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Executive Management Team

 Linda Sissons

Linda Sissons, CNZM phD
Chief Executive, Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) 

Linda Sissons is Chief Executive of Wellington Institute of Technology. She has worked in University and Institutes of Technology management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is a member and former chair of the Metro Group of Institutes of Technology in New Zealand.

Linda is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning and represents the Commonwealth Secretary General on the Board. She is also a board member of the Wellington Employers’ Chambers of Commerce and WorldSkills NZ. She is a Director of the Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute.

She has been a member of a number of Government Commissions including the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission. She is currently the chairperson of Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce’s Knowledge Business Committee and a member of Hutt City Council’s Economic Development Advisory Group.

Linda is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She holds a PhD from London University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.

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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’s has worked in a wide range of organisations covering the not-for-profit sector, government, state-owned enterprises, and education.

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

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 Peter Cowper

Peter Cowper
Chief Operating Officer

In 2012 the COO role involves managing the Academic Records and Administration (all the information pertaining to our students and their enrolment at WelTec), Information Technology Services and Support, Student Experience (the first point of contact for new students), Facilities (managing all our property and campuses), Procurement, Business Administration, Business Intelligence and change management business areas.

As well as these infrastructure and capability services, Peter’s responsibilities also include business process change initiatives for core student management.  Peter also leads the Shared Services Programme for WelTec (as part of the strategic partnership with Whitireia Polytechnic) and Chairs the Shared Service Governance Group.

Peter brings many years’ experience in leadership, managing complex and technical business operations, third-party supplier models and outsourcing, contract management and leading change. Peter’s previous roles include managing Telecom New Zealand’s operational and delivery business areas including leading large change projects. He was Head of Science and Engineering at BRANZ Ltd, a building research organisation and he owns Quorum Group, a management and leadership consultancy practice.

Peter is a Member of the Maritime New Zealand Authority  (the MNZ Board), is a founding trustee of the Porirua Digital Trust and member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

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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.