WITT Board and Leadership

Welcome to the WITT Board

The WITT Board of Directors is the governing body of the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Limited, a subsidiary of New Zealand Instutute of Skills and Technology. The Board was established on 1 April 2020 and its eight Directors are:

  • Robin Brockie – Chair
  • Bev Gibson - Deputy Chair
  • Lyal French-Wright 
  • Daniel Fleming
  • Cassandra Crowley
  • Charlotte Littlewood
  • Colleen Tuuta
  • Sam Huggard


Board meeting dates:

Notice of Meetings

As at 1 April 2020 and in accordance with the Education Act 1989 as recently amended, the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) will become a limited liability company (to be known as Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Limited) and wholly-owned subsidiary of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST). 

The board of directors of Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Limited were announced on 17 March 2020. Further details are here:https://vocationaleducation.ac.nz/news/category/news/witt-subsidiary-board-of-directors-appointed


Members of the public are entitled to attend board meetings, subject to section 48 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA).  The meeting agenda and associated reports (if any) will be available at least two working days before the meeting on request by emailing executivemanager@witt.ac.nz.  

The following meetings are scheduled to be held in 2020: Please contact executivemanager@witt.ac.nz if you would like to attend the Board meeting, details will be provided to you. The agenda and associated reports for the board meeting can be inspected at least two working days beforehand by emailing executivemanager@witt.ac.nz

Inaugural Board Meetings: 9:30am

22nd Sept; 27th Oct; 24th Nov

Audit and Risk Meetings: 8:30am

21st Oct; 18th Nov; 16th Dec

Recent Council minutes can be found here: 

February 2019March 2019May 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019; February 2020April 2nd 2020 (minutes); April 29th 2020 (minutes)April 2020 (agenda); May 2020June 2020; July 2020


Meet the Board

Robin Brockie - Chair

Robin Brockie is a recently retired partner of the chartered accounting practice of Staples Rodway Taranaki Limited (formerly with Ernst & Young). Mr Brockie’s governance experience includes roles with the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Venture Taranaki Trust, Tui Ora Limited, Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki and the Taranaki Arts Community Trust. He received a Queen’s Service Medal in 2016 for services to the community.



Bev Gibson - Deputy Chair

Ngā Ruahine, Te Atiawa, and Te Arawa Iwi
Bev is self-employed and has an extensive background in health systems, organisational & business management, quality audits, and governance.  A graduate of Massey University, Bev is a registered nurse, she has an Arts Degree, Postgrad Diploma in Health Service Management and a Masters in Management.  Her governance experience includes the Paraninihi Ki Waitotara Committee of Management, 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.  Bev has been involved in governance since 2000 and has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors since 2006.



Lyal French-Wright

Lyal was CEO of Govett Quilliam from 2012 to 2018 and also had previous roles in education including Headmaster of New Plymouth Boys' High School and Executive Principle of Al Khor International School one of the largest private schools in the Middle East based in Qatar.  Lyal has is dedicated to education and activities and organisations that support the concept of vibrant, sustainable and active communities.  


Daniel Fleming

Daniel moved back to New Plymouth in 2013 as pre-opening General Manager of the King & Queen Hotel Suites, New Plymouth’s leading luxury boutique hotel.

After attending NPBHS and a STAR hospitality course at WITT he went on to study his degree at the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS).  Since then he has worked in various hotels throughout New Zealand and Australia with companies such as InterContinental and Sheraton.

In addition to managing the hotel, he is a board member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the West End Precinct and on the steering committee for BARA (Business and Retail Association).


Cassandra Crowley

Cassandra Crowley joined the WITT Council in 2013 after returning to Taranaki after 16 years away from the region. A Chartered Accountant and Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, Cassandra is an independent director of Student Job Search Aotearoa and the industry training organisation the Skills Organisation. Cassandra is also and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand Council. She is the Kaitumuaki for Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust based in Hawera. Cassandra's vision for WITT is that it is a sustainable institute that is supported by and delivering to the needs of, the entire Taranaki community.


Charlotte Littlewood

Charlotte is a Taranaki Regional Councillor and a director of Port Taranaki. She has worked in a variety of project management, strategy and research roles across Powerco Ltd, the Ministry for Social Development in Wellington and the Department for Work and Pensions in London.

She has also held a number of governance roles in the community, was a joint founder of the Taranaki Young Professionals organisation and also Vice President of Durham Student Union.

She has a Masters in Finance, a BA(Hons) in Economics and Politics and is a member of the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Association of Economists.


Colleen Tuuta

Ko Taranaki te Maunga
Ko Taranaki, Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Mahuta me Ngati Maniapoto oku iwi.
Ko Parihaka, Urenui, Te Koroha me Te Kauwau oku marae
Ko Colleen Tuuta ahau, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Colleen Tuuta is currently a Trustee of Te Runanga o Ngati Mutunga the Post Settlement Governance Entity.  As a mokopuna of Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai of Parihaka, Colleen is also a pacifist for global peace and justice, and an entrepreneur with a sharp economic edge to her social activism.

Founder and CEO of Albatross Enterprises Limited, Colleen has been an active learner with international best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Colleen had an early start in the public service working in the Ministry for Women’s Affairs.


Sam Huggard

Sam Huggard is the former National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions 2014–2019, where he lead the union movements work on just transitions. He is now a Strategic Researcher with E tū, which represents more than 50,000 workers. Mr Huggard is an experienced not-for-profit sector leader, with twenty years’ service across trade unions, the community sector and students’ associations. His governance experience includes government, not-for-profit, academic and industry advisory bodies.