Senior Leadership Team

Toni Laming

Executive Director Business Units, UniServices | Director, Future Learning Solutions

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Toni is the Executive Director, Business Units at UniServices and is currently also filling the Director role for Future Learning Solutions. She is a senior executive and director with over 25 years’ experience in global organisations, including global leadership roles in Orica and Fonterra as well as in the international management consultancy, KPMG. Over the years she has led the design and redesign of strategy, operating models and efficiency initiatives that have achieved major business transformation, performance and profitability improvements. Her experience spans M&A, complex value chains, cultures and geographies with a major focus on Agribusiness, Industrial, Food, Building, Resources and Energy, and Start up and Professional services sectors. Her focus is building and growing the capability of organisations, the people – customers and the communities involved. 

Toni is a proven leader in technology commercialisation, digital innovation and transformation with major strengths in harnessing technology to add value to people and businesses in a way that creates better experiences but that also saves time and reduces cost. She is an early adopter of iterative, agile and human-centred design to achieve alignment and adoption of change within organisations, across stakeholders and teams.

In her spare time Toni is involved in pro-bono work to grow capability and support in vulnerable areas - her passion for creating possibility for all a key motivator every day.

Morgan Benington

Programme Manager

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Morgan is the Programme Manager for the Centre for Languages and a member of the Future Learning Solutions’ Senior Leadership Team. Her background is in education, particularly Languages, English and digital learning. Morgan has worked for UniServices since 2016 delivering contracts that support teachers and schools to develop modern, engaging and sustainable language programmes. Morgan enjoys collaborating with organisations who support language learning, use and maintenance to advocate for the importance of languages and cultures in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Morgan leads a team of innovative, inspired and dedicated facilitators who deliver programmes, workshops and one on one support to teachers, specifically in the Learning Languages curriculum area. The support is nationwide, for teachers of New Zealand Sign Language, te reo Māori, Pacific, Asian and European languages. The team deliver in person, online and by screencast; ensuring that every teacher of languages has an opportunity to upskill in language, culture and pedagogy.  

Morgan is interested in efficiencies in education and management to ensure that those delivering and supporting schools are empowered to deliver on their specialities and grow their skills in other areas.

Dr Mark Dashper

Programme Manager
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Mark has spent many years in the education industry and is committed to facilitating educational pathways in schools and kura aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. He has worked with Digital Fluency, Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko in support of all learning areas in kura and mainstream, providing a mixture of blended learning PLD to schools. He specialises in innovative teaching and learning environments and flipped classrooms.

His work also involves using e-Learning pedagogies in collaborative environments that support teachers to make positive shifts to their practice and encourage accelerated ākonga achievement. Mark has presented papers and workshops on his e-Learning initiatives at conferences across Aotearoa, Australia, England and the USA. His research topic is on exploring the educational potential of social networking environments for Māori students in Northland schools, and his current research area is in Māori pedagogies used in conjunction with e-Learning.

Colin Donald

Programme Manager

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Colin is a Programme Manager at the Centre for Educational Leadership supporting and developing the Growing Great Leaders™ course and delivering leadership PLD.

Colin has a background in senior education leadership spanning 25 years, including seven years as principal of King’s High School. In recent years he has led school reform and school leadership projects in the Middle East and completed contracts with the Ministry of Education and NZQA.

Colin’s time in the First-time Principals’ Programme includes mentoring a number of First-time Principals, reporting the programme outcomes to the Ministry of Education, participating in the FTP regional seminar programme and being co-Lead Mentor for the central south region. Within the Centre for Education Leadership Colin has responsibility for overseeing marketing activities and takes a lead role in promoting the Centre’s programmes to clients in the Middle East and Asia.

Karl Mutch

Programme Manager

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Karl Mutch is a Programme Manager at Future Learning Solutions. In recent years he has been the National Co-Director of the Secondary Student Achievement professional learning and development initiative and National Workforce Manager for Play.sport professional learning and development.  

Karl leads teams of specialist facilitators working alongside school leaders and teachers to improve outcomes for students, with a particular focus on those students at risk of underachieving. 

Karl is a highly experienced facilitator and manager of professional development in the schooling sector. He has previously been a curriculum leader in secondary schools, an adviser, textbook author, a national examiner and moderator, and has worked as a contractor for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and for the Ministry of Education. Karl has also worked in international education, as the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s International Manager.

Karl has facilitated, managed or directed a wide range of student-focused and research-informed professional development initiatives for over 25 years.

Martin Turner

Programme Manager

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Martin is a Programme Manager for our FLS Reading Recovery and Accelerated Learning in Literacy contracts with the Ministry of Education, delivering professional learning and development to schools in the Northern and Central South Ministry regions. After working for 11 years as a primary school principal, he joined the University of Auckland as a Principal’s Leadership and Management Adviser.  He was Team Leader for the University’s Ministry funded Leadership and Assessment contract prior to taking up his current role at Future Learning Solutions.

Martin brings a wide knowledge of the education sector through past experience in school leadership and Assessment for Learning, and curriculum contracts and has been a lead mentor for the University of Auckland’s First Time Principals programme.

Martin has experience in change leadership, developing collaborative expertise and the evaluative capability of leaders and teachers to become more effective in accelerating student learning and achieving equitable student outcomes. He has a specific interest in professional learning that promotes culturally sustaining pedagogies that ensure Māori achieve educational success as Māori.