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Kathy believes strongly that every child
in New Zealand deserves the highest possible quality early childhood
education and is committed to strongly advocate this position on behalf
of the organisation.
She is also a firm believer that all New
Zealand children have the right to know and enjoy the dual cultural
heritage of Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnered along with their own cultural
“I am passionate about people growing
through learning and development, access to education for all and making
a difference within communities. A well-known quote by the late great
Nelson Mandela sums up my belief.”
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
Kathy has over 15 years in tertiary
education spanning universities, industry training and polytechnics. She
started up and implemented a shared services joint venture company for
two polytechnics - WelTec and Whitireia in New Zealand; prior to that
she was Deputy Chief Executive and then Chief Executive of an Industry
Kathy is an experienced senior executive
who has previously held senior executive roles within health, leisure,
retail and property investment including not-for-profits and especially
member based organisations.
With a substantial background in working
in collaborative partnerships in the commercial and not-for-profit
sectors, Kathy has a well-respected track record in leadership.
Her career started as a para-legal and
moved into senior general management roles in South Africa, United
Kingdom and New Zealand. Kathy holds a MBA from Victoria University, is
an alumnus of The Executive Connection (Global CE network) and a
Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. She is currently Chair
of two not-for-profit organisations, one of which is SPACE (Supporting
Parents alongside Children’s Education).
Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nona te ngahere - ko te manu e kai ana i te matauranga nona te ao.
The one who partakes of the flora and
fauna that will be their domain. The one who engages in education,
opportunities are boundless.