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to increase access to education, build confidence, identify skills gaps, develop 21st century capability and challenge outdated legacy education practices.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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Executive & Support Team

Frances Valintine
CEO & Founder
Fiona (Fee) Webby
General Manager
Monique Pearson
Chief Collaborator
Craig Hilton
National Academic Director
Hayley Sparks
National Academic Manager
Fuatino Peilua
Director of Studies
Lorraine Guerin
Chief Technology Officer
Tessa Tripp
Marketing Director
Frank Li
Chief Data Officer
Sandy Taylor
Financial Controller
David Pratt
Virtual CFO
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi
Huw Jones
Pou Āwhina
Roseline Setu
Pou Tautua
Dane Tumahai
Cultural Advisor, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Melissa Fincham
Office Manager and Executive Team Assistant
Cassidy Huang
Front of House

Digital Platforms

Lorraine Guerin
Chief Technology Officer
Juampa Proverbio
Head of Engineering
Henry Stock
Project Lead
Alan Hsieh
UX/UI Designer
Ankit Sachdeva
Digital Project Manager
Jarin Klee
IT Manager
Makini Calliste-Woollard
Salesforce Admin
Emily Wragg
UX/UI Designer

Data & Insights

Frank Li
Chief Data Officer
Sophie Zou
Graduate Data Scientist
Jiawei Zhao
Data Scientist

Student Success

Fuatino Peilua
Director of Studies
Shruti Patil
Student Enrolment & Finance Manager
Talita Hope
National Portal Assistant
Eugenia Lytvyn
Student Experience Manager
Judy Christie
Communities Manager

Master of Contemporary Education

Herbert Thomas
Programme Lead
Dor Kayes
Postgraduate Director
Anna Johnstone
Postgraduate Director
Truman Pham
Postgraduate Director
Tim Gander
Postgraduate Director
Kirsty Hohua
Postgraduate Facilitator
Kellianne Apted
Programme Coordinator

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning and Digital & Collaborative Teaching & Learning Micro-credential

David Parsons
National Postgraduate Director
Milla Inkila
Postgraduate Director
Darcy Vo
Postgraduate Director
Maria Treadaway
Postgraduate Facilitator
Joni Angeli-Gordon
Postgraduate Facilitator
Rochelle Thorn
Postgraduate Facilitator
Kellianne Apted
Programme Coordinator

Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good and Leading Beyond Sustainability Micro-credential

Hancine Samvelyan
Programme Lead
Saskia Verraes
Sustainable Futures Adviser
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi
Hayley Sparks
National Academic Manager
Madeleine Moore
Programme Coordinator

Digital Skills for the Workplace Micro-credential

Becks West
Lead Facilitator
Emma Grobart
Programme Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

Tessa Tripp
Marketing Director
Britta Sisam-Jones
Brand & Communications Manager (Maternity Leave)
Bex Taylor
Marketing Manager
Brad Smith
Digital Manager
Claire Jager
Senior Marketing Automation Specialist
Marcelle Domingo
Marketing Engagement Executive
Jana Prentice
Assistant Marketing Manager
Anna Reid
Story Strategist
Nicola Stallard
Production Manager
Lisa Whittington-Slater
Outreach Manager
Megan Bruère
Outreach Manager

Digital Boost

Monique Pearson
Chief Collaborator
Henry Stock
Project Lead
Jade Davies
Communications Manager
Victoria Smith
Customer Experience Lead
Diana Kirkland
External Relationships Manager
Anamari Fanthorpe
Event Manager
Angela Caves
Digital Events Manager
Nicola Stallard
Production Manager
Lily Garbaccio Valina
Business Intelligence Architect
Charles Jordan
Social and Community Manager
Charlie Baldwin
Online Content Coordinator
Jessica Tremain
Digital Writer & Content Creator
Adam Davey
Video Editor
Emily Wragg
UX/UI Designer
Alan Hsieh
UX/UI Designer
Tim Beatson
Digital Support Coordinator
Amanda O’Neill
Digital Specialist - Small Business Support
Tip Varnakomala
Digital Boost Specialist
Andrey Sukhomlinov
Digital Insights Specialist
Quin Thomas
Small Business Support
Celestino Nagal
Digital Support Coordinator

Board of Directors

Frances Valintine
CEO & Founder
Jonathan Lim
Director
James Darwell
Director
Nic Kennedy
Director
Rob Lee
Director

The Mind Lab Advisory Group

Puck Algera, John Berry, Teah Carlson, Rowena Dunn, Annie Ualesi, Richard Wells

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 or read her full bio.

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