Therese Ireland-Smith


Therese Ireland-Smith brings a breadth of expertise, energy and leadership to our team, particularly in the secondary school sector. From early childhood to tertiary institutions, she has fulfilled roles in teaching, research, advocacy, international educational advisory, national curriculum leadership, governance, senior management and recent principalship. Therese also has experience in research and evaluation: recent involvement includes leading research in communities with low rates of ECE participation, managing a national leadership service and development of a national strategic framework. 

As part of her role in Cognition, Therese has evaluated special education provision and was the Project Manager of a BOT training and support contract for 680 schools in the North Island, New Zealand.