CORE's Trust and Board

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


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

Initially CORE 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 Trust's role is to be the Kaitiaki for CORE, ensuring the company remains true to its charitable purpose.  

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

Catherine McMillan (Chair) CA, BCom (Hons), Dip Tchg, MInstD

Catherine McMillan

Catherine is a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. She has experience in the public sector, corporate business and education, in both senior management and governance roles. She currently has her own consultancy business which focuses on professional and executive education, strategy development and business re-structuring.

She has held governance roles in a variety of organisations and is currently a trustee with the MainPower Trust, Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, and Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust. In addition, Catherine is one of the Christ’s College Old Boys Association representatives on the Christ’s College Board.

Louise Edwards BCom, FCA

Louise Edwards

Louise is a Chartered Accountant and professional director. She is a director on the boards of National Provident Fund, Credit Union Baywide and Co-op Money.

She has over 20 years senior executive experience across a number of industries, both in New Zealand and overseas. In particular, Louise has held numerous senior executive positions within the New Zealand financial services industry and is an experienced leader with a wealth of financial management acumen. Her previous roles have included Chief Executive of Rata Foundation, Chief Executive of Perpetual Trust and Chief Operating Officer for Assure NZ (subsidiary of AXA).

In conjunction with her busy corporate life, Louise has always maintained strong community sector links which include her work with the Christchurch Children’s Earthquake Trust, Good Shepherd, Canterbury Business Recovery Trust, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, University of Canterbury Foundation, Christchurch Resettlement Services and the NZ Council of Victim Support.

Tony Hall CNZM

Tony Hall

Tony has contributed in a number of governance roles in education, business and sport.

Current roles include: Board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and member of the NZOC selection panel, board member of High Performance Sport New Zealand, trustee and previous chair of North Canterbury Sport & Recreation Trust, founding director of Community Colleges New Zealand, chair of the Agriculture and Life Sciences Lincoln Massey and Industry Partnership, chair of Lincoln University Hospitality, director Hall Management Ltd and ongoing support and sponsorship of the winter Paralympic team.

Recent previous roles: Chancellor Lincoln University, council member University of Canterbury, trustee and chair of Sport Canterbury, Coast to Coast event management team, Tertiary Education Commission board member, chair North Canterbury Economic Development Trust, chair MainPower Trust, members Rangi Ruru Girls School board, member NZQA board.

Tony was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2017 for services to sport and education.

Linda Tame

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Linda is a Secondary School Principal with 18 years experience leading three schools, currently leading Golden Bay High School and co-leading Kāhui Ako ki Mohua.

Prior to moving to Golden Bay, she ran a leadership consultancy business, supporting secondary school leaders in transforming educational experiences for students, especially in post earthquake Christchurch. This passion for best meeting the needs of students in our rapidly changing environment, is also reflected in her governance portfolio including two terms as a Director of Network for Learning Ltd and 9 years on the Lincoln University Council.

The CORE Education Board provide the governance and strategic leadership for the company. Its role is to ensure CORE operates as a successful business, is a good employer, and has social responsibility and the interest of the community as part of its role.

The CORE Education Board consists of:

Michaela Blacklock (Chair)

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Michaela is currently the General Manager of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning as a primary school teacher, Michaela’s career has seen her move across the business and education sectors over the last 20 years working in a diverse range of disciplines from teaching and education management to economic development and business support. Her most recent roles have seen her as Head of the Business Department at Ara Institute of Canterbury and General Manager Business Engagement with Canterbury Development Corporation.

Michaela holds tertiary qualifications in teaching, business management and educational leadership and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Chris Mene (Deputy Chair)

Chris Mene

Chris 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 works as a General Manager with Regenerate Christchurch. He is also an elected director on the Canterbury District Health Board and Trustee of the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust. He is a member of and trainer for the International Association of Public Participation as well as a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Kaila Colbin BSc, PMP

Kaila Colbin

Kaila is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, a board member of Canterbury Development Corporation Holdings Ltd and a Certified ExO Consultant with ExO Works. A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks 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.

Chelsea Grootveld

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 Ngai Tai / Ngati Porou / Whānau-a-Apanui / Whakatōhea / Te Arawa

Chelsea has an extensive background in education research, policy and evaluation. She completed her doctoral studies in 2013 at Victoria University of Wellington and started her own indigenous research and evaluation company, based in Kāpiti. Her current clients include Waikato-Tainui, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry for Social Development, Oranga Tamariki and Ministry of Health.

Chelsea is a member of the Institute of Directors and Governance New Zealand, and Director on the High Performance Sport NZ Board, Trustee on JR McKenzie Trust and former Chair of Hato Pāora College Board of Trustees.

She is proud mum to Kahuroa and Mihi-Terina, wife to Timoti, and passionate triathlete, trail runner and netball player.

Pania Gray

Pania Gray

Ngā Puhi

Pania holds a number of governance positions in the education sector and owner-operates a Wellington-based management consultancy. Pania also carries out much of her management consulting work in the education sector. Her recent client base includes the Ministry of Education, Education Council of New Zealand, Education NZ and Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu. She has also performed consultancy work previously for the Education Review Office, New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Tertiary Education Commission. Pania has a first-class post-graduate qualification in criminology and bachelor level degrees in economic history, commercial law and Māori studies.

Stephen Hampson

Stephen Hampson

Stephen has a background in the education sector having lectured at both Polytechnic and University levels. As well an academic career he has worked in the corporate sector, leading several global technology companies and has also worked in venture capital, establishing an investment company to support the creation of new technology companies from public-funded research. Stephen has held governance roles in more than a dozen local and national early stage companies. Stephen is a member of the New Zealand and Australian Institute of Directors and of Governance NZ. He is passionate about the potential for technology to positively transform industries, particularly agriculture, energy, manufacturing and education.