The Minister of Education has just announced seven appointments(external link) to the first governing council of the NZIST, established from 1 April 2020.
Five of the current Establishment Board will be carrying on as Council members, appointed for a three year term, and four of us will be moving on to new projects and roles after 31 March 2020. Given my work and other commitments I asked the Minister to take my name out of consideration for the Council appointment process, but I will continue to provide support over the coming months on specific projects.
Murray Strong, Interim Executive Director of the IST Establishment Unit, has been appointed to Chair the Council and we are delighted at the continuity his appointment will provide given his close involvement with the foundational work of the Establishment Unit.
Sam Huggard is a new appointee and brings twenty years’ experience across trade unions, the community sector and students’ associations.
Both Sam and Murray have been appointed for a four year term.
Murray’s appointment does of course mean that he is no longer able to fill the role of Interim Chief Executive for the NZIST, as originally planned.
To provide uninterrupted leadership in the period before Stephen Town starts on 6 July, I am delighted to let you know that we have appointed Chris Collins as Interim Chief Executive of the NZIST, effective 1 April 2020.
Chris will be known to many of you as a highly-regarded Chief Executive, having led the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) for the past 15 years. With significant experience in the tertiary sector, he spent several months last year on secondment to TEC, deeply embedded in the groundwork for the reform programme. We are grateful for his willingness to take on this challenge and provide strong leadership continuity.
Despite the changing environment we all find ourselves in, the Establishment Board and Unit are continuing to work at pace towards 1 April to provide a solid foundation for the next stage in the journey, as the new national Institute takes shape.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Ngā mihi mahana,
IST Establishment Board Chair