Moving from the Coromandel with her family in 2005, Rosanne saw New Plymouth as a place where she could maintain the beach lifestyle that she enjoyed, while giving her children better educational opportunities.
For the next twelve years Rosanne worked in private education, starting as a curriculum writer and manager, before being given the responsibility of running the newly formed e-learning team. To gain a better understanding of her team and their roles, she completed her Graduate Certificate in Applied E-learning. She went on to lead the distance learning team, particularly enjoying working with her tutors and their students.
More recently, Rosanne was Group Manager for Wood Group Training where she managed the T & C function on projects, started up an Australian RTO (Registered Training Organisation) and managed the quality and operational functions of the training company.
Now Programme Delivery Manager at NCNZ, Rosanne is delighted to once again be working with a team of tutors as well as helping students to fulfil their study goals and make a positive difference in their lives.
In her spare time you are likely to find Rosanne visiting family around the country, working in her garden, walking her black lab on the beach or just enjoying the Taranaki lifestyle.
Top Tip: Take the opportunities offered to you and embrace them. You may only get an opportunity once and you need to block out your doubts and say “I can do this”. Taking on a new challenge and stepping outside of your comfort zone is the best feeling and empowering no matter the outcome.
*Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Politics, Graduate Certificate in Applied E-Learning.
Anneka is a firm believer in practicing what you preach. By making the most of her opportunities, Anneka’s career journey has enabled her to traverse a broad and exciting range of industries. After gaining a Bachelor of Sport Management she spent six years working in a managerial role in the hospitality industry, before moving into the education sector as an account manager for the Skills Organisation. A shift from Auckland to New Plymouth opened the door to a teaching opportunity at the Naturopathic College of New Zealand, and now in addition to Anneka’s work as a brand manager for the Aspire2 Group, she is sharing her knowledge and experience with students on our Business Management Programme.
Top Tip: Grab every opportunity you have with both hands, because you never know where it might take you.
With over 25 years of marketing and business experience on both sides of the Tasman, there’s not much Danny doesn’t know about the industry. His significant expertise spans small businesses through to multi nationals, and for the past three years he has run his own marketing consultancy.
Eleven years spent working in the tertiary education sector reaffirmed the importance of education in changing people’s lives, and now Danny is continuing that journey at Aspire2, using his experience and knowledge to help students achieve success on their educational path.
In addition to his extensive industry experience, Danny has a Certificate in Team Leadership, a Diploma in Management, and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).
Top Tip: Don’t hesitate, just jump right in. Studying business is challenging, fascinating and will alter your view on business. The good news is that we’re here to help you succeed. Whether you want to work for a large corporate or set up your own business, understanding how business works will open doors to help you on your way.
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jess studied law and worked as a paralegal before opting for a change of career direction. She landed a role as an equality officer for students at Queens University Belfast, relishing the opportunity to advocate and work with the student body. She later worked for the National Health Service in a service improvement, planning, performance and business development role, furthering her studies at the same time.
Prior to joining our team, Jess was in a hands-on management role and was looking for a challenge where she could utilise her extensive knowledge and learning in a different context. Her previous experience working with students, and her own personal journey as a distance learner, made tutoring business the perfect choice.
Jess has a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters in Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Improvement, and a PRINCE 2 (Project Management) Foundation Certificate.
Since ditching law to pursue business management, Jess has never looked back.
“It has opened so many doors already and I feel I’m still only learning! Business management is so versatile and should no longer conjure up the image of ‘men in suits’. Without realising it, we are part of business operations and interactions every single day, and studying business management can help develop a better business acumen.”
Supporting our Business Management students to complete their programmes of study is a role Bridget is perfectly suited for. Currently a tertiary student herself, she knows just what it takes to successfully juggle work and study – not to mention maintain some kind of life balance!
In 2017 Bridget returned to university full time to complete her Masters, and she is now on her way to becoming a registered Organisational Psychologist. Prior to this she spent several years working full time in the mental health and addiction sector, whilst also studying part time for her professional sector qualifications.
These experiences have taught Bridget a lot, giving her a deep understanding of what our students are going through, as well as first-hand knowledge of the most effective ways to navigate barriers to learning.
Top tip: It will be a hard but rewarding journey. Feel the fear and do it anyway.n abundant garden, orchard and animals.
*Diploma in Holistic Nutrition
Sarah is a firm believer that it doesn’t matter what industry you work in – business management skills apply to all of them. And she should know. Sarah has worked in the engineering sector, the oil and gas industry, construction, agriculture and finance. Her diverse career has taken her all over the world, and in every single role her business management expertise has helped her get ahead.
After gaining a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies), Sarah cut her teeth in an engineering-based consultancy company before crossing the ditch to spend four years in Melbourne, managing international and national construction projects. A two year stint back in New Plymouth saw her excel in the agriculture industry, managing North and South Island operations, before heading to London to work in finance. Eventually home beckoned again, and Sarah returned to New Zealand and landed an exciting position in the Maui Pipeline industry for the First Gas as Transmission Scheduling team.
Now she is sharing her phenomenal multi-industry expertise with our BMP students, and it is a role she is tackling with as much relish as any other.
“While I was studying at Victoria University, I was a PASS tutor for Business Management and I really enjoyed it. I love being in a learning environment so am looking forward to getting to know the material more in depth and also being able to gain more experience in the tutoring world and assist our BMP students.”
For Sarah, education is something that never stops.
“It is always a good idea to learn more and constantly upskill.”
Pip has worked in a wide range of fields. She has been an agricultural contractor, a multi-site manager for a large corporate, and a procurement specialist for an oil and gas services company. Despite the diversity, there has always been a common thread – helping those around her to succeed.
This passion for supporting others to achieve their goals, and inspiring them to become better versions of themselves, makes Pip well equipped for her new role as Student Success Enthusiast, responsible for supporting our students administratively to complete their studies.
No stranger to the pressures of student life herself, Pip has been juggling her career with her Bachelor of Science studies, majoring in Chemistry and Geology. She has studied both on campus and by distance learning, so she knows all too well the challenges today’s students face, as well as plenty of great tips for conquering these challenges.
“Having been a student myself I understand how valuable it can be to have a bit of support, encouragement and a ‘go-to’ person when you’re studying extramurally,” says Pip.
Top tip: Treat your studies like your job – have set “work” hours and stick to them.
Tabitha Williams is keenly focused on helping people to succeed in education. Prior to joining our team, she was employed by the Ministry of Education as an Education Support Worker, working one-on-one with preschool children with special needs. Now, in her new role as Student Success Enthusiast, Tabitha continues to help people achieve their goals and tap into their full potential.
By supporting our Business Management Students to complete their programme of study, Tabitha is helping to ensure our students achieve both educational and personal success. It’s a role she finds fun, challenging, and incredibly rewarding.
Top tip: You are not journeying through your study alone. We are here to help you succeed!
Nothing beats doing a job you love, and for Toni, working as a Student Success Enthusiast is like hitting the jackpot. Toni loves helping people, and here at NCNZ and BMP, she gets to do exactly that, every single day.
As a Student Success Enthusiast, it’s Toni’s job to work with students to overcome any barriers they may have, and to support them to complete their studies.
It’s an area she is highly skilled in – not only is she a mother of four (plus one fur baby), she has also been involved in sports administration for Touch, and has spent many years organising and supporting our Taranaki teams. When it comes to providing support, Toni is a pro!
“I love working with the students and helping them succeed. It is so rewarding.”
Top tip: Just do it – don’t wait and wonder, go for it!