Our People

Cognition Education Management

Ian Ormiston

Ian Ormiston

Managing Director, Cognition Education

Bio

Ian joined Cognition Learning Group in 2017 having gained extensive commercial management experience from roles across New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the UK and the United States. Based out of our Head Office in Auckland, Ian leads Cognition Education teams covering New Zealand, Australia and Asia, having previously worked for NZ Dairy Group, Carter Holt Harvey, Les Mills International and Magic Memories. Ian has had considerable success creating new business and improving revenue and profitability in existing ones with extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development, supply chain management and successfully leading small and large cross-functional teams.

Dr. Lindsey O'Conner

Dr. Lindsey O'Conner

Education Director Asia – Pacific

Bio

Lindsey brings a wealth of creative experience in leading curriculum development and assessment, supporting education systems and teacher education development in Asian and Pacific countries. She started as a Play Centre Supervisor, became a secondary science and mathematics teacher (and member of a school board), moving on to leading and researching teacher education in New Zealand and Australia. Her work spans multiple disciplinary areas and has focussed more recently on the power of integrating learning areas to build learners’ capabilities. In addition, she leads educators, collaborative teams and leadership groups to develop effective ways to infuse and apply appropriate and culturally congruent technology for more effective outcomes.

Lindsey has undertaken consultancy work for New Zealand Universities (Academic Quality Assurance), Fiji Higher Education Commission, National Institute of Educational Research (Japan), SEAMEO (South-East Asian Ministries of Education, 11 countries) and UNESCO. She has led multiple projects in New Zealand and across Pacific nations, helping teachers grow in their understanding about meeting student needs and transforming lives through education. Her inspirational “can do” approach within senior executive teams has enabled changes to strategic planning, digital solutions for educational services, extended external relations, improved quality assurance, augmented benefits of internationalization and effective management of human resources.

Her life goal is to find multiple ways to enhance human experiences through education. She strongly believes that there are powerful possibilities for public good when educators partner with communities to create and evaluate educational solutions that are culturally appropriate.

Clare Grundy

Clare Grundy

Director Programmes, UK

Bio

Clare joined Cognition Education UK in January 2021 after a 20-year career with the British Council, having worked in the Middle East and East Africa. She brings a wealth of experience in successfully leading education programmes for both the private and public sectors and is now based in the UK leading our programmes portfolio in EMEA.

Cognition Learning Group Leadership

Tina Lucas

Tina Lucas

Chief Executive Officer

Bio

Tina joined Cognition Learning Group in 2016 having previously completed successful tenures as CEO of Aspire-Education, Managing Director at Nord Anglia Education PLC and the founder of STEMtech Education. Tina has an extensive track record spanning 30 years growing award-winning education, professional services, EdTech and digital learning organisations across Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and Asia. Under her stewardship, the company has seen rapid expansion into Australia, the UK and the Pacific Island’s.

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan

Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Sean Ryan joined as the Cognition Learning Group CFO following his role as Country & Finance Director of Australia. Previously, he had positions within the Group including Financial Controller and Commercial Manager. Sean’s experience in the international and national education sector, as well as auditing, analysis, management accounting and acquisitions, brings a diverse range of expertise to his role with Cognition Learning Group.

Rachel Morriss Jarvis

Rachel Morriss Jarvis

Group Revenue Officer

Bio

Rachel joined Cognition Learning Group in 2016 and leads our Business Development team, as well as the global marketing function for the Group, and our Begin Bright business. Prior to this, Rachel held senior roles within both corporate and charitable sectors, providing marketing, sponsorship, communications and public relations expertise. Formerly a Marketing and Development Director for Auckland’s largest multi-arts event, she also spent several years in a number of marketing roles within New Zealand Post Group and the technology and retail industries.

Dr. Arran Hamilton

Dr. Arran Hamilton

Group Director, Education

Bio

Arran joined Cognition Learning Group in 2017 to lead the development and transition of our Visible Learning Plus business before taking up a position as Group Director, Strategy and more recently as Group Director, Education. He is an accomplished education-sector senior leader and researcher with more than 15 years’ experience working in some of the top educational consultancies in the world. He previously held senior positions at Cambridge Assessment, Nord Anglia Education, Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) and the British Council. Arran is now based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Stacey McDonald

Stacey McDonald

Director of People and Organisational Development

Bio

Stacey joined our business in 2018 and is our global leader for all people related matters. As an experienced generalist practitioner, Stacey has worked in senior and executive roles in the People & Culture space, spanning education, medical, government and insurance industries. Stacey is focused on creating and supporting a highly skilled and dedicated workforce and ensuring we continue to challenge ourselves to deliver outstanding outcomes for our clients by investing in our people and culture.