5 February 2020 at 9:00 am

Education New Zealand welcomes new Board member

Daniel Wilson is the principal of Nelson’s Nayland College, the lead principal and governance chairperson for the Top of the South Trades Academy, and an accomplished brass musician.


Daniel was appointed to the Board on 13 December 2019 by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins.

ENZ Board Chair Steve Maharey says the Board is delighted to welcome him to Education New Zealand.

“Daniel comes to us from the school sector with a wide knowledge of education, experience in governance and a passion for international education. We are looking forward to his contribution at what is a challenging and exciting time,” Steve says.

Daniel began his career as a music teacher in Auckland. He has been the principal at Nayland College since 2015, where he has overseen a transformational shift in the school’s pedagogy and learning environment. His work was recognised at the 2019 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, when the school was selected as one of four national finalists in the ‘Excellence in Leading’ category. The awards panel credited the school for initiating a “values-based learning revolution”.

Under Daniel’s leadership at Nayland College, international student enrolment has increased by 40 percent. In 2020, the school will host 80 students from around the globe.

Alongside his role at Nayland College, Daniel is also the lead principal and governance chairperson for the Top of the South Trades Academy. In his spare time, he is an accomplished brass musician, playing trombone in a variety of musical groups around Nelson and serving as president of Nelson City Brass.

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