CORE's Trust and Board

CORE is served by respected members of our Charitable Trust and Board


CORE Education's Charitable Trust

CORE Education began in 2003 as a charitable, not-for-profit company that believes in providing public good services for the education sector in New Zealand.

The company was under the trusteeship of the Canterbury Development Corporation. As part of the continuing development of the company, a new trust has been established in June 2012 to act as shareholders of the organisation.

The CORE Education Charitable Trust is made up of the following trustees:

Martin Hadlee (Chair)

martin hadleeMartin is a member of the Institute of Directors and his involvements in public life have included community social services organisations, the arts, education and heritage, sports administration, medical serices, tourism and Canterbury development. His private interests include cricket, golf, debating, art and model ship building.Martin Hadlee is a Chartered Accountant, who graduated with a B.Com from the University of Canterbury in 1971 and who commenced his Accounting career with Burtt McGillivray and Mann in 1965. Following a series of mergers of various accounting practices, he held a number of positions including Partner in Charge of Business Advisory Services and Taxation with Morris Pattrick and Co (subsequently KPMG) from 1974 to 1999 and was the Managing Partner of Hadlee Kippenberger and Partners Limited from October, 1999 to September, 2004. He represented the local firm at the national level of the Associate Offices of the KPMG organisation and following his retirement from the Practice, he continued to act as a Principal Consultant to Hadlee Kippenberger and Partners Limited providing services to a range of clients including those in the Not for Profit sector.

Gillian Heald

gillian healdGillian has extensive experience in governance roles in education and the community. She was on the Executive Committee for Turning Point 2000 Canterbury; she was the recipient of the Institute of Directors’ Aspiring Directors Award 2002, and served on the Boards of Rutherford Den, Independent Schools Council, University of Canterbury Council, Aurora College Establishment Board (chair), Canterbury Opera, University of Canterbury Foundation, NZ Mathematical Olympiad Executive, and the crown owned company REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network).Gillian has held many leadership roles in education, including principal of Rangi Ruru Girls' School, co-director of Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti, and a mentor for First Time Principals in a range of schools. She is recognised internationally for her role as Guardian of the Secondary Futures project, which looked at the future possibilities for secondary education in New Zealand, and was part of the OECD Schooling for Tomorrow project. Gillian is now an education specialist currently working on projects and advisory roles and is the establishment chair of the NZ Olympic Education Commission.

She is currently on the board of Te Aho o Te Kura (Correspondence School), The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust and NZQA (NZ Qualifications Authority).

Gillian was awarded the MNZM for Services to Education (2010).

Frank Owen

frank owenFrank Owen has held a number of global leadership and governance roles in high technology product and service businesses. He is passionate about linking the business and academic worlds and the way in which creativity, knowledge, and collaboration, are driving today’s new business models. His latest company is Terminus Intermediaire, a New Zealand and European-based company delivering innovative approaches to design and education for both business and academia. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the University of Canterbury, Colleges of Business & Law, and Engineering. Previously, Frank was CEO and Managing Director of Tait Communications from 2009 to 2014. He began his career with Philips Electronics as a research scientist and marketing professional in UK, France, Holland and Austria. He then moved to the US, initially with Raychem, then to Tyco, where he had responsibility for their Power Components Division with a staff of over 4000 worldwide. He moved to New Zealand in 2003 where he built the country’s largest electronics manufacturing and supply chain company GPC Electronics before joining Tait.

He has a BSc (First Class) in Electronic Engineering from University of London, and an MBA from IMD International in Switzerland. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, an amateur radio licence holder, and a former director of the Canterbury Development Corporation.

Ronnie Davey

Ronnie Davie newRonnie has been happily immersed in education for over 30 years, as a secondary teacher, curriculum leader, teacher educator, in-service facilitator, academic researcher, and administrator. Currently at the University of Canterbury, she teaches English and literacy education courses at graduate and post-graduate levels. She also has a leadership role in the School of Teacher Education in the College of Education at the University of Canterbury.

Ronnie brings to the role an extensive national profile in English education, is on several international academic editorial and review boards, and, until recently, served on project advisory, curriculum and assessment development writing groups for most Ministry of Education and New Zealand Qualifications Authority initiatives involving Subject English over the last two decades. Her other main educational passions lie in the areas of teacher education and professional learning and mentoring of teachers and teacher educators — a key research area as well.

Ronnie’s connections with CORE Education go back to its founding days. With a national profile in Teacher Education, Ronnie was seconded from her university position to take on a role as National Facilitator on the Ministry of Education INSTEP (In-service Teacher Education Project) for CORE Education, 2006-9. Ronnie is the recipient of both teaching and research awards, but the thing she is proudest of is her marriage to Dr Vince Ham, one of the original CORE founding members, and she is probably best known for her muffin making skills and her earrings!

CORE Education's Board

The CORE Education Board consists of:

Chris Mene (Chair)

Chris Mene newChris is a community and stakeholder engagement specialist and passionate about personal and community development. He is a professional director, facilitator, and adviser who has taken on a diverse number of roles in sectors including education, health, justice, local government, police, recreation, Pacific peoples, social services, and sport.

Chris is an elected director on the Canterbury District Health Board, Trustee of Sport Canterbury, and a director of Mene Solutions Ltd. He is a former project facilitator for Secondary Futures, which involved engaging communities to develop a 20-year vision for the future of secondary school education in New Zealand. Chris has studied at six tertiary institutions in New Zealand, and has a handful of qualifications across education, law, and executive management. He is a member of the International Association of Public Participation and Project Management Institute.

Kaila Colbin (Deputy Chair) BSc, PMP

Kaila Colbin 1Kaila is an entrepreneur, a connector, and a person who loves to see ideas turned into action. She is a co-founder and trustee of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, an organisation dedicated to watering the seeds of awesome in communities; and the founder and director of New Zealand social media consultancy Missing Link. Kaila is a PMP® certified Project Manager and is Chair of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University, and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Dr Bruce Bryant MTaxS(Hons), MBA, DBA, FNZIM

Bruce Bryant 2Bruce has a career in chartered accounting and in that capacity was heavily involved in the development and governance of a major Māori tertiary educational initiative.  He is a trustee of several not-for-profit trusts, and written and delivered academic papers on governance. He is a Senior Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology, specialising in accounting, auditing & assurance, governance, ethics and management.  His business experiences relate primarily to advising small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Hannah Buchanan

Hannah BuchananTaranaki, Te Atiawa, Ngati Ruanui

Hannah runs her own management consultancy business specialising in strategic advice, organisation development, and change management advisory services to the public sector. She is also a Trustee of the Wellington Tenths Trust - a Ture Whenua Maori land Trust with significant land holdings and developments in urban Wellington. Previously, Hannah worked in a range of public service and teaching roles (at both secondary school and tertiary levels). She holds a Master of Arts with Distinction (Linguistics), a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Education), a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Hannah’s personal interests include health and wellbeing, whakapapa, languages, art, and travel.

Deb Gilbertson

Deb Gilbertson 1Deb is Director of the Global Enterprise Experience, an action learning education programme developing global leadership skills in 82 countries. She has been a judge for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Public Sector Excellence for 10 years and served on several boards including the commercial arm of Victoria University. Through her consultancy company, Te Kaihau Ltd, Deb has worked with government agencies, companies, education organisations and individuals to foster innovation and “can-do” graduates.  She is a teaching fellow at Victoria University in innovation, management, and marketing. Deb is a trustee of the Te Kaihau Education Trust with a focus on special needs education, especially for those in the ADHD spectrum.

Dr Sheelagh Matear BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

sheelagh matear newSheelagh has extensive experience in tertiary education in New Zealand, The USA and the UK in strategy, innovation and quality roles, including over 10 years as a research-active academic. She is currently the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Academic Programmes and Student Experience at Lincoln University and is responsible for academic quality, student support services and pre-degree programmes. Sheelagh is an academic auditor with the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities and has been a member of many working parties and initiatives across the Tertiary sector including international recognition of New Zealand qualifications. Her current interests include teaching and learning innovation, flexible learning, open education and pathways and partnerships for learning.

Other directorships and interests include the Telford Farm Board of Management, the Biological Husbandry Unit and Lincoln Hospitality Ltd.