Meet the Akotime Team

PD Facilitators & Management Consultants
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Leading the North Island team & PD hub, Odele is a real people person, able to extract the best from her people and communicate what is required in simple terms.
Odele has worked in the early childhood sector for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge of the industry, this coupled with her passion for quality education and an eye for detail makes her a standout leader and mentor.
With experience in running centres in Australia and New Zealand, Odele has opened new centres for both private and corporate clients on both sides of the Tasman. She also has experience in revitalising existing centres acquired by new owners, making her the ideal person to help grow a strong and successful business alongside you.
Not one to waste time, she will pinpoint exactly what is needed and how to obtain it. She works very closely with her team to ensure consistent results at the highest standards.




Sharlene’s love and passion for Early Childhood Education has spanned nearly 30 years during which she has gained a wealth of knowledge and vast experience in all aspects of Early Childhood. Through varied roles including a kaiako, centre manager, service provider, associate teacher and mentor, her extensive career includes experience in the complexities of opening centres, meeting Licensing Criteria and Regulations, centre management, curriculum development, assessment and planning, as well as ERO audits. She also has considerable experience mentoring and supporting kaiako through professional growth cycles, leading internal reviews, and developing team leadership, all with a focus on bi lingual implementation and inclusiveness.


Sharlene looks forward to working alongside you and sharing her knowledge and skills.





Leading the South Island team. Studying early childhood was a natural pathway for Jasmine who has been in the sector for over 17 years and holds a passion for ensuring quality and excellence while motivating and inspiring Kaiako.

Having spent the last 12 years in leadership and management positions, Jasmine has gained a wealth of knowledge in supporting others whether through working with individuals one on one in a mentoring capacity or working with whole teams to strengthen their team culture and practice. Jasmine’s strengths are governance and management, as well as leading centres through ERO visits, licensing new centres and supporting centres facing closure, suspension and provisional licenses.  So for expert guidance and mentoring, Jasmine is just the persons you want and need.


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Wendy has been in the early childhood sector for the past 25 years and is a fully registered teacher having gained her ECE qualification from Te Tari Puna Ora O Aotearoa. Her career started in homebased care before working in ECE services. Her various roles and

experience over the years have included teaching, management and mentoring.

Working in the ECE sector has given Wendy the wonderful opportunity to support teachers to

grow and empower their own learning and make a positive difference in the lives of children

that attend ECE services. She works closely with educators and centre managers to help them

develop to their full potential in their professional growth journey.





With a natural leadership flair, Harpreet has a passion for mentoring and guiding fellow ECE professionals. Progressing her career from a teacher in training through many supervisor and leadership roles, she has gained a thorough understanding of the contribution and value of each position within a centre structure.


With experience in setting up and opening new centres as well as revitalising existing centres, Harpreet’s 25 years of teaching, leadership and management experience bring a wealth of knowledge through the environment, curriculum, compliance and process. Her philosophy is to work smarter not harder and can help pinpoint the areas of focus to drive occupancy, staff retention and quality of care.


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Louise’s early childhood career spans several decades and many varied teaching and leadership roles across New Zealand and Australia.


With all this experience she remains passionate and committed to the well-being of tamariki and their family and whanau.


Louise’s participation in the early childhood sector has provided many opportunities within teaching, management, lecturing and accreditation roles and she willingly share insights from these experiences with early childhood practitioners to contribute to their professional growth.

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Get in touch

We can help you with your planning and specific ECE Management and Professional Development requirements, get in touch with the team for a no-obligation chat.

Contact Odele on 021 456 680 or submit a request below for a call back

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