Dr Graham Stoop has been appointed chief executive of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ). He will take up the position on 9 November.
Dr Stoop was chief executive of the Education Review Office from 2007 to 2013 and more recently, the Ministry of Education's deputy secretary student achievement. He started his career as a secondary school teacher and has held several positions in that role including head of department in various schools in New Zealand and Scotland.
EDUCANZ chairperson Barbara Ala’alatoa says the council is thrilled to get someone of Dr Stoop’s calibre to lead its evolution into a high-performing professional organisation representing teachers.
"Dr Stoop was the outstanding candidate. He has served the profession, the government of the day and the public in an exemplary way throughout his career which spans over 30 years.
"His understanding of the education community is wide-ranging and comprehensive at the strategic level, but also at the operational level. It was very important for us to appoint someone who understands the issues affecting teachers today. Dr Stoop has remained well connected with the teaching community."
EDUCANZ is the new professional body for teachers, replacing the New Zealand Teachers' Council. Dr Stoop chaired the Ministerial Advisory Group on the reform of the Teachers' Council in 2013, leading sector engagement on proposals to create the new organisation.
A survey will go out to teachers this term to help define the future priorities for the Council.
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