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, Organisation Development

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. 

Clive Jones | General Manager, Strategy and Insight

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Clive Jones joined ENZ in November 2012, coming from a role as Deputy Chief Executive at the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) in Palmerston North. As General Manager, Strategy and Insight he is responsible for leading strategic thinking and initiatives designed to support the future success of the international education industry.

Before joining UCOL in 2000, Clive worked in telecommunications, local government and in the electricity industry in a variety of managerial roles. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Massey University.

Clive formerly held the role General Manager Business Development at ENZ. This team is at the heart of ENZ’s engagement with New Zealand’s international education industry, providing support and advice, professional development and training, tools and resources to assist all sectors of the industry achieve their international education objectives.

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, Student 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.

Greg Scott | General Manager, Industry Development

Greg Scott2Greg Scott joined ENZ in November 2014, combining a career as a chartered accountant with leadership roles in education in both the tertiary and secondary school sectors.  Greg was previously a principal lecturer and international dean at university level, education sector lead for NZTE and the director of an international college in Christchurch, during which time he led a range of international growth initiatives for the school and the development of the school sector strategic roadmap for ENZ.

As General Manager, Industry Development, Greg leads a team of business development and project managers who support New Zealand international education providers to achieve sustainable growth for the benefit of all New Zealanders. 

Greg has B.Com and MBA degrees, a post-graduate Diploma in Teaching and retains his CA membership with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is based in ENZ’s Christchurch office and is married with three young adults at various stages of their own education. 

Matt Penney | Chief Financial 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

Adele Bryant | Regional Director - China and North Asia

Adele BryantAdele took up her appointment as Regional Director – China and North Asia in June 2017.

In this role Adele is responsible for leading ENZ’s teams based in China, Korea, Japan and New Zealand in their education diplomacy, marketing, public relations, and business development efforts.

Adele joined ENZ in November 2012 as a Business Development Manager. She worked with the Wellington education sector and the university and education business sectors on a variety of initiatives to grow international student mobility, as well as the export of educational services and products. Just prior to taking up her new role she was seconded for two months to the office of the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Adele came to ENZ with over 20 years' international experience with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade having worked as a diplomat in Italy, Malaysia and Vanuatu. Most recently she was New Zealand’s Consul-General in Hong Kong and headed the China Unit at MFAT.

John Laxon | Regional Director - South, South East Asia & the Middle East

John L PhotoJohn was appointed Regional Director for the Middle East in 2014, and in 2016 took responsibility for the South Asia (India) and South East Asia regions.

In this role John is responsible for leading ENZ’s teams in their diplomatic and government relations, marketing, public relations, and business development efforts. ENZ’s teams servicing these regions are based in Saudi Arabia, India, Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand.

John was previously an Investment Manager for the Tertiary Education Commission in Wellington, overseeing $240 million in performance contracts for New Zealand education organisations. John was also seconded to serve as the advisor to Tertiary Education Ministers in Labour and National-led Governments between 2007-2009.

John has worked for the New Zealand Treasury as Vote Manager and Senior Analyst, negotiating climate finance outcomes at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including at the Doha (2012) and Durban (2011) Conferences. John has degree qualifications majoring in finance and political science, having attended the University of Otago and the National University of Singapore.

Lisa Futschek | Regional Director - Americas and Europe

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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