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Our Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Student Horizons is anything but just another travel company. We are a specialist in educational travel experiences and  committed to the development of youth in Australia and New Zealand. As such, we understand the importance of engaging with educators as well as those from outside the education sector to ensure our offerings are aligned with the needs and wants of schools and their students. We are privileged and proud to work closely with a number of key supporters in the education sector as well as a those who work in specialist fields outside the educational sector. These individuals help, guide and advise us in the development of our educational travel offerings. They also provide Student Horizons owners and senior management with a sounding board for all aspects of running a successful business.

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Mark Kippenberger – KPMG Private Enterprise Partner

Mark is a partner in the Private Enterprise division of KPMG in Auckland. He has a particular interest in SME governance at both a strategic and operational level. Strategic work with clients involves independent input into a client’s advisory board structure, where focus begins with execution of budget but relates mostly to strategic opportunities arising, risk mitigation and ensuring the required resources are available to sustain defined growth paths.

The operational governance component requires a more detailed monthly input alongside the client’s senior management team to implement and execute the operating business plan. Both forums require transparency, accountability and continuous improvement to sustain / evolve business growth.

Brendan McManus
Dr Brendan McManus – Change Leadership Consultant - Leadership and Mentoring Professionals

Dr Brendan McManus has held senior leadership positions in the education sector since 1981 either as a Director of Schools or in three different school principalships. His most recent was as College Principal of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane from 1993 until 2004. He has also lectured in the Masters of Educational Leadership Programmes at ACU National.

With his previous experience as Queensland Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools as well as his earlier position as State President of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools of Queensland, Dr. McManus brings a depth of understanding of the education of young people.

His four years as a member of the National Standing Committee of the Heads of Independent Schools of Australia has assisted him establish valuable networks throughout Australia and abroad.

As Principal of St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, Brendan initiated new learning models and implemented change which transformed the college. Under his leadership, Terrace became one of the most academically successful schools in Australia.

Brendan’s significant experience as a chief executive officer ensures his strong theoretical base in leadership coaching is grounded in assisting learners to develop their optimum potential. His recent consulting assignments have been in both the private and public sectors with significant emphasis on embedding transition cultures in complex organisations.

As a long standing Board Member of Outward Bound Australia in the 1990s Dr McManus retains a special interest in experiential learning. He has continued his involvement in fostering internationality and service learning opportunities for young people. He looks forward to applying his experience as a member of the advisory board at Student Horizons.

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Sian Jaquet – Professional Executive Coach and Speaker

Sian Jaquet is a highly sought after speaker and professional executive coach, with a client base that spans the globe. With a lengthy career in social services and education, Sian is committed to making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Sian embodies Student Horizons’ ethos of ‘Challenge. Discover. Achieve.’ and shares our goal of lifting students' aspirations and enhancing their lives, through developing their awareness of the world.

Professionally, over the past 30 years, Sian has fought for the rights of and given a voice to the vulnerable, the unrepresented and minority groups. Holding board positions in Social Services and Education, Sian has developed policy for youth justice and was instrumental in driving change in residential care units in the UK. In 2011, Sian was appointed as Chair of Grievance Panel, Korowai Manaaki, Youth Justice Residence by the NZ Government at Cabinet level and is accountable to the Minister for Social Development.

She has over six years’ experience as a TV presenter (including two primetime TV shows in New Zealand), a talkback radio host and NZ Weddings magazine’s agony aunt since 2013.

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Jonathan Wansey – Former Headmaster - Crosfields School

Jonathan Wansey’s career in education spans over 30 years, working in a number of secondary and junior schools and across mainstream and special education. He has held a number of Headships and before retiring in July 2015, he was in his 14th year as Headmaster at a flourishing co-ed Preparatory School in the United Kingdom.

“It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to the direction of Student Horizons and offer advice from an education stand point. Student Horizons mission is admirable. Any experience for students that encompasses a challenge and an element of discovery with an opportunity for achievement will help to aid the growth of confidence in the student and this is so important.” Jonathan Wansey

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