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Our Global Leadership

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Alastair Kerr

Board Chairman
Alastair has held many senior executive roles internationally with organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Virgin, The Body Shop, L’Oreal and Williams Sonoma Inc. in a career spanning 35 years. As an Independent Director, he has extensive governance experience and has been on many boards across many different geographies and sectors. He is currently chair of J Murphy and Sons, a $2 Billion construction business based in London, and operating in the UK, Australia, Canada and the US. He is also a Director of Fuller Smith and Turner PLC, the brewers, operating in London and the South of England; Sara Group, a French Lebanese family consumer business, operating across the Middle East; and Paper Plus, a NZ book retail co-operative with approx. 140 stores. He has also been Chair of Arran Arromatics, a Director of Fenwick Ltd., and White Stuff Limited, as well as being a Public Member of Network Rail in the UK and a member of The Body Shop Trust. Alastair has been Chair of Cognition Education Group since January 2017.
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David Sullivan

Vice Chairman
David joined the Cognition Education Group board in 2017 and brings over 30 years professional experience in New Zealand and abroad, across a number of different business sectors. As a Chartered Accountant with a B Com from Auckland University, David is an experienced CFO and Director having held a number of Finance leadership roles in local and multinational organisations. His experience encompasses strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business transformation and governance positions within Lion Nathan, Vodafone, SkyCity, Fisher and Paykel Finance and Fisher and Paykel Appliances.
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Susan Hansen

Susan has previous experience in a ‘Big Four’ Accounting Firm and a Wall Street investment bank. Since 1990 she has been involved in education including University of Auckland Graduate School of Management. She is a director of a company listed on the London Stock Exchange and she chairs the Audit Committee of an Australian Public Company.

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Alister Jones

Alister is an experienced senior academic and university administrator.  He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato and prior to that was the Dean of the College of Education there. He has a distinguished academic career, with his leadership in a number of educational and university based teaching and professional develop-initiatives having been acknowledged nationally and internationally. More recently Alister has had a close involvement with Cognition through the Te Toi Tupu consortium and along with others has been a driving force behind it.

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