The Board for Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) has appointed Dr Linda Sissons as Acting Chief Executive. She will take over from outgoing Chief Executive, Grant McPherson, on 20 November.
Many from the international education community in New Zealand will know Dr Sissons from her two-terms on the ENZ Board and more recently in her role as Advisor to Grant, supporting the strategy development work.
Dr Sissons has considerable experience in the tertiary and vocational education sector and her understanding of the opportunities and challenges ahead means she is well placed to step in at the current time. She has served as Chief Executive for UCOL, WelTec and Primary ITO and recently completed two terms as Chair of the Board of Governors of Commonwealth of Learning, an intergovernmental agency delivering technology-mediated learning for sustainable development throughout the Commonwealth.
Dr Sissons and Grant will work together between now and mid-November to ensure a smooth transition.
The ENZ Board is reportedly working on the process to recruit a permanent Chief Executive and aims to be advertising this role in the market by the end of October.
The ENZ Board and the international education community takes this opportunity to acknowledge Grant’s long and dedicated service to Education New Zealand and the international education sector.