Council and Governance

The Council is the governing body of NorthTec and is constituted as follows.

The NorthTec Council is the governance body for the polytechnic. The Council provides oversight for the financial management and operational performance of NorthTec ensuring that NorthTec achieves its objectives, maintains the quality of the its programme delivery and meets the obligations imposed upon it by central government through the Tertiary Education Commission. The NorthTec Council currently consists of four ministerial appointees and four independent appointees.

 For further information please contact the Governance Administrator via email at cborrie@northtec.ac.nz

2018 Meeting Schedule

Council meetings take place at 9am in Room 12, NorthTec Raumanga Campus.

NorthTec Leadership

To learn more about NorthTec's leadership, view the Senior Management Team profiles.

Council Members


Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson

Council Chair

Wayne was appointed Chair in May 2017, after joining Council in 2016. He is a company director working with clients in business strategy and governance through Governus, his advisory company.

He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Grant Thornton NZ, and was a Partner with Ernst and Young NZ for 19 years and a director of its Business Advisory Practice.

Wayne has held CEO roles in the NZ meat export industry and Hanimex Filmpro, and was Client Service Director for AC Nielsen PTY Ltd. He has held a number of directorships including Chair of Farm Brands Ltd, Chair of Q Theatre and a director of the Aquatx group of companies.

Jane Hindle

Jane Hindle

Deputy Chair

Jane was appointed to the Council in 2013. She has been involved in the data and telecommunications industry for 23 years working in the UK, Europe and New Zealand, with 12 years on the board of the Telecommunications Users Association NZ involved in policy settings and legislative change.

Since moving to the Far North in 2000, she has served four years on the Board of Enterprise Northland and is Executive Trustee of the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust. She spent three years studying Te Ara Reo Māori with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and completed a Post Graduate Diploma Māori Development with Auckland University, receiving the George S Holmes Memorial Prize and the Dean’s Senior Prize on graduation.

In 2015, she took on the role of co-Chair for the Te Au Mārie 1769 Sestercentennial Trust and is a member of the National Coordinating Committee of Tuia – First Encounters 250.

Bronwyn Yates

Bronwyn Yates

Bronwyn (Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Aitanga ā Mahaki, and Rongowhakaata) is Te Tumuaki (Chief Executive) of Literacy Aotearoa and promotes, supports, and leads efforts to build capacity and excellence in the adult literacy and adult education sectors.

She has 20 years’ experience in adult and community education, and a particular interest in education as a vehicle for excellence for te iwi Māori. She is a member of the Māori Education Trust as well as various tertiary sector advisory and working groups, and a volunteer for a number of charitable organisations. Bronwyn was appointed a QSM for public services in 2003.

Eru Lyndon

Eru Lyndon

Eru is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Wai, and Ngāti Kahu descent. He is currently the Regional Commissioner for Social Development, Northland and Auckland, at the Ministry of Social Development.

Eru was previously the Manager for Policy and Development at the Ngāti Whatua o Orakei Māori Trust Board in Auckland, and holds governance roles in the sport and recreation sector, including as a trustee of Sport Northland. He has also held previous governance roles as Independent Director, Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd; Member, Community & Public Health Advisory Committee for Auckland and Waitemata DHBs; and Member of AUT University’s Industry Advisory Board.

Eru holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, is a registered Barrister and Solicitor and holds an MBA with distinction.

Karleen Everitt

Karleen Everitt

Karleen (Te Aupouri, Ngapuhi-Nui-Tonu) was appointed to NorthTec Council in January 2015. She has a Masters in Management from the University of Auckland (Business School) and is studying towards a PhD in Indigenous Business Leadership.

Karleen is CEO of Manaaki Solutions Ltd and General Manager of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust.  She grew up in Tai Tokerau and has previously held other governance roles in Tai Tokerau in the Iwi commercial sector of fisheries and asset management.

Kate Cherrington

Kate Cherrington

Kate, who joined Council in 2016, works across education, community strategy and advancement projects. She runs her own consultancy business, Puata Hou Ltd, and is also an associate with the Centre for Social Impact working to support community transformation projects in the Auckland and Northland region.

Kate spent 20 years with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and has professional experience in education management and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development.

She is a trustee of Miria marae in Waiomio, and the Kāhui Ariki representative on the Waikato Conservation Board. She also provides support to young iwi leaders in the Advancement of Māori Opportunity (AMO) network. 

Ken Eastwood

Ken Eastwood

Ken Eastwood became a Council member in 2017. Based in Kerikeri, he is a consultant in the education sector. His career in agribusiness and education has included management roles at the Eastern Institute of Technology and at the Tertiary Education Commission.

As the Skills Ambassador to Northland, he engaged with NorthTec and other stakeholders in vocational education projects that seek to improve outcomes for local learners and industry.

Murray Bain

Murray Bain

Murray Bain is an experienced company director whose governance roles include the TSB Bank Group and Chair of Top Energy Ltd. His executive career included Chief Executive of the Foundation for Research Science and Technology and of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, an Assistant Governor in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Head of Banking for the Trust Bank Group. He is a cross-council appointee, as Chair of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.