Kineo's operations in the Pacific region began in 2011 with the opening of an office in Wellington. 2012 saw our first Australian office open, and we're now have one of the biggest elearning teams in Asia-Pacific.
Meet some of the team below:
Nolen Smith - Managing Director, Asia-Pacific
Nolen is the Managing Director of Kineo Pacific where he is responsible for commercial development and establishing relationships with new clients in the Pacific region. Nolen has spent the last 10 years consulting on elearning strategies and LMS selection, and providing implementation support to clients in New Zealand and Australia.
Nolen caught the learning technologies bug when he first began creating university projects with Apple's Hypercard. It then became an obsession when he was introduced to the Internet in the early 90s. Moving from the US to New Zealand in 1997, Nolen has since been a senior consultant at KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint, and a former director at another New Zealand learning solutions company where he helped establish and grow its elearning services team. He has also acted as an independent consultant to several of New Zealand's largest public and private sector organisations.
"I really enjoy having conversations with our clients and learning about their challenges, then working with them and our team to design and deliver the best solution."
Stephen Grocott, Director, Asia-Pacific
Founder of Nine Lanterns in 2001, Stephen is constantly helping organisations to raise the bar in elearning delivery. He is active in supporting the industry, currently focused on blending informal, collaborative learning with formal learning resources to achieve measurable, talent driven learning outcomes. Nine Lanterns was acquired by the City & Guilds Group in 2015.
Lara Stewart - Solutions Director, Asia-Pacific
Lara is a Solutions Consultant and Account Manager, involved in understanding client requirements and working with Kineo Pacific’s production teams to produce creative and effective solutions to meet these requirements. Her strong commercial acumen and communication skills enable her to build relationships with senior stakeholders, linking learning solutions to their business needs.
Lara has a wealth of experience in sales and marketing, starting her career as a sales rep, then becoming Sales and Marketing Manager at Medic Corporation before having spells at LexisNexis, AstraZeneca and The Open Polytechnic. Prior to joining Kineo, she was Business Development Manager at Synapsys NZ. At Kineo her clients include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Justice, MPI, and MBIE.
Tina Griffin - Learning Solutions Manager
Tina takes a lead role in projects ensuring the overall quality of learning design. Specialising in blended learning since 1998, Tina has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing award-winning learning solutions across NZ, Australia, the US and the UK.
Specialising in elearning in 1998, Tina has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing award-winning elearning solutions across NZ, Australia, the US and the UK. Starting as a Chartered Accountant, Tina spent 12 years in Sydney and London designing and managing a range of blended learning solutions for PwC and Reuters. Returning to NZ, she was the L&D Team Leader with Housing New Zealand before joining Kineo Asia Pacific.
"I'm really passionate about elearning - I think it's a fantastically rich and flexible medium in which to learn. I love the creativity of my role, being able to craft great learning experiences from a very diverse range of subject matter. The market is pretty exciting right now and I love looking for new ways of working, trying new technologies and looking to see how we can innovate what we do.