Senior Leadership Team
Linda has an extensive background in the education sector. Her previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive of The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and 15 years as the Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology.
She is currently Chair of the Commonwealth of Learning Board and a Board member of Education New Zealand. Linda’s primary industry experience includes her role as Interim Chief Executive of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre and leading a project to develop the agriculture portfolio of Massey University.
Anne is responsible for all industry partnerships and business development as well as our schools pathways. She has an extensive background in Māori business and is passionate about Māori development in the primary industries.
Anne joined Primary ITO from Fonterra where she was Manager, Māori Relations and Agribusiness. In this role she was responsible for the strategic development of Fonterra’s relationships with Māori. She has previously worked as a senior lawyer with commercial law firm Kensington Swan, and held policy roles at the Ministry of Economic Development and Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development). She has also worked overseas for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia as well as the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs in Vancouver, Canada.
James is responsible for the leadership of our finances, reporting and quality assurance, the registration of providers, assessors, verifiers, standards and programmes, and a number of other operational services.
James has 16 years experience in the tertiary education sector. His most recent role was Director Finance and Operations at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec). He has also held a range of roles in the sector with accountability for finance, project office, facilities, marketing, customer service, academic records, business intelligence and planning teams.
James has chaired the Board of W2 Shared Services Limited owned jointly by WelTec and Whitireia, and has helped in the formation of a variety of joint venture and subsidiary company structures.
Mike is responsible for developing and delivering marketing strategies and plans to support business goals. He also leads our diploma programme.
Mike has an extensive agricultural marketing background. He has worked in the animal health sector, and for five years at Ballance Agri-Nutrients where he led the marketing for their dairy business.
Rachel is passionate about ensuring all staff have the support and tools they need to work cohesively together to achieve organisational goals.
Rachel started her career in HR in London, during an 11 year stint overseas. Since returning to New Zealand in 2010, she has worked in the public and private sector, for organisations including Meridian, Ministry of Health, the Civil Aviation Authority and Customs.
At Primary ITO, Rachel is responsible for overseeing the staff engagement survey action plan, renumeration framework/process and helping to implement an HR framework to support the achievement of specific people outcomes.
Mike is responsible for the development, implementation and review of our product suite, including programmes and qualifications and the corresponding learning resources, in line with learner, industry and NZQA requirements.
Mike is passionate about achieving quality outcomes for learners and the industries they serve.
Mike’s career in the tertiary education sector started at Wintec, as a tutor in the automotive electrical field. He then moved into management, professional and organisational development, change management and senior leadership with the NZ School of Tourism, and most recently LearningWorks. One of his roles at LearningWorks included responsibility for the design and implementation of the company's e-learning strategy.
Mike originally spent 18 years as a mechanic, working on a diverse range of machinery from tractors to Porsche racing cars.