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.
Felicity is responsible for the provision of effective human resource management services and organisational development - including leadership, capability and culture.
She has experience working across corporate, government, national and international organisations in human resource and quality management roles - including nine years in the education sector.
Felicity has a passion for workplace wellbeing and undertook research on this as part of her recently completed Graduate Diploma in Management (majoring in Human Resources). She also set up a special interest group in the Hutt Valley on this topic, in partnership with a government-led initiative and local council.
Felicity was a founding member of the Lower Hutt branch of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and has held the position of Branch President.
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.
Lily joined the Primary ITO from the Open Polytechnic where she was a Head of School (responsible for Science, Technology & Engineering programmes).
Lily completed her undergraduate and PhD studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of London.
She considers herself to be fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in an extensive range of roles in tertiary education (in Universities, Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology and Private Training Establishments). She has worked as a senior manager responsible for business development, international education and academic programmes.
Lily’s external involvements include Deputy Chair of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, work as a Business Mentor and membership of the Wine Research Board.
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.
Para is responsible for our information technology, including continuous improvement of our systems and products and services.
Para has over 20 years experience in the information technology sector. His most recent role was at the IHC as their Chief Information Officer.
He has also worked at the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), New Zealand Transport Agency, and at various private sector organisations.