FREEDOM Management Team

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Susan F. Stevenson (nee Graham)

 DipTchg, HDipTchg, AdDipTchg, CTT, BritScrtDip, DipRec&Sp,   
AISTD (Ball. London), AISTD (Lat. London), MNZFATD (Lat.NZ)
BEd, PGDip Arts (Education), GradDipCD&AL(Hons) and M.Ed (University of Otago)

Academic Manager

Susan has been successfully engaged in advanced educational, academic and business leadership, facilitation and research activities for over 30 years in New Zealand.  Susan has lead or contributed to numerous quality degree qualification designs or re-development projects and was appointed as an NZQA degree approval and accreditations panellist/chair in 2010.  She has held managerial and leadership roles, in school, museum, private, polytechnic, wananga, pacific island, business and university contexts. Areas of specialist expertise include institutional and staff capacity building, curriculum design and advanced transformational learning by individuals and organisations.

 

Graeme E. Stevenson

CMech.Fitter, Third Marine Steam Qual.

Finance Manager

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.

Eliot G.F. Henderson

BSocSc, BCS, CEdFac

Operations Manager

Eliot manages all Institute systems and undertakes a diverse range of work that supports the Directors, Consultant team and a range of the Institute's consulting division clients. He has a background of effective work experience in management, distribution, retail, computing, marketing, social sciences and tertiary education. Eliot also currently facilitates higher education programmes. He is engaged in direct services provision to clients and curriculum design. Recent work has included degree level programme design and accreditation application developments.

Arwyn Singh

 BSc, ACS (Comp), LLB (Hons) and LLM (Northumbria University)

 Recruitment and Partnerships Manager

Arwyn has worked as a Head of Department for Legal Studies at College PTPL (affiliated to MSU University) for 16 years and later as a Senior Lecturer at HELP University in Malaysia and was also actively involved with recruitment and marketing. He taught papers in law for the UK Degree Transfer programmes and the University of London External programme. He specialised in Constitutional law, Law of Tort and English Legal System. A speaker of four languages, Arwyn’s community work ranges from disaster relief & supporting welfare organisations (as an ALERT CADET Squad Leader and Second Lieutenant), a volunteer with Community Fruit Hamilton, in addition to supporting orphanages as a church member.

 

Research interests/expertise

Arwyn’s expertise in marketing and academics has given him special insights and understandings into international learner needs and the challenges they face. A highly effective writer and editor, Arwyn contributes in writing marketing materials, and interacts with learners, parents, agents and education institutions internationally.

Work undertaken in the past has also included general academic administration and the provision of professional development on good teaching practices, academic writing, boosting research performance, E-learning, psychology of learners and learning, assessment methods, neuro linguistic programming, cyber law, bench marking learning outcomes, management of legal courses and programmes.

 

Recent publications/research in progress

1.    Arwyn Singh. (2015) ‘The Election Commission of Malaysia: Challenges and Prospects’. Conference paper presented at the 6th Asian Constitutional Forum, National University of Singapore, December 2015

2.    Arwyn Singh. (2014) ‘Managing Elections – Who does it better? A comparative analysis of election regulators in Malaysia and the UK’. Conference paper presented at the UUM International Conference on Governance 2014

3.    Arwyn Singh. (2012) ‘Perhaps the time is right for the Election Commission of Malaysia to enhance its independence and impartiality’ (2012) HELP Law Review

4.    Arwyn Singh. (2012) "Liberalisation of absentee voting and procedures in Malaysia”. Published on-line by the International Malaysian Law Conference

5.    Arwyn Singh. (2010) “Sanctioning stem cell patents on the basis of morality: Lessons from Europe and the USA” (2010) HELP Law Review

6.    Arwyn Singh. (2011) “Malaysians residing overseas are denied the right to vote as absent voters: Reform to the postal ballot process”. Conference paper presented at the University Technology MARA on ‘Emerging Issues in Public Law: Challenges and Perspectives’

Arwyn is currently planning a project in collaboration with FREEDOM faculty and involving several businesses in Cambridge, a small Waikato town. This project will involve an Appreciative Inquiry into local businesses and will identify opportunities to improve efficiency.

 

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Dr. Kay Fielden

BSc, MSc (ComSc), PhD (SocEc) University of Western Sydney

Research Manager

Kay Fielden has been an academic for 39 years across a number of discipline areas including Computing, Information Technology, Business, Social Ecology and Mathematics in both New Zealand and Australia. Her last full-time position was as Professor of Computing at Unitec. Since leaving Unitec in 2012, Kay has worked in a number of different tertiary institutions across the sector including Universities, Polytechnics and Private Training Establishments and she has taught more than 25 different papers in Business, Computing, Applied Research and Business Ethics. Kay was a member of the 2012 PBRF panel for Mathematics and Information Sciences. She has also served on NZQA accreditation panels for postgraduate qualifications and acted as a trained mediator in the tertiary sector in both Australia and New Zealand, and was part of the peer mentoring programme at Unitec. Kay has published many peer-reviewed papers both nationally and internationally, in both journals and conferences and also delivered keynote addresses and facilitated conference workshops.

Recent publications

Sontakke, S. Pawar, S. and Fielden, K. (2017) IT factors that impact on improving productivity in Rural India. Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management. 8 1/ ISSN1179-626X.

Patel, R.  and Fielden, K. (2016). Postgraduate students’ perceptions of success in a warming world. AABSS conference, Auckland.

Xie, T., Chen, C., Lu, X. Q. and Fielden, K. (2015). Network company analysis in Auckland. Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management. 6 1/2 ISSN1179-626X.

Research Interests/Expertise

Kay’s research and teaching has spanned a number of domains within both Computing, Information Technology and Business.  In these domains, she has a significant international reputation for her scholarship.  The ability to contribute at a high level across a number of domains is unusual, and accordingly, provides her with opportunities to contribute in unique and innovative ways to the disciplines of computing and business.  In the past five years she has supervised both masters and PhD level dissertations and theses.