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!