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Executive Management Team


Chris Gosling
Chief Executive

Chris Gosling is Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Whitireia, a position he held for three years. He has worked in the Middle East setting up and operating a polytechnic in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Chris is the former Corporate Services Director at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). This role followed several years in finance and senior management roles in local government in New Zealand.

He is a Chartered Accountant with membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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 Mark Broadbent

Mark Broadbent
Human Resources Director
BA (Victoria University), Diploma of Education (Canterbury), Diploma of Youth and Development (Commonwealth Youth Programme - Asia-Pacific Centre), Ernst & Young Executive programme.

Mark is responsible for WelTec’s human resources strategy and change management as well as human resources operations and capability development.

With more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, line management, and development roles. Mark has worked in a wide range of organisations covering the not-for-profit, government, state-owned enterprises, and education sectors.

Mark is a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.

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Wirangi Luke

In 2012 WelTec commissioned a report: Current and Future Strategies for Māori Achievement at WelTec, Professor Rāwiri Taonui, Auckland University of Technology, October 2012. As a result of this Report and to further enhance Māori achievement at WelTec a senior Māori advisory position was established on EMT. Wirangi Luke who has held this position at WelTec since February 2013 provides a Te Āti Awa viewpoint to WelTec’s work assisting in the development of strategy and policy.

In addition to being the General Manager of Te Runanganui O Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko O Te Ika a Maui Inc (TE Āti Awa), Wirangi Luke is the Development Manager of Tamaiti Whangai, Trustee of Waiwhetu Kohanga Reo and Chairman of Te Aroha Hutt Valley Sports Association. Wirangi has previously run Atiawa Toa FM, and established and managed the Waiwhetu Medical Centre. Prior to this he worked in Planning and Management at Feltex Carpets in Wainuiomata.

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 Julia Hennessy

Julia Hennessy
Executive Dean, The Faculty

MEd (Victoria University), MMgt (Massey University), PG Dip HSM (Massey University), BA (Victoria University), DipN (Wellington Polytechnic).

Julia has the overall responsibility for the management of the Faculty which is comprised of seven Schools and the Academic Manager’s Unit. 

Prior to becoming the Executive Dean of the Faculty, Julia was previously Executive Dean of the Faculty for Health, Business and Service Industries.

Previous experience for Julia includes General Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Service for Hutt Valley DHB and Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Health.  She worked in the tertiary education sector before being appointed Relationship Manager for the Central Regional Health Authority. 

She also taught on health related programmes in the tertiary sector. 

She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) and was a member of Nursing Council of New Zealand from 2008-2011.

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Nicola Meek
Acting Academic Director

MA Hons (Victoria), BA (Canterbury), Dip Tchg (Canterbury), Dip PRINZ (Wellington Polytechnic).

Nicola stepped in as Acting Academic Director from the beginning of 2015. Her career in education includes teaching, governance and strategic roles in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Her experience includes curriculum development as well as designing and quality assuring national assessment and qualifications systems. She has supported the development of Qatar’s teacher registration and licencing body, and led the philanthropic Cognition Institute for education.

As Chief Executive of Secondary Futures, an ‘inner core’ participant of the OECD’s Centre of Educational Research and Innovation’s Schooling for Tomorrow project, Nicola and her team developed futures methodologies and led a nationwide conversation on the future of secondary schooling in New Zealand. Nicola is a member of the World Future Society and has presented on futures methodology for public consultation and systems change to international audiences in North America, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe. 

Nicola’s experience includes working on projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Trustee of a local marae, leadership roles in community arts and health initiatives, and three terms as an elected representative in local government.

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James Smith

James Smith
Chief Financial Officer

BCA (Victoria University), CA (New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants).

James became the Chief Financial Officer in May 2011. In this role he managed the financial planning and reporting systems and services, and provided quality financial and strategic advice to internal and external stakeholders. During 2011 he was responsible for the Finance and Facilities & Procurement business units.

James has over a decade of tertiary sector experience gained both at WelTec and The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

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Richard Wanhill
Director of Business Development and Partnerships
Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Victoria University), Dip Horticulture Management (Lincoln).

Richard became the Director of Business Development and Partnerships in January 2015. Overseeing the Business Partnerships, International, Marketing and Student Experience teams, Richard has a strategic focus on WelTec’s key industry partnerships and how WelTec engages with the local, regional and international communities it operates within.

Richard is currently a board member of the Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), and a Director of Thoughtplanters.  Richard is a certified director with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.