Our Team

Bronwyn Weston


Bronwyn has been involved in education for nearly four decades, working in New Zealand and
internationally. Prior to establishing EDconnect, she worked for Cognition Education in a variety of
roles for 12 years. She is an experienced education leader and professional learning and
development specialist, who has continuously focused on raising student achievement and
ensuring they are actively involved in owning their learning. Bronwyn has a strong focus on quality
and ensuring that professional development and learning achieve the anticipated outcomes.
Bronwyn has a keen interest in evaluation and quality assurance and has had a focus on both of
these in a number of her past roles. Her teaching background is in primary and middle school
education and she has also worked in secondary schools.

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Read Bronwyn’s MOE Summary of Practice here

Naomi Kinnaird


During her educational career, Naomi has been a teacher, principal, and adviser to schools. She has worked internationally in a number of Professional Development advisory, facilitation, and curriculum writing roles including directing a leadership development project for school and aspiring leaders. In establishing EDconnect Naomi is continuing her work as an education consultant and facilitator.

As an experienced education leader and professional learning and development specialist, Naomi has a strong focus on building professional relationships and working partnerships to grow effective leaders and successful learners. She is passionate about coaching for growth, effective leadership, teaching and learning and achieving more equitable educational outcomes. She continuously focuses on raising student achievement and ensuring leaders and learners are active participants in their learning.

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Penny Miller

HR Specialist

Penny started her career as a teacher with experience gained in both NZ and the UK before
moving into the HR domain. She has over 20 years’ experience in HR, including senior roles within
the education sector specifically consulting in NZ and overseas and the tertiary education sector.
Penny has been involved in large scale recruitment processes with very tight deadlines and strict
parameters through to individual appointments. All recruitment is specific and individualised with
a targeted approach to meet the client’s needs. We can help you with a recruitment plan to
ensure we are going to attract the right people.
Getting the recruitment process right is paramount to all successful organizations. People are the
key. Recruiting the right people is essential, as is the way recruitment is carried out. Now in the
21st century, recruitment approaches have changed, and culture is recognised as imperative to the
process. It takes more than short listing and interviewing, the cultural fit is just as important – that
both sides feel comfortable in the environment, that they have the same values and work ethic.

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Micheal King


Micheal has spent the past 25+ years as an educator, leader, education consultant and director, working in New Zealand and internationally. Micheal has project managed, led, facilitated and worked in-depth with many cross-sector government ministries across the globe.

Micheal has worked with schools and school leaders across New Zealand, the Middle East and Pacific. He has been heavily involved in driving inquiry practice, collaboration and effective leadership approaches across the group and across their schools. Micheal was the regional director for Auckland and Northland; providing culturally responsive guidance and leadership for the National Aspiring Principals programme. NAPP is focused on developing culturally responsive leadership dispositions for 21st Century learning environments.

Micheal was the project manager for an extending high standards project to build culturally responsive practices with school leadership teams and classroom practitioners. He facilitated professional coaching and mentoring with principals; professional development with classroom practitioners to support classroom observations; developed self-review tools and led in-depth scoping and the evaluation of school effectiveness reviews.

Micheal has undertaken both Iwi and community consultation as part of his governance facilitation role, when working with the Establishment Board of Trustees of new schools. Micheal has been responsible with working alongside Iwi chairs and hapū representatives to ensure that Māori perspectives, input and ways of working are acknowledged and used to ensure that schools and iwi-based outcomes are reached, using the appropriate manner.

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Read Micheal’s MOE Summary of Practice here

Emma Blake

ECE Specialist

Emma has been a teacher, leader and manager for a wide variety of early childhood centres, as well as a tutor for training early childhood teachers. Emma has taught in new entrant and year one/two classrooms so knows firsthand what is required and the importance of a robust transition to school programme. Using her theoretical and practical knowledge about transition to school she led a forum for early childhood and primary school teachers to bridge the gap between the early years and school. Emma has implemented play-based learning programmes in centres and her greatest passion in education is the Reggio Emilia project approach.

Emma has extensive experience working with young children sharing her wealth of knowledge and practical skills to support teachers, managers and owners of early learning services. She can help you to develop and grow your teachers and childcare to meet the needs of our youngest tamariki and their whanau.

Emma provides expert support and development for professionals from setting up new centres, growing existing centres, guiding staff through ERO visits, to HR and marketing and coaching teachers and managers to ensure quality care and education.

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