Our Team

Dr Cheryl Doig

Leadership Futurist, Think Beyond

Cheryl is a leadership futurist and curator of leadership ideas. She follows leadership trends and research and translates these into practice, working internationally and virtually with organisations, business leaders and educators. Her passion is for challenging organisations to think differently in order to adapt to a changing future – to think beyond their current leadership realities, while still using the best of the past.

Cheryl has been a highly successful school principal, teaching fellow in Education Management, and school reviewer. As a principal, Cheryl led both Richmond and Fendalton schools to achieving national recognition for their standards of excellence in education, including being awarded Goodman Fielder School of the Year. Cheryl has also received a number of prestigious awards for leadership in education, including the Beeby Fellowship and the Woolf Fisher Fellowship.

Cheryl has served in a number of governance roles, both locally and nationally, including the NZ Institute of Management, the Food for Thought trust,  Core Education Ltd and a number of establishment boards for new schools. She is currently a Board Chair of the NZ Brain Research Institute, an Establishment Board member of Haeata Community Campus and  a member of the NZ  Institute of Directors.  Cheryl is a full member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society.

2017 projects include the curation of a book on Collaboration  and a strategic role in a Grow Waitaha, a Ministry of Education initiative to support educational change in Christchurch.

David Duffy

davidduffyDavid Duffy brings wisdom and depth to Think Beyond. His past leadership experience includes adviser to schools, lecturer and deputy principal. More recently he has been involved in support roles with teachers, schools, and clusters in Christchurch as they recover from the 2011 earthquakes. He maintains a strong interest in the continuing development of teachers from the pre-training phase through to current practitioners and continues to maintain a presence at many conferences and educational forums.

David currently maintains the systems for the organisation, and manages and delivers contracts and programs.

Josephine Varghese

Josephine VargheseJosephine Varghese is a PhD candidate at the department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Canterbury. Her developing thesis explores the experiences of young migrant women in the Chennai, India. She is active outside the academic sphere, serving as a directorial board member of Queerala, the largest youth-led organization working to further LGBTQIA rights and well-being in Kerala, India. She is also a member of the Equity and Well-being Advisory Committee, University of Canterbury Students Association. Having grown up in Zimbabwe and rural India, Josephine is interested in the historic, socio-economic and political factors that shape the present and future of the ‘global south’, particularly south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She is fascinated by social and political movements spurring change across the world and how technology and society shape each other. Josephine holds diverse professional experience having worked as TV anchor for 3 years in India, and with over 5 years of teaching experience at the tertiary level, both in India and New Zealand.

Daniel Coats

daniel-coats-webDaniel Coats is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Auckland, where he is studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science. As a member of the Think Beyond team, Daniel's role includes developing websites, editing video, conducting research, and bringing a young person's perspective to team discussions.

Away from work and study, Daniel’s favourite pastimes include debating, running, and writing. You can read Daniel's short stories, and anecdotes on technology, science and education, on his website: http://danielcoats.nz

Donna Frame

donnaframeDonna Frame has been a teacher, senior leader, lecturer and a school principal. She is passionate about education and making learning authentic and innovative, and is continually drawn back into the classroom. She enjoys sharing her experience with students and colleagues and loves learning.

Donna has lived and travelled in many countries, thrived on being immersed in their cultures. She has provided professional leadership in Fiji and Abu Dhabi and now supports learning possibilities for Think Beyond. Donna organises links with other thought leaders from around the world. If you are interested in writing a guest blog post on future focused leadership she will liaise with you to make it happen!

Associates

Associates are people we connect with but who aren't part of our business. We like to support others who are making a difference to 'think beyond' and have the same values that we do. We believe in the power of the network to help us accomplish our goals and to create a better world.  Get in touch if you are interested in being an associate.

April McLennan

April McLennan is a young social entrepreneur. She developed Limitless in early 2016, with the purpose to equip young New Zealanders to lead lives of passion and purpose, doing work they love. Limitless work with high school students through a two part program. This program aims to equip young people with confidence and awareness in their strengths, values and passions and inspiration for how these can translate into a career of purpose; as well practical opportunities to further explore their options. April was selected as one of three New Zealand delegates to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2016. She has also had the opportunity to speak at various events. April is committed to seeing Limitless continue to grow and develop to empower every young New Zealander. For more information visit her website www.limitless.org.nz