Meet the Team

The ISEA Office will now close until January 21st 2020. We will not be responding to membership queries before that date but you send an email to for a response in the new year

Matthew Fitzsimons- General Secretary

Matthew is the General Secretary of ISEA and responsible for the day to day management of the union. Matthew is based in Auckland and is an experienced union organiser, mediator and former school teacher.

Cindy Doull - Organiser

Kia ora koutou. I am the ISEA organiser based in Christchurch. I have had a long and extensive involvement with the union movement starting as a workplace representative several years ago. I have worked for various unions in the last 30 years, 26 of those within Education Sector unions.


I have responsibility for the membership database and recruitment, so please contact me if you are interested in recruiting at your school.

Barbara Hill - Organiser

Barbara is an ISEA Organiser based in Auckland.


She is an experienced union Field Officer/Organiser and dispute resolution

practitioner and has worked as a secondary school teacher in New Zealand and the US.


Hilary Stubbs - President

Hilary is the President of ISEA and leads our Executive. She is the Head of Chemistry at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch. After studying at the University of Otago, and Dunedin College of Education, Hilary completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. She has worked as a VSO Volunteer Chemistry Teacher in Tanzania. Hilary has had a long involvement with hockey and with the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women.

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