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Dr Peggy Burrows
Principal of Haeata
Community Campus,

Dr Megan Gibbons
Chief Executive,
Otago Polytechnic


Pat Armitstead
 Wellbeing Coach,
Pat’s ELF intro


Dr Kerry Spackman
Leading Cognitive Neuroscientist


James Davidson
Patea Area School

Gillian Simpson
Project Director
Dilworth School, Auckland
and former Executive Principal


Michelle Sharp
Head of Internet of Things and South Island,
Vodafone New Zealand


Andy Kilsby
Director Employability
Otago Polytechnic


Ben Naughton
Manager, Secondary, Tertiary Pathways
Western Institute Technology Taranaki (WITT)


Hana Lambert
National Executive,
Career Development Association of NZ (CDANZ)


Trevor McIntrye
Education Consultant
and former Headmaster


Lyall Lukey
Virtual ELF20 Convener
and Event Organiser

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Dr Peggy Burrows – Principal of Haeata Community Campus, Christchurch

Dr Peggy Burrows graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focusing on bicultural leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand and the importance for equity of kaupapa Māori approaches to leadership practice and pedagogy.

She was appointed as a Justice of the Peace at the age of 33 and has served in that capacity for over three decades. Peggy served three terms as an appointed member of the Deportation Review Tribunal, sitting on the Bench in the District Court for over ten years. She has extensive experience in governance, management, administration and leadership through the diverse roles she has undertaken in Education, Law, Conservation and Animal Welfare.

Peggy is a confident public speaker and has traveled the world delivering conference papers focused on her important research work. Delivering Leadership, Mentoring, Management, Coaching, Appraisal and Personalised Professional Learning Opportunities provides Peggy with an opportunity to share her extensive knowledge, expertise and life long learning with you in a very individualised manner.

Topic: Adaptation and Evolution in the Haeata Knowledge Ecology

Dr Megan Gibbons – Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic

Megan is a successful educator who won the Ako Aotearoa National Award in Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2016. Prior to her current role she was the Deputy Chief Executive for People and Performance. Megan has expertise in academic leadership, with strengths in curriculum development and leadership development. She completed the Educational Leadership Programme at Harvard University in 2019 is a New Zealand Athletics coach, and well recognised within Otago Sport as a judge for the annual Otago Sports Awards.

In May 2020, Megan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Otago Polytechnic.

Megan is a member of the following Boards:

  • Athletics Otago
  • Otago Boys High School
  • Wildlife Hospital
  • Open Education Foundation
  • TANZ eCampus


  • Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences), The University of Auckland, 2014
  • GCTLT, Otago Polytechnic, 2009
  • M.Sc. (1st class Hons) (Nutrtitional Science), Massey University, 2003
  • PG.Dip.Diet. (Distinc), The University of Otago, 1996
  • B.App.S (Human Nutrition), The University of Otago, 1994

Topic: Leadership Styles and Practices
-What we learnt as education leaders during the Covid Crisis

Trevor McIntrye – Education Consultant and former Headmaster

Trevor has had a life in education and business with a particular focus latterly on Primary Industry talent attraction and training. He has a background in teaching science and biology, farmer, secondary school management, tertiary advisory groups, tertiary boards and councils, local body boards, Community Trusts and community not for profits. He spent a number of years working for the Ministry of Education in advising on the transition of our school leavers into further training and employment. He is currently supporting New Zealand Young Farmers in exciting, connecting and nurturing young people into the Primary Sector as well as sitting on the Primary Industry Training Organisation Board. He recently joined the board at Haeata Community Campus.

Panel Topic: Navigating the Covid Ocean of Unemployment
-Helping new job seekers make the trickier transitions from education to work in a recessionary economy

Pat Armitstead – Wellbeing Coach,Brisbane

As a conscious and empathetic leader, Pat poses the question: “Will 2020 be the year we re-humanise the workplace?”

In 2001 Pat Armitstead declared herself to be the World’s First Joyologist.  She has been referred to as a “Spiritual midwife delivering people out of the darkness”, and her colleagues refer to her as “Australasia’s answer to Patch Adams”.  Pat has been championing the human spirit for 40 years and Mike Hutcheson Ex MD of Saatchi and Saatchi Auckland said of her ” Pat is one of the most emotionally intelligent people I know”

A Registered Nurse, Pat had 16 years in Nurse Education  and managed a 79 bed hospital before founding her own Advertising agency, which won 11 advertising awards.   She was President of the National Speakers Association of New Zealand in 2001, The Most Awarded Speaker at the 2000 NSANZ Convention and 2002 NZ Speaker of the Year.   She was also a Founding Trustee for the Centre for Compassion in Healthcare, and has toured internationally with Dr Patch Adams.  Her multi award winning NZ radio show was honoured at a Civic Reception in Auckland  for the contribution it made to New Zealand’s wellbeing.

An NLP Master practitioner and mBIT coach, she has been a professional speaker for 20 years, delivering over 1000 keynotes and is a published author.  Her unique personal perspectives, traumatic past, repeated losses and eventual mastery as a Multi Award Winning Speaker, TV and Radio Host and Exhibiting Artist are a rare combination of talents. Pat says “You can’t lift your bottom line if people are down” and with emotional and conversational intelligence we can influence and reduce the current incidence of stress related illness, anxiety, depression and suicide ideation.  Pat’s ELF intro

Recent Feedback on Pat’s work

Topic: Transforming Wellbeing in Your Learning Community
-7 keys to leading empathetically in uncertain times

Michelle Sharpe – Head of Internet of Things and Head of South Island, Vodafone New Zealand

Since her time in New Zealand, Michelle has probably been best known for her role as Chief Executive of Christchurch-based social enterprise Kilmarnock for 9 years and current Board Member. Together with the incredible team, they have been on a journey of transformational change, transitioning Kilmarnock from a charity-based model, to one of New Zealand’s leading social enterprises. Prior to this she had spent over one and a half decades working in the Telecommunications sector, a sector she is passionate about and a sector she has now returned to. Driven by business excellence and social change, she is incredibly excited to embark on this new journey with the team at Vodafone, bringing the best of the world’s digital innovation and inspiration to all New Zealanders and using digital innovation to drive positive impact for our communities.

She has also had the privilege of holding multiple directorships including that of Kilmarnock, Nutrient Rescue and the Akina Foundation. Michelle is also a proud Edmund Hillary Fellow and Independent Chair of BNZ.


Topic: Leading Change
-Saving New Zealand’s oldest social enterprise by transforming the culture

Andy Kilsby – Director Employability, Otago Polytechnic

Andy Kilsby is Director Employability at Otago Polytechnic.  His responsibilities include the development of innovative learning opportunities including EduBits, Otago Polytechnic’s micro-credentialing brand and platform.  He recently accepted the challenge of integrating the Learner Capability platform across Otago Polytechnic’s extensive programmes of learning.

Prior to joining Otago Polytechnic Andy led the Malcam Charitable Trust, a nationally recognised provider of youth development services.  He also enjoyed a 17 year management career in the finance sector. He has extensive governance experience in secondary education, NGO and community development organisations.

Panel Topic: Navigating the Covid Ocean of Unemployment
-Helping new job seekers make the trickier transitions from education to work in a recessionary economy

Gillian Simpson – Project Director, Dilworth School, Auckland and former Executive Principal

Bachelor of Science, Massey University in biochemistry and physiology
Bachelor of Arts in French and Educational psychology,
Diploma of Secondary School Teaching majoring in Biological Sciences
Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management
IOD member – residential course and IOD programmes

Leadership/CEO experience:
Project Director Dilworth School Auckland. 2017 – current

Executive Principal / CEO St Margaret’s College Christchurch (Anglican Independent Day and Boarding school for girls in years 1-13)  2008 – 2018.
Led the school and business through the GFC and then the Canterbury earthquakes to a rebuild of 90% of the campus facilities. Developed successful commercial partnerships in providing access to emerging digital technologies. Close work with Ngai Tahu.

Principal / CEO Waikato Diocesan School Hamilton (Anglican Integrated Day and Boarding school for girls in years 7-13) 2004-2008. Led the community out of a commercial and cultural downturn through building community and change management.

Deputy Principal King’s College Auckland (Independent Co-educational College,) 1995-2004.
Led staffing restructure and professional development and managed major changes to curriculum and integration of emerging technologies.

Governance experience

Christ’s College Canterbury – appointed Board member / Fellow 2019-present
University of Canterbury – appointed Board/ Council member 2019 – present
CRFU – Canterbury Rugby Football Union – Independent Board member 2019 – present. Commercial and Remuneration Board sub-committees.
NZRA – New Zealand Rowing Association (national) – Board Director 2012-2018.
Anglican Schools of Aotearoa and Polynesia – 2009 – current. Board member.
NZEST – NZ Education Scholarship Trust (Auckland)– Board member 2018 – current.
NZSSRA – New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association Chairperson 2012-2018
NZSSSC – NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council (national)– Board member 2017-2018
School Sport Canterbury– Board member from 2009 and Chair 2016 – 2018.
VTM – Voices of the Future Trust / Apec (Auckland) – Trustee(founding) 2004 – 2016
School Sport Waikato (Waikato) – Board member 2004-2008
Waikato and Bay of Plenty Itinerant Music Teachers Scheme Director-2005-2008

Topic: Crisis Leadership and Managing Post-Crisis Transitions
-The roles of timely prioritising, decision-making and communication

Hana Lambert – National Executive, Career Development Association of NZ (CDANZ)

Hana Lambert is a highly experienced Career Development Practitioner working with rangatahi and whanau across Aotearoa.

With qualifications in  Career Development, Psychology  and Social Science research,  she has 29 years working in Student Services and Career Development across the university and tertiary sector and within New Zealand secondary schools in leadership and governance roles.

Hana is a Professional Member, and currently serves on the National Executive Committee, of the Career Development Association of NZ (CDANZ)

Hana works in private practice and education consultancy and spends her spare time on her organic kiwifruit orchard in the Bay of Plenty.  She loves kayaking and bike trail adventures around Aotearoa with whanau and friends exploring our beautiful country!

Panel Topic: Navigating the Covid Ocean of Unemployment
-Helping new job seekers make the trickier transitions from education to work in a recessionary economy

Ben Naughton – Manager, Secondary, Tertiary Pathways – Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

Ben has lived in Taranaki for about 20 years, having moved there from the UK in 1999. After completing Teacher Training in Wellington and working in a primary school there, he moved back to New Plymouth and began teaching in the secondary school part of the local Area School along Surf Highway 45.

After 15 years teaching in the secondary school, Ben moved to a new focus working for the Ministry of Education in Secondary / Tertiary Pathways in Whanganui and Palmerston North. This role was a challenging and exciting one at the forefront of education and engaging with a variety of initiatives that put the learner at the centre and supported learning and local opportunities.

Another opportunity came up with the Ministry of Education in Taranaki within Learning Support and managing the local Ministry office. The team in New Plymouth was outstanding and it was a real privilege to work in that space.

Following his work with the Ministry of Education Ben set up as a contractor and consultant and continued to focus on social service sector enterprise and initiatives. He has had the great pleasure of working closely with the Bishop’s Action Foundation and other community groups such as Flourish Taranaki who are engaged in making a difference for our people here in Taranaki.

Currently, he is working for Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki, WITT managing the Secondary / Tertiary Pathways team. His heart is in education and his previous experience in secondary tertiary pathways told him the role is hugely rewarding. He loves talking about the future of education, enabling innovation and opening opportunities for students.

Outside of work Ben has a few hobbies including the gym where he pretends to keep fit! He enjoys photography and animals. At home, they love large dogs and  currently have a Newfoundland puppy who is just six months old. She keeps the family on their toes!

Panel Topic: Navigating the Covid Ocean of Unemployment
-Helping new job seekers make the trickier transitions from education to work in a recessionary economy

James Davidson – Principal, Patea Area School

James Davidson is a passionate educator who learnt the importance of having positive learning relationships while teaching Art at Opunake High School. Now as a beginning Principal at Patea Area School a small but awesome Decile 1 school in South Taranaki.

James likens being a beginning Principal to learning to ride a bike while racing in the Tour de France. There are huge mountains to climb and no time for training wheels. Now, try throw some COVID 19 into the mix and you get the tour in a head wind! Despite these challenges, James believes that educating young people is one of society’s most important tasks, so failure is not an option.

Education and Leadership are complex and in uncertain times what is it that is most important? James, believes that people are the one constant and in order to chart a course forward it is knowing you people, caring for them and walking with them that you will find success.

Topic: Leadership, Learning and Professional Growth
-Adopting the best from the past, adapting to current realities and keeping a clear eye on the future

Dr Kerry Spackman – Leading Cognitive Neuroscientist (Psychophysics)

Leading cognitive neuroscientist (Psychophysics) Dr Kerry Spackman has worked for more than 30 years helping high performance athletes, business leaders and other individuals succeed. Winner of the 2010 KEA New Zealand World Class Award and author of best-selling books, The Winner’s Bible and The Ant and the Ferrari, Dr Spackman is well-known for his work with various Formula One race teams, developing aerodynamic modelling, simulation and optimisation training for drivers. Prior to this, he worked alongside Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart to develop the vehicle dynamics engineer course for Ford Motor Company. Over the years, Dr Spackman has also worked with many of New Zealand’s high-performance athletes such as The All Blacks and was director of the New Zealand Government’s GoldMine programme developing specialised electronics and mathematical analysis for Olympic athletes.

An Adjunct Professor of Empirical Metaphysics, Dr Spackman began his career as a high school teacher at Auckland Grammar School, and is passionate about helping teachers with the ever-present challenge of how to engage students more effectively to learn better, retain knowledge for longer and achieve higher education outcomes. Over recent years, Dr Spackman and his team at Cognitive Performance Labs have worked to create revolutionary new learning software (Ako Maps) that he believes offers a solution to these challenges for educators here and around the world. Currently being piloted in several Kiwi schools, Dr Spackman is offering the software free to all schools in New Zealand to assist with their COVID-19 recovery.

Topic: Navigating Knowledge with AKO Digital Maps

Formula 1 Neuroscientist (Psychophysics), KEA World Class Award winner and former Auckland Grammar School teacher, Dr Kerry Spackman, has developed a revolutionary learning system – Ako Maps – which addresses the holy grail of teaching: Deep Learning, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Collaboration. Using practical classroom and online examples, he will demonstrate some of the features which are subject to 80 global patents. Deep understanding, rather than surface learning, is greatly enhanced when a student’s brain can connect new information with information they already know. Coupled with tools based on cognitive research, students will retain more information and be able to put it to practical use in novel ways. Additionally, in an age of social media and fake news, critical thinking is more important than ever before. But developing the skills which enable students to face the complex problems that matter to the world today, can be a difficult task for educators already busy with meeting the demands of the Curriculum, let alone the challenges of remote learning in a COVID-19 environment. A novel solution which is classroom ready is required for these 21st century challenges.

M.A. (Hons), Dip.Tchg., AFNZIM

Virtual ELF20 Convener and Event Organiser

Lyall Lukey, Convener of the annual Education Leaders Forums since 2007 and Seismics and the City events 2012-2016, 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.

SmartNet 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.

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You might like to connect via Lyall’s LinkedIn Home page https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyall-lukey-37a9a24/ .

 Recent Rant

Here is a link to Lyall’s recent rant in  Education Central. It has a bit of background on his classroom teaching stint 1966-78, the need to adapt to changing times,  especially when it comes to Edtech, what he has done since,  plus some unsubtle promo for Virtual ELF20:

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