" 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
Professional Expert

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

Jacqui Patuawa
Jacqui Patuawa
Manager and Professional Expert

Jacqui is the Manager of the University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL).  Previously she was the Co-Director of the First-time Principals’ Programme and was also involved with…

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…
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 UACEL's courses, develops and creates promotional material…

Accredited Facilitators

Colin Donald
Colin Donald
Professional Expert

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

Jacqui Patuawa
Jacqui Patuawa
Manager and Professional Expert

Jacqui is the Manager of the University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL).  Previously she was the Co-Director of the First-time Principals’ Programme and was also involved with…

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

Jacqui Patuawa
Jacqui Patuawa
Manager and Professional Expert

Jacqui is the Manager of the University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL).  Previously she was the Co-Director of the First-time Principals’ Programme and was also involved with…

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…

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…