Commonwealth Education Trust to invest in New Zealand
Commonwealth Education Trust to invest in New Zealand – CEO appointed
The Commonwealth Education Trust is establishing a new corporate presence in New Zealand and has announced today the appointment of Dr Sue Watson as Chief Executive Officer. Dr Watson takes up her role in February 2014.
Dr Watson is currently the Global Chief Executive of Kea, one of the most innovative and fast growing diaspora engagement organisations in the world. She is a business leader, academic and educator. She was co-founder of an export educational publishing company and consultancy, and before joining the business world, Sue spent more than twenty years as an educator and academic. Dr Watson has worked for leading organisations, including the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at The University of Pennsylvania and as a consultant for the World Bank and the OECD.
Dr Watson says she is delighted to be joining CET and to have the opportunity to bring her combined experience in the non-profit, business and education sectors to this prestigious international organisation.
“I have always been committed to equality of educational opportunity and to the value of international collaboration for delivering quality education. It is a privilege to be able to lead this work from New Zealand, a country with such a strong reputation for excellence in educational provision.”
The Commonwealth Education Trust is a UK-based charitable organisation which invests in primary and secondary education and the professional development of teachers throughout their careers. It operates across the Commonwealth.
outstanding record in school education and its strong
regional connections make it an ideal place to be a centre
for our activities,” said Judy Curry, Chief Executive of
the Commonwealth Education Trust.
The New Zealand operation will lead selected education programmes for the Trust. It will also work with the Trust’s commercial arm, 1886 Investments Limited, and develop business opportunities in the education sector, with a focus on New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia. The New Zealand operation will complement 1886’s existing operations and investments in the United Kingdom, South Africa and India.