Meet the National Office Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Peter brings to the ECC experience in both private and public sectors. He has substantial knowledge of government processes, a background in sales and marketing, and as a private sector business consultant has helped hundreds of small businesses improve their performance.
Peter's public sector positions include Manager of Health and Welfare Services at Work and Income, Manager of the Health Services Implementation Team at the Accident Compensation Corporation; and Manager of Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) services at two district health boards, among other community services responsibilities. He has also held private sector positions as a business consultant, as National Sales Manager for Clark Products Ltd, and as National Sales and Marketing Manager for Foldaway Blinds.
Peter is a member of the board of Wellington Aftercare Association, and has held past governance-level roles with the Australasian College of Health Service Managers, the New Zealand Institute of Health Management and Squash Wellington.
Peter is married to Margaret, a registered nurse, and they have one adult daughter, Kristen.
Katina is the ECC’s Policy Officer. Her role includes leading the development of the ECC’s various policy positions on topics affecting centres; helping to prepare submissions and responding to the many queries our members have with legislation and compliance rules.
Katina is a qualified ECE teacher with a Masters of Arts focusing on language barriers in ECE. Katina’s career includes a practicing teacher, head teacher for over nine years, research assistant, therapy assistant and has participated in school boards of trustees for a number of years. Her centre experience includes Montessori.
Katina lives with her husband, Matt, in Wellington.
Tracey has over 20 years experience in all aspects of accounts work in various industries including working for Toyota NZ when they were based in Wellington and more recently as the accounts person for Kevin Dee Realty. Tracey is married to Shane and they have a teenage son, Jackson.
Tracey is responsible for the smooth running of the ECC National Office, including accounts management. All accounts receivable and payable, event registration, publication purchases and general enquiries are handled by Tracey.
Trisha Toreka Lealiifano-Mariota
Trisha is responsible for managing the multiple events (Workshops, webinars and conference) that ECC provides for Centre Managers and Teachers.
Trisha is an ECE-qualified teacher with relieving experience in the Kindergarten sector as well as teaching at the Aoga Amata Porirua EFKS. She has a Masters of Education from Victoria University, Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching endorsed in Early Childhood Education from Victoria University.
Trisha is married to Martin Mariota and has one son Joziah.
Gina’s background started in IT - Mainframe Computer Operator on various systems, working for MSD, EDS, also River Island in the UK. After UK started as Membership Administrator for IPWEA for 8 years.
Gina is responsible for maintaining the ECC membership database and ecemploy. employ.
Editor - Swings & Roundabouts
Trudi is the editor for Swings & Roundabouts.
Trudi is an ECE-qualified, registered teacher with experience in the Kindergarten sector. She is also a qualified journalist and is studying toward a Master of Education.
Trudi has two children.
Richard IrvineCommunications Officer
Richard is a communications professional based in Tauranga, and helps with communication strategy and delivery for ECC.