Tertiary Education Institution Council Appointments

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced 26 appointments to tertiary education institution councils.

“I welcome the important skills and experience these appointees will bring to the leadership of their institutions,” Chris Hipkins said.

“Those appointed to the institutes of technology and polytechnic (ITP) councils, come at a critical time for the sector.

“They will contribute valuable insights to the Tertiary Education Commission-led engagement with the polytechnic sector and wider community on the sector changes needed to make it more sustainable and effective in delivering for our regions.”

Across all the tertiary education institution councils I also wish to recognise and thank outgoing members for their commitment and valuable contribution to tertiary education.”

The outgoing members include David Pearson, EIT council Chair and Malcolm Inglis, UCOL council Chair. Other outgoing members are Andy Rowe (NMIT Deputy Chair), Gillian Bremner (Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chair) and Steve Howse (Wintec Deputy Chair), and council members Warren Moyes (NorthTec), Sue Duncan (Open Polytechnic), and Elanga Ekanayake (WITT).

The new appointments and reappointments of council members are:

  • Auckland University of Technology: the appointment of  Ms Janine Smith MNZM as a member;
  • University of Waikato: the appointment of Dr Joan Forret as a member;
  • Waikato Institute of Technology: the appointment of Mr Niwa Nuri, who is a council member, as Deputy Chair, and of Ms Kiri Goulter as a member;
  • Manukau Institute of Technology: the appointment of Ms Theresa Stratton as a member and as Deputy Chair;
  • Unitec Institute of Technology: the reappointment of  Dr Lee Mathias ONZN as a member and as Chair, and the appointment of Mr Pramjit Rai (Jeet) Suchdev QSM JP as a member;
  • Eastern Institute of Technology: the appointment of Ms Geraldine Travers MNZM, who is a council member, as Chair, the reappointments of Mr Ross McKelvie and Ms Jacoby Poulain and new appointment of Ms Wendie Harvey as members;
  • NorthTec: the reappointment of Ms Jane Hindle, a council-appointed member, as Deputy Chair, and the appointment of Mr Murray Bain as a member;
  • The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand: the reappointment of Mr Vaughan Renner as a member and as Deputy Chair, and the appointment of Ms Jennifer Moxon as a member;
  • Universal College of Learning: the appointment of Mr Ben Vanderkolk, an existing member and Deputy Chair, as Chair, the reappointment of Ms Leanne Southey as a member and her appointment as Deputy Chair, the reappointment of Ms Pamela Jefferies, and the appointment of Ms Annette Main ONZM as a members;
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki: the appointment of Mr Daniel Fleming as a member
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury: the reappointment of Ms Elizabeth Hopkins as a member
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology: the reappointment of Mr Paul Steere as a member and his appointment as Deputy Chair, the appointment of Ms Tracy Johnston as a member;
  • Otago Polytechnic: the reappointment of Ms Kathy Grant as a member and as Chair, and the new appointment of Mr Bill Moran as a member and as Deputy Chair;
  • Southern Institute of Technology: the reappointment of Mr Tim Ward as a member and as Deputy Chair.

Biographies for new appointees
Auckland University of Technology
Janine Smith MNZM is a founding Principal of the Boardroom Practice and has been a company director for over 20 years. Janine is Chair of AsureQuality Limited, the independent member of Fonterra's Governance Development Committee, President of London Business School alumni        Auckland chapter and a director of several private companies. Janine's MNZM was awarded in 2015 for services to corporate governance and her experience includes public listed companies, state-owned enterprises, private companies and companies in the arts and education sectors.
University of Waikato
Dr Joan Forret is a Partner of Hamilton law firm Harkness Henry and her specialist area of practice covers all aspects of resource management and alcohol licensing. Joan is a Vice President of the Waikato branch of the Property Council and is a recent past chair of the Waikato branch of the Resource Management Law Association. Joan holds a PhD in law from Waikato University and arts and science degrees from Otago University and lectured for five years in Environmental and Public Law at Waikato University.
Waikato Institute of Technology
Kiri Goulter is an experienced senior executive having held leadership, management and governance roles primarily in the tourism and economic development sectors. Kiri’s current governance roles include the Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency Establishment Board, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Te Awa River Ride Trust, and was previously the Chief Executive of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism. Kiri has her own consultancy company based in Cambridge.
Manukau Institute of Technology
Ms Theresa Stratton owns Waiau Consulting and specialises in financial and governance projects. Theresa is a former Chief Executive of Papakura District Council and subsequently worked in the office of Mayor Len Brown for six years providing financial planning and governance advice. Theresa has operated successfully at senior levels in both local government and the commercial world.
Unitec Institute of Technology
Pramjit Rai (Jeet) Suchdev QSM JP is Founder and Chair of Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, an organisation set up to assist the wider South Asian community in Auckland. Jeet’s QSM was awarded in recognition of his service to the community. Jeet’s governance experience includes community organisations, the COGS Auckland distribution committee member, and he is a former member of the Lottery Grants Board, Auckland Regional Migrant Centre and the Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel.
Eastern Institute of Technology
Wendie Harvey has over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, executive manager and business consultant. Her governance experience includes Hawkes Bay Airport, Port of Napier, Centralines Limited, QRS (Quality Road Services (Wairoa) Ltd) and ETCO (Electrical Training Company Ltd). Wendie also serves as a Commissioner on the New Zealand Gambling Commission.
Murray Bain is an experienced company director whose governance roles include the TSB Bank Group and Chair of Top Energy Ltd. His executive career included Chief Executive of the Foundation for Research Science and Technology and of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, an Assistant Governor in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Head of Banking for the Trust Bank Group. He is a cross-council appointee, as Chair of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Jennifer Moxon has worked in senior executive and business leadership roles for the past 15 years in the technology and innovation industry, working with clients and start-up companies across Australia and New Zealand. Jennifer has held a number of CEO roles, which has provided her with the business skills and capability to lead multicultural teams across a range of client portfolios and a strong understanding of the imperatives in leading successful strategic digital and innovation programs. Jennifer has strong collaboration, business strategy, and governance skills.
Universal College of Learning
Annette Main ONZM is a former Whanganui Mayor and is committed to the Whanganui city, region, and to tertiary education and has contributed to the positive relationship between UCOL and the Whanganui community.  She was a strong advocate for the MPTT initiative in Whanganui and is a successful entrepreneur and SME owner with strong connections to business, iwi and the community. 
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
Daniel Fleming is General Manager and Co-owner of New Plymouth’s boutique hotel, King and Queen Hotel Suites. He studied at the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) and has worked in hotels throughout New Zealand and Australia. Daniel is Deputy Chair of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Chair of the Business and Retail Association, Chair of the West End Precinct and has been an Advisor to the WITT Council for the last nine months.
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Tracy Johnston is based in Marlborough and is a Consultant with TRC Tourism, a leading international tourism, recreation and conservation consulting business. Tracy was the General Manager of Destination Marlborough for eight years. She is a qualified marketer and experienced business manager with over 20 years’ experience working in destination marketing roles both in New Zealand and offshore. Tracy is part owner of Dayvinleigh Vineyard and is on the Wine Marlborough board.
Otago Polytechnic
Bill Moran is based in Queenstown and was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His most recent role as Chief Operating Officer saw him overseeing work on New Zealand’s economic strategy and ensuring the Treasury operates effectively. He also spent eight years as principal economic advisor to two Ministers of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Finance. He was the founder and initial Chair of the Play It Strange Trust and currently holds a range of board roles with commercial, public sector, and not-for-profit organisations, including Pioneer Energy, Sport New Zealand, and Youthtown.