Operations Manager

Angela Clemens


Prince2 Practitioner Certificate
Master of Education (Leadership) – Waikato University
Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) – Palmerston North College of Education
Bachelor of Commerce – University of Canterbury

Professional profile

Angela has 17 years of experience as a secondary school teacher of Japanese and financial capability, and is an experienced project manager in education settings. Prior to joining Tāitai Aho Rau she was Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Capability, where she managed the Sorted in Schools programme. She collaborated across government and the education sector to support schools to integrate financial capability into school curricula. Her work included acting as an advisory member for NZQA’s review of the financial capability unit standards, and MBIE’s creation of new school supports on consumer protection. For 3 years she represented New Zealand as a working party member of the OECD’s International Network on Financial Education on core competencies while co-writing their youth and adult frameworks.

Angela was a senior advisor in curriculum, teaching and learning at the Ministry of Education, and responsible for the financial capability and science education portfolios. Her passion for international languages afforded her the opportunity to contribute to the Ministry of Education’s exploratory study: Measuring NZ students’ international capabilities (NZCER, 2013).

She has enjoyed working directly with schools to provide project management support and implementation of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) in primary school settings. In 2019, as part of the Tāitai Aho Rau team, Angela co-led the design and delivery of the Ministry of Education’s Strengthening Localised Curriculum resource support programme of work.


  • Curriculum design, policy and operational management: using the design process and evidence-based research for the development of curriculum support and resources. A broad knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum, with specialist knowledge of Japanese and financial capability.
  • Collaboration and collective impact approach: building collaborative capacity; developing trusting relationships to support effective change management journeys.
  • Leadership and change management: planning for, implementing and supporting school policy and classroom level changes in pedagogy and practice.
  • Project management: strategic and operational planning, implementation and reporting; Prince2 practitioner.
  • Cultural and communication competencies: second language speaker of Japanese, a participant in Te Kotahitanga Professional Learning for Culturally Inclusive Practices in Secondary Schooling. Contributed to the Ministry of Education’s exploratory study: Measuring NZ students’ international capabilities (NZCER, 2013).


Contributing writer for OECD/INFE Core Competencies Framework on Financial Literacy for Youth (2015) and for Adults (2016)

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • Education Leaders Forum 2016 - Building Financial Capability (Auckland)
  • OECD International Network for Financial Education: Technical Committee and working party presentations, various (2014–2016)


Recipient of PPTA Study Award in 2010