Our board

Charles Finny | Chair

CF corpCharles Finny is a partner at Saunders Unsworth Ltd.  He was CEO of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2010, and prior to that he worked as a diplomat and trade official, including postings in China, Taiwan and Singapore.  He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

Mr Finny is a member of the Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Kawarau Estate Limited and Wool Yarns. He is a former Chair of the Local Government Forum and also served on the Victoria University of Wellington Council for eight years.

Steve Maharey | Board member

SM corpSteve Maharey is an independent Director, commentator and consultant on a wide range of social and political issues. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. He is a former Member of Parliament and Senior Minister in the New Zealand Government (1999-2008). In 2009, as part of the Queen's New Year Honours List, Steve was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament.

Lyn Provost | Board member

LP corpLyn Provost was Controller and Auditor-General from October 2009 until 2017. From 2001 to 2009 she was the first female and civilian Deputy Commissioner of New Zealand Police. Lyn is currently a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Board. In 2016 she received the Global category award in the nationwide Women of Influence awards. In 2017, as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lyn was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State.

Karen Rolleston | Board member

KR corpKaren Rolleston is the New Zealand Chief Executive of Telco Technology Services.  Before this role she was New Zealand Chief Executive of 3P Learning Ltd, a global Australian Stock Exchange online education company specialising in literacy and numeracy programs for schools and students.

Ms Rolleston was also the managing director of Manzana Ltd, the New Zealand reseller and distributor of 2Touch Technologies and other education brands. Ms Rolleston has held directorship roles with Limestone Risk Management Ltd, 2Touch Technologies and Interactive Whiteboards Australia Pty Ltd.

Dr Linda Sissons | Board member

LS corpDr Linda Sissons is a highly experienced chief executive in the tertiary education sector. Dr Sissons was recently appointed the Chief Executive of the Primary Industry Training Organisation.

Before that she was interim Chief Executive of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (2015-2016), Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology (2001-2015) and of Hutt Valley Polytechnic (1999-2001). Dr Sissons is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning.  

Victoria Spackman | Board member

VS corpVictoria Spackman is Director Creative and Director Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity at WelTec and Whitireia Polytechnics. She is also a director and co-owner of the screen and visitor experience company the Gibson Group and was its Chief Executive.

Ms Spackman’s governance experience includes: chair of Ackama Group, a trans-Tasman technology company; board member of Screenrights, an Australian statutory company responsible for collecting and distributing audio visual royalties; committee member of FirstBoards, a working group of the Institute of Directors which encourages high quality governance in small to medium enterprises and new companies; 12 years with Bats Theatre; and the Screen Production and Development Association. Ms Spackman holds qualifications in arts and law from Victoria University.

In 2012, she was awarded the LexisNexis Private Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year. In 2015 she received the Arts and Culture category award in the nationwide Women of Influence awards.

In June 2016, as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List, Victoria was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television.

Rachael Tuwhangai | Board member

RT corpRachael is Managing Director of Maori and Pasifika Support Services (MAPSS), a privately owned multi-service agency which aims to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and organisations through a range of culturally responsive support services. She is also Managing Director of Niu Digital, an app and web development company.

Rachael has previously served on the board of NZQA and is a current Member of Council for Manukau Institute of Technology. She continues to serve on a number of not-for-profit boards such as Man Alive and the Auckland Community Law Centre.

Rachael has extensive education experience in both English and Maori-medium settings including kura and wharekura, secondary and tertiary teaching, and prison education. She is currently appointed as Governance Facilitator working on the build of New Zealand's first purpose-built Maori-medium campus, Te Putahi Maori o Manurewa, which includes kohanga reo, kura, wharekura and adult education. Prior to establishing MAPSS Rachael was the Education Manager of Kohuora Campus at the Auckland South Corrections Facility. She was also a former Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland.

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