Leadership Advisor Specific Support for Principals


As you’re responding to COVID - 19, you may wish to have additional support from our leadership advisor team. This support is available to established principals and tumuaki. To request support please email: leadershipadvisors@evaluate.co.nz. or you can reach one of our team leaders below:

Paul Manson

 Tai Tokerau, Waikato and

 Bay of Plenty/Waiariki

p.manson@evaluate.co.nz

 021682799

Steve Bovaird

 Auckland Region

s.bovaird@evaluate.co.nz

 021480868

Puti Gardiner

 Māori Medium (Nationally)

p.gardiner@evaluate.co.nz

 021442579

Geoff Childs

 Central South region

 (North Island)

g.childs@evaluate.co.nz

 0272943701

Grant Stedman

 Southern Region

 (South Island)

g.stedman@evaluate.co.nz

 0274157983


Evaluation Associates is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide support to principals/ngā tumuaki across the 10 Ministry of Education regions of New Zealand.

Leadership Advisors are available to respond to principal requests for support to help resolve a specific need.

This support is expected to complement existing principal support services from NZPF, SPANZ, NZEI, PPTA and NZSTA.  These organisations may recommend the leadership advisor service to principals contacting their helplines. 

Principals are encouraged to contact the leadership advisor service when they are seeking support to respond to a need in areas such as:

  • strategic relationships with staff, BoT and/or community
  • strategic planning and internal evaluation processes, including curriculum review
  • leadership capability within the school
  • planning in relation to ERO review recommendations
  • planning to positively impact on low levels of student engagement and achievement
  • Principal’s understanding of their governance role.

Specific support will not relate to:

  • Identified financial/ audit risks
  • Property issues
  • Industrial/employment disputes
  • Board governance – in relation to the BoT role
  • Legislative changes
  • Legal matters.

Once a principal has requested support, a leadership advisor will co-construct with the principal the nature of the specific support required. Support is envisaged as typically lasting one to two terms. It is up to each principal to contact Evaluation Associates. Contact details are listed below for each region. 

Region  Key contact  Email address  Phone number
Māori Medium (Nationally)

Puti Gardiner

p.gardiner@evaluate.co.nz

021 442 579
 Tai Tokerau, Waikato, and
Bay of Plenty/Waiariki
Paul Manson p.manson@evaluate.co.nz 021 682 799
Auckland Region

Steve Bovaird s.bovaird@evaluate.co.nz 021 480 868

Central South region
(North Island)

Geoff Childs g.childs@evaluate.co.nz 027 294 3701
Southern region
(South Island)
Grant Stedman g.stedman@evaluate.co.nz 027 415 7983