Education Commission

The New Zealand Olympic Education Commission (NZOEC) has been established to advise the NZOC Board on development strategies to promote Olympism and achieve its objective in Olympic Education of:

Inspiring young New Zealanders to explore, engage with and model the Olympic Values through participation in sport and the celebration of the Olympic Games.


  • Kereyn Smith - Secretary General NZOC
  • Gillian Heald - Chair
  • Garry Carnachan
  • Glen Denham
  • Sue Emerson
  • Andrew Hunter
  • Irene van Dyk

Gillian Heald

Gillian has held several leadership roles in education including principal of Rangi Ruru Girls' School and founding co-director of Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti.

She is recognised internationally for her role as a Guardian of New Zealand's Secondary Futures project aligned with the OECD Schooling for Tomorrow project.

She has extensive governance experience in a range of organisations and is currently on the boards of CORE Education Charitable Trust, Te Aho oTe Kura Pounamu and the NZ Qualifications Authority.

In 2010, Gillian was awarded the MNZM for Services to Education.

Garry Carnachan

Previously Principal of Opunake High School in Taranaki, Garry is currently Executive Director of the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council.

He worked as Professional Development Manager for the NZ Rugby Union and managed both the Junior All Blacks and Hurricanes rugby sides.

Garry also managed the Sport in Education project for SportNZ and has a passion for the potential sport has to engage students in our schools and enhance academic, social and health outcomes.

Glen Denham

Glen has held several leadership positions in education in New Zealand and the UK, where he was involved in the strategic direction and governance of UK Special Schools.  He was an Executive Principal of schools in London until 2015 and is currently Principal of Massey High School in West Auckland.

He has been a Hillary Commission Ambassador and was a member of the Halberg Trust.  

Glen was a New Zealand Basketball representative (Tall Black) from 1984-2000 and captain for 13 years.

Glen is of Te Arawa descent and affiliated with Ngati Rangitihi.

Sue Emerson

An educator for three decades, Sue began her career as a secondary school physical education teacher and over the past 18 years has been immersed in  sport education as Head of Department in two tertiary institutions.

As a hockey player Sue was a member of the 1980 NZ Olympic Team.

As the key writer of Sport NZ's Growing Leaders and Growing Coaches programmes Sue facilitates leadership learning for teachers and coaches in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.

Sue consults extensively throughout the sport industry as a member of working parties and a key facilitator, as well as being regularly an invited speaker.

Andrew Hunter

Andrew is an experienced primary school principal and mentor. He has been a principal for 23 years in schools ranging from small rural to large urban. He is currently principal at Balmacewen Intermediate in Dunedin.

He has a lifelong involvement in many sports as a player and coach especially cricket and rugby. He has coached Otago rugby teams for many years most recently at ITM Cup level.

Andrew is a strong advocate for the role of sports and fitness in primary school programmes and the benefits it brings for children.

Irene van Dyk

Irene was a favourite with Kiwi crowds wherever she played during her 14 year career as a player and member of the Silver Ferns National Squad. Having held a position on the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athlete Commission alongside her experience as a teacher in various primary and intermediate schools, Irene will provide invaluable guidance around the involvement of athletes as role models for young people and insight for our Olympic Values Education initiatives in schools.


Education Commission Terms of Reference