NorthTec congratulates Murray Bain on Queen’s Birthday Honour

8 June 2021

NorthTec congratulates Murray Bain on Queen’s Birthday Honour

NorthTec Board Deputy Chair, Murray Bain, has received an award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Mr Bain was honoured for his services to tertiary education and digital learning, following his chairmanship of the Open Polytechnic from 2014 to 2020.

He  has been a member of the NorthTec Board (formerly Council) since June 2018.

Ripeka Evans, NorthTec Board Chair, said “On behalf of the NorthTec Board and staff, I congratulate Murray on this award. He led the Open Polytech through a period of major change and the implementation of a digital transformation strategy, which included the development of the Open Polytechnic’s iQualify online learning platform.

“Murray has made a strong contribution to NorthTec, with his extensive experience as a director, and as CEO of several large organisations including the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

“We have especially appreciated his experience in tertiary education, as former Chair of the Open Polytechnic and now as Deputy Chair of NorthTec, and as a director of the Southern Institute of Technology and Ara Institute of Canterbury.

“Murray’s experience of leading through change is particularly relevant while NorthTec, as part of the vocational education sector, undergoes a major transformation as a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga – the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.”

Mr Bain is originally from Canterbury and moved to Northland in 2015.