior Policy Advisers.
He is an accredited coach with both The Leadership Circle and Team Management Services. Other areas of leadership he works in include: team development, adaptive leadership and change, collaboration, emotional intelligence, and strategic planning.
As an experienced educator with wide and varied leadership experiences over 25 years in New Zealand, Canada and United States, Craig has presented at national and international conferences. He has a passion for and expertise with experiential learning which derives from his extensive outdoor and sporting experiences, including being the School Director of Outward Bound New Zealand.