Emeritus Associate Jan Fitz-Gerald, Founder and Chief Executive


Jan has more than 30 years experience in New Zealand public and private 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 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 student and professional business groups for many years.  She is Founder of the Youth Leadership Summit concept for high school students from the Sister Cities of China and New Zealand. This has now been recognised by the Qingdao Education Bureau for hosting in 2018.  Jan started her career as a high school teacher and new teacher adviser with the Ministry of Education and has a strong community spirit having been a member of Rotary for 15 years and serving on community and school trusts and boards.


Elly Macdonald, Program Leader

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.

Suzie Scott, Program Leader


For 30 years Susie has been lucky enough to work in the education sector with students, staff, international delegates, business and institutions promoting experiential learning, forging relationships and sharing the merits of our fabulous New Zealand.  This has been and continues to be a real passion for Susie.    

As the former International Marketing Manager for the second largest applied tertiary institution in the South Island she brings considerable experience and first-hand knowledge of New Zealand as an amazing educational study tour destination.

Susie is a very proud South Island New Zealander and lives in a small town in Otago called Oamaru with husband John and adorable dog Max.