Steiner Education Development Staff'


The SEDT Board Members

Neil Boland is Chair of the Board and Senior Lecturer in Education at Auckland University of Technology, where he leads the BEd (Primary) and BA (Education) programmes. He has a long association with Steiner education, having worked as an early childhood, primary and secondary teacher in Steiner schools around the world.

Glen Saunders has strong financial, management and governance skills which are helping us establish the organisation we need in New Zealand and in Europe. He has been involved in Steiner education for over 40 years.

Elaine Beadle, a former international organisation and social development consultant, co-founded two of New Zealand’s Steiner schools and has always maintained her connection to Steiner education. She brings management and governance skills and also speaks German which is currently proving helpful as we expand into Europe.

Noel Josephson is the Managing Director of Ceres Enterprises, widely recognised as the premier distributor of certified organic, biodynamic and GE free products in New Zealand and Australia. He is also a board member of Greenpeace New Zealand Incorporated, and chair of the Anthroposophical Society of New Zealand.

Trisha Glover has a core interest in the social realm and is currently employed by Hohepa Auckland managing a contract for the Ministry of Social Development for youth with intellectual disabilities as well as running her own counselling practice. She has 23 years' experience as a Waldorf parent and has served as a member of the Michael Park Steiner Schools Trust both as a Trustee and as Chair.


The SEDT Co-workers

Phil McKinstry is SEDT’s General Manager. He is an experienced banker and manager with over twenty years corporate, business, philanthropic and social finance experience. He has a strong connection to Waldorf education as a former parent and has helped finance a number of initiatives over the years.

Karen Brice-Geard has worked in Waldorf Education for 35 years as a eurythmist, teacher and principal. She has been involved in the development of SSC as a recognised qualification for many years and was instrumental in it being recognised by NZQA. Karen is Education Director for SEDT and oversees both the national and international development of the Steiner School Certificates (SSC). She chairs the SSC Qualifications Committee which is responsible for the educational management and development of the certificate and she promotes the SSC in Europe and manages its implementation in schools there, along with establishing a close working relationship with the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE).

Mark McGavock has worked in Steiner Education for 25 years as class teacher, high school teacher and administrator. He is now National Manager and Moderation Manager for SEDT and works mainly with the high schools in NZ. He also manages external moderation for NZ and the UK and keeps tabs on moderation in Europe.

Jocelyn MacKinnon has had 23 years working as a Business/Finance Manager for three secondary schools in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Most recently Jocelyn was at the Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings and now works to support the SSC, taking care of the finances and administration.

Katharina Wendt is a consultant in the field of not-for-profit organisations and manufacturing companies. Experiences in her work as a Steiner Waldorf teacher and caring for the tasks of school development for many years have deeply influenced her attitude to her consultancy. She specialises in organisation development as well as leadership issues in a complex context and also works with young people around the threshold they have to cross when they begin their working life. As the SEDT Country Manager for Germany she coordinates external moderation and helps with the SSC processes in the schools.

Jan Swann has worked for many years in Steiner education, initially in management at the Bristol Steiner School and subsequently joining the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship as an advisor, working with school communities to develop robust structures and strategies to enable them to grow and flourish. Jan has over 25 years’ experience in not-for-profit organisations as a fundraising and organisation development consultant primarily in the Arts, Education and Children & Young People Sectors. She has joined SEDT as UK Country Manager to oversee and support the development of the SSC in the UK.