“I have a passion for engaging learners and designing learning experiences that recognise the needs of all - be they students or teachers.”

Mel Stopford

PLD Consultant - Team Leader - South Island

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - See Summary of practice

Mel works as an education consultant out of our Christchurch office. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Christchurch Transformation Project – Grow Waitaha 
  • Mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams 
  • Engaging adult learners – supporting leaders to facilitate highly effective PLD with and for their teams 
  • Innovative learning practices 
  • Building teams and effective ways of working and talking together 
  • Community engagement 

Mel joined the Evaluation Associates Ltd team in 2015 after working as a learning advisor at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery – a newly merged area school based in Christchurch. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching (Primary). Mel brings teaching and leadership experience in both primary and secondary schools with strengths in digital technologies and project based, student-directed learning. Her leadership experience includes middle and senior leadership roles and more recently community leadership for year 7-10 learners. 

Her passion is around engagement for both adult and student learners and she has worked extensively to build her repertoire of strategies and processes in this area of facilitation.

Family is a big part of Mel’s world outside of work. She enjoys a bit of a rural escape, living in the country with her two kids, two cats, two dogs, two chickens and one fabulous husband.


“Mel has the ability to engage staff and work with them to encourage deep thinking and reflection on current practice. Her respectful manner and bubbly personality have ensured staff enjoy working with her. Sessions are always well prepared and she has advanced facilitation skills ensuring that all sessions contain a variety of methods to ensure that a high level of interest and engagement is maintained."

Jeanette Shearer - Principal at Isleworth School

"Mel is a leader in facilitating adult learning. She has a lot of energy for engaging adult learners. She has the capabilities to effectively utilise a range of strategies that can be immediately employed into a school context. She is always keen to work through difficult situations or hard to solve problems and is a real optimist."

Jenny Washington- Principal at Roydvale School