Freedom Management Team


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.

Maraea Cossey

Learner Services Manager

Nikki has extensive experience in early childhood, adult, tertiary and higher education settings in management and leadership roles. She has many years successful experience as a NZQA National Moderator and has held visiting supervisor, tutor, lecturer, education facilitator, programme leader, campus manager, institutional academic manager, learner support manager, youth guarantees programme manager and foundations studies programme manager. Nikki is expert in applied educational facilitation, management and leadership areas and especially in the area of highly effective holistic learner support systems and the applied challenges educators face in tertiary-higher education contexts today. 

Nikki is an exceptional educational facilitator of learning and was the major subject of an Ako Aotearoa investigation which studied the turning around of learners’ lives in a South Auckland education setting.  The investigation examined the journey learners with histories of educational failure made and their transformations as they gained professional degree qualifications with the support of Nikki and her teaching team. An active researcher, Nikki gained Ako Aotearoa Hub funding and published a paper outlining the learner’s transformation and identified the key variables supporting the learner’s changes.

Nikki has also served on a number of research and ethics committees and guided students undertaking professional research projects.  With an extensive background in ECE Nikki has been invited onto NZQA Panel Advisory groups and onto unit standard writings and rewriting groups in this profession, she also has extensive successful experience leading the embedding and implementation of literacy and numeracy in a range of courses and fields. Experienced in most levels of curriculum design and academic management Nikki has the background to lead the Institute's flagship Educational Facilitation and Curriculum Design and Academic Management programmes. Nikki is also currently International Co-ordinator of the International Higher Education Curriculum Designer & Academic Leaders Society where she supports those interested in learning about quality higher education curriculum design to work collegially together and to share and publish about their work in this education sub-field. A great communicator Nikki brings applied expertise and leadership capabilities to her clients.

 Consulting work focus is generally on organisational quality development, quality facilitation and learning, curriculum design, effective and continuously improving quality management systems and applied leadership. Susan was been a USA, UNESCO Scholarship Recipient, chaired NZQA Subject Advisory Group, Research and Ethics committees and won awards for her research.  She has held a range of senior management and leadership roles which include; University Staff Developer, Senior Lecturer, Department Head and Research Fellow, specialist Degree Programme Curriculum Advisor/Designer/Developer, NZQA Approvals and Accreditations Advisor, National Academic Manager, company and charitable trust directorships as well as held a variety of professional, research and educational and professional Society’s leadership positions and editorial roles. She is currently the President of the International Higher Education Curriculum Designer & Academic Leadership Society.

Susan founded House of Montrose Limited in 2006, and is now a ‘hands on’ Chief Executive Director of this leading business and education consulting company who trades as ‘NZCDI Business and Education Consultants’ and the highly successful ‘New Zealand Curriculum Design Institute’, a NZQA Registered and Approved Course Owner organisation. 


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 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.

Maraea Cossey

 Learning Services Manager


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.