Management Team
Our journey in Early Childhood Education was not business driven but more to spend some quality time with young son Sam. In 2005, we purchased our first Early Learning Centre when Alan returned from overseas after a contract with Welsh Hockey, overseeing their international hockey programme, and as a Director on Great Britain’s Olympic Hockey Board. Jackie was working for a successful law office in Wales and had a budding law career. Both Alan and Jackie's families have had a long association with the education sector.

On our return to New Zealand we really wanted to put family first. Our son Sam was the catalyst for purchasing a centre in Whangarei and we had four great years seeing him grow there as well as learning about Early Childhood in New Zealand. He is now in his final years at high school in Hamilton. Alan's daughter Chloe, is also a part of the Educare family, and works in the HR team at head office.

Marianne Walker managed that first centre for us in Tikipunga at that time and has since grown with us to be the General Manager of the wider organisation.

Our vision was to have 20 centres by 2020 and we are on track for this, and we now own centres throughout the country. Our centres provide these communities with centres that have a focus on: sustainability, safe natural play areas for the tamariki and great enthusiastic staff which all contribute to incredibly stimulating environments. What we want to do is create a unique service that is centred around your tamariki, for that is what we wanted as parents.

If you wanted to sum us up it would be ‘whānau first’ and giving back to local communities, while learning, laughing and playing.

Ka Kite ano

Alan and Jackie Lints

Sacha Cherrington

Education Manager
Tēnā koutou katoa
He uri ahau ō ngā hapū ō Ngāti Manu rāua ko Ngāti Hine
Ko Karetu me Otiria ōku marae
No Taumarere ahau engari i tipu ake ahau ki Tamariki Makaurau
Ko Sacha Cherrington tōku ingoa. I live in Tikipunga with my husband Edward, son Jon and our three cats. Our daughter Zahra lives in Auckland. I have worked in Education for over 20 years and during that time have worked in all areas of the education system. My passion for education includes working the whānau Māori, whānau and tamariki affected by trauma and tamariki with learning support needs.
I am excited to join the Educare team and work with our tamariki, whānau and kaiako.

Cara Lindsay

Area Manager
Kia Ora, I'm Cara Lindsay. I have been involved in early childhood since leaving school. I graduated from Auckland Teacher’s college with a diploma in Kindergarten Teaching and a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood.
After 7 years of working in Kindergartens, I built and owned my own centre in Kamo.
In 2001 I sold the centre and went home to be a full time Mum to our three children and to help run our Dairy farm. Now with my children grown up, it is time to return to my passion of teaching.

Jo Brown

Area Manager
Kia ora my name is Jo. I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years and have worked in all areas of ECE from home based to University lecturing. I have a Masters of Education with a strong emphasis on kaupapa philosophy and Tikanga Maori. I live locally in Pukekohe with my husband and teenage daughter. We have a passion for sports and the gym which is quite often where we spend our time. We are also car enthusiasts particularly American muscle cars, and also enjoy being out and about in them. My passion is creating a natural and sustainable, yet safe and nurturing environment for tamariki that is a home away from home and being a mentor for my team to strive to be the best teachers for the tamariki in our care.

Karen Newton

Area Manager
Tēnā koe my name is Karen Newton. I am a fully registered ECE teacher and have always been highly passionate about the overall development of each unique tamariki. For parents looking for solutions in dealing with a parenting issue, I am also a qualified Triple P Parenting Programme Provider.
On a personal note, I am a mother of two amazing adult sons, who are enjoying life in the UK, while I am based in the wonderful Wairarapa, where the rest of my family live. Living in the Wairarapa provides me with lots of opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and spend valuable time with my young niece and nephew. I look forward to learning and working alongside the Educare Learning communities.

Gillian Kyte

Administration Manager
I am the Administration Manager for Educare Group, currently based at the Totara Park office.

I have worked in Administration for 30 years of which the last 5 years have been for Educare.

I have lived most of my life in Whangarei. I am married with 3 sons and 4 stepsons. We are expecting our first grandchild in a few months.

Although I am office based I love the environment I work in, to see and hear the children laughing and playing enriches my day.

Kayla Ludlow

Human Resources Manager
Kia Ora, my name is Kayla Ludlow and I am the Human Resources Manager for Educare. I have been working in Human Resources since 2016 after graduating from AUT. I have not come from an Early Childhood background, but have found that I really enjoy going into the centres and seeing the amazing work that our Kaiako do with the Tamariki.
I was born and bred in Whangarei and am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Educare Whānau as it means that I can do the work that I love surrounded by friends and whānau. Educare's values and beliefs align with my own and I feel l will continue to learn and grow here.