About Us

iskills started with an epiphany. While attending a responsiveness programme for the Electricity Supply Industry in 1999, Sharon Macquarie discovered the importance of workplace competency and realised how much value she could add to the industry.

Sharon left her corporate role in 2000 to become a registered workplace assessor contracting to Industry Training Organisations. The following year, the business was registered and accredited as a NZQA Private Training Establishment and consistently achieves NZQA’s highest ratings in educational reviews.

In 2021, iskills announced a new partnership with Australian workforce management software company, Pegasus. The strategic acquisition of iskills by Pegasus has allowed for expansion within several business opportunities for iskills, as well as continued generation of growth.

The relationship between Pegasus and iskills is built on shared values, with worker safety, training and competency at the heart of what we do. We now proudly support 3.5 million workers from more than 70,000 companies across New Zealand and Australia.

Today, Sharon continues as iskills General Manager supporting a highly skilled team of trainers, workplace assessors, moderators and administration staff.

We work closely with industry bodies, regularly acting as expert advisors and client advocates.

Some examples are:

  • Participation in industry working groups to review and develop industry qualifications and assessment standards
  • ITO qualification and assessment standard development
  • Part of the Cranes Association advisory group on high risk licencing to meet Worksafe requirements
  • Part of the working group to review the Health and Safety qualifications and standards with The Skills Organisation
  • Participation in NZQA advisory groups
  • Participation in advisory groups for NZQA for Business, Management and Adult Education since 2000
  • Approved provider of industry apprentice and gateway programmes
  • Approved provider of EWRB competence programmes and recommended by EWRB for assisting overseas workers to become registered

Accredited members of

iskills Management Team

Sharon Macquarie

Sharon Macquarie

General Manager

Kaz Thompson

Kaz Thompson

Capability Development Manager

Natalie McMaster

Natalie McMaster

Pegasus Account Manager (NZ)

iskills Trainers

Cameron Childerhouse

Cameron Childerhouse

Cameron has spent 10 years working in telecommunications both in New Zealand and across the globe focusing on build and restoration of copper, fibre optic and cellular networks. Cameron teaches our Network Safety Inductions, Cranes, EWP, Confined Spaces, Working at Heights, Pole Top Rescue, Underground Network, and Telecommunications courses.

Spencer Foote

Spencer Foote

Spencer has 28 years of experience in working with electronics, telecommunications, radar, climbing satellites and facilitating quality assurance inspections. Spencer teaches our Underground Network, Overhead Network, EWP, Confined Spaces, Fall Prevention, Working at Heights, Manual Handling, Cranes, and Telecommunications courses including the Chorus Gateway Programme.

Stephen Verrall

Stephen Verrall

Steve has spent the last 25 years as a Line Mechanic in both South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 2018. Steve started out as a qualified electrician in 1997 before deciding to move to High Voltage projects in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Steve specialises in iskills power qualifications including Line Mechanic and Fault Response & Switching.

iskills Staff

Aimee Morrison

Aimee Morrison

Competency Administrator

Alice Woods

Alice Woods

Competency Administrator

Anthea Mallasch

Anthea Mallasch

Trainee Coordinator / Marketing

Danielle Teaz

Danielle Teaz

Competency Administrator

Debbie Armour

Debbie Armour

Programme Coordinator

Eden Ewers

Eden Ewers

Competency Team Leader

Emma St Hill Warren

Emma St Hill Warren

Competency Administrator

Frederique (Fred) Touraine

Frederique (Fred) Touraine

CompetencyTeam Leader

Jessica Wilcox

Jessica Wilcox

Competency Team Leader

Maria-Katherina Degele

Maria-Katherina Degele

Competency Administrator

Michelle Connor

Michelle Connor

Trainee Coordinator

Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis

Client Associate Pegasus

Riana van der Mewre

Riana van der Mewre

Competency Administrator

Robyn Healey

Robyn Healey

Competency Team Leader

Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter

Trainee Coordinator

Tim Burke

Tim Burke

Competency Administrator

Rebecca Moess

Rebecca Moess

Office Administrator

Michelle Harding

Michelle Harding

Competency Administrator

Olivia Corrigan

Olivia Corrigan

Competency Administrator

Maree Fitzgerald

Maree Fitzgerald

Competency Administrator

Adam Boyle

Adam Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

David Larkman

David Larkman

Chief Financial Officer

Jake Mullins

Jake Mullins

Chief Technology Officer

Pru Killick

Pru Killick

Head of People and Culture

Luke Boyle

Luke Boyle

Head of Customer Service / Chief Customer Officer

Jo Dixon

Jo Dixon

Head of Sales / Chief Sales Officer

Sharon Macquarie

Sharon Macquarie

General Manager NZ

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