About us

We provide innovative postgraduate programmes that build relevant skills and capabilities to match the requirements of a constantly changing world.

Our range of educational programmes redefine learning and professional development and aim to enhance human potential and create impactful futures. 

Our vision
Our vision is to create impactful futures by aligning digital skills and capabilities with the demands of the contemporary world.
Our mission
Our mission is to lead New Zealand education, to share knowledge, to collaborate, and to build partnerships in order to achieve sustainable, impactful change.
Key objectives
Our key objectives are to increase access to education, build confidence, identify skills gaps, develop 21st century capability and challenge outdated legacy education practices.

Our story

The story of The Mind Lab is one of recognising and embracing change in the world and providing innovative education that reflects that change.

Founded by Frances Valintine in 2013, The Mind Lab was created to address the imbalance of what children were learning at school and the skills that the future requires by introducing them to collaborative, creative, hands-on digital discovery and problem-solving.

It quickly became evident that to support young learners, we had to raise the digital skills and capabilities of teachers, to give them the confidence and agency to ignite their classrooms and embrace digital change within their school communities. 

Now our suite of programmes is rapidly expanding as we identify and seek to build capability in the classroom, the workplace, and beyond, and enable New Zealanders to lead change.  Our teaching and learning is grounded in kaupapa Māori values. We’re focused on making what we teach accessible and valuable for all learners, with learners at the heart of what we do. 

In a world where the greatest certainty is change, lifelong learning is key; which is why we are working to ensure the future of learning is accessible, inspiring, fun, practical, and a journey of endless exploration.

The Mind Lab – creating impactful futures.

The Mind Lab (also trading as Tech Futures Lab) is a Tertiary Education Organisation registered by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to deliver qualifications approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provision of the Education Act 1989. Based on our NZQA external evaluation and review (EER) we have been classified as a Category 1 education organisation.

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The Mind Lab Board

Frances Valintine
CEO & Founder
Frank Janssen
Director & Chair
Nic Kennedy
Rob Lee

Executive & Support Team

Fiona (Fee) Webby
General Manager (Maternity Leave)
Monique Pearson
Interim General Manager
Deborah Ross
Director of Studies
Lorraine Guerin
Chief Technology Officer
Hayley Sparks
National Academic Manager
Craig Hilton
National Academic Director
Sandy Taylor
Financial Controller
Amber Joseph
Salesforce Product Owner and Facilitator
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi, nō Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Whakaue me Ngāti Porou
Jarin Klee
IT Manager
Frank Li
Data Analyst
Melissa Fincham
Office Manager and Assistant to CEO and General Manager
Charlie Baldwin
Front of House
Henry Stock
Digital Project Manager
Dane Tumahai
Cultural Advisor, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
David Pratt
Virtual CFO

Student Success

Shruti Patil
Student Enrolment & Finance Manager
Fuatino Peilua
National Academic Registrar
Talita Hope
National Portal Assistant
Eugenia Lytvyn
Student Experience Manager
Louise Yang
Student Experience Manager & Portal Assistant

Master of Contemporary Education

Herbert Thomas
Programme Lead
Dor Kayes
Postgraduate Director
Anna Johnstone
Postgraduate Director
Truman Pham
Postgraduate Director
Tim Gander
Postgraduate Director
Kellianne Apted
Programme Co-ordinator

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

David Parsons
National Postgraduate Director
Karen Lambrechts
Programme Lead
Milla Inkila
Postgraduate Director
Darcy Vo
Postgraduate Director
Maria Treadaway
Postgraduate Facilitator
Joni Angeli-Gordon
Postgraduate Facilitator
Rochelle Thorn
Postgraduate Facilitator
Kellianne Apted
Programme Co-ordinator

Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good

Saskia Verraes
Programme Lead
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi, nō Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Whakaue me Ngāti Porou
Hancine Samvelyan
Education Director
Hayley Sparks
National Academic Manager

Digital Skills for the Workplace micro-credential

Becks West
Lead Facilitator
Emma Grobart
Programme Coordinator
Tim Beatson
Online Facilitator
David Parsons
National Postgraduate Director

Marketing & Communications

Britta Sisam-Jones
Marketing Manager
Bex Taylor
Project Manager
Jasmine Kim
Assistant Marketing Manager
Nicola Stallard
Senior Project Manager
Lisa Whittington-Slater
Outreach Manager
Megan Bruere
Outreach Manager

Digital Boost

Evelyn Seewald
Project Lead
Nicola Stallard
Senior Project Manager
Anamari Fanthorpe
Event Manager
Diana Kirkland
External Relationships Manager
Victoria Smith
Project Co-ordinator
Tim Beatson
Digital Support Lead
Charles Jordan
Social and Community Manager
Benji Cornish
Content Co-ordinator

Advisory Group

Master of Teaching & Education Leadership
Hinekura Smith
Master of Contemporary Education & Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning
Stuart Kelly, Te Tuhi Robust

Our founder: Frances Valintine CNZM

Frances Valintine CNZM is a passionate educator and technologist who is focused on challenging the traditional education structure and its ability to fully prepare the generations of tomorrow for the changing world. For over 20 years she has been dedicated to shifting education and business practice to develop the capabilities and mindsets needed to respond to the future of work and industry and ensure a thriving Aotearoa New Zealand. Connect with Frances on LinkedIn.

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