ABOUT WELTEC » Combined Council Members


WelTec and Whitireia
Council Members

 Roger Sowry

Roger Sowry, ONZM
Council Chair

Roger Sowry was a Member of Parliament from 1990 to 2005, firstly representing the Kapiti electorate, then as a National list MP.  Roger retired from Parliament in 2005 moving to become Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand.  He is a member of the Electricity Authority.

Roger is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

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Vaughan Renner

Vaughan Renner
Deputy Chair

Vaughan Renner has an MBA, and science and engineering qualifications. He is self-employed and has strong commercial, strategic planning and IT skills. Vaughan has a background in governance (currently including Westlake Governance Limited, Business Central, Business NZ, and Standards New Zealand).
He is a member of the Institute of Directors.  He was appointed as Deputy Chair of The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand in 2014.

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 Nancy McIntosh-Ward

Nancy McIntosh-Ward

Nancy holds an MBA and is a Chartered Accountant. She is the former Chief Executive of the Karori Sanctuary Trust and has extensive financial, management, commercial, governance, tertiary education and marketing experience. She is currently a consultant specialising in strategy development to delivery. Nancy is a member of the Institute of Directors.

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Aka Arthur

Dr. Kabini Sanga

Kabini Sanga is an Associate Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington.  He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sasketchewan, Canada.  He did his early university education at the University of South Pacific, Fiji. He has held a number of senior roles in education, including being the Director of the Institute of Education of the University of the South Pacific; the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands College of Education, and the Chief Education Officer, Solomon Islands Ministry of Education.

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Dr Deborah Hume

Dr Deborah Hume has led strategic risk-management consultancies that worked with public and private organisations and has most recently been responsible for Wellington’s Metro train operations (Tranz Metro) and New Zealand’s long-distance passenger train services (Scenic Journeys) for KiwiRail. She has a PhD in Biology from Queen’s University in Canada and is a member of the Institute of Directors and Global Women.

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Fran Wilde

Hon Fran Wilde is Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council and was previously an MP and Cabinet Minister, as well as Mayor of Wellington. In business she was CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board and chair and/or director on the boards of a number of listed, state owned and privately held companies. Fran has also run her own consultancy business and has played a key role in Wellington and national philanthropic and arts organisations. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds an honorary doctorate in law from Victoria University of Wellington from which she earlier graduated with a BA degree.

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Antony Royal

Antony has strong community involvement and a background in the ICT industry. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Auckland University, has spent many years in the ICT industry and currently holds a number of governance positions including, director of 2 Degrees Mobile Ltd, director of Hautaki Ltd, Trustee of Te Huarahi Tika Trust, and Trustee on Ngāti Tamaterā Post Settlement Governance Entity.

He also chairs Te Mana o Kupe Trust, which was recently established to support the cluster of 13 schools in Porirua East whose focus is to deliver greater educational achievement by engaging tamariki, teachers and whanau through the use of technology.

Previous roles have included Global Infrastructure Manager and Web Initiatives Manager for the NZ Dairy Board (Fonterra), implementation of Financial Management Systems for a number different Government Departments, and positions on a number of advisory boards. Antony has been involved in many projects that involve technology and better educational outcomes.

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Combined Council Meeting Dates 2015

  • 18 February
  • 18 March
  • 22 April
  • 20 May
  • 24 June
  • 19 August
  • 16 September
  • 21 October
  • 9 December