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National Board

National Board 

Alasdair Finnie, Chair


I arrived in New Zealand in 1972, to a position as a Law lecturer at the University of Auckland. Since then I have been a Senior Investigating Officer in the Ombudsmen’s Office, Principal Legal Officer in the Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea, Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand, Consultant to the Ministry of Health, Manager of Strategic Planning in the Legal Services Agency and Director of the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector. More recently, I have worked in strategic business advisory roles in the Ministry of Social Development and now in the Ministry of Youth Development. 
I have also been a Rotarian for 18 years and was a member of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand during my 19 years at Arthritis New Zealand.
Nine years ago, I volunteered for the Wellington centre. I served on their committee for six years and as chair for five years. In May 2012, I was elected to the National Board and have fulfilled roles as Deputy and Acting Chair.

Catherine Neill, Deputy Chair


I was born in New Zealand, but my family migrated to England when I was 11.  I came back in 2004 with my own family, and I have lived in Temuka, a small rural township in South Canterbury, ever since.  I have a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies from the University of Liverpool, and when I graduated I joined Portsmouth City Council as a trainee.  I qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in the UK and I now work as an auditor.  
I have a good grounding in the not-for-profit sector.  In addition to my current professional involvement with charitable organisations, I worked for the local education authority in Portsmouth, I was a high school bursar for 3 years, I have been on the PTA at my son’s primary and high schools, I am on the Board of Trustees at the high school and I am the treasurer of a regional sports partnership.  
I joined the committee of the Aoraki centre as the treasurer and have also served as the committee chair.  I am a volunteer home tutor and I look forward to learning something new every lesson.  I have been on the National Board since May 2014.

Gillian Brookes


I work as HR and OD Manager for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.  I have worked as an HR professional for around 12 years in both New Zealand and the UK in private, public and third sector organisations. I have been a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand since 2014 and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since July 2011.
I have a BSc in International Business (Economics); a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management; and a Certificate in Personnel Practice.
I was a Wellington centre committee member from May 2012 until December 2014. I have travelled to China, Mongolia, Australia and South and North America.

Amit Prasad 

 North Shore 

I am Director of Finance for the University of Auckland. In my previous employment  I worked as a Facilitator for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; Management Accountant for Hewlett Packard; Finance and Administration Manager Campus Group Limited and General Manager for Outdoor Designs Limited.  
I am also currently a trustee of the New Zealand Institute of Management Foundation and a member of the High Tech Youth Network Audit Committee. I have previously been a trustee of the Sustainability Institute Foundation and an Advisory Board Member to the New Zealand Institute of Management 
I am studying for my MBA, Corporate Governance Specialisation (expected 2015); have a Graduate Diploma in Business; a Bachelor of Applied Management (Financial Management Speciality); a Post-Graduate Certificate in Financial Administration; and a Diploma in Accounting Studies.
I have been an English Language Partners National Board member and a member of the Ethnic Advisory Group since 2013.

Gurbrinder Aulakh

North Shore

Gurbrinder Aulakh is a lawyer practising in Auckland. He was a lawyer at a High Court In India and also an executive committee member of the High Court Bar Association.
He has a degree in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Communication skills and Sociology. Gurbrinder has strong community networks and engagement and extensive experience in law and governance both in New Zealand and overseas. He has been writing articles and opinions on issues of public interest that are often published in the mainstream as well as ethnic newspapers.

Gurbrinder is a committee member of the Auckland District Law Society and has also provided advice to the Indian High Commission in New Zealand on legal matters. He is currently the Deputy Chair for the Auckland Regional Migrant Services' Board of Trustees and is also an advisor to many ethnic organisations and groups.

He has had a long association with English Language Partners as a committee member and Chair of the North Shore centre, member of the Ethnic Advisory Group and member of the previous National Board. 

David Bromell


I have been a Principal Advisor in the Strategic Policy team at Environment Canterbury since July 2013. From 2003-13 I worked in policy advice roles in the Ministry of Social Development in Wellington and was acting Chief Policy Advisor 2012-13.
Prior to 2003, I worked in church social services and parish ministry. I have previous board experience as executive director of the Christchurch Methodist Mission (1998-2003), and on the Rehua Marae Trust Board, the Lifeline Christchurch Charitable Trust Board, the Christchurch Council of Christian Social Services Trust Board, the Otago-Southland Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board and the Archer Memorial Home Trust Board.
I have also worked in the tertiary education sector, as a tutor and lecturer at Otago University (1986-93), as Executive Officer of the Oamaru Campus of Otago Polytechnic (1993-96), and (on secondment) as Chief Policy Analyst in the Tertiary Group of the Ministry of Education (2008). I am a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in the School of Government at Victoria University (since 2008), and since 2012 have taught a course in political philosophy in the School’s Master of Public Policy programme. One of my research interests is ethnicity, identity and public policy, and I am a member of the NZ Political Studies Association and of the Population Association of New Zealand.
I have a PhD and BDHons in Theology and an MA in History.
I have been a volunteer home tutor (in Porirua and Christchurch) with English Language Partners since 2010.

Lloyd Davies

Bay of Plenty

I am a self-employed mediator and wordsmith through my newly re-branded company, Gemini Consulting.
My previous employment has been in senior management in the social service, health and sport and recreation sectors including Alzheimers Tauranga, Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services Trust, YMCA Tauranga, Diabetes Auckland, Totara Hospice South Auckland and Presbyterian Support Services.  I have also been a management consultant to various organisations.
I am a Fellow of the Institute of Management NZ, Associate of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute NZ and a Fellow of the NZ Trustees Association. A Justice of the Peace since 1997 and the current President of the Bay of Plenty Justices of the Peace Association I am also a National Board member of Literacy Aotearoa, Chairperson of Literacy Bay of Plenty and member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise.
I have an extensive background working with community organisations. My most recent qualifications include a Diploma in Law; Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution); and a Diploma in Management.
I was introduced to the work of English Language Partners through my involvement as a member and then Chairperson of, Literacy and Language Bay of Plenty (now Literacy Bay of Plenty).  I have been an English Language Partners Board member since 2012, serve on the Literacy Aotearoa Board and am Chairperson of Literacy Bay of Plenty.  While not from a language or literacy tutoring background, I have been very involved in the provision of education and training in wide range of settings.

Praful Rambhai 

Auckland South

I am currently Director of Prayent Consulting, and have previously held a variety of positions with Manukau City Council including Director, Community and Economic Development; Director, Economic Development; and Director, Community Activities.
I have over 20 years’ experience in local government leadership and management, community development, economic development and civil engineering. I have developed extensive networks with local government, business, community and central government agencies.
I was a member of the NZ Society of Local Government Managers for a number of years and member / trustee of a number of local trusts in Manukau, including the Otara Community Law Centre. I am currently a member of the NZ Society of Local Government Managers, of the Auckland Indian Christian Fellowship and a trustee of the NZ Council Ramabai Mukti Mission.  
I have a PhD, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 
I was Chairperson of English Language Partners Auckland South for three years and was a member of English Language Partners’ previous National Board.

Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive

I have been Chief Executive of English Language Partners since 2011. Prior to that, I was Deputy Chief Executive for several years.
I have been involved with the organisation for the past two decades in a variety of paid and voluntary roles. I trained as a volunteer home tutor in Auckland West in the mid-1990’s and through this work I gained an insight into the challenges newcomers with limited or no English language skills encounter on a daily basis. I have worked with three families who all arrived here from war-torn nations. Through my work as a home tutor I became involved in developing resource libraries in three of our Auckland centres, used my finance background to carry out accounting and fundraising work, and was a programme coordinator and teacher in our Christchurch centre. 
I was elected to the national Board in 1999 and took on the role of Chair in 2001, a position I held until 2007. During this time, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management and used the knowledge to train our centre committees in governance. 
Prior to my work with ELPNZ I spent time raising four sons as a stay-at-home mother. My previous work had been in financial administration, complaints resolution, and project management for a funding organisation. 
I have a Master in Commerce and Administration (Distinction) from Victoria University