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Joint Chief Executive, Unitec and MIT
Gus was appointed as the joint Chief Executive of Unitec and MIT in August 2020. Before he was appointed to his joint role, he had been Chief Executive of MIT since September 2016. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of Operations at the Tertiary Education Commission where he was responsible for funding tertiary education in New Zealand and implementing education policy.
Gus worked closely with Central Government and his peers to transform the ITP sector in New Zealand as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) which started in 2018 and culminated in the launch of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) in April 2020, now named Te Pūkenga.
Earlier roles have included Project Director for Star Alliance where Gus led the operational readiness for the move into the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in the UK. Prior to this, Gus had a career at Air New Zealand in various General Manager roles, including GM Operations for the international airline.
Executive Director, Partnerships and Student Recruitment
David is Executive Director of Partnerships and Student Recruitment at Unitec with responsibility for establishing partnerships with key stakeholders and agencies designed to provide long-term, work-integrated learning experiences for Unitec students. He leads the Industry and Workforce Development, Business Development and Research & Enterprise teams.
David has an extensive track record in strategic marketing and global business development in the education sector, working with a range of government agencies, educational institutions and international corporations. David has held key senior roles prior to joining Unitec, including CEO of Learning Media and Managing Director and Owner of David Forman Ltd.
David holds an MA from Cambridge University, is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
Executive Director, People and Infrastructure
Mary Johnston is Executive Director, People and Infrastructure at Unitec with responsibility for human resources, learning and development development, recruitment, payroll, equity and inclusion, and health and safety. Prior to joining Unitec, Mary was General Manager of Human Resources, Infrastructure, at Downer New Zealand.
Mary has broad experience across a range of industries including education, retail, property, information technology, health and infrastructure. She has extensive change management expertise with a focus on developing and implementing strategy in partnership with business leaders. Mary has also worked closely with health and safety professionals to drive a zero harm culture in the workplace. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Te Tumu and Executive Director, Student Success
Glenn Mckay is Te Tumu and Executive Director of Student Success at Unitec.
Of Te Arawa descent and fluent in Te Reo me ōna Tikanga, Glenn leads the Māori strategy for Unitec and ensures that the treaty-based principles of Te Noho Kotahitanga, Unitec’s commitment to work in partnership with Māori, are actively demonstrated across all areas of the organisation.
As Executive Director of Student Experience, he is responsible for developing and implementing an integrated strategy for the delivery of all facets of Student Experience, including student wellbeing and support, career development and the English Language Centre.
Glenn was previously Regional Director, Auckland & Northland, at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, one of only three institutions in New Zealand designated as a Wānanga. Prior to this, Glenn was Regional Manager for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa - Tāmaki/Te Taitokerau where, as part of his role, he partnered with Unitec for the delivery of the Wānanga’s Certificate of Applied Technology (Carpentry) programme.
Glenn also spent ten years with New Zealand Police as a Senior Sergeant in Auckland City and holds a Masters of Business Administration.
Executive Director Ako/Learning & Teaching, and Chair of Te Komiti Mātauranga/Academic Committee
Simon Nash is Executive Director Ako/Learning & Teaching, and Chair of Te Komiti Mātauranga/Academic Committee.
He has responsibilities for academic quality and compliance, and the quality of learning and teaching, as well as teacher capability. Within his portfolio of responsibilities are Te Korowai Kahurangi and Te Puna Ako teams. Simon also leads Unitec’s EER response.
Simon joined Unitec in 2009, coming from Massey University where he lectured in public and social policy and politics, and gained a PhD in Social Policy.
Executive Director, Schools and Performance
Nick joined Unitec in July 2013 as Academic Director – Bridgepoint and in 2016 he was appointed Dean of the Bridgepoint Network, and also Dean of Te Miro Undergraduate and Postgraduate Practice Pathways.
In 2018 he was appointed Head of the School of Engineering and Applied Technology and also held the title of Interim Director – International. He was instrumental in setting up the Unitec Pathways College, a partnership with secondary schools to allow their students to experience tertiary education in their last years at high school. In his role as Executive Director he is responsible for the 10 Schools and in developing and implementing the Unitec Renewal Strategy.
Prior to his role at Unitec, Nick held senior executive positions at Blues Super Rugby Franchise, NZ Rugby Union, Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union, Manukau Institute of Technology, and Saint Kentigern College.
Nick holds a Master of Management (Management) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Distinction) from Massey University and a Diploma of Teaching (Physical Education). In 2018 Nick received the Unitec Champion Award, an award that is voted by staff.
Executive Director, Finance
Alison was appointed as Interim Executive Director of Finance in January 2019.
After graduating with a B. Com from Auckland University in Accounting and Finance, she started with Ernst & Young in their Auckland audit practice and was seconded to New York, before joining the London-based Corporate Finance team carrying out local and cross-border due diligence assignments.
On returning to Auckland in 1997, she worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Business Advisory and Recovery team carrying out business appraisals for banks, developing and managing turnaround plans for companies, and managing companies in receivership. In 2001, she was recruited to set up the Auckland office of a boutique consultancy firm specialising in business improvement and turnaround advice. In 2004, she established her own consultancy business focused on supporting companies to achieve sustainable business growth and optimal performance, providing strategic and financial advice and support to public and private organisations including District Health Boards and companies involved in construction, logistics, retail, service and other industries.
The Leadership Team is supported by:
Hare Paniora, MNZM
Hare comes from an educational background with 25 years’ experience as a principal of primary schools throughout the North Island. He also tutored at the Auckland College of Education as Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies for eight years. He joined Carrington Polytechnic in 1991 as Head of Centre Puukenga, before being appointed to his current position as Unitec’s Pae Arahi in 2002.
Hare is responsible for providing support and guidance for the institution in terms of tikanga Māori and bicultural issues. In addition to his institutional commitments, he continues to provide advice and support on Mātauranga Māori to a variety of educational establishment within the Auckland region.
Hare graduated with a Trained Teacher’s Certificate in 1962; was awarded the ‘Te Atakura’, Te Tohu Mātauranga Māori in 1989; and Te Taumata Runanga Award for contribution to education, social and community services in 2009. He maintains his role on Unitec’s Nursing Advisory Committee, Unitec Council and Runanga.
Hare was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to Māori and education in the 2018 New Year's Honours List.