Our Team

  • Researched Internationally, Jumping Beans was co-founded by Sophie Foster and Jerome Hartigan in 1988. Jerome left the company in 2005 to pursue other opportunities. In 2014 Simon Rickman joined Sophie as co-owner and director. Together they have gathered a team of experts to ensure that the Jumping Beans programme delivers the best possible physical development environment for you and your child.

  • Our Directors

    Meet the Jumping Beans Directors
    • Sophie Foster
      Founding Director, B.A.(Hons), L.T.C.L., Dip. Suzuki Music Pedagogy, Dip. Early Childhood

      Sophie completed an honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study Suzuki violin Pedagogy and viola performance at Ithaca College, New York. Returning to Ireland, Sophie established a large…

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    • Simon Rickman
      Director, BMS (Hons)

      Simon became a Director of Jumping Beans in 2014. Simon is a consultant with a business acceleration firm and is also a Trustee of the McKenzie Centre, which provides specialist early intervention for ……….

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    • Ajmol Ali
      Director, PhD

      Ajmol became a Director of Jumping Beans in 2016. Ajmol completed his studies at Loughborough University (UK) and graduated with a PhD in 2002. He started at Massey University in 2003…

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  • Our Licensees

    More about the Jumping Beans Licensees
    • Susan Blackwell
      Jumping Beans Auckland East & Ponsonby Licensee

      Sue is an experienced Early Childhood Educator with extensive qualifications including UK Certificates in Child-minding Practice, Sure Start Birth to Three Matters Framework, Child Protection and Top Tots training…

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    • Paula Poihipi
      Jumping Beans Waikato Licensee

      Paula is the proud mother of two talented, creative and gifted daughters whom she has home schooled for many years. Paula has been involved with Jumping Beans for over 14 years. Her passion for the Jumping Bean…

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    • Carolyn Collett
      Jumping Beans Auckland North Shore Licensee

      Carolyn Collett manages the Auckland North Shore classes. Her energetic and friendly team is passionate about helping your child reach their their developmental potential…

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    • Melissa Pepler
      Jumping Beans Greater Wellington Licensee

      Melissa is based in Upper Hutt, Wellington with her husband Quintin; their 5 month old girl; 4 year old boy and 13 year old step daughter. Melissa holds qualifications in Sport Science, Leisure and Recreation…

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    • Martisa Vermaak
      Jumping Beans South / South East Auckland Licensee

      Maritsa recently arrived in New Zealand from South Africa with her husband, Anton, baby boy, Andrias, and five-year-old daughter, Aimee.

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  • Our Team

    Some of our invaluable team members!
    • Iris York
      Instructor - Auckland East & Ponsonby
    • Natasha Tyler
      Instructor - Auckland Northshore
    • Lindsay Mawdsley
      Consulting Pediatric Occupational Therapist - BHSc (OT), PGCert (OT), NZROT
    • Jackie Judge
      Instructor - Auckland Northshore
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