Meet the Ministry of Education's Leadership Team

Secretary for Education: Peter Hughes

Secretary for Education, Peter Hughes.

Secretary for Education, Peter Hughes

Peter started at the Ministry of Education in February 2013. He has had a career of more than thirty years across the state sector, and returned to the public service to take up the job of Secretary for Education.

Peter describes his job as the best job in the country.

He says he can’t think of another role like this where you get to spend the entire working day helping kids to be the very best they can be in their lives.

Education transformed Peter’s life and he believes it has the power to transform the lives of others too.

He started out as a clerk at the Department of Social Welfare and his roles have included providing policy advice, working in the field and senior executive management.

Peter was Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development for ten years, and before that was Secretary for Internal Affairs, Chief Executive of the Health Funding Authority and Deputy Director-General of Health.

Peter was named Government Department CEO of the year by TransTasman Magazine in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and in 2013 was voted Wellingtonian of the Year in the Government category.

Deputy Secretary Early Learning, Parents and Whānau: Rawiri Brell

Deputy Secretary Early Learning, Parents and Whānau, Rawiri Brell.

Deputy Secretary Early Learning, Parents and Whānau, Rawiri Brell

Rawiri, of Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakaue - Ngāti Rangitihi), trained as a teacher in Hamilton and is a graduate of the University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington.

He specialised in bilingual education as a principal and senior lecturer and became Head of Māori Studies at the Hamilton Teachers College in 1990.

He spent three years as a senior policy analyst in the Ministry of Education's education management and organisational policy section before an appointment as education manager in the Office of the Race Relations Conciliator.

In 1992 he was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study teacher education policy and multiculturalism in England, Scotland and Wales. Rawiri returned to the Ministry in May 1994. In 2001 he participated in the Henley Management College's Executive Development Programme.

The Early Learning, Parents and Whānau comprises early childhood education and policy areas relating to our priority learners - special education, Māori education, Pasifika education, and Parents, Families and Whānau. The group also focuses on learners from low socio-economic backgrounds, along with being the Ministry's lead on social sector engagement.

Deputy Secretary Priority Education Assignments: Apryll Parata

Deputy Secretary Education Assignments, Apryll Parata.

Deputy Secretary Priority Education Assignments, Apryll Parata

In July 2013, Apryll was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary Priority Education Assignments. This group has been established to respond to urgent projects identified by the Secretary for Education.

Apryll has previously held two other Deputy Secretary roles within the Ministry. Deputy Secretary Māori Education in late February 2007, bringing a wealth of experience in education to this position. Deputy Secretary Performance and Change in April 2012. This group was charged with organisation-wide performance measurement, monitoring and improvement.

She has taught and held management positions in a number of secondary schools on the East Coast and in the Wairarapa.

Apryll has a BA in Māori Studies from Waikato University and a Diploma of Secondary Teaching. As well as being a teacher she has been Principal of Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria, a Private Secretary to a Minister of the Crown and has also been the Director Education Practice at Gardiner Parata Ltd since 1997.
Some of her work as a consultant has included working in the area of Māori medium education, and facilitating reviews of planning processes at Te Puni Kōkiri.

Apryll has tribal affiliations with Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tahu.

Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support: Katrina Casey

Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support, Katrina Casey.

Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support, Katrina Casey

Katrina was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support in July 2012.

Prior to this, Katrina was General Manager 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.

In her role as Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support, Katrina is responsible for ensuring all support to the sector and operations and programmes provided directly to learners focus on maximising learner achievement.

Sector Enablement and Support was newly formed in early 2012 to bring together the Ministry’s service delivery functions into one place. Also a critical priority is the significant Education Renewal Programme in Christchurch, which will provide considerable learning opportunities for the rest of the country.

Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Services: Cathy Magiannis

Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Services, Cathy Magiannis.

Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Services, Cathy Magiannis

Cathy joined the Ministry in March 2013 to lead a programme to resolve outstanding issues in the school payroll. Cathy’s experience spans both the public and private sectors. She is a highly experienced leader and operational manager with proven programme delivery expertise.

Prior to joining the Ministry, Cathy was Chief Executive of Gareth Morgan Investments Group. Before that, she held a number of management roles at Inland Revenue including Programme Director of KiwiSaver where she led the implementation of the Government's KiwiSaver initiative across a number of government agencies.

Deputy Secretary, Student Achievement and Investing in Educational Success: Dr. Graham Stoop

Deputy Secretary, Student Achievement and Investing in Educational Success, Dr. Graham Stoop.

Deputy Secretary, Student Achievement and Investing in Educational Success, Dr. Graham Stoop

Graham originally joined the Ministry of Education as the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the reform of the New Zealand Teachers Council, on secondment from his role as Chief Executive at the Education Review Office. He has vast experience in education and has held roles as Pro Vice Chancellor University of Canterbury, Chief Executive Christchurch College of Education, and Principal of Burnside High School (then the largest secondary school in Australasia).

Graham has a Master of Arts degree with first class honours in History and a PhD from the University of Canterbury. He has studied in Australia for a Masters degree in Educational Administration, and at the University of Oxford for a postgraduate diploma in organisational leadership. He has also undertaken executive study at Harvard University.

Deputy Secretary, Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers: Claire Douglas

Deputy Secretary, Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers, Claire Douglas.

Deputy Secretary, Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers, Claire Douglas

Claire joined the Ministry on 1 May as Deputy Secretary Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers. Claire is from Wellington and has held a number of policy leadership roles in central government on education policy matters. Her most recent role was at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  Prior to that Claire worked in the Treasury from 2004 to 2010 and as a senior manager in the Ministry of Education from 1990 to 2004. An earlier role held by Claire was in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as an Agricultural economist.

Claire has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Victoria University and an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science.

The Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers Group is responsible for tertiary education strategy, policy, sector performance analysis, youth guarantee and vocational pathways, and international education. We work in a variety of ways to ensure young people transition successfully into work or further study. We also help New Zealand compete internationally as a place to study.

Deputy Secretary, Evidence Data and Knowledge: Lisa Rodgers

Deputy Secretary, Evidence Data and Knowledge, Lisa Rodgers.

Deputy Secretary, Evidence Data and Knowledge, Lisa Rodgers

Lisa Rodgers is Deputy Secretary, Evidence, Data and Knowledge at the Ministry of Education. A specialist in research and analysis, she has a passion for using data to make a difference – identifying where effort and resources can best help children, young people and students achieve.  Lisa has held several significant posts at the Ministry and has a strong public sector background, including roles with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales and the British Army.

She has two children aged 13 and 9. In her limited spare time she runs marathons to relax.

Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance: Dr. Andrea Schöllmann

Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance, Dr. Andrea Schöllmann.

Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance, Dr. Andrea Schöllmann

Andrea took on the role of Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance, 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 performance areas. Prior to this, Andrea worked at the then Ministry of Economic Development, in regional and sectoral development roles for 7 years, 4 of those in management positions.

The Education System Performance 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. It has a particular focus on strengthening the medium to longer term strategic focus of the education system, including questioning current approaches. The Group also manages the Vote Education and Vote Tertiary Education Budgets, and has responsibility for monitoring the education system Crown entities.

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.

Head of Education Infrastructure Service: Kim Shannon

Head of Education Infrastructure Service, Kim Shannon.

Head of Education Infrastructure Service, 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. Kim also delivered the first new schools PPP (public-private partnership) in education.

As Head of Education Infrastructure Service, Kim is responsible for ensuring New Zealand’s schools are safe and inspiring learning environments. This involves management of a $21.9b property portfolio, as well as the $600m annual property spend.

Kim is also responsible for delivering school transport assistance to students in rural areas and students with special needs and for the upgrades of all school IT networks by 2015.

Kim has also worked at the Department of Internal Affairs, the State Services Commission and for the Minister of Education.

Deputy Secretary People, Capability and Resources: Zoe Griffiths

Deputy Secretary People, Capability and Resources: Zoe Griffiths.

Deputy Secretary People, Capability and Resources: Zoe Griffiths

Zoe was appointed Deputy Secretary of the new People, Capability and Resources group on 16 February 2014.

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, Procurement, Shared Services, Human Resources, Business Continuity and Privacy and Security.

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.

Content last updated: 26 February 2015