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Board members

Nicola Ngarewa

Chair

Nicola Ngarewa (Ngati Ruanui) is the Principal at Spotswood College in New Plymouth, and on the Board of the TSB Trust. She has taught in all sectors of education from Early Childhood to Tertiary including in the NZ Prison system. She is passionate about disrupting the educational norm through transformative leadership and a focus on global citizenship. In 2013, Nicola received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as a result of the transformative work at Tamatea High School. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year for transformative work at Patea Area School. 

She was a member of the Education Council from January 2017 and was a member of the Council's Human Resources and Remuneration Committee. 

Nicola.Ngarewa@teachingcouncil.nz

Anna MacKinnon

Anna is the Deputy Principal at St Mary’s School, Tauranga.  She has many years’ experience as a teacher and team leader at all levels of primary school.  She has a passion for literacy and has worked for the University of Waikato as a literacy facilitator to strengthen the quality of leader and teacher practice and ensure the achievement of priority learners. In her role as an Across the Schools Coordinator, a key area of responsibility was enabling the smooth transition to school through linking the Te Whāriki curriculum with the New Zealand Curriculum. She has helped to lead the transition to innovative teaching and learning to meet the physical, social and pedagogical needs of all children, where every learner is provided with every opportunity to be an active participant in their own learning.

Clair Edgeler

Clair is currently the National Professional Services Manager at BestStart and is responsible for ensuring the organisation provides both effective leadership and facilitation of professional learning and development to support teacher pedagogy and regulatory assurance. She has extensive experience in early childhood education and family social service settings, supporting positive experiences and outcomes for tamariki and whanau. Clair was the External Sector Advisory Member for the Open Polytechnic and the University of Auckland Early Childhood programmes and was previously on the Albany Community Pre-school Committee.

Clare Wells

Ms Wells was Chief Executive of New Zealand Kindergartens Te Putahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa from 2008 to 2019. Her previous roles include policy advisor for the New Zealand Public Service Association and a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Education. Ms Wells has been on several education boards and groups since 1991, most recently the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Panel of Experts, the Minister of Education’s Cross-Sector Forum and the Minister’s Continuity of Early Learning Group, the Children’s Action Plan Directorate Workforce Advisory Group, the New Zealand Teachers Council Early Childhood Education Advisory Group (as Chair), the Early Childhood Education Quality Working Group and is a member of the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee.

She was a member of the Education Council from July 2015 and was a member of the Council's Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and the Convenor of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Group. 

Clare.Wells@teachingcouncil.nz

Dagmar Dyck

Dagmar is an Auckland-based teaching artist.  Her artistic practice spans more than 25 years and she has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and across the globe. In 2014 she was awarded the Contemporary Pacific Artist Award from Creative New Zealand. Since completing her Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2009 Dagmar has merged her skills and is passionate about empowering her students through the platform of the arts at Sylvia Park School.  She has led a 3-year Teacher Led Innovation Fund project, 'Teaching past the Frangipani', that raised issues around relevant Pasifika arts resourcing and presence within the framework of the national curriculum.  She has governance experience as a trustee member on local school boards. Dagmar was a member of the Teacher Expert Group responsible to co-construct the implementation Tapasā. Previously, she was the national facilitator for the Tapasā Cultural Framework Professional Development and Learning workshops. Dagmar is the recipient of a Teacher Study Award and will complete her Master of Professional Studies in Education in 2019 at the University of Auckland.

Frian Wadia

Frian is Lead Teacher, Sensory Kindy at GlowKids. GlowKids is an Auckland based service providing assessment, advice, early childhood education and therapy for children, with a strong focus on children with disability issues. Frian is a passionate advocate for systemic change and policy development to improve inclusion. She has governance experience as a trustee on a local school board, and other committees including Auckland Parents of Deaf Children and VIPS – Equity in Education. Frian was appointed as a member of the National Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Committee in March 2019. Frian was nominated for a Teaching Council role through consultation with parent and community groups.

Jenny Ritchie

Dr Jenny Ritchie is an Associate Professor of Te Puna Akopai, the School of Education, at Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui, Victoria University of Wellington. She has been involved in the early childhood care and education sector since the 1970s, as a childcare worker, kindergarten teacher, parent, teacher educator, education researcher, and more recently, a grandparent. Her research and teaching has focussed on: understanding how to apply a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi within early childhood and teacher education; pedagogies that affirm and support children’s cultural and emotional wellbeing; and exploring ways in which applying Māori conceptualisations can enhance pedagogies that support and care for our planet, and she has written extensively in these areas.

Lorraine Carr

Lorraine has previous experience in both primary and early childhood education, starting in primary education and moving to early childhood in 2010. She is currently Acting Lead Teacher at Parkland Kindergarten. She has also been part of the Kahui ako, acting as a representative for Manawatu’s local area ECE groups and leading this group in a presentation at the Principals kahui ako meeting, Ministry of Education and ECE centre meeting and with their own Ruahine Kindergartens meeting. She is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma (ECE) in Leadership.

Michael Rondel

Michael Rondel will bring demonstrated commercial and business expertise and strengthen the Board’s capability around financial governance.  He will also bring a South Island perspective, currently limited on the Board.  Mr Rondel leads the Audit division at BDO Christchurch and has a particular focus on the education sector. He has undertaken a number of statutory appointment roles at schools on behalf of the Ministry of Education as well as providing advisory services to Boards of Trustees. Mr Rondel has significant governance experience and is involved on a range of boards and committees, including several in the chair role. He is an approved training provider with the NZ Schools Trustee Association.  

He was a member of the Education Council from January 2017 and was the chair of the Council's Risk, Audit and Finance Committee.

Michael.Rondel@teachingcouncil.nz

Pat Newman

Pat has over 36 years’ experience as a school Principal and is currently Principal at Hora Hora School, a Decile 2 contributing school in Whangarei. He has teaching experience in Primary and Intermediate education. Pat has extensive governance experience, including current membership of Evaluation Associates Te Tai Tokerau Representation First Time Principals/pastoral care and 15 years presidency of the Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association. He has previously spent eight years as an elected member of the New Zealand Teachers Council, along with 13 years NZPF executive, including two years as National President representing NZ principals in national and world venues. Pat’s teaching career has provided him with hands-on experience in educating, interacting with, and supporting at risk young people.

Pat Walsh

Patrick is the Principal of John Paul College in Rotorua. He has an extensive track record of advocacy on behalf of secondary school principals, including three years as President of SPANZ (life member of SPANZ), Chair of the SIEBA Board and Chair of the NZ Law Society Seminars on Education Law. Patrick was an elected foundational member of the Council in 2003 and has been a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Teachers Council for nine years.

Pip Woodward

Pip has been the Deputy Principal of Otumoetai College for 10 years and has experience in both secondary education and tertiary education. She was also previously a Code and Standards workshop facilitator for the Teachers Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Pip is currently an Executive Member of NASDAP, Chairperson of Bay Inservice Training (BIST Charitable Inc) and was previously on the Outmoetai Board of Trustees, and an Executive Member of both NZHEA and PENZ.

Ripeka Lessels

Ms Lessels has 30 years’ experience in the education sector. Of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent she has taught at primary and secondary levels and in Māori and English. She is currently on the Principals Council of NZEI representing Te Rohe o te Waiariki. She is active in Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa, holding roles in governance and strategic planning. She was a member of the board that transitioned Kawerau North school to a Māori medium kura, Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, and she became the founding principal in 2012. Ms Lessels is a mentor principal and a member of several professional principals’ associations.

She was a member of the Education Council from July 2015. She was a member of the Council's Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and the Convenor of the Māori Medium Advisory Group. 

Ripeka.Lessels@teachingcouncil.nz