Chief Executive appointed for Whitireia and WelTec subsidiaries

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Whitireia and WelTec are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Oldershaw as Chief Executive of the new Whitireia and WelTec subsidiaries, which will come into being on 1 April.

Mr Oldershaw is the current Deputy Chief Executive of Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) and is a former Chief Executive of the Industry Training Federation.

Whitireia and WelTec Commissioner Dr Neil Barns said he was delighted to secure a Chief Executive with a deep knowledge of the vocational and training sector.  

With the formation of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST), all polytechnics will evolve to deliver both on- and off-job training and vocational education. Mark’s unique experience as a senior leader in both the polytechnic and industry training sectors will be invaluable as we gently change our focus and ensure we’re delivering for learners in Wellington and the wider region,” said Dr Barns.

Mr Oldershaw has previously lived and worked in Wellington and is looking forward to returning to the region he calls home.

“I am thrilled to lead Whitireia and WelTec as we come together into NZIST. My early focus will be ensuring we deeply understand what our learners, iwi, communities and industry need, including how we can deliver on- and off-job training. I’m looking forward to meeting the staff, regional leaders and members of the many communities Whitireia and WelTec are part of,” said Mr Oldershaw. 

After graduating from Victoria University with a postgraduate degree in economics Mr Oldershaw became a Chartered Accountant and obtained a Masters in Public Administration through the Australia New Zealand School of Government. He left accountancy to become Chief Executive of the World of WearableArt Ltd in Nelson then moved to Wellington in 2001 and took on a number of roles, including Chief Executive of the Industry Training Federation. He has been Deputy Chief Executive EIT since 2015.

The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, introduced to Parliament in August 2019, is expected to be passed into law by the end of February 2020. All existing ITPs will become subsidiary companies of NZIST on 1 April, 2020, which will be Mr Oldershaw’s first day as Chief Executive of the Whitireia and WelTec subsidiaries.