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Senior Management Team

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Te amorangi ki mua, te hāpai ō ki muri

The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes
Both leaders and workers are important

The Senior Management Team supports the operational and financial management of the organisation. Each team member is responsible for a portfolio of CORE projects or aspects of the company's management. Collectively, the team works with the Executive Team to drive the vision of the company into the future.

The Senior Management Team is made up of:

Christina Ward – Manager Innovation Unit

Christina Ward

Christina provides the leadership, support, and coordination of a range of activities being developed within the new CORE Lab, the research and development unit.

Since joining CORE Education in 2004, Christina has led the development of the New Zealand Curriculum Online. She is also closely involved in a number of communities of practice, including Key Competencies Online, Middle Schooling, Secondary Middle Leaders, Community Engagement, Software For Learning, and Te Manawa Pou.

Christina has a background in educational publishing and teaching, both in secondary and primary contexts.

Read more about Christina Ward in CORE's staff profiles

Deanne Thomas – Kaihautū Māori

Deanne Thomas

De is Kaihautū Māori for CORE Education, a role designed to support all Māori staff across all projects, ensuring that their cultural and reo Māori needs are met and supported within their professional roles. She manages the Māori Medium Professional Learning and Development contracts. She also leads, exploring new challenges on the way, the Māori Medium publishing branch of CORE Education.

From writing resources for both teachers and students, to the development of professional learning programmes and exemplars for teachers, Deanne has been at the forefront of hangarau for Māori medium schools. She has developed a number of teacher and student publications in recent years. De continues to write herself, whilst growing the capability of the publishing team..

Read more about Deanne Thomas in CORE's staff profiles

Helen Cooper – Manager National Contracts

Helen Cooper

Helen provides support and coordination of the implementation of all contracts awarded to CORE, including those English medium contracts awarded through the Te Toi Tupu consortium. She works closely with the various project managers and team leaders to support the delivery of quality and effective contracts.

Helen joined CORE Education in 2011 as national coordinator for e-Learning PLD contracts that CORE manage as part of the Te Toi Tupu professional learning consortium. Previously, as Senior Advisor in the e-Learning Unit for the Ministry of Education, Helen worked on TKI and VLN related projects, with a focus on teacher capability, communities of practice and resource development. Helen was formerly the Senior Advisor Arts, in the Secondary Outcomes team for the Ministry with responsibilities for curriculum and NCEA development, teacher professional learning and resource development.

Previous experience includes many years as a secondary teacher (Visual Arts) and Head of Department, national roles in assessment and curriculum development, and regional advisor to schools through the School Support Services, Christchurch College of Education.

Read more about Helen Cooper in CORE's staff profiles

Mary Anne Mills – Manager CORE Products & Services

Mary Anne Mills

Mary Anne provides management, development, support, and coordination CORE's range of products and services offered to the education sector.

Mary Anne brought her expertise in curriculum design and school review to CORE Education in 2008. She leads all curriculum work in schools and other institutions on a range of facilitated professional services and is part of the CORE team developing online tools and modules for school self review and e-learning professional development for teachers.

Mary Anne has a wide range of experience in curriculum development, both in New Zealand and overseas, significantly working for the Ministry of Education as project manager for the redevelopment of the draft New Zealand curriculum, and with Thailand Ministry of Education in 2008 with a New Zealand team advising Thailand on their curriculum implementation process.

Mary Anne has also held leadership roles in the secondary and tertiary sector - she was a HOD Social Science early in her career and was a lecturer in social sciences and history in the graduate secondary pre-service programme at Wellington College of Education (now Victoria University).

Read more about Mary Anne Mills in CORe's staff profiles

Matt Tippen – Manager Support Services

Matt Tippen

Matt is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations that support the business, this includes HR, administrative, financial, marketing and IT functions.

Matt joined CORE Education in 2009; He has worked in a variety of roles within the organisation, most recently as Project Development Coordinator where he coordinates new and existing business opportunities. He is a member on the Te Toi Tupu Consortium Operational Management Group. With 16 years in primary education, Matt has been a teacher, deputy principal and acting principal in Japan and the UK. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership.

In 2008 Matt was a Ministry of Education eFellow recipient with his innovative research on engagement, exercise and ICT.

Read more about Matt Tippen in CORE's staff profiles