Meet the ISNZ team
Deborah James: Executive Director
Deborah James has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ).
Deborah has a long and strong history within the private schools sector. She has worked in many and varied roles including development/advancement, communications and marketing and also in governance as both a board member and chairperson.
She was educated at Chilton Saint James School and her four children were educated at independent schools in Christchurch.
Deborah returns to ISNZ having formerly held the position of Executive Director from 2008 – 2015.
Janice Feutz: Business Development Manager
Teaching was my first career and I have used those skills all my life.
After marrying a farmer in Canterbury I learned about business and this led to retail management, then business advising, start your own business courses and business locum services in Blenheim. When the children became independent, Wellington was the destination. It’s a great city. It’s so easy to do things like sailing, fly light aircraft, enjoy wonderful wines at nearby vineyards and attend international sporting and musical events. Business Advisory Services were provided here and then internationally, in Xiamen China, I taught Business English and in Fiji I advised small business owners. More recently, nine years’ business management experience in the IT industry in Wellington and Governance.
When I think about education – I think about the future.
There is nothing more important than preparing the next generation for the changes that are taking place and coming soon. NZ has plenty to be proud of when we look at our amazing inventors, musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, artists and farmers. But not only that we have a strong backbone of talented tradespeople and we are a nation who has fun too.
How did we achieve this – with a strong education foundation and organisations like ISNZ. My role in Business Development is to provide support to achieve the strategic goals of this organisation.
Beryl Duncan: Executive Assistant
I joined the team at ISNZ at the end of November 2016 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. I have extensive EA/Office and Facilities Management experience (at a senior level), and held various EA/PA roles in both the private and public sectors including IT, Telecommunications and Education.
One of my previous roles was as EA to the Registrar and Associate Principal at Wellington College of Education where I greatly enjoyed seeing the students come through the system and develop and grow to achieve their Teaching Diplomas. I found it an exciting environment and enjoyed feeling part of the growth the students made during their time at the College of Education.
In addition, many of my nieces and nephews have attended private schools including Marsden Karori, Scots College and St Kentigern’s and all have done exceptionally well.
When I am not in the office I enjoy gardening and socialising with friends and family in my spare time.
Tracy Page: Communications Manager
I’m a Digital Communications Specialist (HubSpot certified in Inbound Marketing) and joined the ISNZ team in 2015. In the online world, content + design + usability = great communication and this is the space I love to work in!
I particularly enjoy building large online communities and designed MFAT's’s award winning intranet in 2008 which services 1200 staff in 53 countries. While working at MBIE, I introduced the Chief Economist and Senior Leadership team to the `power of blogging’ and the benefits of enterprise communication tools like Yammer. I’ve also worked for organisations like Education New Zealand and XERO to help design their corporate intranets - to facilitate global communication.
While working for a National Government MP back in 2009 I discovered the reach of social media and used tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to connect with constituents to create two-way, real-time conversations and demonstrated the Government's social media use to visiting dignitaries.
My original training was in Design (I lectured at Massey University for 5 years in Computer-Aided-Design and Technology). After my children were born I worked as a journalist part-time writing weekly technology columns and also helped to set up the first George Parkyn One Day School for gifted children in Wellington.
I am a strong advocate for an Independent School education, having had two children go through Samuel Marsden Whitby, a nephew at SpringBank School, a husband at Scots College and a sister-n-law at Chilton Saint James.
My favourite educational quote is “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” Herbert Spencer
When I am not in the office I enjoy taking my dog for long walks on the beach, swimming and gardening.
Te Ata Tuhimata: Events and Administration Manager
Currently studying Commerce with a double major in marketing and management at Victoria University of Wellington. I am originally from the heart of Marlborough where I worked in logistics for a local family winery before moving to Wellington. My role with ISNZ is part time and I assist the team with administration and events. I have a creative, resourceful, visionary, early adopting mind-set and pride myself in my professional work ethics, presentation and confidence.
An educational quote that has guided me throughout my years in study is “Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao. – The one who partakes of the flora and fauna, that will be their domain. The one who engages in education, opportunities are boundless.”
Sports, Maori performing arts and Te Reo language has also been a significant part of my life, so I embrace these elements in my spare time.
Charles Fairbrother: Accountant
Charles works in a part-time capacity on financial matters at ISNZ. He has been with us since 2011 and is an integral part of our team.