He haerenga roa tēnei, kaua he kōkiri

This is a marathon, not a sprint

EPIT is for people and organisations interested in transformative educational outcomes that contribute to a more socially just world.

It is both a physical space and a digital platform where collaborations are formed and non-traditional partnerships developed to address educational inequities.

The platform supports a diverse range of perspectives and approaches. It brings people together from a range of backgrounds to share ideas, resources and expertise in order to address some of education’s greatest challenges.

Our Values

Our People

Lorraine Mentz

Board Co-Chair

Lorraine is the Chief Executive of the Hugh Green Foundation. She is an experienced network leader who has built a strong reputation with public, private and Not for Profit organisations in New Zealand and abroad for effectively delivering large-scale projects from concept to actualisation.

Hana O'Regan

Board Co-Chair

Dr Hana O’Regan is the Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive Officer) at CORE Education. She has worked in the areas of language revitalisation, identity and cultural development, te reo Māori and education for over 25 years. Hana’s passion for education and community, history and equity has resulted in a career committed to working with organisations, businesses and individuals to support and enhance positive outcomes for learners and whānau.

Dale Bailey

Board Member

Dale is the Chief Executive Officer at Springboard Trust. He is a lateral thinking senior executive with major strengths in providing strategic vision and insight, decision making, handling complexity and ambiguity, and managing high-level relationships. Dale has outstanding governance expertise through senior leadership in the heritage sector.

Liz Gibbs

Board Member

Liz is the Chief Impact Officer at Selwyn Foundation. She is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy and non-profit industry. Liz is highly skilled in leadership, global and local NGOs, Corporate Social Responsibility and partnerships, and Philanthropy. She is a strong business development professional with tuition from Harvard Business School.

Louise Taylor

Evaluation Advisor

Louise is a social researcher specialising in participatory action research and creative methodologies. She has a PHD in teacher professional learning / development facilitation. Louise also has experience in the tertiary education sector working with teachers and educational leaders to support and grow innovation and equity in their settings.

Jane Treadwell-Hoye

Operations Lead

Jane is supporting EPIT co-create people-centric outcomes through relationship development, digital engagement, and operational excellence. Internationally recognised for her work in Customer Experience, she brings local and international experience from working with startups, SMEs, and multinational corporations, as well as the non-profit and education sectors.

Nischal Chakravarthy

Platform Co-Ordinator

Nish oversees the EPIT partner community, responsible for the co-working space and online community development, as well as EPIT events. He is a strong advocate for community voice and a budding practitioner in the area of systems change and innovation.

Manu Mahe-Taufateau

Office Administrator

Manu supports the core team, oversees the day-to-day operations of the shared co-working space and manages our events. She holds a double major BA in Māori Development and Events Management. She has personal involvement with local youth groups and mentoring of younger Pasifika working towards their NCEA examinations.