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

Kristine Kilkelly - Deputy Secretary Corporate and Governance.

Deputy Secretary Corporate and Governance, Kristine Kilkelly.

Kristine joined the Ministry of Education from Capital and Coast District Health where she was Director of Human Resources.

Kristine is from Invercargill and still identifies strongly with Southland. She attended Otago University and from there joined the Department of Trade and Industry as part of their graduate intake. She has worked for the Department of Internal Affairs and the Health Funding Authority, and held Trade Commissioner and Vice Consul roles in New Zealand and Australia.

She has made her career in the public sector, the last nine years of which have been in health, and sees strong parallels between health and education. Both have increasingly expert consumers and a strong focus on being able to measure outcomes and reducing disparities.

The Corporate and Governance Group is responsible for communications, human resources, finance, legal services, information systems, internal audit, school infrastructure and shared services.

Deputy Secretary Early Learning, Parents and Whānau: Rawiri Brell

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

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

Apryll Parata - Deputy Secretary Education Assignments.

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

Rowena Phair - Deputy Secretary Student Achievement.

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 trainer.

In her role, Rowena is responsible for raising student achievement levels, with a priority focus on achievement levels of Māori learners, Pasifika learners, learners with special education needs, and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. She will also have key accountability for managing the Ministry of Education's sector-wide relationship with key stakeholder groups.

Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support: Katrina Casey

Katrina Casey - Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support.

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 and Director of the Chief Executive's Office: Andrew Hampton

Andrew Hampton, Deputy Secretary and Director of the Chief Executive's Office

Deputy Secretary and Director of the Chief Executive's Office, Andrew Hampton.

Andrew joined the Ministry in January 2013 in the new role of Deputy Secretary and Director of the Chief Executive's Office. This followed 17 years in the Justice and Treaty of Waitangi sectors, the last 12 in senior management roles.

Immediately prior to joining the Ministry, Andrew was Deputy Chief Executive at the Crown Law Office where he oversaw a comprehensive change programme following several external reviews. As Deputy Secretary for Courts he lead the Ministry of Justice's earthquake response and also oversaw the introduction of digital transcription services to the court system and the building of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Andrew spent eight years at the Office of Treaty Settlements, four as Director. In that time he negotiated settlements with iwi in Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and the central Northern Island.

He has a BA (Hons) and MA (Dist) from the University of Canterbury and has attended the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.

Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Services: Cathy Magiannis

Cathy Magiannis, Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Services.

Deputy Secretary Education Payroll Services, Cathy Magiannis.

Cathy is a highly experienced leader and operational manager with proven programme delivery expertise. Most recently she has been Chief Executive of Gareth Morgan Investments Group. Prior to that, Cathy spent five years as Programme Director of KiwiSaver at the Inland Revenue Department where she led the implementation of the Government's KiwiSaver initiative across a number of government agencies.

Deputy Secretary, Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers: Dr. Graham Stoop

Dr. Graham Stoop, Deputy Secretary Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers

Deputy Secretary Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers, 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, Evidence Data and Knowledge: Lisa Rodgers

Lisa Rodgers, Deputy Secretary, Evidence Data and Knowledge

Deputy Secretary, Evidence Data and Knowledge, Lisa Rodgers

Lisa has held several significant roles at the Ministry of Education, including Taskforce Leader for Literacy and Numeracy and Senior Manager in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Group. Lisa also has a strong public sector background, including roles with the Ministry of Justice, the University of Wales, the UK National Health service and the British Army.

Lisa holds an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Wales and is a qualified MSP and PRINCE2 Practitioner.

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

Dr. Andrea Schöllmann, Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance

Deputy Secretary, Education System Performance, Dr. Andrea Schöllmann

Dr. Andrea Schöllmann has been with the Ministry of Education since 2007 as Group Manager Tertiary Education. More recently, she held the role of Acting Deputy Secretary Tertiary, International and System Performance, a role with a particular focus on education system performance. Prior to working with us, Andrea worked at the Ministry of Economic Development, in mainly regional and sectoral economic development roles for 7 years. Her career to date has been centred on the delivery of policy advice on system performance issues to Ministers, in a variety of policy portfolios.

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 in 1990 from Germany, so she also holds a number of German qualifications in the area of business management and administration and worked in the private sector in Germany.

Content last updated: 25 February 2014