Unitec Council

Ted Van Arkel (Chairman)
Ted van Arkel was re-appointed to the Unitec Council in May 2010. Mr van Arkel is a director of several public and private companies, including being the Chair of Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd and Charlies Group Ltd, as well as Chair of the recently formed Government owned Health Benefits Ltd Company. He is also a director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and a Past President of Youthtown Inc. Ted retired in November 2004 as Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises Ltd.

Kaye Turner (Deputy Chair)
Kaye Turner has been re-appointed to both Manukau Institute of Technology and Unitec Institute of Technology Councils. She is appointed as Chair of MIT and Deputy Chair of Unitec. Ms Turner is a tertiary education management consultant, and she is currently acting head of the School of Health at Wintec in Hamilton. Her previous roles include Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Waikato.

Anne Blackburn
Ms Blackburn has a professional background in banking and has had earlier careers in journalism and diplomacy. She is a director of a number of businesses in the infrastructure, finance, investment and research sectors. She also holds governance positions in arts and education not-for-profit organisations.

Aroha Hudson
Aroha Hudson is Chief Executive of HealthWest PHO. She is a chartered accountant and her governance experience has centred on the health sector including membership of the Health Research Council and serving as Chair of the Council’s Maori Health Committee. She has been a director of several Auckland region PHOs, the National Heart Foundation and Waitemata District Health Board. She is company secretary for the Otakanini Topu Incorporation, a Maori forestry and farming venture.

Emeritus Professor Charmian O’Connor
Professor O’Connor offers a wealth of experience having been a member and Chair of various academic committees around Auckland. She has been a member of the Unitec Council since 2005 and has chaired Unitec Council’s Audit and Risk Committee. Outside of Unitec, Professor O’Connor has 13 years experience as a member of Manukau Institute of Technology’s Council, 15 years serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Auckland, and has sat on the council of various organisations including Diocesan School for Girls, the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand and UNESCO. She is currently the Chair of the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust, a role she has held for the past six years.

Dinu Harry
Mr Harry is a chartered accountant with extensive governance, business, and accounting and financial management experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. This experience has been gained through his involvement as a chartered accountant and business advisor to a range of clients, and through election and appointments to a range of private and public entities. Mr Harry combines financial and audit skills with knowledge of one of Unitec's principal areas of teaching and research. He has served on the Finance Committee since he was appointed to the Unitec Council two years ago and is the current Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. He was President of the NZ Institute of Chartered accountants in 2010.

Dianne Kidd
Dianne was previously the Head of Wholesale Distribution with ASB Group Investments with over twenty years of senior experience in the NZ funds management industry. She is currently a Director of AsureQuality Limited, PSIS Ltd and is Chair of Iris Limited, which provides community based services to people primarily with physical disabilities.

In the education sector, she is also a former secondary school teacher with experience at a national level in both curriculum development and examinations.

Dianne was appointed to Council in 2011 and has a broad and diverse background in New Zealand business and rural communities.

Martin Udale
Martin was appointed to Council in 2011. He has more than 30 years experience in the Australian, New Zealand, and UK property markets, with specific experience in the commercial and residential development sectors.

Martin was most recently the CEO of McConnell Property Limited, the development arm of McConnell Group, and has also been Director of Corporate Advisory with CRI, an Australian property development and services group specialising in partnering with asset owners to create value from underused assets.

In 2009 Martin left McConnell Property to set up his own consulting and governance practice.

Martin currently sits, or has sat, on a number of Company and Advisory Boards, such as the Tamaki Transformation Programme Board, and has an interest in urban development and place-making.

Last edited: 19 April 2011