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CORE Education's Board

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The CORE Education Board consists of:

Chris Mene (Chair)
Chris Mene
Chris is a community and stakeholder engagement specialist and passionate about personal and community development. He is a professional director, facilitator, and adviser who has taken on a diverse number of roles in sectors including education, health, justice, local government, police, recreation, Pacific peoples, social services, and sport.
Chris is an elected director on the Canterbury District Health Board, Trustee of Sport Canterbury, and a director of Mene Solutions Ltd. He is a former project facilitator for Secondary Futures, which involved engaging communities to develop a 20-year vision for the future of secondary school education in New Zealand. Chris has studied at six tertiary institutions in New Zealand, and has a handful of qualifications across education, law, and executive management. He is a member of the International Association of Public Participation and Project Management Institute.
Kaila Colbin (Deputy Chair) BSc, PMP
Kaila Colbin
Kaila is an entrepreneur, a connector, and a person who loves to see ideas turned into action. She is a co-founder and trustee of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, an organisation dedicated to watering the seeds of awesome in communities; and the founder and director of New Zealand social media consultancy Missing Link. Kaila is a PMP® certified Project Manager and is Chair of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University, and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.
Dr Bruce Bryant MTaxS(Hons), MBA, DBA, FNZIM
Bruce Braynt
Bruce has a career in chartered accounting and in that capacity was heavily involved in the development and governance of a major Māori tertiary educational initiative.  He is a trustee of several not-for-profit trusts, and written and delivered academic papers on governance. He is a Senior Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology, specialising in accounting, auditing & assurance, governance, ethics and management.  His business experiences relate primarily to advising small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Hannah Buchanan
Hannah Buchanan
Taranaki, Te Atiawa, Ngati Ruanui
Hannah runs her own management consultancy business specialising in strategic advice, organisation development, and change management advisory services to the public sector. She is also a Trustee of the Wellington Tenths Trust - a Ture Whenua Maori land Trust with significant land holdings and developments in urban Wellington. Previously, Hannah worked in a range of public service and teaching roles (at both secondary school and tertiary levels). She holds a Master of Arts with Distinction (Linguistics), a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Education), a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Hannah’s personal interests include health and wellbeing, whakapapa, languages, art, and travel.
Deb Gilbertson
Deb Gilbertson
Deb is Director of the Global Enterprise Experience, an action learning education programme developing global leadership skills in 82 countries. She has been a judge for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Public Sector Excellence for 10 years and served on several boards including the commercial arm of Victoria University. Through her consultancy company, Te Kaihau Ltd, Deb has worked with government agencies, companies, education organisations and individuals to foster innovation and “can-do” graduates.  She is a teaching fellow at Victoria University in innovation, management, and marketing. Deb is a trustee of the Te Kaihau Education Trust with a focus on special needs education, especially for those in the ADHD spectrum.
Dr Sheelagh Matear BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD
Sheelagh Matear
Sheelagh has extensive experience in tertiary education in New Zealand, The USA and the UK in strategy, innovation and quality roles, including over 10 years as a research-active academic. She is currently the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Academic Programmes and Student Experience at Lincoln University and is responsible for academic quality, student support services and pre-degree programmes. Sheelagh is an academic auditor with the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities and has been a member of many working parties and initiatives across the Tertiary sector including international recognition of New Zealand qualifications. Her current interests include teaching and learning innovation, flexible learning, open education and pathways and partnerships for learning.
Other directorships and interests include the Telford Farm Board of Management, the Biological Husbandry Unit and Lincoln Hospitality Ltd.