Kineo Pacific

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 Australaisa.

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Meet some of the team below.

Richard Wyles

Richard is a Director at Kineo Pacific and leads the learning technologies strategy for the company. Richard is responsible for the international Mahara Partnership program and works closely with the Totara LMS team. Richard has spent the last 7 years leading a range of open source infrastructure projects.

Richard's earlier career was in marketing but he caught the internet bug in the late 1990s, and has since been instrumental in a string of highly successful projects across the geospatial, media and, since 2003, specialising in e-learning technologies. Richard's work has gained international recognition and he counts personally receiving the Mellon Foundation Award from Sir Tim Berners-Lee as a career highlight.

Totara LMS is a natural progression for Richard as he has played a leading role in the dramatic rise of Moodle as the e-learning technology of choice in his home country New Zealand and internationally. His close association with the Moodle community began in 2003 when leading large government funded consortium projects. Outcomes included the very first enterprise scale deployment of Moodle in 2004, and innovations such as Moodle Networks, a model for e-learning syndication across multiple platforms. As well as his role at Totara, Richard leads the Mahara project, the world's most popular open source e-portfolio system.

"I strongly believe in open source as a key driver of innovation and achieving greater access to good technology. Quality training is the key to productivity in every sector so it's a good feeling to be closely involved with Mahara and Totara. We're lowering the costs of learning management and thereby enabling wider adoption leading to smarter economies."

Sue Dark

Sue is a Director at Kineo (Pacific) and leads the learning solutions strand of the business. Sue brings her expertise in learning design combined with a strategic view of e-learning to help key clients build their capability. She has worked on a series of innovative e-learning initiatives within New Zealand, as well as assisting large corporate and Government sector departments internationally.

Sue has worked with corporate and vocational educational organisations for 20 years to get the best out of e-learning and performance support solutions in the UK, Europe and now in Australasia. She was the e-learning manager at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and before that worked in various roles in the UK, including working with global organisations as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Centre for Performance Improvement, and as a National Training Manager at the University for Industry, which runs the national e-learning service 'learndirect'.

"I've been privileged to work in an exciting innovative industry with many different organisations and people at all levels, and I get a buzz out of seeing how we can make a difference no matter how small or large the project."

Nolen Smith

Nolen is a 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 e-learning strategies and LMS selection and 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, a former director at another New Zealand learning solutions company where he helped establish and grow its e-learning services team and an independent consultant to several of New Zealand's largest public and private sector organizations.

"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."

Tina Griffin

Tina is the Manager eLearning Solutions, part of the Kineo Pacific management team supporting the day to day operations and project teams. As a senior designer, Tina also works closely with clients managing elearning projects from initial scoping, through design, and with help from her team, to a finished programme.

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 life as a Chartered Accountant, Tina spent 12 years in Sydney and London designing and managing a range of blended learning solutions for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Reuters. Returning to NZ, Tina was the Learning & Development Team Leader with Housing New Zealand before joining Kineo 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.

Nigel Young

Nigel is the Learning Technologies Manager at Kineo Pacific primarily responsible for seeking the right learning outcomes for organisations; particularly their Learning Management System (LMS) needs. Nigel works closely with clients across Australia and New Zealand, managing their LMS installations from initial scoping through to configuration, training and ongoing support.

Specialising in education and training, Nigel has been involved in learning and development from many different angles, starting as a secondary school teacher in the UK back in 1993. From the education sector he joined the ranks of the Royal Navy in 1998 as a Training Manager and spent the next 7 years working in all areas of training technology from instruction to training design, quality control and of course e-learning; where he managed the Defence Electronic Learning System.

In 2005 he left the UK to join the Royal New Zealand Navy as an Education Officer with his primary role being the management of their award-winning e-learning production unit for Defence, the Technology Based Training Unit. Nigel left the Navy to join St John Ambulance as the National Training Coordinator for emergency communication centres, where he was responsible for bringing e-learning to the service before leaving to join the team at Kineo in mid-2011.

I’ve always followed three key passions in my working life; people, learning and technology, so working in e-learning with blended solutions I think we get the best of all three. I enjoy working closely with clients and seeing the true long-term benefits that our solutions can offer. I'm a big fan of Totara LMS and how it takes the already excellent Moodle and super-charges it to meet modern corporates and business needs without the price tag and restrictions of a corporate LMS.”

Zack Harvey

Zack is responsible for heading up Kineo Pacific’s expansion into the Australian market. He works closely with our growing list of Australian clients to help them achieve their learning goals and business objectives through Kineo’s innovative and fresh approach to e-learning content, technology and capability-building services.

Prior to joining the Kineo team, Zack was General Manager of Marketing and Distribution at Video Education Australasia & Training Point. With experience in marketing, sales and general management roles across the education, training, HR and corporate events sectors, Zack’s ability to build strong client relationships and his commitment to quality customer service that delivers mutually beneficial outcomes has always been the cornerstone to success.

Zack holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), an Arts degree, and is currently studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

I have a strong passion for the value of lifelong learning and its positive benefits for both individuals and company performance. I am especially excited about the role technology is increasingly playing in creating more engaging and effective learning. I love working closely with organizations to help them maximize the impact of workplace learning and development using innovative and world-leading approaches.