The Capability Development team at National Emergency Management Agency

The capability development team supports the enhanced performance and capability of the CDEM sector.

We design and develop strategic tools and mechanisms to support and enable the sector, and promote evidence based practice.

The team can assist by providing specialist advice and support relating to capability development, as well as how the CDEM sector can draw on tools to enhance their capability.

Karen Singleton - Team Leader of the Capability Development team

Karen started at the Agency in 2013 as a Capability Development Advisor to lead the learning management system project, as Team Leader she now has oversight of all the Capability Development projects at the Agency.

She has almost 20 years’ experience as a learning and development professional covering corporate, academic and governmental environments in New Zealand, UK and France. She is passionate about creating engaging courses and has a particular interest in using new technology and techniques to create courseware that meets the needs of the CDEM sector and fostering supportive networks for learners and trainers. Her work is underpinned by her P/G Diploma in Post-Compulsory Education and Training and current study of a Master of Education (E-learning).


Debbie de Geus - Senior Capability Development Advisor

Debbie has been working in the CDEM sector at a group level for the last 10 years in the Training, Welfare, Public Information and Response space.  Previous to this she has worked in the community, Schools and Polytechnic sectors.  Debbie is focusing on the development of professional and learning pathways for the staff in the CDEM Sector and Associated Agencies.  This includes providing tools, training and professional development programmes, in particular the Integrated Training Framework, the competency based training framework for the CDEM Sector.  Over the next few years she is looking to develop function specific and leadership courses that provide consistent national training.


Leah Corbett - Learning Management System Advisor

Takatū (launched in July 2016) is a tool to support the introduction of new learning technologies, share resources, aid tracking and reporting of training. Leah is available to provide support, training and input to CDEM groups that would like to implement the use of takatū as a free Learning Management System. Leah joined the Agency from the Department of Corrections, where she held a variety of positions in the Learning & Development space.  


Erika Nunns - Capability Development Advisor (Fixed Term)

Holding a Diploma of Education and a Certificate in Adult Education Erika has worked almost 20 years in the L & D sector - both private and public sector, covering all of the different roles in the training profession.  From an L & D perspective she enjoys ‘fixing things’ and making existing sessions more engaging.


Aimee Flanagan – Capability Development Advisor

Aimee’s focus is around our Supplementary staff and Role Maps. She is currently on Parental Leave and will return later in 2017.   


You can contact any of the team through via email: