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.

Aaron Mead



Aaron 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.

Denise Johnson



Denise is the Principal at Hutt Valley High School. Denise returned to the Loop in 2016 after a short break. She was a founding member of the group. 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.

Anne Coster



Anne is Deputy Chief Executive at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu. She is committed to strengthening equitable and inclusive access to learning and outcomes for all.  She sees local curriculum development as an essential complement to national curriculum and a key driver of transferable dispositions for wellbeing, living and lifelong learning.  Anne was previously Deputy Principal at Wellington Girls’ College.

Nick Larkin



Nick is Deputy Principal at Hutt Valley High School. He has worked for over a decade as the school's Principal Nominee and has portfolios in Curriculum Design and Pedagogical Practice, Restorative Practices and Staff Professional Learning. He is an advocate for inclusion, collaboration and teamwork in all areas of school life.

Liz Rhodes

Co-Chair and Trustee


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.

Louise Starkey



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.

Jane Willingale



Jane is the head of the Learning Sevices Department at Wellington Girls’ College. She
comes from an academic background and is an advocate for evidence based practice.
Inclusive education with key relationships are at the centre of what she does every day and believes that clear effective communication and collaboration will bring the best possible outcomes for all learners.


Amanda Picken

Co-Chair and Trustee


Amanda Picken, Wellington East Girls' College.

Te Mahia Millanta



Te Mahia Millanta, Onslow College.