International Education Seminar

Join us at the ISNZ International Education Seminar on the 28th of February 2018 in Wellington.

Experienced International Education professionals will share their insights on how to attract international students and how to best support them once arrived in New Zealand.

The seminar is tailored to the particular needs and character of Independent Schools and topics will include:

  • The latest market intelligence on key markets for private schools and future trends
  • International Education Case studies from ACG Education and Kristin School
  • The Wellington Private Education Network (WPEN): efficiencies of a cooperative and collaborative approach to International Education
  • SIEBA address: Supporting Independent Schools opening to international markets


Registrations to the seminar are now open. Visit our registration page for the full programme and to register!   


Meet the speakers:


Mary Camp, Business Development Manager, Education New Zealand

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Mary Camp is a Business Development Manager at Education New Zealand, working with schools and tertiary institutions to grow their international business.

Although she started her working life in the advertising industry, Mary retrained as a teacher and has worked in education for 20 years. She was a teacher in New Zealand and in England, has worked for a private education consultancy (including a contract in Viet Nam), and for the Ministry of Education in its international team. Mary has been at Education New Zealand since it was first formed as a government agency in 2011.


Richard Kyle, Business Development Manager, Education New Zealand

Richard Kyle is a Business Development Manager at Education New Zealand. He works with the school sector to provide advice to grow capability and develop products to meet market demand.

Richard has an extensive background in education. Starting out as a teacher, he then worked for the British Council in New Zealand managing its education marketing and the examinations portfolios. Richard also has experience in government working for Tourism New Zealand in a business development role and for the Tertiary Education Commission allocating and monitoring government funding to industry training organisations. He has a love for music, the outdoors and all things fine in life.


Richard Kensington, Registrar, ACG

Richard brings 30 years’ international admissions experience to his Registrar role and he is responsible for the admission, accommodation and welfare of ACG’s international students in New Zealand.

He commenced teaching in 1976 at Kelston Girls’ High School in Auckland, where he later became Deputy Principal and International Student Manager.

Richard steered ACG Education’s involvement in the NZ Tertiary Education Consortium.  Along with other members (including AUT University, University of Waikato, Victoria University and University of Otago) he helped NZTEC secure a large educational delivery contract in the Sultanate of Oman. He also represented Independent Schools of New Zealand in international forums and was previously a trustee on the boards of Epsom Girls’ Grammar School and Education New Zealand Trust. Richard is also a Justice of the Peace

Richard has a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Auckland.


Jenny Taylor, Director of International Services, Kristin School

Jenny Taylor holds the position of Director International Services at Kristin School.

The International Services programme at Kristin encompasses two areas; International Fee Payers, and International Exchanges developed through arrangements with partner schools around the world.

The main impetus of the international programme at Kristin is not only to attract, and support international students, but also to promote cultural diversity and empathy. In her role, Jenny has project managed international student concerts, and supported the establishment of five ethnic  committees within the Kristin parents’ community, thereby contributing to the international perspective developed across the three schools (K-13)

Jenny is a member of the ISNZ subcommittee for International, and is currently serving as a board member on SIEBA.

Before joining Kristin, Jenny worked in education both in New Zealand and overseas, primarily teaching languages at the leading international school in Tokyo, The American School in Japan.


Kathy Lloyd-Parker, Principal, Chilton Saint James

Kathy commenced her teaching as a Primary school teacher. In the ensuing 19 years, she became a Dean, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and then served as Principal for eleven years. She had always been someone who made timely educational changes. Kathy has a genuine passion for the education of young women and is currently Principal at Chilton Saint James School.


John van der Zwan, Executive Director, SIEBA 

John van der Zwan is Executive Director at SIEBA. SIEBA began in July 2015 to provide leadership, build commercial capability and drive growth in international education for the school sector. Since then, SIEBA has grown to now represent more than 300 New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools and is still growing.

Combining careers in business and education and a love for travel, John served in a range of schools and businesses in New Zealand, China, South Korea, Nigeria and Cambodia. In 2011, John returned to New Zealand with his family to take up the role of international director for Waihi College. He then played a key role in the early development of SIEBA as part of the initial working group and then as a member of the SIEBA Establishment Board. In 2015 John was appointed interim executive director to continue the establishment of SIEBA and now leads the organization as executive director.