EMS Staff


Karen Blakey – Chief Executive

Karen Blakey photographKaren was appointed as Chief Executive in June 2017, and has considerable academic experience in New Zealand and as a Midwifery lecturer at University of Manchester (United Kingdom) – later becoming Head of Midwifery, Paediatrics and Social Work.  Karen also has substantial management experience in tertiary education both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and also acted in a management role for regulation of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in NZQA’s Quality Assurance Division.

Dr James Dearnley – Academic and Quality Manager

James Dearnley photoJames was appointed as Academic and Quality Manager in January 2018. He has considerable academic experience as a Senior Lecturer and programme developer and leader for degree programmes at Loughborough University (United Kingdom). His role at EMS includes development of new programmes of study, and also development of a research culture amongst academic staff and students. He was previously employed by NZQA as a Senior Evaluator / Team Leader in the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic team (Quality Assurance Division).

Derek Lowe – Senior Manager – Industry Partnership

Derek is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and now resides in the Wairarapa with his family. He has lived in New Zealand since 2007 and has worked in various roles in both the public and private sectors. His favourite part of his current role at EMS is helping others further themselves through training and development. When he is not at work he spends as much time with his friends and family as he can and this is usually over a great meal or beverage!

George Jarjoura – Lecturer in Hospitality and Business

George Jarjoura photo
George has over 15 years lecturing expertise, predominantly working in the Middle East. He also has extensive management experience which includes marketing, budget management, human resources, administration, training and leading service teams. George has worked in leadership roles in a variety of five-star luxury hotels overseas and lectured in general hospitality, marketing and tourism courses.  He holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Nathaniel Rowe – Trainer and Career Advisor

Nathaniel RoweNathaniel joined EMS with an extensive retail and hospitality background in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Nathaniel is responsible for training our learners on some of the key aspects of what employers are looking for in the retail and hospitality industries. His speciality is in coffee and barista training, teaching learners what it takes to make a great tasting coffee each and every time. He also provides advice and support on interviewing processes, including writing cover letters, CVs and preparation for interviews.

Malcolm Pimentel Hellier – Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Tutor

Malcolm PimentelMalcolm is a qualified ESOL teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in TESOL and a Cambridge CELTA certificate. He has experience teaching a range of learners (beginners to advanced) from diverse backgrounds in New Zealand and Japan. Malcolm is teaching the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) programme.

Sophie Lynds – Employment Placement Officer

Sophie Lynds photoSophie comes from a hospitality and event management background, and previously worked as our trainer before stepping into this new role. As an Employment Placement Advisor, she is responsible for working with our most work-ready clients on our EPS programme. She provides tailored one-on-one support to achieve employment placements.