Our leadership team

Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted. Secretary for Education: Iona Holsted

Iona Holsted was appointed as Secretary for Education on 5 December 2016.

Prior to this, Iona was the Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of the Education Review Office. She was appointed to this role in July 2014.

Between 2007 and 2014 Iona held 4 senior management roles at the Ministry of Social Development, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive, Students, Seniors and Integrity Services. In this role she was responsible for services to seniors (superannuation payments), Studylink, and the integrity of the benefit system.

Iona also spent 6 years as a Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission.

She started her career as a primary school teacher in Auckland, later becoming an advocate and researcher for the Public Service Association, and then as General Manager of a community controlled primary health care organisation.

Iona has completed an executive leadership programme at the INSEAD Business School, and studied strategic leadership at Oxford University.

She has been a mentor with the New Zealand Institute of Management since 2007, is a Member of the Executive Leadership Learning Network and has served on Barnardos and YMCA Greater Wellington Boards.

Iona has a Higher Diploma of Teaching from Victoria University of Wellington and trained as a teacher at Waikato College of Teacher Education.

Photo of Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support, Katrina Casey.Deputy Secretary, Sector Enablement and Support: Katrina Casey

Katrina is Deputy Secretary for Sector Enablement and Support at the Ministry, responsible for ensuring all support to the sector and operations and programmes provided directly to learners are focused on maximising learner achievement.

Katrina has extensive experience across a range of public sector settings. She was General Manager of Community Probation Services at the Department of Corrections, leading 2,500 staff across 220 locations to manage offenders serving community sentences and orders.

Katrina joined Corrections as General Manager Strategic Development when it was formed as a new Department in 1995. She had previously worked in the Inland Revenue Department and the Ministry of Works and Development

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Science from Canterbury University and a Masters in Regional and Resource Planning (with Distinction) from Otago University.

Rose Jaimeson, Acting Deputy Secretary, Parent Information and Community Intelligence. Acting Deputy Secretary, Parent Information and Community Intelligence: Rose Jamieson

Rose is the Acting Deputy Secretary, Parent Information and Community Intelligence (PICI). Rose joined the Ministry in November 2016 as a Programme Director, and has been acting Deputy Secretary since October 2018.

PICI Group’s focus is engaged parents and whānau supported by communities with high expectations because they are critical partners in any child’s education success. The PICI group designs and drives initiatives that support parents, whānau, communities, iwi, and employers that help every New Zealand child or young person progress and achieve.

Rose has significant experience in programme and change management, service design, and implementation within the NZ public sector, with a focus on implementing future-focused improvements that deliver real benefits for end users. Rose co-led the cross-agency design and implementation of the biggest legislative change to criminal procedure in 50 years.

Before joining the Ministry, Rose was Programme Manager for NZQA’s Future State Programme, and prior to that she was in the Service Transformation and Service Design teams in the Ministry of Justice.

Rose has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Politics from the University of Auckland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy from the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.

Head of Education Infrastructure Service (EIS): Kim Shannon

Deputy Secretary, Office of the Minister of Education (Secondment): Kim Shannon.

Kim is a highly experienced operational and policy leader, who has been with the Ministry since 2000. She has led significant change in the Ministry, specialising in building value, driving good business practice and high standards of public service.

She has led programmes to unwind bulk funding, bring together multiple policy teams into one group, and managed major staffing reviews. As Programme Director for the Schools Plus initiative, she led a cross-government approach to lift achievement in education by developing pathways between secondary and tertiary education.

Kim was involved in the early part of Christchurch’s recovery, driving the business case for the capital works programme through to Cabinet’s approval. As Head of EIS, Kim introduced the first new schools PPP (public-private partnership) in education.

In Kim’s role of Head of Education Infrastructure Service (EIS), she is responsible for ensuring New Zealand’s schools are safe and inspiring learning environments, and oversees management of a $23.5 billion property portfolio, with a $600 million annual property spend.

EIS also delivers school transport assistance to more than 100,000 students in rural areas and students with special needs, drives better use of technology in schools through improved ICT infrastructure and the upgrades of all school IT networks, and ensures accurate, on-time payment for state education school employees.

Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and English and a Diploma in Secondary Teaching from Canterbury University. Prior to joining the Ministry, Kim worked at the Department of Internal Affairs and the State Services Commission.

Acting Deputy Secretary for Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers: Andy Jackson

Andy is the Acting Deputy Secretary, GAVC. He has been with the Ministry since 2017 as Group Manager, Tertiary Education where he led through a number of major policy changes including the Reform of Vocational Education, and the introduction of a first-year fees-free.

He has been working in labour markets, skills and economic policy for 15+ years, working across multiple agencies and portfolios. 

Much of this has been in tertiary education, including 6 years in operations and as a Policy Manager at the Tertiary Education Commission. He worked at The Treasury on a range of issues, including as Senior Advisor to the Secretary to the Treasury.  Prior to coming back to Education, he was Manager of Skills and Employment and Immigration Policy at MBIE. 

Andy’s passion is taking opportunities for change in complex, dynamic systems. He likes connecting policy with practice, and old-school evidence with real-world stakeholder perspectives. He is committed to working in close partnership across government agencies, and between policy and operations.

He originates from the far north of England, coming to New Zealand in 2004, where he lives with Michelle and three Wellington-born children.  He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Victoria University.

Photo of Deputy Secretary Strategy, Planning and Governance: Ellen MacGregor-Reid. Deputy Secretary Early Learning and Student Achievement: Ellen MacGregor-Reid

Ellen started as Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement on 26 June 2017. The Early Learning and Student Achievement group supports education leaders to lift progress and achievement for all children and young people. The focus of the group is on supporting: New Zealand’s curricula; assessment of children and young people’s learning progress and achievement against the curricula; the provision of personalised learning pathways for children and young people; and a quality and sustainable education workforce. The Early Learning and Achievement group also has responsibility for the establishment and management of Partnership Schools.

Prior to taking up this role, Ellen was Deputy Secretary for Strategy, Planning and Governance for the Ministry. During her time in this role Ellen led the Update of the Education Act and the Review of Funding systems, along with leading work for the Ministry on business strategy, organisation performance, risk and assurance, legal services, communications, ministerial services and support for the Secretary for Education.

Ellen joined the Ministry from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), where she was Deputy Director for the Policy Advisory Group and policy advisor to the Prime Minister on social sector issues. Prior to her 3 years with DPMC, Ellen had spent almost 5 years at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), where she held a variety of roles including General Manager Social Sector Strategy, General Manager Planning, Performance and Governance, and Deputy Director of the Chief Executive's Office.

Ellen began her public service career at the Treasury and holds a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Auckland.

Photo of Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance, Dr Andrea Schoellmann.Deputy Secretary, Education System Policy: Dr Andrea Schöllmann

Andrea took on the role of Deputy Secretary, Education System Policy, in November 2013.  She joined the Ministry of Education in 2007, and since then has held a number of senior management roles, in the tertiary, international and system policy areas.  Prior to this, Andrea worked at the then Ministry of Economic Development, in regional and sector development roles, for 7 years.

The Education System Policy Group is responsible for strategic policy advice on education system settings, including advice on the system’s ability to deliver material improvements for learners at all levels.  The group provides policy advice on early childhood education and schooling, and on the performance of the education system for Māori and Pasifika learners.  It also has a focus on strengthening the medium to longer term strategic focus of the education system, and manages the Vote Education Budget.

Andrea holds a PhD and a Masters degree from Lincoln University, where she lectured for some years in tourism geography. She emigrated to New Zealand from Germany in 1990, so she also holds a number of German qualifications in the area of business management and administration, and she worked in the private sector in Germany.

Photo of Deputy Business Enablement and Support: Zoe Griffiths. Deputy Secretary, Business Enablement and Support: Zoe Griffiths

Zoe was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Business Enablement and Support group on 16 February 2015.

The role is responsible for the Ministry’s organisational capability ensuring the critical people, processes, systems and infrastructure is in place to achieve the business strategies of the Ministry. The functions within this group include: IT, Finance, People Capability, Business Services and Procurement.

Prior to working for the Ministry, Zoe was seconded from the Ministry of Social Development to work as Director of the Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay. She was appointed to the Ministry’s Leadership Team as the Director of the Secretary’s Office on 1 June 2014.

Prior to this Zoe has held a range of senior roles in the Ministry of Social Development, including General Manager – Care and Protection Support in the Child, Youth and Family Service and General Manager Strategy and Service Development in Work and Income.

Zoe has a Bachelor of Laws from Auckland University.

Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Planning and Governance: Emily FablingDeputy Secretary Strategy, Planning and Governance: Emily Fabling

Emily was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary Strategy, Planning and Governance in September 2017. In this role Emily is responsible for business strategy, education system stewardship, planning and governance, risk and assurance, legal services, communications and ministerial services.

In her previous role as Group Manager, International Education Emily led the Ministry’s wider international education engagement strategies, international education policy development, and key government-to-government and multilateral education engagements (such as OECD, APEC, UNESCO and counterparts in Australia). In this role, she has worked across the Ministry, with Ministers, the education sector and other government agencies such as NZQA and TEC, ENZ, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Immigration New Zealand to develop and support international education.

Prior to working at the Ministry of Education, Emily held various senior management positions at Immigration New Zealand (MBIE), including as Executive Director to the Head of Immigration New Zealand and leading the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) programme bringing Pacific Island seasonal workers to New Zealand to support our horticulture and viticulture sectors. She has had two stints in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and started her public service career working in the Office of the Clerk at Parliament. Since March 2017, Emily has also been the Secretary of Education's nominee on the Fulbright NZ Board.

Emily hails originally from Central Hawke’s Bay, and achieved her Honours degree in International Relations (Politics and Modern Languages) from Victoria University of Wellington.

Deputy Secretary Māori Education: Dr Daryn Bean

Deputy Secretary Māori Education: Dr Daryn Bean

Dr Daryn Bean is our newly appointed Deputy Secretary – Māori Education.  He is joining us from NZQA where he has been the Deputy Chief Executive Māori since 2009 and recently appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Strategic and Corporate.

He has extensive public sector experience at the interface of Māori development and brings high level relationship management skills, strategy and leadership development capabilities in the areas of education and community development.

Daryn has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Māori leadership, development and education.

From Te Arawa, Daryn recently gained his Doctorate in Government from Victoria University of Wellington specialising in Māori leadership practice in the New Zealand public sector. He also holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from ANZSOG and post-graduate degree in management and a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University.

Deputy Secretary Evidence, Data and Knowledge: Damian Edwards

Damian is the Acting Deputy Secretary for Evidence, Data and Knowledge (EDK). He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of a high performing service function providing specialist information services on several dimensions of the early learning and schooling systems from attendance and educational achievement data through to the evidence base for many of the programmes delivered throughout our system. Damian is an economist by training and has worked across a range of different government agencies in Australia and New Zealand.

Damian worked in previous roles at the Australian High Commission in Wellington, TPK and MSD (as the GM Youth and Employment and as GM Investment Approach where he led an end-to-end multidisciplinary team that ranged from actuarial work and data analytics through to service design and delivery).  

Damian joined the Ministry as an Associate Deputy Secretary in ESP – initially to lead the funding review in early learning and schooling, including the work to replace the decile system with the Equity Index.  Before coming to EDK he also looked after the Māori, Pacific, ECE and School Funding policy teams, the Wellbeing team and the Budget team. He also led the Ministry’s negotiations with the Kōhanga Reo National Trust in relation to their Treaty Claim and the post settlement work with Tūhoe and the Te Hiku Accord.  He continues to lead the Ministry’s work on Wellbeing and the post -Treaty settlement work he has been a part of.   

The main focus of the work he has been involved in is on strengthening learner outcomes by improving the funding systems in both ECE and Schooling, with a particular focus on improved equity. 

Deputy Secretary, Office of the Secretary for Education: Sean Teddy

The Office of the Secretary provides high level strategic advice, and manages key external relationships across the education and wider public sectors. It works with all business groups in the Ministry to co-ordinate and provide advice to the Secretary and Ministers.

Sean began his public service career on the front line as a Case Manager, at Work and Income. Prior to joining Education, Sean spent ten years at the Ministry of Social Development, holding a range of roles, in operational, policy and corporate teams, including Executive Director of the Auckland Region, and Deputy Director of the Chief Executive’s office.

Sean joined the Ministry of Education in 2014, to create the Government, Executive and Ministerial function, before taking up his current role.

Sean has a Masters in Public Administration from Victoria University and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

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