NEW ZEALAND KINDERGARTENS LEADERSHIP
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jill has enjoyed a significant public sector career. For the past 25 years she has held executive/senior leadership roles in the New Zealand Central Government agencies of Health, Education and Housing. Before joining NZK she was the Executive Director, Office of the Director General of Health. She worked across the organisation and the health and disability sector to advise on strategic, operational and governance matters affecting performance and reputation and had responsibility for the delivery of the refresh of the NZ Health Strategy.
She has worked in strategic and operational roles, leading and influencing large multi-disciplinary teams located throughout New Zealand. In partnership with others she has translated strategy into tangible goals and delivered significant programmes of work.
Jill has a passion for organisational excellence, customer service excellence and leadership development. She has led culture change and transformational programmes to better position organisations and business units to deliver on their strategic direction, aspirations and operational mandate. She authored and co-facilitated two national development programmes: “I’m The Customer” focused on customer service excellence and “The Leader Within” – a leadership programme linked to the State Services Commission talent management framework to nurture, grow and develop leadership potential and skills within the organisation.
Jill is a life-long learner. Her leadership expertise was grown and nurtured through her involvement in club and representative sport and the Girl Guide Association where she held the role of national trainer. She completed a Master of Business Administration at Waikato University and a Master of Public Administration with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). In 2018 Jill was appointed to the ANZSOG Alumni Advisory Council.
Having parents who were teachers in every sense of the word and being a “Kindy Kid” gave Jill a great start in life. From a young age her interests were many and varied and her activities were learning opportunities. She knows first hand about the importance of the first 1000 days of life and what matters in early childhood education matters for a lifetime.
Jill is privileged to be the CEO of NZ Kindergartens and to be able to work with others to contribute to making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.
Joanne has a background in IT, accounting and administration and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Joanne’s introduction to kindergarten was through her daughters when she became involved with the local Johnsonville Kindergarten.
From 1996 to 1999 Jo was committee secretary and an elected member of the Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Association (now He Whānau Manaaki) Board where she held positions on the executive, staffing and finance committees.
ASHBURTON KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
BARBARA KIRK, MANAGER
PHONE: 03 308 3779
DANNEVIRKE KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
ANTOINETTE PERRY, MANAGER
PHONE: 06 374 5880
DUNEDIN KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
CHRISTINE KERR, GENERAL MANAGER
PHONE: 03 455 8892
GERALDINE KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
HELEN MAY, MANAGER
PHONE: 03 693 7161
HERETAUNGA KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
FIONA MASON, GENERAL MANAGER
PHONE: 06 876 0135
HUTT CITY KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
CHARMAINE HAKARAIA, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS
NORMA ROBERTS, GENERAL MANAGER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
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PHONE: 04 920 9804
MARLBOROUGH KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
CORINA NAUS, GENERAL MANAGER
PHONE: 03 478 4800
NELSON TASMAN KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
CRAIG VERCOE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PHONE: 03 546 7683
OAMARU KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
JULIE CRAIG, GENERAL MANAGER
PHONE: 03 434 2422
RUAHINE KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
ALISON RUDZKI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PHONE: 06 357 8264
SOUTH CANTERBURY KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
DAVE HAWKEY, GENERAL MANAGER
PHONE: 03 688 3098
KINDERGARTENS SOUTH (SOUTHLAND)
NIKKI MCROBIE, GENERAL MANAGER
PHONE: 06 214 0237
TE AROHA KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
KAREN ROBINSON, MANAGER
PHONE: 07 884 8749
WESTPORT KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
CATE BARRY, MANAGER
PHONE: 03 789 8237