CORE Education Charitable Trust - Trustee


Organisation description

The CORE Education Charitable Trust is responsible for the following charitable purpose in advancing education within New Zealand:

               a) Researching, applying and disseminating the benefits of new learning technologies;

               b) Developing innovative, creative and effective learning environments;

               c) Promoting the importance of research;

               d) Assisting educational institutions and teachers to obtain better classroom resources; and

               e) Assisting education institutions and teachers to understand technology.

The trust board’s duties are to be guardians of the purpose, to fulfil its charitable duties through donations aligned with the purpose and appoint directors as required. As a not-for-profit organisation the CORE Group provides world-class professional learning and development, research, and thought leadership.

At CORE we believe in the strength of diversity - diversity of people, cultures and languages.  We acknowledge and actively encourage staff to pursue and empower themselves through bilingualism in te reo Māori and English, and to be cognisant of culturally responsive practice.


Our values

  • Manaakitanga
  • Whanaungatanga
  • Wairuatanga
  • Kaitiakitanga
  • Hūmārietanga

Tātai Aho Rau lies at the heart of CORE’s practice.  The words relate to the weaving, layering and binding of harakeke to create strength.


Roles available

There is one position available for a trustee of the CORE Education Charitable Trust. The initial appointment is for three years with one subsequent renewal for up to six years, commencing January 2018.

The Board meets four times per year – meeting duration 2-3 hours.


Skills/competencies sought

Generic skills

The Trust aims to have trustees across a diversity of cultural, gender, technical and generational talent. The focus is on a trust board that can effectively execute its duties of being guardians of the purpose, appoint the directors and fulfil its charitable duties through donations aligned with the purpose. Trustees should have an appropriate understanding of risk and business legal obligations in the context of a charitable organisation.

There are some essential requirements needed for all trust board members:

  • Have understanding, experience and a deep belief in the concept and purpose of charitable organisations
  • Be a good cultural fit, have a close affinity to education, continuous learning and CORE - mission, work and values
  • Be open to new thinking and non-polarising
  • Be a team player, while still challenging thinking
  • Build positive interfaces with fellow trustees, board and management
  • Be committed and available
  • Add value and diversity to the Board
  • Acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Display an openness to multicultural understandings 

Specific skills

At this time, the Trust is specifically seeking an applicant with:

  • Previous experience in charitable law and activity
  • Significant financial management and senior governance experience

Other desirable skills/competencies sought would be a combination from:

  • Strategic skills and business acumen
  • Networked and well connected nationally and globally
  • Entrepreneurial and ICT aware
  • Understanding of the complexities of the environment in which CORE works
  • Communications and stakeholder engagement


Commitment required

Participate in quarterly trust board meetings.

Take an active role in committees, including director appointment and remuneration.


Geographic considerations







$2,880 per annum (under review)


Application open date

Tuesday 3 October 2017


Application close date

4.00pm, Tuesday 24 October 2017



Please send your application, including expression of interest, covering letter, CV and contact details for three referees via email to


For all enquiries please contact

Tash Edwards
Executive Assistant
021 2400 459