Resignation of NorthTec Chief Executive

19 November 2018

Resignation of NorthTec Chief Executive

NorthTec’s Chief Executive, Dr Mark Ewen, has announced his resignation as he and his family are moving offshore. He will be leaving the organisation at the end of this year.

NorthTec Council Chair, Wayne Jackson, will take on the role of Interim Chief Executive, and the current Deputy Council Chair, Jane Hindle, will step up as Interim Chair.

Wayne Jackson said: “Mark wishes to pursue opportunities offshore. We are saddened to see him leave as he has delivered greatly improved educational outcomes at NorthTec, but we understand his ambition and the need to time the change to cause the least disruption to NorthTec. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Acknowledging that the ITP (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics) sector is awaiting news of the Government’s plans for change, he said: “This is a difficult time for the sector and the Council wants to see stability of management and direction as NorthTec works through its change plan. When the Government has settled on the planned sector changes, we will be looking for an outstanding leader for NorthTec.”

Dr Ewen has worked at NorthTec for 10 years and been Chief Executive for the last two years. He said: “It has been a privilege to work at NorthTec and to lead the organisation during this period of change. Our educational performance has improved over the last two years, and we are viewed as financially responsible in Wellington. Students, staff and stakeholders speak highly of us. The credit for that must go to all staff in the organisation. I have worked with a great group of people, who are genuinely passionate about getting good outcomes for our learners, their whānau and our region.”

Mr Jackson will be based in Whangarei as, at the request of the NorthTec Council, he takes up the Chief Executive position on a full-time basis until a permanent appointment can be made. He brings many years of management experience in both the commercial and community sectors, and has been closely involved with Dr Ewen in the development of NorthTec’s transformation plan.