ISANA NZ Executive Committee 2017-19

ISANA NZ is governed by an  executive committee elected by ISANA NZ members. The executive committee members work in different sectors of the international education industry throughout New Zealand, and provide a variety of perspectives, skills and knowledge. The executive committee is supported by the ISANA Secretariat is the first contact for general enquiries.

    School sector representative
    SIEBA liaison
    Auckland area
Name Portfolio Affiliation Email
Terry McGrath​​ President​​ International Student Ministries of New Zealand (ISMNZ), Palmerston North​​
Lesley McDonald​
    Immediate past president (2017)
    Manawatu regional representative
    Regional education groups
Massey University, Palmerston North​ ​​
Sherrie Lee​
    International student representative
    ISANA research & communications
University of Waikato, Hamilton​
Anne Henwood​ Pakuranga College, Auckland​
Huy Vu​
    Waikato area representative
Waikato University, Hamilton​
Gabrielle Nguyen​
    Marketing & business development
    Hawkes Bay area
Woodford House, Havelock North​
Cameron Lock
    Manawatu area
UCOL, Palmerston North
Chris Beard​
    University sector representative
    Government agency liaison
    Wellington area
Victoria University, Wellington​
Carla Rey Vasquez​
    Cross-cultural engagement
    Wellington area
AFS, Wellington​
Jane Jay General representative ​NMIT, Nelson
Colleen Steyn​ General representative​ Middleton Grange School, Christchurch​

More about our executive committee members

Terry McGrath


Terry started as chemistry teacher before moving into a pastoral care role. Currently he contributes to international student chaplaincy at Massey University, Palmerston North; consultancy as immediate past National Director for International Student Ministries of NZ (ISM NZ); and Asia Pacific regional facilitation for the Lausanne movement’s ISM Global Leadership Network. This latter role is advisory in nature, influencing and facilitating capacity building and development of services and leadership in international student missions and pastoral care initiatives. Terry’s interests include development and research involving international students and migrants, and professional development in international education arena where he is currently the President of ISANA NZ.

Lesley McDonald

Vice President

Lesley is the National Team Leader Accommodation and Welfare at Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE), Massey University and is immediate past president of ISANA NZ and has been the Co-Chair of International Education Manawatu (IEM) since 2013. In her current role Lesley is responsible for managing homestay accommodation across three campuses for Massey University together with the pastoral care of students studying at PaCE. Lesley is passionate about the benefits that international education brings to New Zealand ranging from the social and cultural to economic. She strongly believes that quality pastoral care is crucial for a positive student experience so that students return to their home countries as Ambassadors for New Zealand education. As current Vice-President, Lesley’s involvement with ISANA NZ provides an opportunity to promote ISANA NZ regionally and to allow the voices of both the student and international student support staff to be heard within the contexts of those working on international student policy and the international education strategic planning framework.

Chris Beard

Executive Officer

Chris has worked in international education for more than twenty years. He has experiencing teaching in the secondary, tertiary and PTE sectors and has also lead pastoral care practice on university-based foundation studies programmes. Chris instigated the development of New Zealand’s first postgraduate course in International Education (with an export education focus) and currently co-teaches on this course, which is offered by Victoria University of Wellington’s Masters of Education programme. He has experience liaising with government officials and education leaders on behalf of ISANA NZ. He continues his government liaison role, together with being the university sector representative for ISANA NZ.

Caroline Stevenson

Communication & Events Director

Caroline Stevenson has over 20 years’ experience in the international education industry in NZ and overseas and is extremely passionate about the industry and what New Zealand can offer our international students. Caroline spent a wonderful 11 years setting up the ESOL and International Student departments at Te Puke High School. She has completed many roles in an international student department including ESOL teaching, homestay management, marketing, recruitment and compliance. Caroline is enjoying her role with ISANA NZ and assisting all institutions in providing the best care and support to our international students.

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