The Loop is led by a group of dedicated trustees who are experienced educators and well known in Wellington schools.  The trustees are the ‘think tank’ of the Loop, setting its strategic direction and determining the key activities and membership packages on offer to schools.

Dave Thorp


P     0210780424
E     d.thorp@wc.school.nz

Dave Thorp is a Deputy Principal at Wellington College.  His responsibilities include Curriculum and IT and he sees himself as a committed learner in both areas.

Andrew Savage

Associate trustee

E     Andrew.Savage@educationcouncil.org.nz

Andrew is currently Lead Advisor Innovation & Collaboration at the Teaching Council. He was formerly Deputy Principal and History teacher at Wellington High School. He is interested in developing effective collaboration and community between the secondary schools in the region.

Aaron Mead

Co-Chair and Trustee

Aaron Mead is a teacher and curriculum leader at Paraparaumu College. He has school-wide responsibility to lead the junior curriculum, innovation and development. As an educator, he has a strong interest in pedagogies that promote student-centered learning and how e-learning can enable students to have greater ownership of learning and to control its pace and direction.

Liz Rhodes


E     rhodli@brooklynprimary.school.nz

Liz is the Principal at Brooklyn Primary school. She is particularly interested in teacher education and leading change as the school moves into a collaborative learning environment. She has a strong interest in learner centered pedagogies and how we can use digital technologies to support teaching and learning for all students.

Sally Beccard


Sally Beccard is the Head of Social Sciences at Wellington Girls' College and a teacher of Sociology and History.  She is interested in teacher education and collaboration, particularly around curriculum and assessment. She also has an interest in localised curriculum and creating partnerships with school and community organisations, businesses and institutions..

Denise Johnson


E     denise.johnson@hvhs.school.nz

Denise returned to the Loop in 2016 after a short break. She was a founding member of the group. Denise is the Associate Principal at Hutt Valley High School with responsibility for teaching and learning. She is a strong advocate for collaboration within and across schools. She was previously a Deputy Principal at both Wellington Girls’ College and Wellington High School.

Gael Ashworth

Co-Chair and Trustee

E     gael.ashworth@wegc.school.nz

Gael is Principal at Wellington East Girls’ College where she has worked since 2011. She has significant experience in leading Professional Learning and developing collaborative practice within the school learning community. Her 2010 Masters of Education thesis focused on Place Based Education and the Importance of Culture in Learning. Gael is committed to Digital Learning and how it can enhance opportunities for students to connect and collaborate both within and across learning communities.

Karen Spencer


Karen Spencer is Deputy Principal at Wellington High School — Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu. With over twenty years in the education sector in New Zealand and the UK, Karen is recognised for her work in future-focused, inclusive learning through digital technologies, blended/online professional development and online community development.

Louise Starkey


P     04 4639768
E     louise.starkey@vuw.ac.nz

Louise joined Wellington Loop as a Trustee in 2016. She is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington and comes from a background of Secondary School teaching and leadership. Louise’s research and teaching programme explores policy, teaching and learning in a digital age.

Richard Gale


E     rgale@tawacollege.school.nz

Richard is a Deputy Principal at Tawa College, where he has oversight of professional learning.