The ACE Aotearoa Board is very excited to announce that Analiese Robertson has accepted the ACE Aotearoa Director role. Analiese has longevity working in the Adult Community Education (ACE) sector and has worked for ACE Aotearoa for over 10 years as the Professional Development and Networks Manager. She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, passion, and vision for the ACE sector. The Board is very much looking forward to working more closely with her. Analiese's first day as Director will be Monday 3rd of May 2021.

Nāku noa, nā
ACE Aotearoa Board

Ko te pae tawhiti
whāia kia tata
Ko te pae tata
Whakamaua kia tīna

seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain

Analiese has an extensive background in tertiary education and community development, with over 20 years working in the adult literacy field before moving into the sector capability development space. Her career boasts only experience of working within Tiriti-based organisations [since 2005] and the community voluntary sector.
She has contributed to the development of ACE research, policy, and strategies in tertiary education, providing a voice for the sector both nationally and internationally, and has held a number of community, tertiary, and government agency advisory roles. Her contribution to building sector capability has left a mark in leading the development of the ACE Teaching Standards and ACE Learner Pathways, facilitating the role of supporting sector access to professional development and building connections across the ACE sector nationwide.

A signature success has been her involvement in managing the annual Māori and Pacific professional development event, Hui Fono, now in its 14th year, which has reached over 2,000 community leaders, educators, and public servants involved in social, health, education, faith-based and indigenous work.

In the last few years, Analiese has built ACE reputation with philanthropic funders and government agencies which resulted in an expansion of business to deliver a four-year capability project with Foundation North, to over 100 community groups in Auckland and Northland, and delivering cultural training services to the NZ High Commissioners and their staff posted to the Pacific region, through the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Analiese is known to the sector, prior to ACE Aotearoa becoming a funded organisation, she was a voluntary Board member, then later became co-Chair at a time when the organisation was at the peak of growth. She continues to serve in governance roles, and is currently on the Board of Inspiring Communities, Community Research, is the Chair of the Ako Aotearoa Pacific Peoples Caucus, and a member of the Ako Aotearoa Board.

“Everything we do should focus on the overarching goal of improving ACE learner outcomes.”

I am incredibly humbled and excited at this opportunity. I first want to acknowledge the previous two Directors, Dr Jo Lake, and Colin McGregor for their contribution, leadership, and service.

I have been privileged with the insights of working in a small and agile team, for a diverse sector that makes a significant impact providing lifelong learning in communities. There are over 600 ACE organisations, 9,970 ACE programmes, and 75,000 ACE learners nationwide. This is a conservative number.

I know that moving into the Director role inherits a legacy, it means keeping those numbers front of mind always, and the accountability that everything we do should make a difference for ACE learners and communities.

I am looking forward to the challenge and continuing to work with you all.
Meitaki ma’ata e kia manuia.

Analiese Robertson