" Our team comprises educational researchers, previous principals and senior leaders from educational organisations who are committed to improving student outcomes through building leadership expertise. "

UACEL Team

Colin Donald
Colin Donald
Manager and Professional Expert

Colin is a Manager and Professional Expert at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Education Leadership supporting and developing the Growing Gr…

Richard Newton
Richard Newton
Professional Expert
Richard joined UACEL after a successful 26 year career as a primary principal in Dunedin and rural Otago. During this time he provided leadership in m…
Miranda Makin
Miranda Makin
Professional Expert

Miranda is currently a professional expert in educational leadership at the Centre for Educational Leadership and a doctoral candidate at the Unive…

Andrea Morgan
Andrea Morgan
Service Delivery Lead

Andrea has more than 15 years experience overseeing the business operations of organisations operating within NZ’s education sector. As Service Del…

Donna Kerkmeester
Donna Kerkmeester
Programme Coordinator

Donna Kerkmeester has played an integral role within the Centre for Educational Leadership for the past nine years.  Currently she manages CEL's co…

Accredited Facilitators

Miranda Makin
Miranda Makin
Professional Expert

Miranda is currently a professional expert in educational leadership at the Centre for Educational Leadership and a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. She has over 25 years of experi…

Colin Donald
Colin Donald
Manager and Professional Expert

Colin is a Manager and Professional Expert at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Education Leadership supporting and developing the Growing Great Leaders™ course and delivering leadership PLD.…

Richard Newton
Richard Newton
Professional Expert
Richard joined UACEL after a successful 26 year career as a primary principal in Dunedin and rural Otago. During this time he provided leadership in multiple settings including small, rural; inner cit…

Expert Partners

Mark Broadwith
Mark Broadwith
Expert Partner

Mark Broadwith has been a research assistant in the Faculty of Education and also for the Centre for Educational Leadership, where he has also worked on the Starpath Project. Mark is a UACEL accred…

Gary Pearce
Gary Pearce
Expert Partner

Gary was Principal of Parnell District School for 11 years and Principal of Titirangi Primary School from 2007 until 2013. He was also a teaching principal for six years in several schools in rural…