Speakers and Presenters

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Mike King

Mike King has for years been known as the iconic Kiwi entertainer but that role has changed dramatically since the conception of his hugely popular radio show 'The Nutters Club'.

These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and motivational speaker with the work he does under his charity and with his conference speaking. Mike's aim is to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change.

Mike works with all levels within an organisation to help with mental health and safety in the workplace. His message tells of how he overcame drug and alcohol addiction, and his continued battle against depression.

Mikes message is particularly pertinent to Principals in New Zealand Schools.


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Lynda Stuart

Lynda has been a teacher for more than 30 years and is currently the President of NZEI Te Riu Roa.

She is a passionate advocate for the needs of Pasifika and Maori communities, equity and special education.

Having held a number of senior leadership positions in primary schools in Auckland, Lynda's most recent role was Principal at Mt Roskill's May Road School.  She will return to that position in 2019, when her two-year term as NZEI President concludes.

Lynda has been a member of the newly formed Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and before that the New Zealand Teachers Council. She has served in a number of positions within NZEI both regionally and nationally. Until the end of 2016 she was the Principal's Representative on the National Executive of the organisation. Lynda is involved in a number of advisory groups on behalf of NZEI.

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Paul Goulter

Paul is currently National Secretary of NZEI Te Riu Roa in New Zealand.  Amongst his earlier roles he has worked as General Secretary for Finsec, the New Zealand finance sector union, Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and Director of the Organising Centre at the Australian Council of Trade Unions.  He moved back to New Zealand ten years ago to his current role.


Paul also works at an international level with global unions, assisting them with moving into global organising and campaigning.


Mary Jamieson

Mary is an accredited facilitator, based in Tauranga, who works for the Institute of Professional Learning (IPL) at the University of Waikato.

She has experience working across primary and secondary sectors, working with PCTs, middle leaders and more recently supporting schools over the past 5 years across the Central North Region with the integration of digital technologies into learning programmes. The Digital Curriculum is the latest in a series of developments by the Ministry of Education to bring the New Zealand Curriculum into the 21st Century. Facilitators wishing to support schools with its implementation have been required to attend PLD provided by the MOE this year. Mary recently attended one of the sessions and will discuss the Digital Curriculum and its place in schools.


Thinking in a Digital World

Saying the words "Digital readiness, digital fluencies and the digital technologies curriculum" to some people can set their knees to trembling and set off the flight response! But what do these three statements really mean? And what does it mean for our students? Digital technologies can be a wonderful addition to the learning environment when used well. How do we know we are on the right track? In this presentation I will propose that 'thinking' is the key element that draws together these digital threads. Every teacher is capable of working with the new digital technologies curriculum whilst still maintaining their sanity! No matter what part of the digital journey your school is at, this session will encourage you to evaluate your current direction and identify next steps to ensure your students become digitally fluent and engage with the Digital Technologies Curriculum in ways that will support them in becoming digitally ready for their future.


Phil Riley

Phil Riley, a former school principal, spent 16 years in schools before moving to the tertiary sector. He researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership, producing >200 publications and peer reviewed conference presentations. He has been awarded ~$8 million in research funding including 3 prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants. In 2010 Phil's research was recognised with an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award. This award funded the first two years of The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey, the first independent research project into principals' occupational health and wellbeing. He has since won the Dean's award for Excellence by an Early Career Researcher, and the award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration, at Monash in 2011. In 2015, Phil won the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Award for Most Outstanding Article of 2014. In 2017 Phil won the ACEL Victoria Research Award.

He has presented international Keynote addresses (Germany, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, France, Hungary and New Zealand) and numerous Keynote addresses to industry groups in all states and territories of Australia.

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey has been conducted twice in Ireland and New Zealand. The next New Zealand survey will run in Term 3, 2018.


Rachel Whalley

Rachel has led the development of the VLN Primary School as ePrincipal for a number of years. She is a foundation Council Member and past Secretary for the VLN Community. She have previously worked with Core Education as a facilitator and mentor in the VPLD programme, and ePrincipal of TaraNet Secondary Cluster. Rachel is passionate about equity and access to education for all learners and the potential of the internet to connect learners.

"I think technologies can be a great enabler for all students to gain access to learning opportunities. Online learning can break down the walls of the classroom, level the playing field and provide opportunities where previously there were none. This is particularly the case for many of our students in rural or remote areas and students with special needs and interests. I am very excited about the possibilities a faster connected schools network will bring to our schools abilities to collaborate and provide these opportunities for our students."

Rachel's areas of expertise are in blended and online learning, project planning and developing online learning communities. She is particularly skilled in supporting school leaders with online pedagogies and curriculum planning. Rachel regularly presents at conferences and writes about online learning. She devotes considerable time advocating at a national level for equitable access to online learning opportunities for all learners.