Dr James Dearnley – Academic and Quality Manager
James 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). He was previously employed by NZQA as a Senior Evaluator / Team Leader in the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic team (Quality Assurance Division). Outside work, James supports Oxford United FC (from a great distance).
Derek Lowe – Business Manager
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!
Nathaniel Rowe – Industry Partnership Manager
Nathaniel joined EMS with an extensive retail and hospitality background in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Nathaniel is responsible for managing the training of 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.
Kate Spencer – Career Advisor
Kate moved up to Wellington from Dunedin in 2016, and started off a student at EMS. Since then, she has honed her skills in the Café industry. Kate always enjoys creating the best taste experience for coffee drinkers. Kate strives to guide learners in developing valuable skills, and to help build confidence in everyone that she works with. Her motive is to further her own knowledge and pay it forward in an environment that pairs both coffee, and inspiring others to decide their own future.
Sabrina Sun – Registrar
Sabrina is the EMS Registrar, and holds a Bachelor of Business Information degree. She has previous experience of working as an administrator and payroll officer.
Dr Maria Eda Arado – New Zealand Diploma in Business Lecturer
Maria lectures on the New Zealand Diploma in Business programmes, and holds a PhD in Mathematical Sciences (Applied Mathematics). She has published data-driven research, and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Auckland Institute of Studies. Maria lectured in Electronics Engineering and Mathematics in the Philippines for 10 years – a tough job, but one she found rewarding. Maria loves working with students, and hopes to make a real difference to their lives – helping them on their educational journey.
Malcolm Pimentel Hellier – Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Tutor
Malcolm 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 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.