Emeritus Associate Jan Fitz-Gerald, Founder


Jan has more than 30 years experience in New Zealand education at tertiary and secondary levels. She spent many years at AUT University in a senior executive and management role in University and International Relations including establishing the International Centre and more recently in business and international development. She was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the University in 2001 with the Emeritus Associate award.

Jan is the Founder and past Chief Executive of the award winning Queenstown Resort College.  QRC is a high quality tourism and hospitality management college (hotel school) designed to meet the needs of industry workplace skills, provision of quality graduates and executive training needs for tourism and hospitality senior managers.

Jan has been designing and delivering highly successful customised short courses to groups for many years. One of her recent courses was the only one selected outside of the United States and Europe by a government thus demonstrating her level of skills in the design and delivery of  life changing and transformative programs. Jan started her career as a secondary school teacher and leader and has a strong community spirit having been a member of Rotary for 15 years as well as serving on community and school trusts and boards.


Elly Macdonald, Director of Programs, Schools

Elly Macdonald

Elly has enjoyed a very successful and rewarding career in New Zealand schools. She is a highly experienced and qualified school leader, teacher and educationalist with roles as deputy principal and senior teacher for many years. She recently gave up her senior management position of 13 years service to join the Institute.