Governance Bio
Susan Warren
Appoint Professional

Susan Warren

3 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“In my current role as Chief Executive of COMET Auckland I am constantly aware of the wisdom and connections our board members bring. I am keen to use my own leadership experience in education and not-for-profits to support other organisations that are making a difference in Aotearoa. ”
Governance Roles


Phoenix Gardens Body Corporate Committee

May 2015 - Present (3 years)

Governance for the body corporate of a large (74-apartment) residential building.

Deputy Chair

Te Papapa Preschool

June 2014 - Present (4 years)

Te Papapa Preschool is a community early childhood centre on site at Te Papapa School in Onehunga, Auckland.

Chairperson, Board of Trustees

Halsey Drive School

May 1998 - April 2001 (2 years)

Chairperson of primary school Board of Trustees

Executive Roles

Chief Executive

COMET Auckland, Te Hononga Akoranga

September 2011 - Present (7 years)

Education and skills are the key to social and economic wellbeing for Aucklanders. COMET Auckland aims to advance education for Auckland – through linking knowledge, needs, advocacy and initiatives. As both a charitable trust and a council-controlled organisation, COMET Auckland listens, learns, collaborates and connects across Auckland’s cradle to grave education scene. We aim to create the spaces where people can connect, so education and skills in our city can be more coherent and effective.

Manager, Centre for Family Learning

City of Manukau Education Trust (COMET)

March 2010 - August 2011 (1 years)

The mission of the Centre for Family Learning is to increase opportunities for family-focused learning in Auckland. We do this through leadership, advocacy, analysis, coordination and brokering to identify and fill gaps in family learning services in the city, focusing especially on high-need, low-decile communities. The Centre for Family Learning is one of three divisions of COMET, an educational charitable trust with links to Auckland Council. We see family-focused or intergenerational learning as more than just parents or children improving their education – it is about learning that multiplies in families, so that the learning of each family member builds on and contributes to the learning of the others in the family, with measurable benefits for individual, family and community.

Project Manager, Pasifika

Ministry of Education

July 2007 - December 2009 (2 years)

Leading a national project to increase the effectiveness of the Ministry's schooling improvement interventions for Pasifika students.

Schooling Improvement Coordinator

Ministry of Education

November 2002 - June 2007 (4 years)

Education Writer

World Vision New Zealand

February 1990 - November 2002 (12 years)


Massey University

MEd, Education

1997 - 2002

University of Otago

BsC(Hons), Biochemistry

1976 - 1979