Director and Facilitator
Cathy Sheppard has spent around 30 years in education in many different forms, from secondary teaching to early childhood, from New Zealand to Japan. 20 years in Playcentre included years supporting 6 diverse centres, and delivering SELO 1 & 3 Professional Development programmes to centres across the country, developing leadership and centres to get better outcomes for tamariki and whanau. She is passionate about teaching and learning, wanting the best outcomes for tamariki and whanau.
Cathy loves working with teaching teams and leadership to get better results. Helping people understand each other better – those different ways of working and communicating – transform the way teachers teach and work with each other. Learning these skills earlier would have made a huge difference in her own teaching from the beginning, and make a huge difference in growing leadership and teams in early childhood centres and schools. A good team can do so much more than the sum of the individuals on their own, and it’s so much more fun to be a part of!
Cathy is also the founder of BSI People Skills Ltd, empowering people, leaders and teams, transforming organisations to create happy healthy teams and workplace cultures. BSI People Skills has a contract with the Ministry of Education as a provider of both the Incredible Years Teacher programme and Autism Teacher programme in Wellington, and is delivering this as BSI Teacher Skills.
Lisa is an Accredited IYT Group leader and Trained Autism Teacher Programme Group Leader. Prior to coming to New Zealand, Lisa worked in the education space in England for seven years. Lisa has worked in the early childhood space in New Zealand for 11 years, including teaching quite a few children on the autism spectrum and working with their families. She participated in the IYT programme as a teacher in 2014, and it changed her life as a teacher. She was invited by the Ministry of Education to train as a group leader and began facilitating the programme in Otaki in 2017. She has now facilitated a total of three IYT programmes, gaining her accreditation immediately after completing her second programme.
Lisa joined BSI People Skills in January 2018, growing her facilitation skills through delivering Incredible Years, Everything DiSC leadership and team development, and other Emotional Intelligence workshops. During this time, she has delivered Incredible Years Teacher programmes for Te Rito Maioha, leadership training programmes in Bangladesh and Malaysia, as well as leadership and team development programmes for a variety of businesses and organisations in the Wellington region.