Our People

Our Senior Leadership Team

  • Paul Conder
    Chief Financial Officer
    Paul Conder
    Chief Financial Officer

    Paul Conder is the Chief Financial Officer for eCampus. NZ Based in Auckland, Paul leads all financial matters for eCampus NZ and offers support with business and commercial decisions.

    What Paul loves most about eCampus NZ is being involved in an innovative and growing company early in its development.

    His other business endeavours include being Director of All Green Lights Ltd, Chair of Mainly Music International Trust, Chair of Ako Hiko Education Trust, Independent Member of the Auckland Council Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Bryan Moore
    Enterprise Technology Manager
    Bryan Moore
    Enterprise Technology Manager

    With over 20+ years’ experience in the retail and trade sector working in senior operational and change management roles, the quality of eCampus NZ's business systems are in safe hands with Bryan Moore.

    After working 8 years as an independent consultant/senior project manager with clients covering retail, agri-supplies, health, and professional services, Bryan is a valued member of our senior leadership team.

    When he is not in the office, Bryan enjoys playing a few rounds of golf, photographing his favourite things, or tinkering with stuff in his shed.

  • Ali Hughes
    Learner Experience and Success Manager
    Ali Hughes
    Learner Experience and Success Manager

    With a strong passion for making education work for all, Ali is the Learning Delivery and Support Manager for eCampus NZ. She has extensive experience in the education sector having previously worked as the CEO of a large educational services company providing support to educators from early childhood through the schooling sector.

    Alongside her management role at eCampus NZ, Ali also owns her own consultancy business, teaches leadership at Ara Institute of Canterbury, and chairs the board for a couple of not for profit organisations that work with young people.

    What Ali loves most about eCampus NZ is seeing learner successes- especially if they have overcome challenges to succeed.

Our Student Advisors

  • Brenda Shanks
    Student Advisor
    Brenda Shanks
    Student Advisor
  • Cecilia Aynsley Brown
    Student Advisor
    Cecilia Aynsley Brown
    Student Advisor
  • Mandala White
    Student Advisor
    Mandala White
    Student Advisor
  • Sonia Eustace
    Student Advisor
    Sonia Eustace
    Student Advisor

Our Sales and Learner Service Team

  • Maria Aabjerg
    Sales and Learner Service Team Lead
    Maria Aabjerg
    Sales and Learner Service Team Lead
  • Erika Lima Brady
    Sales and Learner Service Coordinator
    Erika Lima Brady
    Sales and Learner Service Coordinator

    Having worked in the enrolments department of our tertiary partner NMIT, Erika joins the eCampus NZ team in the role of Enrolment Coordinator.

    In her role Erika, helps our learners with their study plans and course transfers, making sure that the enrolment process happens as smoothly as possible. By understanding the learners’ aspirations and lifestyles, Erika can recommend the best study option for them.

    Erika is married with two children, so she loves that the flexibility at eCampus NZ allows her to help learners with their study/career path, without having to sacrifice her time with her family.

    Outside of work, Erika love to go for walks, reading a book when she gets the chance, and having a drink with friends.

  • Sarah Barr
    Enrolment Administrator
    Sarah Barr
    Enrolment Administrator

    As our enrolments administrator, Sarah is responsible for ensuring the enrolment process is a smooth and easy one, and that any problems are dealt with quickly. Sarah enjoys developing new processes and systems so that as the number of learners grow, their experience of enrolling remains a pleasant one.

    Outside of work, Sarah is kept busy with raising her son, caring for her horse and mastering the skill of making melt in your mouth macarons.

Our Facilitators

  • Melanie Baynes
    Melanie Baynes

    Knowing that students who complete study will most likely experience career benefits to help their future is what drives Melanie Baynes to teach.

    “I enjoy working with students throughout their learning journey and seeing how they go from strength to strength in all aspects of their work. eCampus NZ offers people the opportunity to study in their own time, yet be connected to a team of people who are committed to providing an excellent learning experience for them,” she says.

    Melanie is a facilitator of leadership courses from the New Zealand Certificate of Business and the New Zealand Diploma of Business.




  • Michele Beaufoy
    Michele Beaufoy

    Michele comes from a very diverse background, including living in the UK and working for an author before retraining as a teacher.

    Through teaching and engaging with her students, she enjoys seeing people grow in their individuality and going on to accomplish things they didn’t believe were possible for them. Through her work, Michele provides a learning environment that allows students to discover their strengths through technical tasks, projects, research and presentations. It is through this that students can gain confidence and direction.

    In her spare time, Michele is works with ceramic (among many other mediums) to produce art which is exhibited across the country.

  • Nathan Chicken
    Nathan Chicken

    Nathan is qualified in adult education, E-learning and business. He is currently studying his Master’s in Applied Management by distance so understands the difficulties that studying by distance can create.

    He has been teaching in the tertiary sector for the past ten years across a range of business management and foundation studies papers and knows all present challenges and positive learning experiences.

    He lives on his farm with his wife, two dogs and their horses

  • Dale Bennett
    Dale Bennett

    Dale brings a wealth of experience to eCampus NZ's teaching qualifications. She has worked with educators across a wide range of tertiary programmes, involving an equally wide range of learning approaches and environments. Dale has been actively involved in designing, developing, facilitating and managing programmes.

    Dale’s focus is on enabling learners. She is very enthusiastic about online learning opportunities and enjoys getting to know what is important for learners from many different sectors  across the country. Dale knows about the importance of developing relationships in learning and how effective collaboration, peer and facilitator support contributes to successful learning outcomes.

    Dale has a wide range of creative and family interests. She volunteers at Nelson’s Suter Art Gallery and enjoys making the most of the wonderful lifestyle available in the region.

  • Marie Berghan
    Marie Berghan

    Marie facilitates a range of our business administration courses. What she loves about eCampus NZ is seeing the students complete and being able to interact with them even though not in a face-to-face situation.

    Outside of eCampus NZ, Marie works for NorthTec facilitating a Small Business blended learning programme. She also belongs to an organisation called Business and Professional Women (BPW) which is a national and international organisation that advocates for the rights of women.

     In her limited spare time she enjoys reading, movies, craft work and spending time with family.

  • Roanne Birch
    Roanne Birch

    After 25 years in tertiary education and 20 years in the IT industry, Roanne has a passion for helping people of all ages, and all cultures, to learn new skills. She thinks it is amazing to communicate with learners all over NZ, or all over the world, in an online environment, and to see the progress made.

    For a number of years now Roanne has worked largely online from her home base, and has worked with many tertiary institutes, so being a facilitator with eCampus NZ is an ideal role for her.

    Roanne lives in Thames, on the Coromandel peninsula. She considers this one of the most beautiful natural environments in New Zealand.

    In her spare time, Roanne likes to garden and grow edibles such as vegetables and herbs as well as enjoy the company of friends and family, especially over lunch on a sunny Sunday.

  • Melanie Clarkson
    Melanie Clarkson

    Melanie is passionate about continual learning and development in all areas of life, and is always looking for opportunities for challenge and growth. Learning is a life long journey and she enjoys assisting learners through this part of their travels with eCampus NZ so that they can achieve further work and life goals.

    As well as being a facilitator, Melanie is also a member of the eCampus NZ Product Development Team where she develops and maintains engaging courses to ensure your needs as a learner are met.

    Outside of work Melanie is passionate about the environment.  She regularly researches how she can improve the sustainability of her lifestyle. She also loves travelling. "I think I will always be in awe of all the stunning and diverse landscapes New Zealand has to offer".

  • Katie Duncan
    Katie Duncan

    Katie has been working as a marketing professional for over 25 years, including 18 years in the tertiary education sector in a senior marketing management role. She now runs her own marketing consultancy business.
    Katie has hands-on skills and experience in wide range of marketing operations and holds a number of tertiary qualifications, including a Master of Professional Practice.
    Katie has tutored at a university level and provides training to private providers. She has also studied Project Management via eCampus NZ, so has had first-hand experience of what it is like to be an online learner.
    Whether you have experienced tertiary study before, you are returning to study after some time, or this is your first time studying online – as your facilitator Katie will be there to help you every step of the way to help you achieve your goals.

  • Cherie Farrell
    Cherie Farrell

    With over 30 years of experience in education, including as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Cherie has dedicated her career to helping learners gain the self-confidence they need to make their dreams come true.

    Since joining eCampus NZ as a facilitator in 2020, Cherie has enjoyed making meaningful connections with learners in an online environment.

    “One thing I’ve discovered about working in an online space is that you can actually get to know your learners more deeply than in a face-to-face environment,” she says.

    Cherie’s passion for education is what drives her in her daily work.

    “Encouraging those who need that ‘extra push’ to believe in themselves is one of the most satisfying things about being a part of an individual’s learning journey,” she says.

    When she’s not spending time with her family and five grandkids, young at heart Cherie loves playing Xbox with her husband, reading, gardening and cooking.



  • Sandy Galland
    Sandy Galland

    With a background in business management, leadership, marketing and communications, Sandy is passionate about using her extensive professional experience to help learners view what they are learning through a real-world lens.

    Throughout her career, Sandy has owned and operated businesses, established a marketing and PR agency, and worked as a Marketing Manager and Senior Media Advisor for established organisations.

    Since she joined the eCampus NZ team in 2020, Sandy has loved sharing her lived experience to help learners achieve their work and life goals.

    “My favourite aspect of my role as a facilitator is helping learners discover more of their own greatness,” she says.



  • Dr. Shirley Gibbs
    Dr. Shirley Gibbs

    Shirley is Canterbury-based, born and bred. She lives in the Selwyn District on a lifestyle block with her husband and two dogs. She moved to her property to give her three sons somewhere to ride their motocross bikes. They have all gone now and started to give them grandchildren – so hopefully another generation will get as much fun out of the paddock as the last one did! Shirley says she loves being in the countryside with the upside of being just 30 minutes from central Christchurch – the best of both worlds!

    She been involved in teaching and training for the past two decades. For much of that time she was a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Informatics & Enabling Technologies at Lincoln University. In this role she taught and researched in the area of workplace type computing, interface design and human computer interactions.

  • John Hitchcock
    John Hitchcock

    John has had a successful career in New Zealand’s vocational education sector, having spent 25 years at NMIT as a lecturer, Treaty of Waitangi trainer, and eventually Head of School of Health and Social Sciences.

    Following this, he worked as a Professional Development Manager at WelTec, leading a team of staff developers across WelTec and later Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

    John is no stranger to online learning, having himself completed a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching and later a Master of Adult Education by distance education while teaching. His master's thesis was an investigation into eLearning in a polytechnic.

    Alongside his passion for helping people learn and change through vocational education, John enjoys cycling, rowing, spending time with family, and anything practical.

  • Steve Hobson
    Steve Hobson

    A chartered accountant and teacher, Steve Hobson facilitates the New Zealand Diploma in Business - Introduction to Accounting and Taxation course.

    As a facilitator, he says watching students succeed, no matter what age, no matter what level is very satisfying.

    “It’s a real highlight when you see something ‘click’ with a student. Small successes are just as satisfying as the large,” says Steve.

  • Fiona Ingram
    Fiona Ingram

    Fiona is a facilitator for the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education. She enjoys seeing students grow in confidence and knowledge as they progress through the course. With over 25 years experience of working in the education sector, Fiona is well suited to the role of facilitator.

    She also works for NMIT as a tutor and teacher. 

    In her spare time Fiona enjoys being with her family and is an active participant in the arts  community where she choreographs, teaches and performs dance. She also writes and performs her own songs.  

  • Kay Jones
    Kay Jones
  • Sunaina Kaushik
    Sunaina Kaushik

    With experience as a banker, finance tutor, and as a sales, marketing and events coordinator for an HR Software company, Sunaina has the practical expertise needed to facilitate some of our small business courses. Her experience and knowledge allows her to bring a practitioner’s perspective to the academic learning environment which benefits the overall learning of the students.

    When a learner signs up for a course they are taking a leap of faith. Seeing these learners complete their courses successfully and come one step closer to achieving their goals is what drives Sunaina to give her very best to them.

    Outside of work, Sunaina can be found chasing after her active and borderline naughty Burmese kitten Meeku. When he is sleeping, she can be found enjoying a bit of running/walking, listening to Bob Dylan and some of her Hindi favourites, and sometimes, like Einstein most eloquently said, ‘simply roasting in the sun!’

  • Pauline Lee
    Pauline Lee

    Pauline is driven by assisting learners to make progress, learn new skills and achieve their goals.

    “A highlight for me of online learning is working with learners at both ends of the spectrum. I enjoy helping those who are, or have been, in the workforce to gain qualifications and to reflect their experience and I enjoy working with those learners who are starting on their learning journey and to see their progress and confidence gained”.

    Pauline facilitates courses in the Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology).

  • Don McLaren
    Don McLaren

    Don's tertiary study has included a Master of Management majoring in project management and a Master of Business Administration, both he completed as a distance learning student while working full time

    He divided his career into two parts the first 20 years was working in the telecommunications sector and the last 20 years has been in the tertiary sector. He has been a CEO of two organisations and spent five years on a remote island off New Zealand and four years in Australia in executive positions.

    The largest project he managed was a $35 million infrastructure project, the most interesting was a telecommunications project at Scott Base in Antarctica and the most difficult was project managing his daughter’s wedding.

  • Kim Mear
    Kim Mear

    Kim Mear says that one of the perks of her role as a facilitator for Applied Accounting is watching students grow in confidence as they work their way through the course and begin to understand, the sometimes complex, concepts of accounting.

    Kim owns her own Accountancy firm and incorporates examples of her work as a Chartered Accountant into the online learning experience for her students. In her spare time she likes to read and undertake further research. For her, education is a life-long experience.

  • Bronwyn Mogridge
    Bronwyn Mogridge

    Bronwyn originally trained as a high school teacher in the days of shorthand and typing teaching in Western Australia, but has had many, many years in the tertiary sector in New Zealand and for the past few years has been teaching business administration at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

    Bronwyn has a Diploma of Tertiary Teaching, a Post Graduate certificate and a Master of Teaching and knows the challenges of studying, working and raising a family and all the complications this can bring.

    In her spare time, you can find her walking the Withers (our local hills) or at the Stadium trying to get fit by swimming or working out. She loves socialising and really enjoys meeting new people.

    She has even tried skydiving which was a present from her children!

  • Wendy O’Connor
    Wendy O’Connor

    Wendy studied part time whilst working full time to complete her Accounting degree, and then studied full time for her Masters Degree in Finance. Her passion has always been teaching, and she has taught in the tertiary environment for many years. She also enjoy keeping up to date with what is going on in Industry and providing bookkeeping services and Xero set up, training and support for small to medium sized businesses.

  • Tania Parker
    Tania Parker

    Tania Parker facilitates a range of project management courses for eCampus NZ and brings considerable experience to this role. She loves seeing learners’ knowledge develop and strengthen and is keenly interested in how innovative course design can assist that process. Tania enjoys working with many different people from across New Zealand. She especially enjoys hearing from students when they achieve their education and career goals. Tania is a keen mountain biker and kayaker. Most weekends she and her family are out in the forest.

  • Kim Proctor-Western
    Kim Proctor-Western

    A Specialist Fisheries Maritime Lawyer, Kim works part time as a facilitator for eCampus NZ offering her expertise to students completing courses from the New Zealand Diploma in Business.

    “Teaching is in my DNA, my parents are both educators, my siblings are educators and my grandmother too! I can’t help myself,” says Kim. “I love to share knowledge and guide people to apply that knowledge. Recently one of my students came to me with a contract she had drafted, I couldn’t offer her much by the way of comments and improvements as she had done such a good job! And I empowered her to do that!”




  • Donna Petry
    Donna Petry

    Donna Petry is a senior facilitator with more than 26 years’ experience lecturing in the tertiary sector.

    “Helping people to grow, develop and achieve their goals is what drives me to work with students,” says Donna. “The eCampus NZ online learning platform really helps students to move through the courses with relative ease. It’s great.”

    Donna facilitates courses from the New Zealand Diploma in Business.




  • Juanita Reddish
    Juanita Reddish

    Alongside her role as an eCampus NZ facilitator, Juanita stays up to date with all aspects of accountancy through her work as an Assistant Accountant for an established chartered accountancy firm in Christchurch.  She specialises in payroll and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills in this area as she guides learners through courses in accounting software and payroll as part of the New Zealand Certificate in Accounting Support Services (Level 4).

    Juanita’s favourite aspect of her role as a facilitator is supporting learners and celebrating with them when they reach their goals.

    “As an adult learner myself, I know how important it is for learners to feel supported throughout their learning journey,” Juanita says.



  • Eileen Roddy
    Eileen Roddy

    Eileen Roddy facilitates eCampus NZ's Business (Administration & Technology) courses. She is a highly experienced educator with a keen interest in flexible learning opportunities, enabling learners to fit their study around existing work and family commitments. Eileen enjoys working with students on their journey towards achieving their career goals. Her interests include family, travel, reading and gardening. 

  • Kim Russo
    Facilitator Team Leader
    Kim Russo
    Facilitator Team Leader
  • Kimberly Sexton
    Kimberly Sexton

    Kimberly really enjoys being a part of personal growth, and making sure the learner’s journey is enjoyable one.
    Accessiblity to learning brings opportunities – Kimberly loves how eCampus NZ makes career development possible to everyone.
    She has worked in Marketing and Communications for nearly 30 years. The business and project strategic thinking she is apart of allows her to guide åkonga as a subject matter expert.

  • Rebecca Slip
    Rebecca Slip

    Over the last 15 years or so, Rebecca been fortunate to work in the education and not-for-profit sectors overseas, in both Germany and Australia. She had diverse teaching roles, from working as a university educator, to facilitating trainings in digital security for vulnerable communities.
    Rebecca is based in Sydney at the moment and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.
    She make the most of living in Sydney by getting to the beach and snorkelling as often as she can. In her spare time, she is learning to make pottery. She admits, she gets overly excited about her rather wobbly creations.

  • Dr. Michael Verhaart
    Dr. Michael Verhaart

    As a lecturer/associate professor, Michael has been involved in facilitating Information Technology courses in the tertiary sector for over 30 years.  Highlights for Michael during that time include students developing web sites that are used by real businesses and facilitating classes using modern technologies.

    “Online learning enables students to continue with their professional and personal lives and organise their learning around this”.

    Michael facilitates courses in the Computing Programmes including NZ Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User - Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4).

  • Alison Wolfsbauer
    Alison Wolfsbauer

    Alison has been an educator for 25 years in Business Administration and Technology.  She has experience from Level 2 Foundation to Level 5 Diploma.  Alison is an advocate for flexible learning, with a view that the learner’s needs are accommodated around their employment and personal life.  She enjoys working with learner’s embarking on their learning pathway and is excited when students achieve their goals. Alison likes to go fishing, spend time in the garden and cooking in the kitchen.

Media Contact

  • Scott Donaldson
    Communications and Social Media Specialist
    Scott Donaldson
    Communications and Social Media Specialist

    Scott has more than 15 years’ experience in the media industry as a writer, journalist and communications professional in the private and public sector.

    “I love working at eCampus NZ, because there are some great learner stories to be told.”

    If you have any media queries, then please get in touch.

Important information for new learners

eCampus NZ as a business unit of Open Polytechnic, is now part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

From 1 January 2023, eCampus NZ will no longer enrol new learners into study plans delivered on the eCampus NZ learning platform.

However, all courses/programmes will still be available for online study through Open Polytechnic - Te Pūkenga.