Executive team

Grant McPherson | Chief Executive

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Grant McPherson is Education New Zealand’s first Chief Executive.

He leads ENZ on its mission to take New Zealand’s “education experiences to the world for enduring economic, social and cultural benefits”.

Grant’s previous experience includes roles as Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager, Strategy at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), following extensive experience as Regional Director, South/South East Asia and Group General Manager, Business Solutions on the NZTE Leadership Team.

Fiona Cameron | Director, People and Culture

Fiona Cameron4Fiona has an extensive mix of private and public Human Resources/Organisation Development (HR/OD) experience. She has worked in globally-based organisations and in many of the New Zealand education sector agencies. Fiona has a Diploma in Teaching, an MA (hons) in French Literature and recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Commerce specialising in commercial law.

Fiona’s team focuses on making ENZ a great place to work. This starts from day one, with an induction experience that attracts rave reviews. The HR/OD team regularly works with ENZ managers to ensure staff are offered a range of development opportunities while they’re here. The team leads work in building a ‘one team’ culture at ENZ, where being passionate, innovative, knowledgeable and business savvy are highly valued. 

John Goulter | General Manager, Stakeholders and Communications

Joghn G resized 1John joined ENZ in December 2013. He has broad experience in government relations, issues management and public affairs, having worked for organisations including Inland Revenue, Telecom NZ, and the Earthquake Commission, and as chief press secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Formerly a journalist, John spent several years working in the Parliamentary Press Gallery as a political editor.

John’s team gathers, analyses and shares information and intelligence to keep ENZ and its stakeholders apprised of news, trends, events and opportunities, to help them operate more effectively in the international education space.

Paul Irwin | General Manager, Partnerships and Marketing

paul Irwin 3Paul joined ENZ from advertising agency FCB Wellington, where he led the Wellington office for almost five years. He has extensive experience in marketing strategy, digital marketing, international marketing and team management, honed during the past 15 years in a range of management roles.

Recent award-winning campaigns at FCB include Inland Revenue’s Overseas Based Borrowers student loans campaign and the Electricity Authority’s Whats My Number campaign. He worked with the Ministry of Education to launch the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, and with the Open Polytechnic on their Learning for an Open World brand repositioning campaign.

Prior to these New Zealand-based roles, Paul worked for the Economist in London and then Asia, setting up the marketing department in Singapore and growing revenue from their publishing products. 

Throughout his career Paul has worked with numerous government clients including NZTE, SSC, ACC, and the Reserve Bank, and other organisations such as Forest and Bird, Public Trust and Fairfax Media.


Matt Penney | Chief Financial and Information Officer

Matt Penney 2 3Matt joined ENZ in October 2014. He previously held Financial Controller roles at Bathurst Resources and Contact Energy, and has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland for various listed companies and a state owned enterprise. Matt is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University.

Matt’s team carries out the finance functions of ENZ, including budgeting, financial planning and strategic planning. Matt’s team is also responsible for ensuring ENZ’s IT systems and processes

Lisa Futschek | General Manager, International

Lisa FutschekLisa joined ENZ in 2013 after an 18-year diplomatic career with MFAT, which included postings in Chile and Germany. Prior to that, Lisa held roles with MPs Michael Laws and Pauline Gardiner while working for Parliamentary Services.

At ENZ, Lisa has spearheaded initiatives such as the Generation Study Abroad and Go Overseas scholarships and Game on English; has championed the development of local language and tailored marketing materials; and has led the establishment of a permanent ENZ presence in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Bogota.

Lisa is a graduate of University of Otago and the University of Auckland and is a trained television director. She sits on the Board of the Latin America New Zealand Business Council (ex officio).

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