Thank you to our Board who voluntarily offer their utmost to ensure we provide quality programmes and services to ensure growth and support for our extraordinary kids. They are passionate about gifted children and about providing opportunities to empower extraordinary minds.
Alison GillChairperson (Acting)Auckland
Alison is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors NZ. Alison is the CEO and co-founder at edenfx HSE Recruitment and Hard Hat Recruitment Ltd bringing 25+ years' senior management experience to a challenging and highly competitive technical environment.
Alison's background is as a Chartered Health and Safety Director (UK) and she is a Certified Member of NZ Institute of Safety Management, Registered Safety Professional (ANZ), Member of the Institute of Directors and Member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Her entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to supporting the youth of New Zealand to "be the best that they can be" is a natural alignment for Alison on the NZCGE board.
Alison has a particular interest in Corporate Social Responsibility whereby organisations consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment.
Barry Akers is a self-employed consultant with a varied background in communications and corporate affairs management. He is a Director of financial and corporate public relations firm Senescall Akers, which works with clients across a broad front of sectors, organisations, projects and issues.
Barry migrated to New Zealand from Australia in 1986, becoming Public Affairs Manager of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and later Corporate Affairs Manager of Fletcher Challenge. He co-founded Senescall Akers in 2001. From 2010 to 2014 he was seconded as a member of the senior management team for the residential repair programme following the Canterbury Melanie earthquakes.
Barry was a member of the Board of Trustees for a state integrated area school in Auckland, serving as Chairman for four years.
His early career was in journalism, as a business writer and editor in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
His involvement with the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education is founded on support for the right of children with special educational needs to be assisted to reach their potential. “Gifted children present both need and opportunity. Specialist services are vital to their development and fulfilment; and, in turn, they have the capacity to make a special contribution to the communities they live in.”
Don HammondChair- ElectRotorua
Don’s career has been focused in the primary sector, with him being a Registered Forestry Consultant, Operations Manager for a number of high-profile biosecurity eradication programmes and involved in the dairy sector. Don is self-employed, a member of several Boards and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Don brings a wealth of knowledge in the education sector. He has been Chair of a School Board of Trustees; a member of a Research Board based at Lincoln University and has taught at a tertiary level. Having 4 children that have also a benefited from attending gifted education and seeing the results has motivated a desire to see this work recognised and extended for the impact it can have on individual children, their families and our communities. These are often our future leaders and failing to invest in them is a failure to invest in our future society.
Don has been fortunate to travel extensively and see education in other parts of the world where it is not a right in the same way as we have here in New Zealand. Recognising the fortunate position, we are in, here in New Zealand, we need to ensure the potential of all children is optimised.
Don’s wide experience across multiple sectors provides diversity of skills in terms of strategy, implementation, delivery and meeting challenges and understanding the opportunities these can create.
Tim has a wide background and skill set driven by the values of making a real difference, whilst inspiring and influencing those around him. He has strong financial and strategy design and execution experience as well as governance and leadership roles. Most recently as the CEO of the NZ School of Commercial Diver training, the only commercial diver training establishment in New Zealand and one of a handful globally, where he successfully led the divestment from the Intueri Education Group to a new private buyer.
He has industry experience from engineering, energy industry, as well as extensive exposure to capital markets. Tim has had extensive C-level public company and non-executive positions and has led and advised a number of strategic implementation programmes.
Tim completed a Master in Business Administration from the University of Bradford, a Bachelor in Offshore (Civil) Engineering (Hons) from Heriot University and various certificates and postgraduate certificates in strategic Leadership and Management.
Kirstine’s career has centred on change facilitation and operations management through various roles in health and safety, risk, environment, design and project management, often in complex commercial environments. Kirstine currently is employed as the Group People, Performance Safety Manager at Northpower.
She is results-orientated with a passion for innovative problem solving and continuous improvement. This has included working with core customers and stakeholders to understand their needs and drivers, to implement improvements. She is committed to utilising her experience and ability to assist organisations to grow, through their commitment to building capability, innovation and strategic partnerships.
Kirstine has a Bachelor of Chemical and Materials Engineering (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Auckland in Philosophy. Her research and development of plant design for the Aluminium Industry while working for BHP Billiton Hillside Aluminium in South Africa and R&D Carbon in Switzerland is now considered the industry text book on carbon anode manufacture. Kirstine has worked in the New Zealand Oil Refining and Pulp & Paper Industry with wide experience looking after Environment, Quality and Health and Safety management including government, regulatory and stakeholder relations, input into legislative frameworks, industrial wastewater and stormwater investigations and engineering projects, contaminated site remediation, resource consenting processes, waste minimization and due diligence.
Manager of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, NZ Sculpture OnShore, and as Executive Officer of the Cognition Education Trust.
She is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and the Project Management Institute. She regularly assesses grant applications and lectures in arts management.
Anne migrated to New Zealand in 1997 from the United States after a career in performance, education and arts administration in the Boston area. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, studied cello and arts administration through university and was awarded a Master’s Degree in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
She is motivated by her awareness that the demands on New Zealand teachers and the needs of every learner are both very high. “It’s not possible for every teacher to have expertise in every complex learning need. I support specialist education for gifted learners who cannot be catered to in the traditional classroom with everything else deman
Anthony Appleton - TattersallTreasurerAuckland
Anthony comes from a finance background, being a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holding a bachelor’s degree from Auckland University and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
He presently serves the NZCGE board as a Director and as Treasurer. He also serves on the governance council of Dietitians NZ, and as a Trustee of the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust.
Raised in Auckland, and having held a variety of financial and analytical roles across multiple corporations throughout Auckland and London, Anthony is presently enjoying applying his skills in a contracting capacity, while operating a public practice accounting firm, and spending time with his young family.
Anthony has a strong interest in the educational sector, especially areas outside of the mainstream. Fortunate, as with a primary teacher and a lecturer in the immediate family it would be impossible to avoid it. He was identified as gifted during his years in secondary school, so understands some of the challenges and opportunities this brings. Accordingly, he has a personal affinity for the NZCGE cause - and high interest in seeing extra support for gifted learners to best influence the future of our country and planet.