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Suzanne Pearson

Chief People Officer

Suzanne Pearson is a leader that challenges conventional HR paradigms, drives innovative change and uses her expertise to improve UP Education’s businesses on both sides of the Tasman.  

She leads large, complex change projects, steers the HR/Employment side of M&A, and runs integration projects across the UP Education portfolio. Suzanne’s professional background spans multinational corporations, financial services, manufacturing, and professional services.    

In her current role as Chief People Officer, Suzanne sets the strategic direction and execution of Talent Acquisition, ER/IR, Talent Management, DE&I, HR Operational & WHS activities across the UP Education group; and regularly navigates complex acquisition activities and integration projects.  

Suzanne joined UP Education in a HR leadership role in 2017.  In 2018, she was offered an internal opportunity of becoming GM at the New Zealand Institute of Sport, one of UP’s vocational colleges. There, she gained invaluable operational leadership experience and drove strategic realignments to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of NZIS.  

Today, Suzanne is a trusted leader in strategic change management, well versed in the dynamics of large organisations and adept at managing diverse teams and stakeholders.