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He is among six named for the Otago board by the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Establishment Board yesterday.
Also serving on the Otago board of directors is deputy chairwoman Megan Potiki, Paul Allison, Michael Collins, Karen Coutts and Adam La Hood.
Their roles will begin on April 1.
The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act requires the initial board for each subsidiary Institute of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) comprise between four and eight directors, of which at least half must reside within the region that the subsidiary primarily serves.
Mr Allison is now an independent professional director and consultant, serving on multiple boards, including Delta Utility Services Ltd, Smith City Ltd, and Dunedin International Airport Ltd.
He said he was excited about the opportunity the education reforms would create for Otago Polytechnic and its students.
‘‘I look forward to seeing how the whole region is positively impacted by the changes.
“Otago Polytech is an important part of the Dunedin fabric, a major contributor to the Otago region, New Zealand
and further afield.
‘‘We have fabulous staff and a great culture — we’re good at being innovative, inclusive, and collaborative.”
Establishment board chairman Barry Jordan said the appointment of the Otago board of directors was a significant step forward in the journey towards a ‘‘cohesive, sustainable vocational education system’’.
‘‘In making these appointments, we have balanced the need to ensure continuity of operation with sound local and regional relationships.
‘‘We are delighted with the diversity of thought within each board, alongside the complementary skills and experience that will drive positive outcomes for their respective communities.’’
To further drive the shift from competition to operating as one regionally accessible network of provision, the establishment board has decided that one NZIST Council member will be a director on each subsidiary ITP board. Each board may also receive a ‘‘cross-board appointee’’.
These names will be confirmed in April.