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Jethro Gilbert
Managing Director and Chief Instructor

A head prefect at high school, he went on to work in sales and account management roles, while developing a secondary career as an officer in the NZ Army Reserve Force. Jethro led a team of youth development instructors at the Limited Service Volunteer programme which helped inspire the start-up of Future Leaders Academy. He is also the director of Triple Summit Services Ltd, delivering employment service to the NZ govt. Having seen a number of poor examples of leadership in the wider community, he aims to be a champion of change for youth and corporate leaders.


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Davina Gilbert
Co-founder and Advisor

Being part of the journey since the beginning, Davina has influenced the way we think about positive mindsets and the power of self-confidence. An expert in her field, Davina is also the Director of Marrzipan Drama, and ensures that Future Leaders Academy maintains its action oriented approach to the work we do and brings great entrepreneurial insight for our many ideas.

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Brittany Collins
Programme Coordinator | Business Support

Brittany's background in event management, business administration and a keen passion for youth development is an asset to the FLA team.

She will be supporting our students, participants, and parents to ensure the journey to attend one of our courses is smooth and effective. With a keen attention to detail, and broad skillset, no matter what part you have to play with FLA, you'll be assured Brittany is working hard on all things and will no doubt be in contact with you at some point!

Natalie Armer
Programme Support

Nat brings and excellent all-round skill set in business management, administration, and coordination. With a flair for design, she keeps an eye on our brand and alignment to values. You will hear from Nat as she supports our course participants to get ready for their upcoming trip. A lot of hard work happens behind the scenes, but Nat has it covered.

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Joel Taylor
Social Media Content Manager

Joel is a first year uni student majoring in marketing.


He is passionate about marketing and content creation and attended the 2022 Pacific Student Leaders Program as a student, then went back as the Alumni Staff Assistant in 2023. Joel has a strong passion for leadership and is excited to bring his skills and passions in social media marketing to the Future Leaders team!

Facilitators and Course Staff

Our team of Facilitators play a crucial role in our programmes, as they are responsible for creating a supportive and empowering learning environment for our Future Leaders. These highly skilled individuals are passionate about helping others reach their full potential and have a wealth of experience in coaching, mentoring, and guiding people on a leadership journey.


They work closely with our participants to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and are always available to offer guidance and support when needed. Our facilitators are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space where everyone feels valued and heard, and they use a variety of techniques to engage and motivate our participants. With their expertise and dedication, our facilitators help our Future Leaders to unlock their full potential and become the best possible version of themselves.

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