Dr Julia Hennessy
Julia initially trained as a nurse and worked for a number of years in mental health, intellectual disability, community health and aged care. From there she went and worked at Whitireia Community Polytechnic developing programmes and a number of short courses mainly related to the health and social services area. Her next career change came when she took up the role as team leader contacts and relationship management with the Central Regional Health Authority. As a result of the amalgamation of the four RHAs into one she left the RHAs to take up a role with the Ministry of Health as a senior advisor and then managed the mental health and addictions services for a district health board. Returning to education Julia was appointed to the Wellington Institute of Technology where she undertook a number of senior roles and subsequently she was President of Auckland Institute of Studies.
Julia completed her Diploma of Nursing at Wellington Polytechnic, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education with Victoria University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management and a Master of Management (Health) through Massey University and a PhD through AUT. She has been on a number of national committees related to workforce development and was instrumental in developing the national certificate for mental health support workers. Julia was a Ministerial appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand, is a Trustee on the Funeral and Embalming ITO, and a national moderator for the funeral and embalming industry. Julia has also been contracted to a number of international organisations examining health care. Julia is an active researcher with a number of publications to her name.
Davorin is a Croatian immigrant. He arrived in New Zealand with his parents and siblings in 1954. He graduated from the University of Auckland and commenced his career in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a Medical Rep prior to advancing to Marketing Manager. His long held ambition was to make wine. After returning from France in 1987 where he participated in vintages at Chateaux Margaux and Château Cos d'Estournel he realised his dream of self-employment. In 1988 in partnership with his brother he launched St Jerome Wines. In 2012 he was hospitalised for 11 months following a stroke. Davorin is community minded. In 2014 his efforts were recognised when he was awarded a QSM for his services to the Croatian Community. Now retired, Davorin continues his journey of rehabilitation.
Nuwanthie is a business founder and a company director who is passionate about fostering and developing talent in our communities.She comes from a health sector background having worked across the Public and Private health sector in New Zealand. As government and industry initiatives try to meet the challenges of building a modern, sustainable health system, the aged care sector often lacks the capacity, capability and the access to best practice models and skills to enable and deliver our services to succeed.
Nuwanthie stands for values-based impact that creates better lives, which is one of the reasons she joined the Kalandra Education Group Board. The New Zealand she loves celebrates diversity and inclusion, respects our heritage and our unique environment and is proud of its green credentials. She brings energy and passion with a forward thinking approach to making an impact for people and communities.
Professor Sharon Brownie
Professor Sharon Brownie is an experienced health and social service executive with extensive leadership and policy development experience. In addition to her health and educational qualifications, she is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has experience across the health, education, economic development and employment sectors. Her global perspective have developed through her work in Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Fiji and the Middle East. Her leadership roles have included significant capacity building, workforce development, business growth and change management mandates. While in these roles she has actively maintained practice with nursing licensure in each setting in which she has worked.
Sharon has a strong background in community engagement with proven expertise in partnership with professional entities, industry stakeholders and government both nationally and internationally. She has consistently demonstrated skills in both strategic engagement and the detailed complexities of day-to-day operational management.
She is passionate in her belief that quality health and education services should be available to everyone irrespective of their location or socioeconomic circumstances. Thus she has worked in various rural and remote contexts improving service quality and access for marginalized and disadvantaged people. She excels in roles with a stated strategic intent to build strong and sustainable social, educational and economic conditions that improve community wellbeing and enable populations, communities and families to thrive and grow.
The above Governance Board members are also joined by key management staff of Kalandra Education Group who make up the remaining members of the Governance Board.