Iwi: Rangitane, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Kinohaku
Butch is in his second term as a director with Skills Active, having also held the position of operations manager from 2006 to late 2008, providing him with a sound knowledge of the organisation and its industries.
With a media and executive management background, his communications and strategic planning skills are put to good use in organisational development. He has been active with iwi development in the top of the South Island, having worked as the CEO for an iwi organisation.
Butch has worked in and held a range of directorships with commercial and community organisations which include; Basketball NZ, Te Ara a Maui, NZ Māori Tourism, Tasman Rugby Union having also served on the top of the south Regional Lotteries committee for over 10 years. Currently he consults to World Travellers.
Resource designer and publisher
Bridie has been with the Skills Active whānau since 2006 and uses all of her experience and creativity to bring our learning and assessment resources to life, both online and in printed form.
Outside the office environment she is a mum to wee Finn (a future New Zealand astronaut/All Black), enjoys painting and photography, and is a big Guns N’ Roses fan.
Rachael joined Skills Active in December 2019 and has worked in tertiary education for over 15 years. She is excited about joining the Quality Solutions team and working with such a great group of people.Read more Read less
Rachael comes from a background in tertiary education, working in the beauty services sector, tutoring, managing and developing programmes and resources. Prior to that she worked in adult education with community providers. Her work history is originally in fashion and costume for film and television.
When she's not at work Rachael can be found in Kapiti with her fishing-passionate partner and teenage son; her older son is studying at Canterbury. She loves spending time with her family, gardening, sewing and lying on the couch.
Kaitohutohu tikanga rua - Bicultural advisor
Chauntelle joined Skills Active in 2017 as a learning support advisor, then left to work with Māori apprentices in construction. She has recently returned and is now the organisation's kaitohutohu tikanga rua - bicultural advisor.
Chauntelle has a sport and recreation background having worked in a regional sports trust for seven years prior to Skills Active.
Her passion has always been about people reaching their full potential through qualifications.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with whānau, friends and long walks.
Training support administrator
Emily joined Skills Active in 2022. With previous experience in the performing arts industry, Emily has a passion for stage directing and design (musical theatre is a personal favourite!).Read more Read less
Outside of work, Emily can be found participating in several community theatre productions and spending lots of time with friends: going on bushwalks, working on her nature photography, and exploring Wellington playing Pokemon Go!
Training support administrator
Issy joined Skills Active in February 2022. Born and raised in Palmerston North, she grew up within a performing arts background. She has a passion for acting and is currently pursuing film acting in New Zealand.Read more Read less
In 2023 Issy will be heading off to the Gold Coast to study and pursue this as a career. She has danced since she was a young girl in all styles but her go to is always hip hop.
Issy has worked within many diverse roles in customer service, hospitality and with the government. She loves travel, adventure and spending time with the people she loves most.
Learning support advisor
Nelson, Marlborough, Christchurch, North Canterbury and West Coast
Denise joined Skillls Active in July 2016 and is based in Nelson. Denise has experience working in the sport, recreation and fitness sectors, delivering and assessing unit standards.Read more Read less
She is actively working in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor and is passionate about helping people reach their full potential.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising at the gym, volunteering in the community and cooking.
Training advisor - apprentices
Born and raised in Christchurch, Emily grew up in the recreation and sport industry in a wide range of sports, from swimming to competitive diving. At age 16, she started working part-time as a lifeguard and has held various roles in the recreation and sport industry ever since - including a stint at Disney World in Florida.Read more Read less
She has a Bachelor of Health Science and is passionate about education and helping people achieve their goals.
In her spare time Emily loves to hang out with family and friends, kayak, travel and explore this beautiful country on tramping adventures.
General manager, projects and partnerships
Ben joined Skills Active in April, 2018. For more than two decades, Ben has been a professional in the outdoor recreation industry. He has worked in guiding and instruction roles across most disciplines and holds qualifications from NZOIA, NZMGA, NZRA and MSC.Read more Read less
His experience includes management roles at adventure tourism businesses both nationally and internationally and senior instructor roles at a number of outdoor centres. He comes to Skills Active from the New Zealand Defence Force, where he spent eight years leading adventure activities while facilitating leadership development programmes.
Ben covers the outdoor recreation industry and is the key contact between Skills Active and NZOIA, NZRA, NZSAC and the NZPMBA.
When he is not adventuring in the outdoors or waxing lyrical about Skills Active, he can be found teaching his kids to ski and ride or hanging out with family and friends.
General manager, Finance
Anthony joined Skills Active in April 2020, early in the Level 4 lockdown. He is a chartered accountant and has considerable experience in senior management roles.Read more Read less
He describes himself as a lifelong learner and the opportunity to join the Skills Active team seemed a good fit in facilitating the learning of its industry trainees.
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys the outdoors. Exercise these days is mainly walking, but he has previously included a number of racquet sports, soccer, golf and a bit of skiing. An avid music fan, his tastes lie predominantly in the 70s and 80s, and although travel is currently limited to New Zealand, he looks forward to restrictions being lifted, as he still has a few countries on his list.
Angela has extensive experience in the education sector, and has been an administrator for an industry training organisation for many years.Read more Read less
Making audits run as smoothly as possible is Angela’s work goal. She is very comfortable working with a wide range of people over a geographically-spread area.
Born and raised in India, Brian has considered NZ home for the past seven years. If you have a question about finance, accounting, gaming, hiking or cooking, Brian is the person to chat to. With a master of commerce degree, Brian is passionate about helping the business through his chosen field of finance and accounting.Read more Read less
He has worked for different industry sectors including non-profit, architecture and government. Brian loves research, and has lots of hobbies, plus he's actively involved in his church, playing piano and preaching sermons. He is currently studying towards his masters in divinity (theology) from Australia.
Chief operating officer
Maren joined Skills Active in 2016 and has a keen interest in the impact of sport and recreation on personal development, health and wellbeing.Read more Read less
While Maren has worn a number of hats in the health sector including research, government advisory and management roles, her passion is for the New Zealand outdoors and for grappling.
Maren has 15 years' experience in martial arts and teaches womens' Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defence in Wellington. When she is not on the mats she is escaping the city to explore the wilderness with her husband Glenn and their little boy Leon.
Monique joins Skills Active with eight years experience in the Assessment Services team at the Aviation Tourism Travel ITO (ATTTO - now Service IQ). Prior to that, she spent six years working and travelling throughout the world, which included being a head ski resort representative in the French Alps.Read more Read less
Most recently, Monique worked for the NZ Police in the Kapiti Digital Communications Centre. She enjoys the diversity people bring to the workplace, loves learning about different cultures and is passionate about working in roles that make a difference in the community. Family, friends and fun plays a big part in Monique's life. She loves to bike anywhere and if needing space to breathe, will often be found strolling her home beaches on the Kapiti Coast.
General manager - People and Culture (Group)
Aimee has a very eclectic CV, which is the result of her completing a theatre degree (which basically means she's good at making things up). She spent seven years at Wellington Airport, falling into HR and working her way up to GM People and Culture.
Just when life was going really swimmingly, she had an epiphany at a wellness retreat and decided to quit her great job and leave her very nice life in Wellington to go travelling.
Almost five years later, (largely thanks to Covid), she is living back in Wellington and while she spends a lot of time reminiscing about when she lived on a tropical island and was warm, she is very happy to be part of the Skills Active whānau. She is counting down the days until she can get to Melbourne to visit Rosie, her magnificent niece and back to Sri Lanka to see Sherlock, her menace of a dog.
Stephen is the registrar of the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) with direct responsibility for the operation and growth of the register, including financial management, strategic direction, and managing key organisational relationships. REPs is the industry owned not for profit register with over 3000 exercise professionals, and 200 exercise facilities registered.Read more Read less
Stephen has experience working with a range of organisations, from small owner-operators (the backbone of New Zealand businesses) through to large national entities. He has a hands on understanding of the needs and challenges facing small non-profit organisations, and how to support their growth through investment into workplace based education and standards.
As a past chair of the Skills Active Exercise Advisory Group, Stephen has a clear understanding of the value and importance of workplace-based training, and the ability to drive, promote an encourage its growth.
Stephen is also a director of the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) which is actively driving the international development of standards for exercise professionals. With the growing pressures on health budgets globally due to health conditions such as obesity, mental health, type 2 diabetes, and an ageing population, Stephen's ICREPs directorship role is important to ensure that the exercise industry worldwide has robust qualifications, and recognition, to offer effective solutions to these burdening health challenges.
Resource Development manager
Sue first joined Skills Active in 2006 as a learning support advisor. Since then she has made several attempts to break away from Skills Active, the most recent being a contract resource development role as part of a New Zealand project team working for the Ministry of Education in the Sultanate of Oman.Read more Read less
She is loving being back in New Zealand, working for Skills Active again, and living at Waikanae Beach.
Sue still enjoys participating in any outdoor pursuit, but most likely she will be found blasting the local trails on her mountain bike.
General manager, Learning Solutions
Lorna joined Skills Active in August 2015, and is based in Wanaka. Lorna has extensive experience as an educator, including secondary, tertiary and teacher education and as a professional development advisor and facilitator.Read more Read less
Lorna’s background in education is now applied to qualification and standard writing, resource development, snowsport assessor training and support.
Outside of work Lorna is a gardener, skier and mountain biker.
Learning support advisor
North Canterbury, Canterbury and South Canterbury
Amanda has been a part of the aquatics industry for almost a decade. Starting out as a part-time lifeguard she quickly made her way through the organisation and has more recently been part of two successful leadership teams at aquatic facilities in North and South Canterbury. Amanda has been a Skills Active registered assessor for four years.Read more Read less
She has a passion for giving people the opportunity to be the best version of themselves, and providing support to ensure they achieve their goals. In her spare time she enjoys a good game of rugby and spends time with family and friends. Her 8-month old springer spaniel also keeps her on her toes!
Learning support advisor
Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki
Angie joined Skills Active in September 2016. She comes from an event management and instructional background in the outdoors and community recreation industries.Read more Read less
Angie loves the interpersonal side of her work, and has had the privilege of meeting and working with many amazing people through her various roles in local and regional authorities, private enterprise, corporate and community facilitation and development.
Angie is a furniture maker, Brazilian drum maker, house renovator/handy-person and general #8 kiwi engineer, who wishes there were more hours in the day to create awesome stuff, including some pretty funky steampunk walking canes.
She can often be found drumming with the infamous Wellington Batucada. Otherwise Angie loves hanging with her family.
Andrew is not directly involved in any Skills Active Aotearoa sector and brings an independent perspective to the governance board, as well as his experience in this bi-cultural organisation to the two board committees Titiro Anga Whakamua and the Audit & Risk.Read more Read less
Andrew brings his strong business experience and strategic planning skills to the governance group. Andrew was a past director on the Industry Training Federation board (the peak body for ITOs) and is the learning and development manager for Financial Advice New Zealand Inc.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and economics, and a Master of Business Administration from Canterbury University.
Learning Solutions administrator
Jacinta returned to Skills Active in 2017, after 8 years away. Her role involves helping with the administration tasks of the Qualification, Quality and Resource Development teams, within Learning Solutions.
Data Coordinator team leader
Wanda joined Skills Active in March 2013. She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 15 years, where she has worked on the gym floor, managed and even owned a gym. She has enjoyed every minute of it.Read more Read less
Wanda received her National Certificate in Exercise in 1994 and has been in the fitness industry ever since. She is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and has continued her education and upskilling.
Wanda completed numerous certificates with Skills Active before starting in her current role, and is now enjoying being part of the team that helped with her fitness career.
Industry engagement advisor - aquatics
Tracey joined Skills Active in July 2022 and is based in Christchurch. She has an absolute passion for aquatics, and people, and has been working in the industry for over 30 years, although she has been poolside for as long as she can remember!Read more Read less
Tracey has worked in multiple roles from frontline to management, not for profit, private sector and local government organisations. She has been part of the wider Skills Active whānau, assessing swim education qualifications since 2010.
When not working, Tracey enjoys time with her whānau and friends and the occasional visit to the whānau holiday haven in Kaikoura to "reset".
Wez joined Skills Active in 2017, having previously provided software services to the company as a contractor since 2011.Read more Read less
He has a software analysis and development background and currently builds and maintains many of our back-end and front-end systems.
He is passionate about improving useability of our services, and providing clients with what they need to get their own jobs done with the minimum of fuss.
When he's not at work, Wez mostly spends time with his family, but when rare opportunity presents he can be found playing an instrument, or reading and writing science-fiction.
Business Development Manager
Pete Hodkinson joined Qualworx in June 2021. He has a Diploma in Sport and Fitness Education from Unitec where he graduated top of his class. Making a few non-linear shifts he forged a background in local, national and international student association leadership, governance, music and language education.Read more Read less
The skills that tied it altogether? Connecting the unconnected; both ideas and people. He’s ready to put his toolkit to use, developing and growing our organisation alongside the team.
Donna joined Skills Active in 2006, and is based in Christchurch. She enjoys bringing together her experience in aquatics, human resource management and adult education to produce learning and assessment pathways for clients within her current role as a resource developer.
Sandy has been part of the Resource Development team since 2019. She has a background in teaching and particularly loves biking, badminton and baking.Read more Read less
She’s based in South Taranaki and when not working for Skills Active, she can be found chatting to her chooks, foraging in her garden, or playing with her grandchildren.
With approximately 20 years of experience in the aquatics and recreation industry, Kirsty is an experienced industry professional, with a passion for supporting Skills Active and our sectors.Read more Read less
As a director of Community Leisure Management (CLM), board member of Recreation Aotearoa and trustee of Community Leisure Charitable Trust, a delivery partner of Aktive’s in the Counties Manukau region and AROORA programming in Te Tai Tokerau, Kirsty is directly involved in business development, governance and strategic planning. Furthermore, Kirsty has a strong skill set specialising in operations, health and safety, human resources, aquatics and facility management.
In her spare time Kirsty can still be seen running around the netball court and coaching her daughter's netball team.
Learning support advisor
West Auckland, Northland
Denny joined Skills Active in 2022. She has previously worked at the New Zealand School of Tourism and has over 20 years’ experience in hospitality and tourism. She is a people person who loves to travel and being outdoors.Read more Read less
When she’s not at work, Denny can be found with her running shoes on or at CrossFit, and she loves spending time playing games with her partner and friends. She might be slightly competitive.
Denny loves the snow and spent four winters in the Pyrenees in Andorra, before heading to Queenstown where she spent eight years enjoying both the summers and winters.
Emma joined the Skills Active Aotearoa team with a varied and diverse work background but most recently worked in public libraries in customer service and systems maintenance.Read more Read less
When she's not at work she loves quizzing with her quiz team and spending time with her friends and family. You can usually hear her coming before you see her, either due to her jingling bracelets or her absent-minded singing.
General manager, Delivery
Todd joined Skills Active in March 2018. While Todd has a broad range of experience across his career he had a desire to move into a role in the sport and recreation, health, wellbeing and personal development sector. Skills Active was an excellent fit.Read more Read less
He has a history in endurance sport, completing Ironman NZ, and representing New Zealand in his age group at the World Champs for triathlon. When not at work, he'll probably be on the trails.
Industry engagement advisor - performing arts
Matt joined Skills Active as industry engagement advisor in 2022. He has been working with Skills Active as assessor for the Event and Entertainment Technology qualifications (Levels 3 and 4) since February 2017, and joined the sector reference group working on the Level 5 and 6 qualifications in 2019. Matt has overseas experience teaching event and entertainment technology as a certified master-craftsman.Read more Read less
Matt enjoys his work with Skills Active as he finds it important to share knowledge and experience. He has strong connections within Aotearoa’s event industry and shares his experience as an assessor with his industry peers to guarantee consistency in the assessment process for this industry.
Work/life balance is very important to Matt, and when he's not at work it's likely that he's on one of Aotearoa’s tramping tracks.
Jim joined Skills Active in 2018. He comes from a varied hospitality background and has also worked as a sound technician, in fitness marketing, and as a hospitality tutor before becoming a resource developer in 2014.Read more Read less
He is passionate about adult education and breaking down barriers to learning.
When he's not at work, Jim enjoys astronomy, lifting weights and watching Liverpool football club.
Finance and administration assistant
Julie joined Skills Active in August 2013 as the office assistant. Since joining she has completed two Skills Active qualifications - the National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Core Skills) and Business Administration and Computing Skills Level 3.Read more Read less
Julie is from the UK and has two daughters. She loves spending time with her family, just hanging out and having fun. Julie loves to help people.
Esther joined Skills Active in 2016, and was previously a business journalist. She is a big fan of plain English.Read more Read less
Esther's favourite sport is crosswords. She also likes books, newspapers, yoga, and the Oxford comma. You can usually find her hanging out at home with her husband and kids.
Originally hailing from the chilly east coast of Te Waipounamu, Prea was born and raised in Timaru. Growing up surrounded by theatre from a very young age, Prea quickly grew a passion to follow the performing arts as a career. Taking the leap to the windy Pōneke in 2017, Prea began her studies at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington.Read more Read less
After graduating in 2019, Prea has since been working as a freelance performer, writer, and producer in the Pōneke theatre scene. Starting at Skills Active is an exciting new chapter for Prea as she starts her career supporting trainees across Aotearoa.
Iwi: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kauwhata
Sam has an executive management and director background in both the private and public sectors, having served on boards across a variety of industries including advertising, fishing, and broadcasting.
He has a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Waikato. Sam is involved with the Treaty settlement process for the country’s largest iwi, Ngāpuhi, and has extensive experience in working with Māori and non-Māori organisations alike.
Sam currently works in local government, a sector with which he has been associated for more than 25 years. His local government experience includes an overseas appointment as a council CEO in Australia’s Northern Territory. Sam was elected to Skills Active’s Board in May 2007. Sam has been involved with Skills Active since the incorporation of Sfrito.
Learning support advisor
Nick joined Skills Active in 2021 as a learning support advisor. Academically, Nick completed his undergraduate degree in sport and recreation through AUT in 2013. Following his graduation he spent 12 months living in Queenstown where he secured his first opportunity working voluntarily in the high performance sector, as a strength and conditioning coach.Read more Read less
Upon returning to Auckland Nick elected to further his studies, completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning at AUT. While studying he found work at a private training establishment and spent six years as a tutor and curriculum developer. Alongside his work in education, Nick continued to work voluntarily as an assistant sport scientist, and a strength conditioning coach with local football clubs, and briefly, at NZ Football.
When Nick isn’t working or spending time with his family and friends, he can be found reading, drawing, listening to music, playing PlayStation, or absorbing all the football he can. He considers himself a student of the game of Football, and American Football. He follows the fortunes (or misfortunes) of Arsenal FC, and the Miami Dolphins.
Quality advisor and assessor liaison
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Lizzie began with Skills Active in June 2021 but has been working in vocational education and training for over 20 years, with her first role tutoring in the area of travel and tourism.Read more Read less
Lizzie has worked in both the provider and ITO sectors in several different roles including lecturing, assessing, moderating and assessor support.
When not focusing on all things assessment, Lizzie enjoys singing, travelling and hanging with her family and friends.
Mā mua ka kite a muri
Mā muri ka ora a mua
Those who lead give sight to those who follow
Those who follow give life to those who lead.
Born and raised in Hawke's Bay, Jordan is a father of five and grandfather to one. He has 20 years' experience in basketball coaching and development and is the founder and coordinator of Kahungunu Poitūkohu - a kaupapa Māori holistic wellbeing program, utilising basketball as a way to connect with whānau and rangatahi.
Phil has been in working in IT since he was 15, starting with fixing broken PCs and working his way up through to a fully-fledged IT guy. He has always had a passion for IT and has a very broad set of knowledge that always continues to expand.Read more Read less
Originally from Wellington, Phil moved to the UK at a young age and after 20 years, decided to travel back to New Zealand. After settling back home, he joined the Skills Active team as the IT guy, supporting everything from the printer to the coffee machine.
Learning support advisor
North Auckland and Central Auckland
Matt has been working in the health, fitness and community recreation industries for over 10 years in a wide variety of roles including personal training, group fitness and professional development.Read more Read less
His passion for helping others sees him still teaching Les Mills Group Fitness classes on a weekly basis. Born and bred in the mighty West Auckland and a graduate of Kelston Boys High School, a passion for sport comes with the territory.
During his downtime Matt can be found in the gym, coaching and personal training, as well as instructing a variety of group fitness classes. On weekends you will find him glued to the TV watching the NRL and supporting his beloved New Zealand Warriors.
Before moving to Skills Active, Matt managed a number of gym facilities as well as being Business Development Manager for Health & Fitness at CLM. Matt was also a Skills Active exercise assessor for over two years before joining the team.
Hangarau whakawhiti kōrero - IT Administrator
Shayne joined Skills Active in 2022. He is our IT administrator and previously worked in the sound industry. Outside of work, Shayne likes to read, swim, break his computer, and spend time with friends.
Amy worked in hospitality making coffee for several years during high school and university. More recently after completing her studies she has been performing administrative and HR functions in a mix of small and large organisations.
Learning support advisor
Coastal Otago and Southland
Emma has spent the last 18 years in Dunedin, running an outdoor education and eco tourism company with her husband.Read more Read less
Their company has trained many staff through Skills Active (herself included), so Emma jumped at the opportunity to come on board as a Skills Active team member to help other companies take advantage of the great training opportunities Skills Active can offer them.
Although her business has meant she spends a lot of time outdoors with clients, she and her husband and daughter still spend as much free time as possible camping, rafting, and hanging out in the outdoors. But she also admits that sometimes sitting by a lake reading all day works for her too.
Industry engagement advisor - exercise
Alan has been working across the fitness and exercise industry for over 15 years, having a varied background covering things like martial arts, pilates, and personal training.
Having been with Skills Active for 11 years previously, he recently returned after a two-year break working at another ITO - adding to his experience within the world of New Zealand education and training.
Southern LSA team leader and industry engagement advisor - snowsport
Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Fiordland
Steve joined the Skills Active team in July 2013. Born and raised near Stonehenge, England, and with a BA Combined Honours in Sports Science and History, Steve has enjoyed an extensive customer service career in leisure and tourism both in Europe and North America. He now specialises in the thriving NZ snow industry!Read more Read less
Steve and his wife Sadie moved to New Zealand in 2004 and are settled in Arrowtown with their boys Seth and Arlo. He is a proud volunteer firefighter and also helps to coach and promote youth sport in the region.
Hinemaua became a board director with Skills Active in 2020. She brings a strong background in strategic, commercial business development, governance, management, public sector, project management from concept to implementation and resolving complex business issues.Read more Read less
Hinemaua has extensive networks and experience working with corporate, government agencies, Iwi and Māori organisations including Treaty Settlement entities across primary and commercial sectors.
She is a certified practitioner for coaching and mentoring, and a specialist coach and advisor to senior executives in cultural development.
Learning support advisor
Wellington and Kapiti Coast
Angela joined Skills Active in May 2019. Angela has been in gym membership sales and retention roles for nearly 10 years, and has worked as a group fitness instructor for over 15 years. She has also worked in employment support roles, supporting people coming out of prison, and spent five years in the recruitment industry.Read more Read less
Angela’s passion is supporting people to reach their goals whether that be in fitness or employment, and she is a strong believer in education and ongoing learning as a pathway to success. She has studied continuously as an adult in psychology and mental health, and loves to learn!
Angela is still a passionate group fitness instructor for Les Mills in Wellington and loves to keep fit while helping others. She loves being active with her kids on the weekends, watching her beloved Phoenix Football team, and is a keen traveller.
Learning support advisor
Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Waikato and Waipa
Kia ora, nō Tauranga Moana ahau, ko Philip Seed toku ingoa, no reira, tēnā koutou katoa.
Philip is a born and raised “Mountie”. He spent many years fishing, doing bombs at the wharf, jumping off rocks and going to the beach.
He completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, then a few years later did the Secondary School teaching post grad, and had a small stint teaching, then back to the outdoors.
Phil has spent over 10 years working in outdoor instruction, training, team leading and some assessing. He recently spent a couple of years with Sport Bay of Plenty. He has also spent many years volunteering in churches, doing youth work, and helping educate and train people.
In his downtime you will find him at church, the gym, walks, movies, ten pin bowling, playing pool, eating kai, and with his whānau. In more recent years he has been exploring his own backyard and appreciating all that Aotearoa has to offer. Phil also describes himself as a bit of a funny ‘fulla’ and enjoys a good laugh!
Learning support advisor
Wairarapa, Gisborne, East Cape and Hawke's Bay
Ryan joined Skills Active in August 2021. He previously worked in the aquatics industry for seven years, having started out as a learn to swim instructor, which then led to becoming a lifeguard and then a lifeguard assessor - which then steered him in the direction of his current role as a learning support advisor.Read more Read less
Ryan is passionate about helping people to obtain qualifications post-school, and he himself has obtained qualifications in the aquatics, horticulture, viticulture, and health and safety sectors.
His best times are spent with his 10 year old son, and he enjoys anything to do with water, including fishing, boating, kayaking, surfing, swimming and diving. Motorcycle riding is also up there. He is looking forward to supporting trainees on their learning journeys.
Learning support advisor
Rotorua, Waipa, South Waikato, Waitomo and Ruapehu
Matt has been working in the aquatics sector for 10 years, starting as a lifeguard and working his way through many roles including team leader, operational support, and water quality and treatment.
When he’s not at work he likes to get out and about walking, enjoying beautiful Lake Taupo, and of course swimming at the pool!
Hania joined Skills Active in August 2022. Born and raised in Syria, she first started her career in a leading marketing agency. Hania has been in design roles for nearly 10 years, and has worked with a wide range of industries and projects.Read more Read less
When she's not at work, she enjoys baking with her boys, and going to fight classes.
Training support administrator
Leatrice joined Skills Active in 2022. She has previously worked for training organisations assisting apprentices with the delivery of New Zealand qualifications in the property management industry and more.Read more Read less
When not at work Leatrice can be found swinging a golf club at various golf courses around the country and she has even hit a hole in one.
Salesforce functional consultant
Craig rejoined Skills Active in September 2012 after also working here from 1997 to 2002. He has worked in the ITO sector for over 10 years focusing mainly on information systems, data integrity and business processes.Read more Read less
In his spare time, Craig also teaches photography to adults at Wellington High School in the evenings, works on various documentary photography projects, travels and enjoys gardening.
Marketing and Communications manager
Lance first joined Skills Active back in March 2011, but left in 2021 to take a position as senior advisor, digital communications – brand, for a government department. He then worked as marketing and communications manager for a Māori health organisation.
But like many people that leave Skills Active, he eventually made his way back to the organisation, and the opportunity to build a new brand was a big drawcard.
Outside of work Lance loves to play tennis and football. He enjoys catching up with friends, chatting with both his boys who now live on the Gold Coast, travelling and photography.
In 2020, Covid ruined plans to travel to Germany for a wedding, and then onto Egypt and Petra. Now that the borders are open...
Northern LSA team leader and industry engagement advisor - outdoor recreation
Carolyn joined Skills Active in August 2015. Her background is in outdoor education, and over the years she has been an enthusiastic caver, rock climber, tramper and kayaker. She enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with others.Read more Read less
Carolyn has a love of teaching and an enthusiasm for learning new skills. She lives in the beautiful Central North Island with her family, including her lovely dog. In her spare time you can find her at the gym, in the kitchen, out walking the river tracks or kayaking on the river... or reading!
Adventure activities audit coordinator
With an extensive background in both safety auditing, and the outdoor sector, Dave brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to this position. He has technical expert skills in mountaineering, rock climbing with high ropes, and white water kayak/canoe/rescue.Read more Read less
Dave has an affinity with adventure activity operators, which ensures the best fit of operator and auditor, and a cleaner audit process.
Originally from England, Dave was part of the United Kingdom's Adventure Activities Licensing Scheme, both as an operator, head of centre, and an inspector.
He was also a member of the working group that prepared British Standard BS8848 for overseas expeditions and field work, in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society and the Young Explorers’ Trust.
Jay joined Skills Active in 1998 after obtaining a National Diploma in Advanced Business Computing at CIT in Upper Hutt. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of student management systems, as well as all internal information systems, IT hardware and application software.Read more Read less
Prior to Skills Active, Jay worked as a civil engineer in Sri Lanka for about 10 years. He is very passionate about cricket, and supports Sri Lanka and the Black Caps (in that order).
Ashton joined Skills Active in 2022. She was heavily involved in the performing arts scene in Ōtautahi, and followed that spotlight up to Pōneke, where she got her BA in Theatre, French and Management at Victoria University of Wellington.Read more Read less
Since then she has qualified as a personal trainer, and enjoys spending her day doing what she loves most; training and helping other people find their own love for exercise. If not at the gym, you will find her actively involved in the Pōneke theatre scene. Ashton is excited to be a part of Skills Active, where all her facets of life meet in one place.