Our team

Maury Leyland

Chair of The Education Hub and Founding Trustee
Maury has a long held passion for working with organisations that can bring change that benefits New Zealand. Maury, currently is a member of the Lincoln University Transformation Board, is on the board of Genesis Energy, and is on the steering committee of Te Hono Movement, a major primary sector leadership initiative. Maury worked at Fonterra from 2005 until 2016, most recently as a member of the executive team in the role of Managing Director for People, Culture and Strategy. She previously held leadership roles in strategy, risk and crisis management, supply chain management and for the listing of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund.

Earlier in her career, Maury worked as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where she provided strategic and operational advice across a number of industries. She also was a member of the Team New Zealand design team during their successful 1995 campaign. Maury has been a Director of Spark and Transpower New Zealand, and was an Advisory Board member for the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland.  She is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  She has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and attended Green Bay High School

Andrew Grant

Founding Trustee
Andrew is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he leads their Global Public Sector Practice. He is a member of McKinsey’s Global Board and chairs its Knowledge and Capability Committee. Prior to his current role, Andrew was Managing Director for Greater China from 2005-2009, based in Shanghai, and he led McKinsey and Company in New Zealand from 1997-2004. Andrew’s professional focus currently is on helping leading public sector institutions solve their most pressing strategic challenges. Andrew has written extensively on leadership and capability building as well as leading several of McKinsey’s own leadership development efforts.

Andrew is committed to education and has been involved in a number of education initiatives both through his work at McKinsey and also in New Zealand. He was instrumental in the establishment of both the Springboard Trust and the Onehunga Business School, where he currently serves as a board member. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1992, Andrew was a structural engineer, specialising in earthquake engineering. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (first class honours) from the University of Auckland, and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts (first class honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Andrew attended Onehunga High School.

Andrew Poole

Founding Trustee
Education and conservation are two areas where Andrew sees the opportunity for a step change to enhance New Zealand’s success. He is a trustee of the Rotoroa Island Trust and shortly is to be appointed chair of the Trust. Andrew’s wife, Rachel, has been a primary school teacher for over 25 years, working in private and state schools in New Zealand and the UK.Andrew currently is providing business and other consultancy services to a range of organisations, including the NEXT Foundation. From 1999 to 2016, Andrew was a partner at Chapman Tripp, with the last 11 years as Chief Executive, first part-time alongside an advisory practice, then full time. Prior to his Chief Executive career, Andrew was a commercial advisory partner at Chapman Tripp and before that, Kensington Swan, with a particular focus on intellectual property and technology.

Andrew has worked and lived in New Zealand and the UK and is a member of the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Law Society. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, and he has undertaken leadership courses at Harvard Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado.

Nina Hood

Nina is a trained secondary school teacher. She has taught at Epsom Girls Grammar and Mt Roskill Grammar in Auckland. Nina undertook an MSc (with distinction) in learning and technology, and a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford. While in England, Nina was engaged in a number of education consultancy projects, including working with Pearson and the Said Business School at Oxford on the strategic use of technology in teaching and learning.

Since returning to New Zealand in mid 2015 Nina has been employed as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland where she specialises in new technologies in education. Alongside her teaching and research, Nina has undertaken consultancy work, including leading the evaluation of the new Masters of Teaching programmes at the University of Auckland and the evaluation of an environmental education programme. She also has been involved in writing quality assurance guidelines for the development of MOOCs in Commonwealth countries, and designing a learning framework to support the integration of open education resources in higher education.
Nina was born and raised in New Zealand. She has a Bachelor of Arts (first class honours) from the University of London and a MA in Art History from NYU. She is a board member at St Cuthbert’s College.

Professor Graeme Aitken

Graeme is Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Prior to becoming Dean in 2008, Graeme he held positions in the University as Director Secondary Teacher Education, Director of The University of Auckland Principals Centre, Co-Head School of Education, and, since the amalgamation with the Auckland College of Education, as Associate Dean (Academic) and Deputy Dean in the Faculty Education.

Graeme holds the degrees of BA and MA(Hons) in Geography and a doctorate in Education (EdD). He was appointed to the University in 1996 as inaugural Director of Teacher Education after fourteen years as a secondary teacher and four years as a teacher educator.

Graeme’s professional interests align closely with the mission of The Education Hub. His research has focused on offering insights into practice that help decision-making by policy makers, schools and teachers in the best interests of learners and learning. Graeme co-developed the Teaching as Inquiry model that underpins the pedagogical approach of the New Zealand Curriculum and is the co-author of the Best Evidence Synthesis for Social Sciences.