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The Education Hub Founder
Dr Nina Hood

Our mission is to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people in New Zealand by bridging the gap between research and teaching practice.

With the support of other education professionals and academics, I launched The Education Hub in 2017 to address the knowledge problem that exists in education. When I worked as a teacher, I found it difficult to engage with research literature. Once I discovered the wealth of research that exists on a wide range of educational topics, I became frustrated at how little it informs practice. Now, I work as an academic researcher, driving The Education Hub to bridge this gap.

What we do

Capture and share
research evidence

By presenting research findings in practical and usable forms, we make it easier for teachers to discover new knowledge and innovations. If there's a topic you'd like us to cover, please get in touch. 

Support teachers to engage with evidence

Bringing education professionals together in powerful learning opportunities, to enable them to share ideas, build new knowledge and expertise, and develop improvement networks.

Facilitate innovation and
inspire debate

Through our Bright Spots Awards, we support the development and scaling of teacher-led innovation. And by providing insight on a range of education issues, we encourage discussion and collaboration.

Meet the team

Dr Nina Hood


Nina is a trained secondary school teacher, having taught at Epsom Girls Grammar and Mt Roskill Grammar in Auckland. Nina undertook an MSc (with distinction) in learning and technology, and a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford. Since returning to New Zealand in mid 2015 Nina has been employed as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland where she specialises in new technologies in education. She is passionate about the hub's mission to encourage research-based teaching, and is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of The Education Hub.

Dr Sarah Mayo

Knowledge Translation Manager

Sarah oversees the creation of all the resources for The Education Hub. This involves working with researchers from New Zealand and around the world to collate research reviews, and also engaging with teachers in ECE centres and schools around the country to develop case studies of research use in practice. Sarah has a PhD in English from the University of Canterbury. Her doctorate explored how Shakespeare on film could support the teaching of his plays in secondary schools in ways that are responsive to the curriculum and also bring theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives to the study of Shakespeare. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Glen Eden Primary School.

Dr Vicki Hargraves

Early Childhood Education Content Manager

Vicki runs our early childhood (ECE) webinar series and also is responsible for the creation of many of our ECE research reviews. Vicki is a teacher, mother, writer, and researcher living in Marlborough. She recently completed her PhD using philosophy to explore creative approaches to understanding early childhood education. She is inspired by the wealth of educational research that is available and is passionate about making this available and useful for teachers.

Amanda Howley-Rouse

Office Manager

Amanda supports the day-to-day running of The Education Hub. After working in executive office management and team leadership roles within the finance sector for 15 years, she switched to the not-for-profit sector and hasn’t looked back. Amanda is an experienced officer manager and is passionate about contributing to her community. She enjoys volunteering as a Girl Guide Leader, Health & Safety Officer at St Ignatius Parish and various committees, programmes and initiatives at her children’s school.


Maury Leyland


Maury has a long held passion for working with organisations that can bring change that benefits New Zealand. She currently is a member of the Lincoln University Transformation Board, is on the board of Genesis Energy, and is on the steering committee of Te Hono Movement. Maury has previously worked as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and as a member of the executive team at Fonterra.

Professor Graeme Aitken

Graeme has a long history in education, firstly as a geography teacher and then in Secondary Teacher Education, as the Director of The University of Auckland Principals Centre, and most recently as the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Graeme co-developed the Teaching as Inquiry model that underpins the pedagogical approach of the New Zealand Curriculum and is the co-author of the Best Evidence Synthesis for Social Sciences.

Andrew Grant

Andrew is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he leads their Global Public Sector Practice and is a member of McKinsey’s Global Board. Andrew is committed to education and has been involved in a number of education initiatives both through his work at McKinsey and also in New Zealand, including the establishment of both the Springboard Trust and the Onehunga Business School.

Andrew Poole

Education and conservation are two areas where Andrew sees the opportunity for a step change to enhance New Zealand’s success. Andrew is the Chief Executive of law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Andrew also is the Executive Chair of the Rotoroa Island Trust and sits on NEXT Foundation’s Education Waka Kaihautu.


The Education Hub could not function without the generous support of a number of organisations and individuals. We are particularly grateful to our key financial supporters:

Next Foundation
The Fletcher Trust
The Aotearoa Foundation

We further extend our gratitude to the educational organisations that have opened their doors to us and hosted The Education Hub's events.

If you are interested in finding out how you or your organisation can support The Education Hub's work, please email us.

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