Thu 19 Sep 2019

New schools, new directors, new direction

Staff welcomed new directors to the WITT whanau at a pōwhiri on Monday morning, signalling the first day of WITT’s refreshed structure based around four new schools.

“The schools reflect the new direction we’re taking, and our new directors are here to help lead WITT into the future,” says Chief Executive John Snook.

“This week is an important milestone in WITT’s future. We welcome this new talent, new experience, and new direction."

The newly-established schools are:

  • School - Māori Enterprise, Business & Technology, Te Kura Pākihi, Hangarau me te Whanake Māori
  • School - Nursing, Health & Wellness, Te Kura Tapuhi, Hauora & Oranga
  • School - Trade Training, Primary & Creative Industries, Te Kura Mahi-ā-rehe, Umanga Ahu Matua & Umanga Auaha
  • School - Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure, Te Kura Pūkaha, Ngao & Hanganga

The new structure also sees a Deputy Chief Executive role established.

Linda Weterman has joined WITT in the role of Deputy Chief Executive and Director, School Māori Enterprise, Business & Technology. Linda has spent the last 25 years working in and supporting lifelong learning. She comes to WITT having most recently held the role of Divisional CEO at Aspire2 Distance Learning, based here in New Plymouth.

Dr Ruth Crawford is welcomed to the role of Director, School Nursing, Health & Wellness and brings with her almost 30 years’ experience in nursing and health tertiary education. She is an active researcher who spent 22 years teaching at EIT, and most recently held teaching and management roles within Whitireia and WelTec.

Kevin Uncles heads up the School Trade Training, Primary & Creative Industries in an Acting Director role. Kevin started his career as a qualified tradesperson, moving on to teaching trades in Palmerston North. Kevin went on to become Head of the Trades school at UCOL and a Director at Waiariki Institute of Technology.

A director for the School of Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure is yet to be appointed.

John Snook says WITT staff and leadership are looking forward to working with directors to grow the schools.

“Each school has its own location on campus and directors of each school are charged with designing the managing the growth of their school, including negotiating their own budget,” Mr Snook says.

“These changes position us to ensure our delivery in the new environment gets the best possible outcomes for our students and the Taranaki region.”

Monday’s pōwhiri welcomed an additional five staff members to WITT: Jessica Bosson – Faculty Administrator; Sandra Withers – Nursing Academic Staff Member; Ellie Khaghani – Engineering Academic Staff Member; Kerry Whelan – Accounts Officer; and Robin Uncles – Academic Advisor.