Our Talent


Expert Talent

Our expert talent acknowledge Kaiako skills and their mahi. 

The mahi that we do compliments this by weaving it through what fantastic practice is happening already.

We are hands on, we dig deep. Our philosophy is that PLD should be fun and engaging, and we leave you with #noregrets

As a team we work with senior leadership, staff in team meetings, model in class, support planning and also create frameworks and pathways for schools. 


Arnika Macphail

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Managing Director 

Arnika supports schools to weave develop and design an integrated curriculum through their school kaupapa.


Arnika comes from a teaching background and understands that time can be a barrier for PLD. The coaching and mentoring she provides models this by helping educators to save time.


Arnika is highly regarded as a facilitator. She believes PLD should be engaging and relevant.

Key Strengths:

Curriculum development

Digital Technologies implementation

Assessment for Learning

Keryn Hooker

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Senior Education Consultant

Keryn has had a successful career in the teaching sector, including many recent years in Senior Leadership. 

This has allowed her to develop the skills required to work alongside other leadership teams to drive the direction of their school.

Passionate about student agency and collaborative teaching, Keryn has helped co-author a school wide platform and shared beliefs to ensure the successful experience for both students and staff.  


Key Strengths:


Student Agency

Digital Technologies and Fluency

Assessment for Learning

Local Curriculum

Jackie Brown

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Senior Education Consultant

Jackie is a highly experienced educator, across both primary and secondary school, and in multiple subject areas. She is a passionate educator, who is always searching for innovative ideas in teaching and learning, challenging traditional boundaries and ensuring learning is relevant for students to develop their key capabilities. She has led the successful design and implementation of many new initiatives over the years. 

Jackie has a Master's in Education and is a Boma Education Fellow, working on changing the perceptions in Mathematics education. This involved a strong emphasis on developing capacity within the team, design thinking and project based learning, empowering students with a growth mindset and engaging proactively with the wider community. 


Key Strengths:

Secondary curriculum development

Design thinking

Change management

Growth mindset

David Macphail

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Director of Operations

David works with the team to develop the direction of impactED. David comes from a business background, having owned and directed several companies over his career.  


Key Strengths:

Business management and growth

Dr Gabrielle Wall

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Principal Consultant

With a deep expertise in the education sector and in organisational change management, Gabrielle continues to support the rebuilding of the education sector - both physically and pedagogically. Gabrielle is known for her ability to adapt and deliver under difficult and fast-changing circumstances, ensuring client satisfaction.

Key strengths:

Change Management



Stakeholder engagement

Patricia Mary

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Administration Support

Patricia supports the impactED team with event management, presentation zhushs, catering, registration processes, web updates, social media, and basic skills of keeping the team sane. 

Key Strengths:


Workshop Support

Website and Social Media



Amani Ah Kuoi

Lead Graphic Designer

Amani has a natural talent for graphic design and making things look amazing. With a strong reputation as a dedicated worker and commitment to moving forward, Amani brings to the impactED Team a strong creative background and talent in design.

Key strengths:

Graphic Design

Expert proficiency in the Adobe suite

Skilled at Time Management


Mā whero mā pango ka oti ai te mahi

Positive partnerships for impact

Brittany Glassey

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E-Textiles Expert

With a degree in fashion design and technology, Brittany loves the creative process. She has developed a deep knowledge in electronic textiles, fashion design and product development. 


Brittany also makes web content surrounding various creative projects and takes time to explain the process from concept to completion, with the aim to educate and inspire others when working on their own unique projects.

Key strengths:

Fashion and textiles technology

Wearable electronics / e-textiles

Product design and development


​Gamefroot is a web-based gaming platform that helps ākonga master the art of game development and coding. Easily integrated into the school curriculum, Gamefroot uses the technology that students already love, and supports them to become creators of their own games to share with others.  

Key strengths:

Game development and designing

Tuition in game design


Imagination Station

​Imagination Station is a charitable organisation specialising in LEGO Education.  Imagination Station staff are deeply experienced with the LEGO Education philosophy and resource range and are on hand to help others get the most out of these resources.

Key strengths:

Digital Technologies
Kinesthetic learning in the classroom
Bringing the LEGO Education curriculum and the NZ Curriculum together
Applying the STEAM Methodology


think elearning

Stephen of think elearning, regularly presents keynotes and professional development workshops at schools and conferences around New Zealand. His work has also taken him to Bangladesh to assist with the Bangladesh Education Services and Training (BEST) e-learning project.

Key strengths:

Digital Technologies and Fluency
Leadership Coaching
ICT School-wide Strategy & Change Management
Turning research-based theory into practice


Christchurch City Council Libraries

We are a network of public libraries across Christchurch, with the mission of connecting people, inspiring discovery and enriching communities. 

Key strengths:

Digital and creative initiatives using emerging technologies, content and physical collections along with customized programming to children, students and  life-long learners.


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Leadership Lab

The Leadership Lab team is a vibrant and diverse mix of people bringing experience, knowledge and a real passion to life and leading. We operate as a collective with a wide range of individuals teaming up to contribute to a range of projects while also supporting and developing each other in the process.

Key strengths:

Culture change and change management

Leadership development

Strategy and vision

Coaching and mentoring

Grow facilitation


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Greater Christchurch School Network (GCSN)

Bridging the Digital Divide ​in Education.

Key strengths:

Project management of Equitable Digital Access projects

Support for schools undertaking Digital Fluency PLD

Advice and guidance around digital access and support



Creative Trust

Creative Trust is a not-for-profit trust, who's mission it is to create equitable access to STEAM technology and to expand future pathways for Christchurch youth.

Key strengths:

DigiTech focused workshops/events to support Ōtautahi ākonga 

STEAM technologies