New Year starts with new management team for Whitireia and WelTec

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Chief executive Chris Gosling today announced the appointment of a new leadership team for Whitireia and WelTec.

Chief executive Chris Gosling today announced the appointment of a new leadership team for Whitireia and WelTec.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of a new team of Directors to lead our two very successful tertiary education institutions. 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. They are highly regarded in the education sector and have extensive networks across government and industry," says Chris Gosling. 

Four of the Directors will span both WelTec and Whitireia and four positions will be dedicated to their respective institution. The establishment of a new team and new structure is another significant milestone for the Students First Partnership between Whitireia and WelTec.

"The new team reflects my desire to advance the Students First partnership between our organisations providing more choice for students in the Wellington region and training people with the skills and attributes that employers require. It's an exciting time to work in tertiary education as the Wellington economy is growing with major infrastructure projects underway and more on the horizon. Wellington needs skilled graduates and we want to do more to work with industry and business to meet their workforce requirements," says Chris Gosling.

The new team will be focused on quality assurance, opening up access to tertiary education particularly in areas not currently well serviced for tertiary education study options, and increasing the number of out-of-region students and international students studying in our capital city. 

"I am really excited to welcome these new staff to WelTec and Whitireia," says Chris Gosling.

Whitireia WelTec Joint Leadership Team February 2016

Whitireia WelTec Joint Leadership Team February 2016: Lawrence Arps, James Smith, Dr Ruth Anderson, Chris Gosling, Dr Leanne Ivil, Mark Hewitson, Dr Julia Hennessy, Mark Johnston, Mark Broadbent

The Directors are:
Dr Leanne Ivil – Director Strategy, Performance & Improvement
Dr Ruth Anderson – Director Academic
Mark Broadbent – Director People & Capability
Mark Johnston – Director Business Development
Dr Julia Hennessy – Director Teaching and Learning at WelTec
James Smith – Director Finance and Operations at WelTec
Lawrence Arps – Director Teaching and Learning at Whitireia
Mark Hewitson – Director Finance and Operations at Whitireia

With 16,780 students (8,800 Equivalent Full-time students) studying with Whitireia or WelTec in 2015, educational performance ratings amongst the highest in New Zealand* and revenue at almost $124M last year WelTec and Whitireia together comprise amongst the largest tertiary vocational education providers in the country.

The directors are being welcomed to Whitireia and WelTec with a mihi whakatau by Te Āti Awa at Petone and pōwhiri by Ngāti Toa at Porirua.

*Based on 2014 Educational Performance Indicator Data