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to increase access to education, build confidence, identify skills gaps, develop 21st century capability and challenge outdated legacy education practices.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 (including its subsidiary 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.

Click here to access our 2021 Academic Calendar for all programmes across The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.

Our space

The Mind Lab Board

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

Executive & Support Team

Fiona Webby
General Manager
Craig Hilton
National Academic Director
Deborah Ross
Director of Studies
Lorraine Guerin
National Projects Lead
David Pratt
Virtual CFO
Sandy Taylor
Financial Controller
Hayley Sparks
National Academic Manager
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi, nō Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou
Dane Tumahai
Cultural Advisor, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Frank Li
Data Analyst
Jarin Klee
IT Manager
Melissa Fincham
Office Manager and Assistant to Frances Valintine and Fee Webby
Charlie Baldwin
Front of House

Student Success

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

Master of Contemporary Education

Herbert Thomas
Programme Lead
Jonathan Lynch
Postgraduate Director
Dor Kayes
Postgraduate Director
Anna Johnstone
Postgraduate Director
Truman Pham
Postgraduate Director
Kellianne Apted
Programme Co-ordinator
Sophia Zhang
Postgraduate Facilitator

Master of Teaching & Education Leadership

Carla Sutton
MTEL Programme Lead
Hancine Samvelyan
Education Director
Tim Gander
Education Director
Roseline Setu
Hoe Ākau
Cathryn Redgwell
Hoe Ākau
Kylie Tafford
Hannah Reed
Hoe Ākau & Advisor
Wendy Choo
Louise Taylor

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good

Saskia Verraes
Programme Lead
Tracy Han
Programme Coordinator
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi, nō Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou
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
Lisa Whittington-Slater
Outreach Manager
Megan Bruere
Outreach Manager

Digital Boost

Evelyn Seewald
Project Lead
Nicola Stallard
Project Manager
Munya Chitongo
Support Lead
Lily Wigglesworth
Content Manager
Anamari Fanthorpe
Project Co-ordinator
Jithmal Demuni
Ayesha Nishat

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. For over 20 years she has been committed to shifting education and business practice to respond to the future of work and industry. In 2013 she founded The Mind Lab, developed to empower students and educators to develop applied digital knowledge and capability.

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