Who is the Collaborative?

Our Trustees

CEO

Judy Newcombe is a professional director and strategy consultant. She has many years of experience in the fields of organisational transformation and change management.

Judy has held a number of senior management roles in some of New Zealand's top corporates including Tower Insurance, Telecom (now Spark) and Fonterra and has more recently worked in the not for profit sector focusing on educational leadership development. She has also had a distinguished career in management consulting with KPMG and its successor BearingPoint, becoming one of the New Zealand managing directors of this firm.

Michael Absolum is the founder and director of Evaluation Associates, author of Clarity in the Classroom, and a thought leader in assessment for learning. Michael is currently directing the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL) Leadership and Assessment PLD in the Ministry of Education's Southern, Central South and Northern regions. He is also the co-national lead for the Ministry of Education Maori-medium aromatawai (assessment) project. He has a deep knowledge of the New Zealand education system and what it takes to lead an effective school, create inspired and inspiring teachers and enable students to become powerful engaged learners. He is also one of New Zealand's most highly regarded evaluators.

With a deep love of all things educational, Sue Vaealiki has an extensive history in executive leadership for teacher education, and programme development in both the business and tertiary worlds. Sue was formerly the Director of Learning and Development for Triplejump and Director of Academic Programmes for one of NZ's largest Early Childhood teacher tertiary enterprises. Now working as an educational consultant, Sue is also a monitor for the New Zealand Qualification Authority. Her passion for utilising technology for learning has led her to spearhead innovative online education for financial services professionals.

Sarah Martin is the Foundation Principal of Stonefields School. She is a passionate, forward thinking educator and has a real commitment to improving outcomes for all learners, not just those within her school community. She is enthusiastic about ensuring all students develop the necessary competencies to strengthen their capacity to learn, staying focused on students being engaged and successful with learning that matters, as well as questioning the effective teaching practice that causes learning.


Tuhi Leef hails from the north (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) and is currently the CEO of the Genesis Youth Trust, who work with high risk rangatahi in Tāmaki Makaurau.

He previously worked with CORE Education and was on the Sunnyhills School Board of Trustees.

Tuhi is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and brings several years’ governance experience working with Māori and not for profit organisations.

With a strong background in financial services, relationship management and strategy development Tuhi is looking forward to helping the Stonefields Collaborative Trust achieve its vision for learners, teachers, parents and whānau.

Nikki Amosa is a self-confessed "IT geek" with a passion for technology. She is particularly interested in reducing tech barriers for Māori and Pasifika.


Nikki is currently the Sales Support & Systems Manager at a business sales company and is responsible for its various IT needs including managing its infrastructure, providing IT support to staff, and helping to improve processes and systems. Prior to this role, she was the IT Systems Manager for one of New Zealand's oldest law firms.


Nikki holds a BSc in statistics and psychology from the University of Auckland (UoA). She was an Ambassador as well as a statistics tutor for the UoA Tuākana programme, a University-wide learning community which aims to enhance the academic success of Māori and Pasifika students.


Most recently, Nikki is a volunteer teaching assistant with the Pasifika Kids In Tech programme run by the Pasifika Technology Education Charity, an organisation dedicated to providing and advancing education opportunities for Pasifika children to learn about and become engaged with information technology.