Independent Schools of New Zealand


Tel +64 4 471 2022




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142 Lambton Quay
PO Box 5222
Wellington 6145




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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.

Kate Davidson: Communications Manager

I came on board at ISNZ in June 2017, after working in communications roles at Inland Revenue and Barnardos. Prior to this, I spent two years working on projects and administration at the Ministry of Education.

Originally from London, I was a journalist and editor in the UK before heading off on my big New Zealand adventure in 2008. It was meant to be an eight-month working holiday, but after falling in love with Wellington and meeting my husband here, we decided to call this beautiful country home.

I have two young children, and am passionate about education and the importance of a wide range of choices when it comes to selecting the best possible schooling for your child.

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.