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Dr Peggy Burrows
Principal of Haeata
Community Campus,

Dr Megan Gibbons
Chief Executive,
Otago Polytechnic


Trevor McIntrye
Education Consultant
and former Headmaster


Pat Armitstead
 Wellbeing Coach,
Pat’s ELF intro


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


Andy Kilsby
Director Employability
Otago Polytechnic


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


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


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


James Davidson
Patea Area School

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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.

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
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.

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

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.


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

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!

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!

James Davidson – Principal, Patea Area School

Bio – Pending

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