Tue 17 Mar 2020

WITT Subsidiary Board of Directors appointed

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Establishment Board (the Establishment Board) today announced directors for the boards of subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.

Legislation comes into effect on 1 April that combines New Zealand’s 16 polytechnics into a nationwide institute with the working name New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST). Introduced by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill will make all 16 existing ITPs limited liability companies, wholly owned by NZIST.

The NZIST Council appoints a board of directors for each new company, with recruitment starting in December 2019. An announcement was made this morning with regard to the appointment of Subsidiary Directors for Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Limited (WITT).

We are pleased to announce a number of existing WITT Council members, including Chair Robin Brockie, have been successful in their application to become Subsidiary Directors on the newly formed Board. Robin will be Chair of the new board and is joined by existing WITT Council members Daniel Fleming, Cassandra Crowley and Charlotte Littlewood.

We are also pleased to welcome Bev Gibson and Colleen Tuuta, two new directors who will bring extensive experience, diverse skills and strong relationships with them to WITT.  

WITT’s Subsidiary Directors from April 1, 2020:

  • Robin Brockie (Chair)
  • Daniel Fleming
  • Cassandra Crowley
  • Charlotte Littlewood
  • Beverly (Bev) Gibson (Deputy Chair)
  • Colleen Tuuta

We would like to acknowledge the valued contribution of our retiring council members: Lyal French-Wright (Deputy Chair), Stuart Trundle and Ross Dingle. The years they have contributed to WITT’s Council have been invaluable.

“The establishment of NZIST is a positive step forward in the government’s Reform of Vocational Education and one that WITT has supported since the beginning,” said WITT Chief Executive John Snook. 

“The changes we’ll see over the coming years align well with the existing economic priorities of our region, established through Tapuae Roa and the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap. It’s good news for our learners, our staff, and our community.”