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National office

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Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive Officer

Nicola leads strategic development work. She is responsible for securing national funding, and represents the organisation at sector level; to government and with other external stakeholders.
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Deidre Stallinger

Finance and Systems Manager

Deidre manages the finance team and oversees the finance and IT systems.
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Brenda Wallace


Brenda looks after the organisation’s daily financial activity. She supports management and centres by providing financial information, reports and advice.
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Annette Fitzpatrick 

Senior Human Resources Advisor (from 30 April 2018) 

Annette manages the human resources, payroll and communications functions, providing support and advice to managers and staff.
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Jo Leach 

Programme Research and Development Manager

Jo manages the ESOL programmes team and leads strategic planning, research and curriculum development.
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Dorothy ThwaiteDorothy Thwaite

Programmes Projects and Support Coordinator 

Dorothy is responsible for ESOL programmes projects and provides support to centres and to the ESOL programmes team. 
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Victoria Ussher

Reporting and Monitoring Coordinator

Victoria supports centres delivering a range of ESOL programmes. She also oversees the volunteer and learner information database.
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Rose Desmond 

NZCEL National Coordinator

Rose coordinates our organisation’s New Zealand Certificate in English Language programme.
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Tracey Ellis 

Evaluative and Self-Assessment (ESA) Coordinator

Tracey coordinates quality assurance processes to ensure continuous improvement within the organisation.
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Birgit Grafarend-Watungwa

Operations Manager

Birgit provides leadership and operational guidance to the centre managers. 
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Nicki McLeod

Operations Manager

Nicki provides leadership and operational guidance to some of our regional centres.
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Grace Bassett

Communications and Profile Coordinator

Grace manages our external and internal publications and profile activities. She produces the Connecting Cultures journal, and manages the website and the organisation's brand.
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Arunesh Singh

Payroll Officer

Arunesh manages our payroll system. She is responsible for the management and processing of English Language Partners' payroll for 300 staff across the country.
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Fay Fu

Accounts Officer

Fay manages our day-to-day accounts, including all invoicing and payments. 
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Clytie Ho

Programme Support Administrator

Clytie manages reception and fields requests and resource orders. She assists in the ESOL programmes area and organises training and other events. She also coordinates our English for Migrants (EFM) programme. 
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Anne Chatterley

Executive Assistant/Administrator

Anne provides administration support for the Chief Executive, Board and the national office team, as well as helping centres with fundraising.
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English Language Partners New Zealand
192 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand  
P O Box 12 114, Wellington 6144
Phone  +64 4 471 2382