Meet the Ministry of Education's Leadership Team

Secretary for Education and Chief Executive: Peter Hughes CNZM

Secretary for Education and Chief Executive, Peter Hughes.

Secretary for Education and Chief Executive, Peter Hughes

Raised in Wellington, Peter has had a 30-year career in the New Zealand state sector, encompassing policy, operations and organisation development across a range of senior executive roles. Most recently he was the Professor of Public Management and Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington.

Peter has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration, Massey University and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Victoria University of Wellington.

Peter began his career with the Department of Social Welfare. Over the next ten years he was promoted into senior policy and operations roles, and later moved into executive management.

In 1995 Peter became Deputy-Director General of Health and in 2000, Peter was appointed Chief Executive of the Health Funding Authority, managing New Zealand's $7 billion health and disability services budget. He was appointed Secretary for Internal Affairs later in the same year, and in 2001 was then appointed Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development. Peter was named Government Department CEO of the Year by TransTasman magazine in both 2010 and 2011.

Peter is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and the New Zealand Institute of Public Administration. He is also an accredited member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and was made a Hunter Fellow of Victoria University of Wellington in 2010.

Deputy Secretary Corporate and Governance: Kristine Kilkelly

Deputy Secretary Corporate and Governance, Kristine Kilkelly.

Deputy Secretary Corporate and Governance, Kristine Kilkelly

Kristine joined the Ministry of Education in November 2006 as a Deputy Secretary. She is currently in charge of the Corporate and Governance Group, responsible for the areas of information technology, communications; ministerials; human resources; finance; legal services; risk and assurance; shared services; procurement; and business continuity and emergency management.

Kristine has made her career in the public sector and has worked in both core public service agencies and crown entities, including ten years in the health sector where she held a number of senior HR leadership and change roles.

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 Education Assignments, Apryll Parata

Apryll was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary Māori Education in late February 2007, bringing a wealth of experience in education to this position. In April 2012, Apryll took up the role of Deputy Secretary Performance and Change. This group is 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 Student Achievement: Rowena Phair

Deputy Secretary Student Achievement, Rowena Phair.

Deputy Secretary Student Achievement, Rowena Phair

Rowena was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary Student Achievement in June 2012 . Originally from Auckland, Rowena has lived and worked in Wellington for nearly 30 years and has a post-graduate degree in economics.

Most recently, Rowena was Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women's Affairs. She has held policy leadership roles in The Treasury, Ministry of Education (1997 – 2004) and Housing Corporation New Zealand. Rowena has also worked in the private sector as a senior consultant for KPMG, and as a management trainer.

In her role, Rowena is responsible for raising student achievement levels, with a priority focus on achievement levels of Maori, Pasifika, students from socio-economic backgrounds and students with special needs.

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 on Assignment to Investing in Educational Success: Dr. Graham Stoop

Deputy Secretary on Assignment to Investing in Educational Success, Dr. Graham Stoop.

Deputy Secretary on Assignment to 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 2000 to 2010. 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.

Director of the Secretary for Education's Office: Zoe Griffiths

Director of the Secretary's Office, Zoe Griffith.

Director of the Secretary for Education's Office, Zoe Griffiths

Zoe was appointed as the new Director of the Secretary’s Office on 1 June 2014.

This role works directly to the Chief Executive and is part of the Ministry’s Leadership Team. In this role Zoe is responsible for ensuring the Chief Executive and the wider Leadership Team are supported. She also helps manage relationships with the Ministers’ offices.

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.

Prior to taking up her current role, Zoe was seconded from the Ministry of Social Development to work with the Ministry of Education as Director of the Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay.

Zoe has a Bachelor of Law from Auckland University.



Content last updated: 20 August 2014