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WelTec and Whitireia Subsidiary Board of Directors appointed

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Establishment Board (the Establishment Board) is today announcing directors for the boards of subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), effective from 1 April 2020.

The following people have agreed to serve as directors on the board of Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and Whitireia Community College from 1 April 2020:

Justin Lester – Chair

Linda Meade – Deputy Chair

Caitlin Barlow-Groome

Sue Hope

Kura Moeahu (Te Āti Awa)

Rainei Wineera-Parai (Ngāti Toa Rangatira)

“The appointment of this Board of Directors is a significant step forward in the journey towards a cohesive, sustainable vocational education system,” says Establishment Board Chair Barry Jordan.

“In making these appointments we have balanced the need to ensure continuity of operation with sound local and regional relationships. We are delighted with the diversity of thought within each board, alongside the complementary skills and experience that will drive positive outcomes for their respective communities.”

The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act requires that the initial board for each subsidiary ITP comprise at least four and no more than eight directors, of which at least half must reside within the region that the subsidiary primarily serves.

WelTec and Whitireia Board Chair Justin Lester says, “Vocational education and training is hugely important to New Zealand’s and Wellington's social and economic future, and we need a strong platform for our rangatahi to flourish. I'm looking forward to supporting WelTec and Whitireia staff to help deliver the next generation of tradespeople, engineers, IT staff, creatives, hospitality workers and businesspeople.

“The creation of a national network of regionally accessible vocational education and training providers presents an exciting opportunity for our country. Our aim is to ensure it is delivered in a way that supports businesses, organisations and their staff to get the skills they need, and that we are responsive and accountable to the needs of people and industry."

To further drive the shift from competition to operating as one regionally accessible network of provision, the Establishment Board has decided that one NZIST Council member will be a director on each subsidiary ITP board. Each board may also receive a ‘cross-Board appointee’. These names will be confirmed in April. 

The Establishment Board based its approach to the appointment of directors on the Treasury framework used to appoint directors to the boards of Crown companies. More than 370 expressions of interest were received over the Christmas and New Year period.

All appointments to subsidiary boards are subject to ratification and approval by the NZIST Council on 1 April 2020. Members of this Council will be confirmed by the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, before the end of March.

Justin Lester – Chair

Justin Lester is a businessman and local government politician who has served as both Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Wellington.

An experienced Director, he is currently the Chair of Storbie and Good Bitches Baking. His previous governance roles include Local Government New Zealand National Board, Wellington Waterfront Ltd, The NZ Festival of the Arts, and Zealandia. He is currently working with fast growing businesses Dot Loves Data, Fix & Fogg and Simplicity.

Justin is a 2020 New Zealander of the Year Community Award winner and holds an LLM from the University of Heidelberg and an LLB/BA from the University of Otago.

Linda Meade – Deputy Chair

Linda has been a partner at Deloitte since 2013, where her roles include Lead Partner Deloitte Access Economics, and Lead Partner Public Sector, Financial Advisory Services.

Linda is the co-founder of Daisies Early Education and Care centres and trustee of the Whanake Education Trust.  She has a passion for education and supporting the economic prosperity and liveability of the Wellington region.

A founding member of the Advisory Board to the Women’s Infrastructure Network, Linda is also an independent director on the boards of The NZ Initiative and Studio Pacific Architecture and a former Trustee of the Wellington Zoo Trust.

Caitlin Barlow-Groome

Caitlin Barlow-Groome is the Association Manager at Massey at Wellington Students' Association. She was previously the President at Otago University Students' Association, New Zealand Union of Students' Associations Vice-President and Acting President, and sat on numerous boards and committees including University of Otago Council and University Bookshop.

Caitlin has a background in finance, economics and youth leadership and development. She is currently a board member for Student Job Search and the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute.

Suzanne (Sue) Hope

Sue is a consultant, facilitator, director and mentor. She has a strong background in global corporate learning, strategy, and delivery with 19 years’ experience across the health, education, human resources and more recently the technology sectors. She works with clients, leaders and staff to grow and develop them as life-long learners.

Sue is passionate about building a strong work-based learning sector, so all employees have access to learning when and where they need it. She currently works as a sole trader consulting with a range of businesses and organisations in learning, organisational development and change. She is a trustee of the Miramar Maupuia Community Trust.

Kura Moeahu

Not yet available.

Ranei Wineera-Parai

Ranei (Ngāti Toa Rangatira) is passionate about supporting people to reach their potential through learning.  She currently chairs a high school Board of Trustees and is a strong community advocate for education and continued learning.

Ranei wants to ensure the ability for vocational pathways and learning remain accessible and appropriate for the Wellington Region and is excited about the new opportunities presented by the reform of vocational education.

Ranei was born in Porirua and raises her whānau in Takapuwahia, Porirua. She enjoys being surrounded by whānau, the beautiful environment and the vibrant community.

This page was last updated 27 May 2020

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