Our People

Our Leadership Team

  • Pamela Simpson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Pamela Simpson
    Chief Executive Officer

    As the Chief Executive of TANZ eCampus, Pamela Simpson believes that education is an incredibly valuable gift that has the power to transform lives. As such, her career over the last 17 years has had an incredible focus on improving educational opportunities and support services for students across New Zealand.

    Through her passion and drive, she was at the helm of a major paradigm shift in the education sector, confronting the barriers to tertiary education head on, and pioneering the way for exciting, engaging, innovative and accessible learning opportunities for students.

    When not hard at work, Pamela can be found at her home in North Canterbury with her husband, two teenage sons, and cat named Charlie

  • Bryan Moore
    Enterprise Technology Manager
    Bryan Moore
    Enterprise Technology Manager
  • Paul Condor
    Chief Financial Officer
    Paul Condor
    Chief Financial Officer

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

    What Paul loves most about TANZ eCampus 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.

  • Jo Miles
    Sales and Business Development Manager
    Jo Miles
    Sales and Business Development Manager

    Jo Miles is an experienced Business Development and Sales Manager who has specialist knowledge of the tertiary education sector. Jo is responsible for facilitating, developing and co-ordinating relationships across the TANZ eCampus member institutions, and with external stakeholder groups including industry associations, industry training organisations, business organisations, and government agencies.

    Jo has had previous roles both here in NZ - with Air New Zealand, CPIT (now Ara), and Core Education - and whilst living in the UK, with England Rugby Travel, and an innovate business management company (Exela UK). 

    Outside of work, Jo enjoys travelling , walking, cycling and enjoying time with family and friends.

  • Shane Wohlers
    Business Intelligence and Learner Analytics Manager
    Shane Wohlers
    Business Intelligence and Learner Analytics Manager

    Having held a number of Educational Technology leadership roles in both New Zealand and the UK over the past 20 years, Shane brings a wealth of knowledge to the role of Business Intelligence & Learning Analytics Manager.

    Shane’s role is to deliver data-driven insights and actionable intelligence across the business to help others make informed decisions, understand problems, and identify solutions. In a nutshell, he helps others to be better at what they do, by understanding the story told by the data.

    Shane has a Master of Arts (Distinction) in English Literature from Otago University and has academic interests in Illustrative Criticism, Word & Image Theory, Romanticism, and the works of William Blake and John Milton.

  • Ali Hughes
    Learner Support and Delivery Manager
    Ali Hughes
    Learner Support and Delivery Manager

    With a strong passion for making education work for all, Ali is the Learning Delivery and Support Manager for TANZ eCampus. 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 TANZ eCampus, 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 TANZ eCampus is seeing learner successes- especially if they have overcome challenges to succeed.

  • David Sturrock
    Innovation Manager
    David Sturrock
    Innovation Manager
  • Lee Retimana
    Marketing Manager
    Lee Retimana
    Marketing Manager

    With over 25 years in sales and marketing, Lee Retimana is the outsourced Marketing Manager for TANZ eCampus. Through the capability of her marketing agency, Muritai Group, Lee is responsible for TANZ eCampus’ marketing strategy, market research, branding, online marketing, and social media.

    Lee is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. She also sits on the Advisory Boards for both the Massey University College of Business and the Ara Institute of Canterbury School of Business (as the Chairperson).

  • Jackie Rees
    Academic Quality Manager
    Jackie Rees
    Academic Quality Manager

    Throughout her whole working life, Jackie has been connected to educational institutions in some way – including working for 20 years as a research scientist in the field of human reproduction. Her role at TANZ eCampus is Academic and Quality Manager. Jackie ensures that all programmes and courses meet academic and quality requirements. Her number one priority is the continual improvement of learner experiences and outcomes.

    What Jackie loves most about her role is making a difference to people’s lives through study.

Our Advisors

  • Brenda Shanks
    Advisor
    Brenda Shanks
    Advisor
  • Michelle Manning
    Advisor | Special Projects
    Michelle Manning
    Advisor | Special Projects
  • Vicky Hunwick
    Advisor
    Vicky Hunwick
    Advisor
  • Cecilia Aynsley Brown
    Advisor
    Cecilia Aynsley Brown
    Advisor
  • Jess Douglas
    Advisor
    Jess Douglas
    Advisor

Our Coordinators

  • Maria Aabjerg
    Enrolment Coordinator
    Maria Aabjerg
    Enrolment Coordinator
  • Leanne Houston
    Enrolment Coordinator
    Leanne Houston
    Enrolment Coordinator

    With many years of experience in the tertiary education sector and a genuine desire to help our potential learners achieve their study goals, Leanne joins the TANZ eCampus team as one of our Enrolment Coordinators.

    Besides being a mum of two daughters, Leanne has previous experience as a Student Advisor for a Disability Student Support Team and as a Tutor for a travel & tourism tertiary institution.

    Leanne helps to solve any enrolment problems that may pop up.  Whether that is helping a potential learner to initially decide what area of study is right for them, or ensuring that all the required enrolment and documents are provided for a seamless enrolment transition, and everything in between!

    Outside of work, Leanne loves to go for a good walk. She is thinking about training for a half marathon and getting into tramping. She also loves classic cars and horses!

  • Erika Lima Brady
    Enrolment Coordinator
    Erika Lima Brady
    Enrolment Coordinator

    Having worked in the enrolments department of our tertiary partner NMIT, Erika joins the TANZ eCampus 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 TANZ eCampus 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.

  • Tracey Carter
    Enrolment Coordinator
    Tracey Carter
    Enrolment Coordinator

    Tracey Carter is one of our Enrolment Coordinators. She helps our learners find the right study pathway for them, tailoring study plans that work around our students’ lifestyles and commitments.

    Being a stay at home mum, Tracey can relate to a lot of our TANZ eCampus learners who have kids, work, and also want to study. She knows that it can be quite a juggling act and can relate to those students in that sense. Tracey has two little girls aged 3 ½ and 2.

    Similar to our learners, Tracey loves the flexibility around being able to work from anywhere, and being able to work in the evenings and times that suit her - so she can still spend a chunk of her time with her kids and partner, Nathan, who also works for TANZ eCampus.

  • Jayden Ford
    Marketing Coordinator
    Jayden Ford
    Marketing Coordinator

    Jayden is a passionate marketer who delivers creative solutions that is backed by research, understanding, and strategy. His primary role at TANZ eCampus is digital strategy development and marketing implementation,

    Jayden works at Muritai Group, a marketing and brand strategy agency who acts as TANZ eCampus outsourced marketing department.

     

Our Facilitators

  • Dr. Frina Albertyn
    Facilitator
    Dr. Frina Albertyn
    Facilitator

    Dr Frina Albertyn, as a TANZ eCampus facilitator, offers support and guidance to learners studying in our computing courses, including Web Fundamentals and Information Management. She has a wealth of experience with business and IT learners and is widely acknowledged for her research outputs.

    Frina is passionate about encouraging and enabling students to succeed. What Frina loves about TANZ eCampus is that the flexible online platform allows students to improve their qualifications while continuing with their other responsibilities. Learners can still be in the workplace and working towards a qualification.

    Outside of work, Frina enjoys tramping, trout and salmon fishing, and developing a lifestyle block.

  • Brooke Arter
    Facilitator
    Brooke Arter
    Facilitator

    Brooke is passionate about Human Resources, in particular learning and Development. She loves how studying online can break down barriers and create opportunities for those who have a goal to further develop themselves. Helping people accomplish their goals and dreams is what motivates her in her role at TANZ eCampus, and she loves that TANZ makes opportunities available to a diverse range of learners. With a background in HR, she has experienced first-hand how study can unlock opportunities and allow people to reach their personal and professional goals.

    Outside of work you’ll usually find Brooke down at the beach with her young family; she thoroughly enjoys most activities involving the ocean such as fishing, paddle boarding and jet skiing.

  • Melanie Baynes
    Facilitator
    Melanie Baynes
    Facilitator

    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. TANZ eCampus 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.

     

     

     

  • Dale Bennett
    Facilitator
    Dale Bennett
    Facilitator

    Dale brings a wealth of experience to TANZ eCampus 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
    Facilitator
    Marie Berghan
    Facilitator

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

    Outside of TANZ eCampus, 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
    Facilitator
    Roanne Birch
    Facilitator

    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 TANZ eCampus 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.

  • Klaasz Breukel
    Facilitator
    Klaasz Breukel
    Facilitator

    Klaasz Breukel is senior graphic designer, visual artist and lecturer with more than 20 years’ industry experience. Originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, he currently resides in sunny Nelson with his family.

    Klaasz facilitates the graphic design courses at TANZ eCampus. “I love sharing my passion for design and get immense joy when things just fall into place for students and they start having fun with their newly learnt skills.” Klaasz seeks out the best resources available for his students and strives to inspire them with examples of spectacular art, designs and clever thinking.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Melanie Clarkson
    Facilitator
    Melanie Clarkson
    Facilitator

    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 TANZ eCampus so that they can achieve further work and life goals.

    As well as being a facilitator, Melanie is also a member of the TANZ eCampus 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".

  • John Davey
    Facilitator
    John Davey
    Facilitator

    John is one of TANZ eCampus’ IT course facilitators. He is also a lecturer for the Level 4 and Level 5 technical IT programs at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru Campus. Fun fact: He has been using and promoting the Linux operating system since 1998.

    What John loves about IT is that using the tools of IT is fun and saves time. It is challenging since there is never an end of what you can do with a tool like a spreadsheet. He enjoys helping people to take advantage of what is available.

    Outside of work, John can be found renovating a school into a home (a 10 year project so far!), as well as serving for the past 20 years on the Proprietor Board and the Board of Trustees for Timaru Christian School.

  • Gerard Duignan
    Facilitator
    Gerard Duignan
    Facilitator

    With an extensive career background that began in radio and led to a career in the tertiary education sector, Gerard Duignan joined the TANZ eCampus team as a facilitator for some of our teacher education courses. His aim is to help teachers to teach better, or rather to help them to help their learners to learn.

    Gerard enjoys seeing the moment when learners make sense of the resources and ideas through course activities as they build new knowledge. He thinks it’s remarkable how the learners are able to find a way to fit their study around the rest of the lives.

    Outside of work, Gerard can often be seen running or cycling along Petone beach and taking in a movie at the Lighthouse.

  • Gill Entwistle
    Facilitator
    Gill Entwistle
    Facilitator

    With great experience and insights to share from working as a tutor for many years, Gill Entwistle has a strong desire to share her skills and knowledge with her learners who are studying one of our teacher education courses. The support from Gill enables her learners to reflect and develop as tutors, making their learning environment more inclusive and engaging, so their students benefit hugely.

    Gill enjoys the flexibility of TANZ eCampus. She has even been able to communicate with one of her learners when she was in the UK and he was in Argentina.

  • Phil Greenlees
    Facilitator
    Phil Greenlees
    Facilitator

    Facilitator Phil Greenlees has some words of wisdom for learners - plan well during the week and reward yourself with a relaxing weekend!

    “One of the highlights for me as a facilitator is seeing people achieve their chosen qualification path and assisting them in making the right decisions to improve their career opportunities”.

    Phil is a facilitator in Small Business Planning and when he’s not facilitating at TANZ eCampus he is an associate of a start up business that delivers training and development to people in the workplace.

  • Steve Hobson
    Facilitator
    Steve Hobson
    Facilitator

    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.

  • Sunaina Kaushik
    Facilitator
    Sunaina Kaushik
    Facilitator

    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
    Facilitator
    Pauline Lee
    Facilitator

    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).

  • Rhonda McSkimming
    Facilitator
    Rhonda McSkimming
    Facilitator

    An experienced facilitator and administrator, Rhonda has significant experience of tertiary environments. Rhonda McSkimming facilitates administration and technology courses for TANZ eCampus.

    “I greatly enjoy seeing students succeed with my help and support. It is an incredibly satisfying feeling when they “get it”, says Rhonda.

    In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys sewing, reading, walking and travel.

     

     

     

  • Tania Parker
    Facilitator
    Tania Parker
    Facilitator

    Tania Parker facilitates a range of project management courses for TANZ eCampus 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
    Facilitator
    Kim Proctor-Western
    Facilitator

    A Specialist Fisheries Maritime Lawyer, Kim works part time as a facilitator for TANZ eCampus 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
    Facilitator
    Donna Petry
    Facilitator

    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 TANZ eCampus 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.

     

     

     

  • Eileen Roddy
    Facilitator
    Eileen Roddy
    Facilitator

    Eileen Roddy facilitates TANZ eCampus 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. 

  • Jessica Shirley
    Facilitator
    Jessica Shirley
    Facilitator

    With a Diploma in Digital Photography, a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Media, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Jess Shirley joins the TANZ eCampus team as a facilitator for our digital photography, video production and web design short courses.

    With many years’ experience working as a freelance photographer, Jess enjoys sharing her expertise and knowledge with her students so that they can achieve their goals.

    From her own personal experience of online study, Jess praises the wonderfully flexible and supportive learning environment provided by TANZ eCampus allowing learners to study from the comfort of their own homes, at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Kiriwai Te Whero
    Facilitator
    Kiriwai Te Whero
    Facilitator

    Kiriwai Te Whero is a tutor at NorthTec with over nine years’ experience in the tertiary education sector. During that time Kiriwai has worked alongside, and provided support to, adult learners across all levels of the learning spectrum.

    “I’m able to communicate with learners in a way where they feel a sense of belonging, in a way where they feel they can reach out for help and be guided in a way they understand. Being able to communicate through technology is very new to some learners so, what drives my interest is allowing learners to reach their online learning goals, knowing that I’ve made an impact on their lives and opened their eyes to many possibilities”.

    Kiriwai is a facilitator for the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3).

  • Bryony Tesar
    Facilitator
    Bryony Tesar
    Facilitator

    Giving her students confidence in their own abilities, Bryony Tesar sees her role as a facilitator guiding and empowering her students.

    “I always encourage my students to read my postings online and then follow their own learning path. They should also take advantage of our online forums by sharing their knowledge and learning from others,” says Bryony.

    Bryony facilitates courses from the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) and The New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting).

     

     

     

  • Dr. Michael Verhaart
    Facilitator
    Dr. Michael Verhaart
    Facilitator

    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).

  • Ingrid Wahrlich
    Facilitator
    Ingrid Wahrlich
    Facilitator

    Ingrid Wahrlich has spent 25 years working in the adult education sector, teaching adults and school leavers in personal and business development programmes. Ingrid is currently a Senior Academic Tutor at North Tec and holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Management.

    “I love seeing people growing and learning and how education provides the key to this. It is absolutely life changing”.

    Ingrid is a facilitator for the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology).

  • Valerie West
    Facilitator
    Valerie West
    Facilitator

    Valerie West has had an extensive career in adult education. Previous roles have seen her tutoring, facilitating, coaching and mentoring business programmes for a variety of educational organisations, such as NorthTec, Māori Women’s Development Inc. and Te Wananga o Aotearoa, where she currently tutors the business programmes.

    Valerie strongly believes that adult education positively changes lives.  It creates the pathway to build a better, relevant future for learners. She is grateful for the opportunity to encourage a learner’s vision (the what), support their mission (the how) and inspire their purpose (the why) to achievement.

    In her role at TANZ eCampus, Valerie is a facilitator for our range of Retail courses.