Meet the Like-Minded Team

These are the talented, purpose-driven, experienced people that make us who we are.

Cathy Gillespie
Learning Consultant, Owner and Member of the Board

Cathy has a specific focus on delivering the best for learning projects, whether it is using her skills in project management, or her expertise in effective learning design. She has been a key contributor in developing robust and well‐documented development processes for a number of organisations. She has taught and mentored other people in applying these process to ensure a streamlined approach that provides the best value for money. She has applied strong instructional design standards across a range of projects and has had a specific interest in defining and applying what quality means to the client. Her experience in the classroom, and out in the field, informs her approach to developing material, and she recognises audience analysis as a critical step in producing a solution that is engaging and has longevity.

Hamish Paton
Technical Consultant, Owner and Member of the Board

Hamish has many years of experience as a developer and systems analyst, with a particular focus on business software, and systems that support learning. His experience in both the commercial and academic environment required Hamish to work alongside a diverse client and user base, as well as collaborating with designers and programmers, to identify requirements, provide cost analysis, and develop implementation plans and timelines. Hamish has an in‐depth understanding of project life-cycle, including all phases of system and software development. He has a proven track record in testing, quality assurance and usability.

Elizabeth Rzoska
Learning Designer

Elizabeth comes from a background of veterinary care and education, where she has worked as both a veterinary technician and an animal care tutor. As a tutor, she became experienced in designing, developing, and delivering material to NZQA standards. She worked to create assessments, marking guides and student workbooks, that supported her student’s learning experience. She is adept at working with subject matter experts to take technical knowledge and turn it into simple language. 

Tom Gillespie
Learning Technologist

Tom is our most experienced learning developer. Being quick with technology and supported by our technology consultant, he applies himself to master the latest authoring tools and applications in a fast-paced technology environment. Give him a creative, interactive problem – he solves it! He is a mentor to others and works directly with clients, building excellent rapport and applying his strong problem solving skills. Tom has a full administrative knowledge of a number of learning technologies, including Totara, Moodle, Rise, Storyline, and Adapt. He is a valuable member of the team, and valued by clients to support them and to extend their own capabilities.

James Vanner
Learning Technology Support Analyst

James combines a strong background in customer service with a passion for technology. He has worked with the likes of Spark and ACC in customer-facing roles, and prides himself on delivering fast, friendly service. After re-training in software development, James brings a broad skillset to the team, providing frontline technical support and ensuring clients are getting the most out of their learning solutions. He enjoys finding creative ways to solve problems and is constantly expanding his knowledge of learning technologies.

Tomie Sato
Graphic Designer / Learning Developer

Tomie brings a wealth of experience from both the creative industry and the education sector. As an industry professional, she has excelled in her role as a design and marketing tutor, adept at navigating physical, blended (synchronous online), and asynchronous learning environments. Within the dynamic field of design, Tomie has showcased her versatility by contributing to various facets, including content marketing, print design, advertisements, website development, branding, and beyond. Her multidisciplinary expertise uniquely positions her as a valuable asset, and her commitment to excellence is evident in the diverse range of projects she has undertaken throughout her career.

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