National Office Staff

Colin McGregor

Colin McGregor

Te Tumuaki/Director of ACE Aotearoa
Colin has over 30 years experience in the public sector starting as a Vocational Guidance Counsellor, holding various management roles during his career,  and most recently held the position of Private Secretary for the Associate Minister of Education. Colin has worked in the Department of Labour, Education and Training Support Agency, Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Education. Colin has a Masters in Psychology, a Master of Business Administration and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Email: colin.mcgregor@aceaotearoa.org.nz


Analiese Robertson

Analiese Robertson

Professional Development and Networks Manager
Analiese is a New Zealand born Cook Island with an extensive background in adult literacy, community development and education.  Qualified in adult learning, not-for-profit management and governance, Analiese has contributed to the development of ACE policy and strategies in tertiary education, and providing a voice for the sector both nationally and internationally. She is also actively involved with a number of community organisations with a focus on capability building, infrastructure support, change leadership and succession planning.

Email: analiese.robertson@aceaotearoa.org.nz


Natalie Garrity

Natalie Garrity

Finance Manager
Natalie began her finance career as an auditor and has worked in many different areas of accounting including financial, management, project and payroll. She spent eight years in the banking industry in London and Melbourne. Natalie is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.

Email: finance@aceaotearoa.org.nz


Vivienne Reti

Vivienne Reti

Office Administrator / Ngātiwai
Vivienne comes from the small Northland town of Whangaruru and has worked in administration for eight years mostly in Auckland. She has also worked in sales and hospitality. Her first involvement with the ACE sector was in 2015 when she supported the team at the Hui Fono. She now runs the busy ACE Aotearoa office and supports the wide range of events that make up the ACE calendar.

Email: vivienne.reti@aceaotearoa.org.nz


Jo Lynch

Jo Lynch

Editor ACE Aotearoa quarterly Newsletter
Jo has worked as a contractor specialising in community development, social policy, programme evaluation and writing in both New Zealand and overseas. She began her career in television current affairs. She was associated with adult and community education in the late 1970s and developed a strong human rights approach to access to learning. Many of her consultancy contracts have focused on the interface between community organisations and government policy. As the newsletter editor she remains inspired by ability of not for profit organisations to make change happen in their communities.

Email: jolynch@xtra.co.nz


Mary Gavigan

Mary Gavigan

Communications Advisor, Conference and Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga Project Manager
Mary has over seventeen years experience in secondary education, in roles which include Assistant Principal, HOD English, full time Teacher Librarian and classroom teacher. She also has an extensive background in print production, media/communications and event management in the arts, education and the community and voluntary sector. She has recently completed a Masters in Literacy Education and works part time at Marsden Collegiate helping to run the Arrowsmith Programme for students with learning difficulties.

Email: maryg@paradise.net.nz


Tai Samaeli

Tai Samaeli

Project Coordinator/Social Media and IT

Tai is well known to the ACE Sector.  His roles have included ACE Aotearoa office and website manager, workshop presenter and social media strategist. He has also supported key events such as the Hui Fono, ACE Conference and Adult Learners' Week. Since returning from overseas in 2016, Tai has managed a wide range of projects. He has a background in education and youth work and a passion for performing arts, social media and communications.

 

Email: tai@aceaotearoa.org.nz