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The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) Board of Directors and CEO, Deborah Walker, are delighted to announce the appointment of new Board Chair, Don Hammond.  Don joined the board earlier in 2020 and is enthusiastic about taking on this new role.


“I am very excited about being appointed chair and about the opportunities that this new role will bring,” says Don Hammond.


Don comes to this position with a wealth of experience and knowledge that he is keen to use in this role but also in the wider gifted community. 


Don’s background 

Don brings a wealth of knowledge in the education sector, having been chair of a school Board of Trustees, and a member of a research board based at Lincoln University. Don and his family also have personal experience with gifted education, which has motivated him to take on this role with NZCGE. 


"This role provides me the opportunity to contribute and give back to the education sector where my family has gained so much. All four of my children have benefited from these programmes and our farm manager also has a son who has attended.  In a previous role as Chair of our Board of Trustees, one of my great frustrations was the inadequate resourcing for schools to accommodate the needs of gifted children as it is many of these children that will drive the future of our country and make it thrive, given the opportunity” 


I believe that I have the ability to bring considerable governance skill and knowledge as well as enthusiasm and belief to this role”, says Don Hammond. 


Don is currently a self-employed Biosecurity and Registered Forestry Consultant. His governance roles include: Chair of the NZ Game Animal Council (Ministerial appointment); Independent Board member of the Bioprotection Centre of Research Excellence; member of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council; Chair of STIMBR (Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction); and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Don is also a director and chair of several private companies throughout New Zealand.


The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education looks forward to having Mr Hammond on board. 


The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education

The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education was founded in 2014 to meet the educational and social needs of gifted children. Known best for its One Day School MindPLus programme it also offers Small Poppies and online offerings. NZCGE provides services in Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hutt Valley, Wellington, Christchurch and Wakatipu, and has locally funded centres delivering its programmes in Taranaki, Lincoln, mid-Canterbury, Dunedin, and Invercargill.

NZ Centre for Gifted Education Appoints New Chair

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