Virtual ELF20 7/9-16/9/2020

Education Leaders Forum – Earlier Editions

“I have known Lyall since 2008 when he was a key planner and instigator of the Education Leaders Forums (ELF). He is smart and articulate around the educational issues that matter most and in my experience works hard to create events that connect interesting thinkers and doers.”

Pam HookDirector, Hooked on Thinking

“….thanks for a great two days.”

Sharon JolliffeStudent Support Manager, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Masterton)

“It was a great conference, with some excellent speakers. Congratulations to the team who put it together.

Roland HermansNZ Police

Thank you so much for organizing such a great conference. It was a perfect size and combination of people and, as a guest, I was made to feel welcome and respected….”

Lyn JonesEvaluation Assist

“It was a wonderful event with a great, diverse group of attendees. Thank you for inviting me to share our research findings.”

Dr Moana TheodoreCo-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR

“I just wanted to e-mail to say thank you so much for the Leaders’ Forum this week. I got a lot out of what I heard and really enjoyed the opportunity to network with other professionals.”

Myra PatonPrincipal/Tumuaki

“….Awesome conference thanks.  I am recommending this to everyone.”

Nikki ParsonsTe Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ

“Thanks for your kind words. I enjoyed the event. It was the best organised I have ever attended in NZ. And good fun as well.”

Dr Phil SilvaFounder, Dunedin Longitudinal Study

“…what I saw was great and I also heard a lot of positive feedback from those who were there for the whole time. Well done.”

Dr Craig Jones Deputy Secretary, Evidence, Data & Knowledge, MOE

“All of the speakers were very inspiring and validated my work with young children. We have a wealth of information to take back to our learning cluster, the networking was great and the feeling of being a part of a great group of educators was very present. We are excited to have invited Dr Phil Silva to visit our kindergarten. This was excellent – I loved the 30 minute presentations. 10/10

The panel was a really good way to give this message – I enjoyed the cross sector focus”. The opportunity for networking is a strength at the forum. A lot of people are on their own so it’s easy to make a conversation. Speakers are all accessible and easy to talk to. The timing, planning, communication etc are all a credit to your team. I think it’s an amazing opportunity for learning, sharing and making connections. It is great to learn in such a broad content.”


“Thank you for inviting me to take part in such a significant event! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt a huge amount! You and your team did an amazing job!!!”

Minnie BaragwanathChief Executive, Be. Institute

“On behalf of the Committee for Canterbury, I wanted to thank you for an excellent conference on Friday. Seismics in the City was a thoughtful and well-convened event that, I felt, provided an opportunity for different aspects of the entire community to come together and trade experiences and to ask questions……”

Erin JacksonExecutive Director, Committee for Canterbury

“Thanks for all your work on the Seismics project… I’m sure its effects will be felt for generations.”

Michele Moore

“Congratulations for once again organising a very successful event!”

Keith WalkerConsultant