Freedom Governance & Leadership


Board of Directors

Graeme E. Stevenson
President (Finance & Operations)
CMech.Fitter, Third Marine Steam Qual.

Graeme has a diverse employment history initially working in the agricultural sector, before undertaking an apprenticeship as a machine operator and becoming an Iron Machinist, Fitter and Turner, Locomotive Maintainer, and the Auxiliary, Caseinating, Unit and finally a Panel Operator at the Genesis Huntly Power Station. He has an interest in mathematics and has served as a finance director at governance level for three companies, one family trust and one charitable trust since 2000.  Graeme currently has responsibility for all FREEDOM company financial records and operations quality management systems and works closely with the other Directors and the academic and research President to ensure the smooth and high quality operation of FREEDOM.  He is a keen sportsman he plays golf and squash and runs when time allows.  Graeme authored a children’s book entitled ‘Where is the Pot Lid?’ which was inspired by a conversation with one of his sons. Graeme has an interest in quality education that supports independence and positive contributions to family and society. 

Susan F. Stevenson
President (Academic & Research)
DipTchg(Prim), TTT, HDipTchg, AdDipTchg, BritScrtDip., DipRec&Sp., AISTD (Ball. London), AISTD (Lat. London), ANZFATD (Latin.NZ), MNZFATD (Lat.NZ) BEd (Massey University), PGDip Arts (Education)
, GradDipCD&AL(Hons) and M.Ed (University of Otago)

Susan has been involved in educational leadership, teaching, learning and research activities for over 30 years.  Initially she was educated and worked as a primary school teacher before moving into secondary teaching, management and leadership roles in secondary schools, then in museum education, university, polytechnic, indigenous wānanga, Pasifika organisations, private higher education and a range of diverse business contexts. Areas of special research interest to Susan include higher education curriculum design and development, quality teaching and learning, effective quality assurance systems, practice-based research, experiential learning, higher education capacity building, educational leadership and equity in educational provision. Susan was a UNESCO Scholarship Recipient, Chaired a NZQA Subject Advisory Group, Research and Ethics teams and committees and has won a University Faculty Emerging Researcher Award.  She has also held roles as a: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in a Teachers College and two Universities, New Zealand University Department Head, University Research Fellow, specialist Degree Programme Advisor/Designer/Developer, NZQA Course Approvals and Accreditations Advisor, National Academic Manager as well as held a variety of professional, research and educational and professional Society’s leadership positions and editorial roles.  Over her thirty years in education Susan has lead or contributed to numerous level one to nine qualification designs, re-developments, accreditations and review projects in numerous organisations. Susan is currently a director of two companies, a family trust and two charitable trusts. Susan founded House of Montrose Education and Business Consultants and the New Zealand Curriculum Design Institute (an NZQA Registered and Approved Programme Owner) in 2006, and then the FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand’s first private Higher Education Institute. Susan and is now a ‘hands on’ President, Academic, Researcher, Consultant and Facilitator. Susan was recently appointed the inaugural President of the International Higher Education Curriculum Designer & Academic Leadership Society and serves on their Review Editorial Committee.

Trent Stevenson

Trent was educated at Fraser High School and Top Student in his graduating year. He then went on to study Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Waikato. Trent has now worked for several years for Carne Technologies who are innovative Waikato company. This Cambridge based company has excelled in taking agriculture sector related technologies to the world.  Trent Eliot has an interest in business management and governance and intends to pursue further and advanced studies in his work field.

Eliot G.F. Henderson


Eliot was educated at Auckland Boys Grammar and Hamilton Boys High School before he undertook a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in marketing and Social Sciences at Massey University. He has also completed a Certificate in Educational Facilitation and continuing advanced education in curriculum design, academic management, finance and computing.  Work experience has included more than 7 years’ experience in service, sole management and distribution roles in the Retail and Tourism sectors and academic administration in tertiary education sectors. Eliot has an interest in excellence in governance and education that makes a difference.

Institute Presidents

Susan F. Stevenson
President (Academic & Research)

Graeme E. Stevenson
President (Finance & Operations)