A pōwhiri was held by Whitireia and Ngāti Toa Rangatira at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua yesterday to welcome the newly appointed Whitireia/WelTec executive team.
Whitireia/WelTec chief executive Chris Gosling announced the appointments on Tuesday as part of the Students First Partnership between the two tertiary education providers.
“The appointees are a team of talented individuals who collectively have a wealth of experience and expertise and will add value to professional and vocational training in the region,” said Mr Gosling on Tuesday.
“They are all highly regarded in the education sector and have extensive networks across government and industry,” he added.
The establishment of a new team and structure is another significant milestone for the Students First Partnership between Whitireia and WelTec, which aims to provide more choice for students in the Wellington region and train people with the skills and attributes required by employers.
“It’s an exciting time in tertiary education,” said Mr Gosling. “The Greater Wellington economy is growing, with major infrastructure projects underway and more on the horizon. The region needs skilled graduates and we want to do more to work with industry and business to meet their workforce requirements.”
The Directors are:
Dr Leanne Ivil – Director Strategy, Performance & Improvement, Whitireia & WelTec
Dr Ruth Anderson – Director Academic, Whitireia & WelTec
Mark Broadbent – Director People & Capability, Whitireia & WelTec
Mark Johnston – Director Business Development, Whitireia & WelTec
Dr Julia Hennessy – Director Teaching & Learning, WelTec
James Smith – Director Finance & Operations, WelTec
Lawrence Arps – Director Teaching & Learning, Whitireia
Mark Hewitson – Director Finance & Operations, Whitireia
With 16,000 students (8,800 Equivalent Full-time students) having studied with one for the two organisations in 2015 and revenue at almost $124 million for the year, WelTec and Whitireia together comprise one of the largest tertiary vocational education providers in the country.