Thu 14 May 2020

Introducing Bev Gibson

Ngā Ruahine, Te Atiawa, and Te Arawa iwi

Bev Gibson is a firm supporter of education, and it’s not just from the sidelines. A Registered Nurse, Bev studied nursing at WITT while simultaneously completing an Arts Degree as an extramural student. She went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management and a Masters in Management, and she knows how to juggle.

“All this study, over 18 years, progressed while raising a family of four children, working hospital shifts, and establishing a health auditing company,” she said.

Bev is self-employed and has an extensive background in health systems, organisational & business management, quality audits, and governance. She’s been involved in governance for 20 years and has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors since 2006.

Her governance experience includes the Paraninihi Ki Waitotara (PKW) Committee of Management and Chairperson of the PKW HR Committee.  She is also the Chairperson of Te Korowai O Ngāruahine Iwi Trust, a director of Te Kīwai Maui Limited, an Independent Trustee of Lantern House Trust and a member of Tamariki Pakari Trust. 

“My aspiration, while a director of WITT, is to inspire and motivate particularly whānau, uri, and the wider extended community to realise the power of education, that learning is the key to open doors to success and wealth,” she said.

“I’ll be actively contributing to the fabric and design of WITT in becoming a Centre of Excellence as a tertiary institution in Taranaki, and I’m looking forward to working with a highly astute group of directors.”

Bev said her proudest achievements are her family. As well as her nine grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter, she said she couldn’t do what she does without the support of her husband Nigel.

“He continues to promote my ambitions and those of his children. My children all attended Otago University – I take pride in having four siblings from one Māori whanau at the same university. Two have Masters with Honours and another is completing their MBA.”

As a lifelong learner, Bev said her recent pursuits in education feed into her interest in the governance sector. 

“I am currently learning about the art of leadership,” she said.

“It is never too late to master the art of learning.”