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Tom Webb

Tom Webb is principal of Mangere College. Previously he was an Associate at UACEL for 2014. Tom joined us from Onehunga High School where he was Associate Principal. He has been in senior leadership since 2006 with experience at Onehunga High School and Mangere College and has skills in change management, eLearning and secondary school leadership and management.
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Steve King

Steve is currently serving as Principal of Remuera Primary School and is completing his 18th year as a Principal. He has worked extensively in Auckland and throughout Asia and is passionate about providing outstanding opportunities for growth to teachers and students.
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Mark Barrow

Mark was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work in 2018. He has worked as a secondary school science teacher and as an academic developer and academic director within the NZ polytechnic sector. Mark joined the University in 2007 in the role of Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
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Linda Bendikson

Linda has been the Director for The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership since 2011. Prior to that, Linda had 17 years’ experience as a primary school principal, and ten years as a regional manager in the New Zealand Ministry of Education. A lifelong educationalist, she completed her PhD studies at The University of Auckland in 2011.

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Evan Blackman

Evan Blackman is the Education Sector Manager at Microsoft New Zealand. His core responsibilities include leading Microsoft’s education strategy and execution, advancing interaction with education leaders and educators around New Zealand, and driving the Education Alliance – a set of strategic partnerships designed to transform education, foster local innovation and enable jobs and opportunities.
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Claire Sinnema

Claire’s research focuses on the improvement of teaching and learning across four main strands - curriculum implementation, teacher professional learning (in practitioner inquiry and teacher evaluation), pedagogy, and school leadership. It is concerned with understanding how teachers and principals can improve their practice. It is also concerned with the role of policy in such improvement.
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Joline Francoeur

Joline Francoeur is a Director, and a founding member of the New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI). The Institute has been operating since 2014 and is based at the University of Auckland’s Business School. Joline Francoeur is a Director, and a founding member of the New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI).
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Dianne Akast

Dianne Akast has enjoyed many years of experience in the early childhood sector, as a kindergarten teacher, a teacher of children with special needs and as a professional development facilitator. She currently works as a Professional Practice Manager for Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association (CMKA) where she provides educational leadership and guidance to teaching teams.
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Jeffery Nikoia

Jeffery Nikoia is Director of Government Initiatives at Auckland UniServices Ltd. He is responsible for providing business leadership for all Education Initiatives in New Zealand and is leading the company’s government strategy in the Australia and Pacific regions. He holds an MA(Hons) in Japanese Socio-linguistics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business.
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Camilla Highfield

Camilla Highfield is Director of Professional Learning and Development in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. She leads the business units within the Faculty that provide professional development support services to teachers and school leaders in the Auckland and Northland regions.

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