With a diverse background including six years in hospitality, a stint in IT, teaching in NZ and overseas, presenting programmes for the Centre of Continuing Education and the Auckland Domain Museum for many years, a Masters in Archaeology and a PhD in Egyptology, Aaron has a passion for working with communities in Aotearoa and abroad. His dream is to develop and implement fit-for-purpose education programmes which empower learners, grow that which is already within them, and weave this altogether to enable them to achieve their goals and passions. Involved in educational leadership ventures for many years, Aaron was responsible for opening the first school-based Trade Academy under the Youth Guarantee initiative, and has worked on Tertiary Education Needs Strategies. He is also a strong proponent of MIT’s Centre for Multiple Pathways. An alma-mater of the University of Auckland, Aaron also lectured at the university for several years. Aaron served as CEO of Workforce Development from 2012 – 2017 and has been a co-owner of the company since 2017.
Dr. Aaron Smith
Derek has held senior academic and operations management roles in large tertiary educational organisations in New Zealand and Australia for more than 20 years. Prior to that he taught for a decade in New Zealand, England, Korea and South Africa. Fostering a first-class learning environment which enables learners and tutors to thrive while attaining their goals and dreams is what motivates Derek.
His qualifications include an MA (Hons), a Higher Teaching Diploma and a Certificate in Company Direction. His many interests include linguistics, business management, professional communication, surfing and triathlon.
I te timatanga ko te kupu
Ko te Atua te kupu
I te Atua ano taua kupu I te timatanga.
Matua Hemi has a background in Maori radio, Maori performing arts, and teaching. Matua Hemi was raised by his elders, who instructed him in the traditions of his people. He has a passion for teaching our next generations in traditional Maori arts, such as tāniko weaving, tukutuku weaving, traditional Maori carving and performing arts.
As company Kaumatua, Matua Hemi holds the responsibility of being an adviser on cultural matters and to serve as a support person for all Workforce development staff and students. It was Matua Hemi who gave Workforce Development its Maori name: “Nga Whiringa Whanake Mahi.” His explanation for this name is simple “Weaving together that which grows in each of us.”
Ngati Kahungunu ki Ahuriri Kia ora!
I am honoured to support and guide the Workforce Development Team in cultural awareness.
It is most gratifying to be within a diverse and skilled team who assist all individuals and cultures connect and learn together with respect and understanding.
Kelly has been with Workforce Development since the beginning of 2017 and has worked within the education sector for more than 15 years in various roles from teaching to management.
Stewart re-joins Workforce Development after previously having worked as the Auckland Regional Manager from 2010-2015. Having worked in the Private Training sector for over 15 years Stewart’s experience with stakeholder management, student services and pastoral care enables him to provide the very best service to the communities he serves.
His qualifications include a Masters in Professional Practice and a Degree in Applied Management and he further serves the community having governance roles for sports organisations.
Stewart’s passion is to support people from diverse backgrounds to gain qualifications and positively pathway into a career of their choice.
With over 15 years of experience in the early childhood education and primary school sectors, Jenny shares her passion in providing high quality education for both children and adults. She has owned and operated her own home-based education and care service and holds a current teacher’s registration. Her qualifications include a Master in Management (Marketing) and Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).
Norma is an inspirational leader with considerable experience in the Youth Work and Hauora fields. She has a passion for guiding rangatahi and adult learners to become independent thinkers and achieve their dreams. Norma commenced at Workforce Development as a student, obtaining her Diploma in Youth Work before returning as a tutor in 2014. She also holds qualifications in business administration, adult education and hospitality. “I believe in putting relationships before business, as this gives trust and credibility, relationships are a big enabler in my profession.”
Miriam has 40 years education experience and held academic management positions in tertiary private training establishments for 18 years managing staff and quality assurance systems. Prior to that she was an MOE Facilitator implementing MOE curriculum in primary and secondary schools, an Intermediate Senior Teacher often with trainee teachers who were on practicums, and a Primary Teacher.
Adam started as Finance Manager at Workforce Development in July 2018 and although he is new to the education sector he brings a wealth of knowledge with over 18 years of experience in the finance sector.
Adam is enjoying being part of the WFD team.