National Executive Members - 2024

The Professional Learning Association New Zealand Te Māngai Whakangungu Kaiako o Aotearoa (Inc) is led by a national executive. Each year, members are elected to the national executive which consists of a Māori medium committee and an English medium committee with a chair for each committee that become co-chairs of the national executive.

Anna Sullivan Anna Sullivan

Evaluation Associates

Anna is the Chief Executive at Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga. 

With a background in teaching and school leadership, she has worked in the PLD space for many years.  She has been fortunate to have worked with many people in our PLD whānau through the different roles she has held. About a decade ago, she worked in the Ministry of Education national office, managing the school support services contracts and a range of other PLD contracts. From there, she worked for Cognition Education managing their PLD teams and she was also the foundation consortium manager for Te Toi Tupu.  When she moved into her current role, Evaluation Associates was part of the Consortium for Professional Learning with the University of Auckland.  Given this background, collaboration across organisations is a very familiar and welcome space for Anna.  

Mā whero, mā pango, ka oti te mahi.

Tammy Gardiner Tammy Gardiner

Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Whakatōhea
Māori Medium - Committee

Tammy Gardiner is a facilitator supporting the pāngarau provision. Her current research and theory on teaching and student learning continues to influence her professional practice to focus on Māori success as Māori. Tammy’s leadership roles including Special Education Needs Coordinator, Deputy Principal, Acting Principal, and 20 years of experience within the Māori medium education sector have all contributed to her wealth of knowledge in education.

Lindsey Conner Lindsey Conner

Education Director Asia - Pacific
Cognition Education

Lindsey brings a wealth of creative experience in leading curriculum development and assessment, supporting education systems and teacher education development in Asian and Pacific countries. She has been a secondary science and mathematics teacher, an academic in universities for 24 years leading and researching teacher education in New Zealand and Australia with over 189 research outputs. Previously she was Professor and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Canterbury and Professor and Dean of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University, South Australia. She is currently the Education Director, Asia Pacific at Cognition Education.

Lindsey has undertaken consultancy work for the Ministry of Education, NZQA, New Zealand Universities (Academic Quality Assurance), Fiji Higher Education Commission, National Institute of Educational Research (Japan), SEAMEO (South-East Asian Ministries of Education, 11 countries) and UNESCO. She has led multiple projects in New Zealand and across Pacific nations, helping educators grow in their understanding about meeting student needs in relation to the NELPs and transforming lives through education.

Her life goal is to find multiple ways to enhance human experiences through education to help create a better world.

Carolyn Jones Carolyn Jones

Executive Assistant

Carolyn worked in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Waikato for close to 20 years. Over that time her various roles included Administrator, researcher in Early Years Learning, Research Manager for the Faculty and Manager of the Institute of Professional Learning. She left the university in 2019 to pursue other interests. Being offered the part-time role of Executive Assistant for PLANZ in March 2022 has allowed her to work once again with colleagues and organisations with whom she has had long-standing relationships. She appreciates the opportunity to re-engage with the Education sector where the opportunities for growth and learning are challenging and exciting.

Whare Issac-Sharland Whare Issac-Sharland

Tai Huki Consult Ltd

Whare is the Manahautū (CEO) and co-Director of Tai Huki Consult Ltd. She is a well-known kaupapa Māori leader, researcher and kura Māori advocate with over 30 years of proven teaching leadership from Kōhanga Reo, Kuratahi, Wharekura, and Secondary Schools through to Whare Wānanga and Tertiary education. 

Previously, Whare was a banking and finance manager, honing her business and leadership management skills. She has written language and education strategies, as well as led and been part of local and national learning programmes as a Programme Manager for a range of organisations including Te Ara Ahunga Ora (The Retirement Commission), the Ministry of Education, Te Mātāwai as well as Iwi providers. 

Her passion is to empower whānau to self-determine their learning and education journey, further supporting them to be healthy and resilient whilst growing authentic and sustainable educational change throughout Aotearoa, now and into the future.

Sharleen Nathan Sharleen Nathan

Te Whai Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning

Sharleen is the Director at Te Whai Toi Tangata | Institute of Professional Learning. With a Master’s in Educational Leadership, school and Ministry of Education experience and a wealth of leadership experience across sectors, Sharleen is well positioned to support schools and kura in leadership, change management, integrated and inclusive curriculum, numeracy, Pasifika achievement & online learning.

Sharleen has taught from middle school through to secondary level both domestically and internationally. Her time with Hamilton Girls High School saw her take on leadership roles as Deputy Principal 2IC and Acting Principal where her portfolios included PLD Lead, Curriculum lead, Online learning lead, Oversight of Pasifika Achievement. She also played a vital role in revitalising and managing the Waikato AP/DP cluster.

As an advocate for equity and social justice, Sharleen is committed to making a difference in the lives of ākonga, through advocating for an inclusive and culturally responsive curriculum that gives access to ALL ākonga. She believes that Education is a great equaliser that has the power to open doors and opportunities.

Hine Waitere Hine Waitere

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Ruth Tate Ruth Tate

Evaluation Associates

Greg Carroll Greg Carroll

Learning Services Manager
Tātai Aho Rau Core Education

Greg Carroll was a primary principal for 20 years before joining Tātai Aho Rau Core Education in 2012. He jointly led the Learning with Digital Technologies programme across Aotearoa from 2013-16. In this position he supported more than 50 facilitators from different provider organisations, as well as being involved in leadership work across the wider Te Toi Tupu Consortium.

Greg is well known and respected across the educator and provider networks, as well as the Ministry of Education. He is the Learning Services Manager co-leading the facilitation team at Tātai Aho Rau. In this role his responsibilities include the quality of facilitator practice and a specific focus on growing understanding of the impact of the teams mahi in settings and for ākonga across Aotearoa.

Greg is a skilled and experienced facilitator and mentor, and his mahi has a strong focus on leadership practice and strategic development. He has particular skills in effective communication and literacy practices, and the application of learning science in pedagogy across the curriculum. Greg was one of the team who developed facilitator resources for the Common Practice Model for PLANZ under contract to the Ministry of Education.

Matene Karena Matene Karena

Kairangi Ngaio Māori
Tātai Aho Rau Core Education

He uri ā Mātene nō Ngai Tūhoe, nō Ngãti Ruapani, nō Taranaki, nō Te Ātiawa anō hoki. Matene is Kairangi Ngaio Māori, Manager of Te Aho Māori Facilitation at Tātai Aho Rau. Mātene is a teacher of te reo, Tikanga ā iwi with 18 years experience in secondary teaching and kura ā iwi.

Matene has advised in arts, and the Ministry of Education. Mãtene has also been a translator for NZQA. He is skilled in Research, translation, E-Learning, Teaching, Higher Education, Kaupapa Māori frameworks and Arts Administration.

Mātene came from Services to Schools as Poutiaki Rauemi the National Library manager for kura kaupapa Māori. Mātene manages the Māori Medium team and supports development of te reo Māori, Te Takanga o te Wā (Māori Medium) Cultural competencies, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In more recent years Mātene was also a Content Developer has included writing and publishing He Kōrero Tātai: Aotearoa New Zealand Māori histories, 2022. Mātene is also involved as an online facilitator with Tātai Aho Rau Core Education’s Professional Learning services (PLS). These are products and services developed by Tātai Aho Rau and include people within and outside of the education sector. Past clients in the area include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, BLENZ.

He is passionate about music, vinyl culture, mātauranga Māori, equity and the Arts. Mātene is based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Steve Voisey Steve Voisey

Lead PLD Facilitator

Steve is the lead PLD Facilitator at TTS. He has a background as a music teacher, having taught at all levels and many contexts in his 15 year teaching career.  Transitioning to the PLD Team at TTS in 2014, Steve found a new passion in supporting kaitiaki across the motu. 
Initially, Steve's engagements were funded by individual schools, reflecting the value they placed on his contributions. However, with TTS's inclusion in the PLD Panel, Steve's work became integrated into the Ministry of Education's funding mechanisms, allowing him to reach even more educators and students with his insights and support. 
Beyond his expertise in pedagogy, Steve boasts strong technical skills, enabling him to contribute not only to educational strategies but also to the planning, advising, and design of IT systems within kura. This multifaceted approach ensures that he can address diverse needs and challenges faced by schools in Aotearoa.
Steve's dedication to equity and governance is evident in both his professional and academic pursuits. In 2018, he completed an MBA research project focused on Board of Trustees representation, demonstrating his commitment to ensuring fair and effective governance structures within educational institutions. His passion for equity permeates his work, driving him to advocate for inclusive practices and policies at every opportunity.