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Mark has been involved in the private tertiary education sector for many years in a variety of management roles. He joined NZMA in 2006, initially working in the domestic business as the Director of New Zealand Students, and then as NZMA’s Director of New Business and Product Development and Director of International Operations. He is now the Chief Executive of NZMA. Prior to moving into education, Mark’s background was in the business field where most recently he held a business and economic development role focussing on Pacifika communities in New Zealand. As part of this role Mark worked with a number of businesses across a variety of sectors providing advisory services to improve business performance and was engaged in both regional and national economic development and research groups.
After nearly two decades with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Kathy is now using her significant expertise to head the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group’s Quality team. It is a challenging extension to her previous role as Manager, Approval and Accreditation (Strategy) at NZQA, and enables her to focus on the whole quality assurance framework from a single organisation point of view. During her 19 years at NZQA, Kathy enjoyed significant success. She implemented the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications (the pre-cursor to the NZ Qualifications Framework), and the on-going operationalisation of the NZQF. Other highlights included managing change in a constrained environment, and advising and influencing other countries on their qualifications and quality assurance developments. For the last nine years Kathy has held several leadership positions within NZQA, across different aspects of the tertiary education sector. The expertise she has developed through these roles assists greatly with organisational quality development across the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group.
Ana Maria sets the strategy and implementation of the Group's domestic sales and marketing functions. She leads the domestic marketing team (responsible for marketing strategy, innovation and driving brand awareness for both Tertiary and Schools) as well as the recruitment/sales and employment teams in the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group. A Colombian native, Ana Maria moved from the UK to New Zealand in 2013, taking up the reins as Director of Sales and Marketing at NZMA, before being appointed General Manager, Sales and Marketing for the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group. She grew the domestic sales, marketing and student employment teams, and ensured performance targets were exceeded every year, and the organisation’s sales, marketing and career partner strategies were future proofed. Prior to joining the education sector, Ana Maria enjoyed a highly successful publishing career within large multinationals, including Sales Director roles at HarperCollins and Penguin Books. She held senior level account relations with trade, supermarket and online customers and acted as the commercial lead for product brand management and acquisition of key properties. She was also responsible for new product launches, including everything from James Bond and Jamie Oliver books to biographies of world renowned cultural icons!
Monique’s key areas of responsibility are business orchestration, strategic business planning, compliance, public relations and people management. She oversees all NZCC operations, people management, is responsible for internal and external networking (TEC, MoE, education providers, industry and local government) and contributes to new business development. Initially brought on as a Campus Manager in 2010, she was appointed to the role of National Operations Manager in 2014. Prior to joining the team Monique was the Operations Manager for Ochre Business Solutions, and has also held managerial positions overseeing youth education projects for the Australian Federal Government, the Ministry of Social Development and Work and Income. She is passionate about issues such as Economic Empowerment, Civil Rights and Social Services, Alleviation of Poverty and Women Leadership which have seen her hold leadership roles within the YWCA of Aotearoa NZ. Highly committed to the education sector, Monique is a member of numerous educational organisations including CATE (Careers & Transition Education Association), NZIM (NZ Institute of Management), Pathway Advisory Group (Ministry of Education), Pathways West Governance Group, Youth Guarantee Governance Group (Papakura/Manurewa), and Youth Guarantee Networks for Otara/Papatoetoe and Mangere/Otahuhu. She has a Bachelor of Business, a Postgraduate Degree in Management and is currently in the final stages of completing a Master of Educational Leadership. Being a people person who enjoys learning about various cultures, Monique is an avid traveller and has visited over 30 countries and speaks three languages.
Derek has been engaged in educational leadership and teaching for more than 25 years. He taught for more than a decade in New Zealand, England, South Africa and Korea before progressing to a career in tertiary education management. He worked as an ESOL teacher at ACG Senior College in 2000 before being appointed Senior Dean and Manager of ACG English School in 2001. He then held senior leadership roles in large tertiary colleges in Auckland and Sydney - most recently as Deputy Chief Executive (Teaching and Learning) at New Zealand Career College, returning to the ACG fold when NZCC was acquired by ACG in 2014. Derek has served on advisory boards of various PTEs and a polytechnic as well as being contracted by NZQA as an External Evaluator and as Co-lead of the Mandatory Review of Qualifications in the ECE sector. His writings on social and educational issues have been published in a number of countries. He enjoys competitive swimming and running and has represented New Zealand at the Aquathlon (swim-run) World Championships.