Combining his years of teaching and management experience along with a commitment to new technologies and passion for professional development, Nick was in an ideal position to help establish the organisation that was to become CORE Education, Ultralab South in April, 2003.
Having met Professor Stephen Heppell, a leading thinker in the technology and education field and director of Ultralab in the UK, Nick was inspired to establish a similar organisation in the southern hemisphere. His role within Ultralab South and CORE Education has evolved since then and he remains passionate about the role of CORE in making the learning and teaching experience more real and satisfying for all involved.
The Director of Development role entails living a "a rather itinerant life”, travelling the country and beyond developing CORE’s business by establishing partnerships and project opportunities. Within CORE Education Nick supports the major national contract programmes with a major oversight of the Te Toi Tupu consortia, the Early Years Programme, national online contracts under the National Curriculum Online, executive support to the Kaihāutu Maori team leaders as well as a range of other contracts currently held by CORE Education with the Ministry of Education.
"Tena koutou. Ko Nick Billowes ahau, ko ngāti pākeha toko iwi, ko te Upoko o te Ika a Māui toku kaingā i nāianei. Noreira tena koutou katoa. Greetings, I am Nick Billowes, originally from UK a lifetime ago and presently living in the Wellington Region. Tehei Mauriora!
I am a passionate educator, a believer in social equity, with a desire to help people become the best they can be and find their way purposefully in life. I am a professional teacher and an educator! This is the best calling in the world...
My learning life has been punctuated by excellent working opportunities bringing me to a career highlight at CORE Education. Now, as Director of National Operations, I have a role in the team in visioning, leading, evaluating, developing and encouraging the running of CORE's national contract programmes. With a stunning group of colleagues, together we are focused on making a difference for learning outcomes for kids/student/tamariki of Aotearoa, New Zealand. I get the chance to advocate for CORE as a part of the Executive with a focus on gathering new business. My most enjoyable work is, however, the connecting with and facilitating opportunities for our amazing team, the best colleagues one could possibly wish to work alongside.
As for my personal life, Jane is the most wonderful partner and we enjoy everything together. In particular we enjoy discussion and conversation, working and dreaming, house fixing, eating and golf. My kids are wonderful people who have and are making a difference in their worlds, something for which they must thank their mum. I am proud of them both for their differences and specialness'."