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Senior Leadership Team


Suzanne O'Brien – General Manager

Suzanne became General Manager of the New Zealand Institute of Sport in July 2018. She entered into the current role with an in-depth understanding of the quality and regulatory standards that pertains to Private Tertiary Education, as Suzanne had originally joined the over-arching Academic Colleges Group (ACG) as the Human Resource Manager for the NZMA Division, Finance and Investment. 

Suzanne has a huge passion for sport, holistic health and wellbeing practices, which she has successfully weaved into her career by leading a number of significant wellbeing initiatives within her previous positions across countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. Suzanne has a wealth of knowledge and back-ground experience across multiple sectors that successfully lead and implement company-wide change. Therefore, Suzanne brings a commercial and operational acumen to address challenges and build opportunities that are available to drive sustained growth for the New Zealand Institute of Sport. 

Nick Burrow – Senior Manager Operations

Nick started working for the NZ Institute of Sport in 2005 as an exercise prescription tutor on his return from 10 years in the United States, and has been the Christchurch site manager since 2006. In 2012 he took over site leadership of the NZ College of massage upon their integration into the NZ Institute of Sport family of private tertiary establishments.

As National Operations Manager Nick overseas the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisations people, resources and sites across three regions within both schools. He is focused on ensuring that the NZ Institute of Sport and NZ College of Massage remain industry leaders focused on innovation, high performance, business development, student satisfaction and effective teaching and learning.

Prior to working at the NZ Institute of Sport Nick spend 6 years completing bachelors and masters degrees in the US, then went on to work as clinical exercise physiologist in phase 1 and 2 cardiac rehabilitation. However with a passion for high performance sport Nick switched focus and worked with both collegiate and professional athletes in various sports. He is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Nick brings the latest exercise science and conditioning knowledge and principles to ensure that students are receiving high quality academic and practical information. Nick was involved in athletics where he was a multiple NZ champion, US collegiate champion, and has represented NZ.

Specialist Areas: Sports strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, exercise metabolism.

  • Masters degree in Exercise Physiology
  • Bachelors degree in Exercise Science
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Andreas Kasoulides – Senior Manager Quality Assurance and Systems

Andreas joined NZIS in 2002 as a graduate webmaster, systems administrator and IT tutor when the Institute was a mere two sites in Wellington and Christchurch. Since then, Andreas has been an integral part of the Institute’s nationwide growth and has successfully led multiple head office projects in IT, web and marketing as well as maintaining co-curricular activities with students. Andreas enjoys engaging with students to apply technology to sport, improve their technical skills and achieve their career goals through the NZIS programmes.

As the NZIS Group’s Quality Assurance and Systems Manager, Andreas oversees the organisations policies and procedures and support systems to enable strong graduate outcomes and successful business operation. Andreas focuses on compliance, student administration, self-assessment, eLearning and information technology for both the New Zealand Institute of Sport and New Zealand College of Massage.

Since 2012, Andreas has led the NZIS Wellington site as Site Supervisor focusing on achieving academic excellence and operationalising the values and objectives of NZIS through his leadership of the head office campus.

Specialist Areas: eLearning, Information Technology, Business Process Management, Leadership, Website Development, Project Management, Marketing, Teaching and Learning

  • BCA (eCommerce & Multimedia, Information Systems)
  • Diploma in Adult Education and Training (completing)

Dr. David Lillis – Senior Academic Manager (Research and Statistics)

Previous to joining the team at NZIS, David was a senior statistician at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. A former secondary school teacher David has also worked as a Senior Research Evaluator for the Foundation of Research, Science and Technology and has spent over 25 years in the research field. David was born in Dublin, Ireland, and enjoys soccer and rugby, chess, and track and field athletics.  He has a particular interest in education research, especially in programmes that require quantitative methods.

Specialist Areas: Statistics, Research Methods and Numeracy.


  • B.Sc (Honours)
  • M.Sc Degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Ph.D in Applied Statistics
  • Diploma of Education