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SIT Governance and Management

Southern Institute of Technology is governed by the SIT Council and management team.

Mission Statement

Southern Institute of Technology provides quality vocational education which equips people with the knowledge and skills to be effective industry participants.

E whakarato ana Te Whare Wananga o Murihiku i Ka rataka huaraki kia whakarawe ite takate ki te mohiotaka me ka pukeka kia mahi tika ai a ia kei roto nei i tona ahumahi.

Statement of Purpose

Southern Institute of Technology provides students with quality education and training services.

E whakarato ana Te Whare Wananga o Murihiku ki nga tauira inga matauranga me nga akoranga tino teitei.

Goals and Continuing Objectives

  1. Provide for and encourage student participation and achievement in a range of quality learning opportunities and services
    • Enhance academic achievement and satisfaction of stakeholders
    • Offer a range of programmes/paths which provide occupational and life skills
    • Improve the representation and achievement of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups
    • Provide a range of student and staff support services
  2. Foster our social and professional obligations to both clients and staff
    • Create and maintain policies which are consistent with the Human Rights Act
    • Enhance and promote and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to the Institution
    • Provide a physically desirable learning and working environment
  3. Operate a viable educationally directed business entity
    • Manage the organisation effectively and efficiently
    • Demonstrate commitment to the employment and development of quality staff
    • Enhance revenue income from other activities

SIT Council Members

SarahSarah Brown - Chair
(Community Appointment)
Appointed as Chair by Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce in August 2011, Sarah has served as a community representative on the Council since 2006. Currently an Associate with Tavendale &Partners, Sarah has also worked in human resources at New Zealand Aluminium Smelters.Sarah is a member of the Institute of Directors, director of Electricity Invercargill Ltd, and Southern Lakes English College, and board member of Kindergarten South and Pylon Ltd.

PeterPeter Heenan - Deputy Chair
(Ministerial Appointment)
Peter Heenan has a strong background in business and community. Peter is the Executive Director of Finance for the HW Richardson Group, a trustee of the Southland Hospice Charitable Trust and former chairperson of both the Southland Boys’ High School and Netball Southland Boards. He was appointed as Deputy Chair by the Minister in 2011.

DeanDean Addie
(Community Appointment)
Dean is the CEO of EIS Automation and Electrical, a Southland based organisation. Dean is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. Dean holds other board and trustee roles including: National Board Member of New Zealand Institute of
Management; Deputy Chair of Southland Foundation for Youth Development; Chair of Dog Island Motu Piu Trust and a board member of Southland Chamber of Commerce.

JeffJeff Grant
(Ministerial Appointment)
Jeff farms deer, beef and sheep at Balfour and brings extensive agribusiness and national governance experience to the council. A former Member of Parliament, Jeff is chairman of the board of directors for OSPRI New Zealand, NAIT Ltd, TB Free Ltd, Milford Sound Development Authority, Southland Shared Services and Mt Linton Station Ltd; He is also a director of SBS Bank, Finance Now Ltd, AgResearch and Cooper Valley Holdings. Jeff has held directorships in agribusiness including former chair of the NZ Meat Board, Meat and Wool New Zealand and the Primary Industry Council.

PeterPeter Jackson
(Community Appointment)
Peter is a Director of H2O Design Ltd and is an accredited member of the Institute of Directors. Peter is also Deputy Chair of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board, Deputy Chair of Site Safe New Zealand, Director of New Zealand Plumbers' Merchants/Plumbing World/ Patton Refrigeration taking responsibility for governance and compliance and Deputy Chair of the Audit Committee. Peter is trustee of the Apprentice Training Trust and New Zealand's representative on the World Plumbing Council.

PennyPenny Simmonds
(Community Appointment)
SIT Chief Executive Penny Simmonds is a member of the ITPNZ Board and serves on many voluntary boards in the community. Penny is a trustee of the Southland Outdoor Stadium Trust and Film Otago Southland, board member of the Community Trust of Southland, Venture Southland and Hockey Southland. At a national level Penny is President of New Zealand Hockey.

MichaelMichael Skerrett
(Ministerial Appointment)
Michael was recognised by SIT with the institute's first Honorary Fellowship in 2013, and was also awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in the 2014 New Year Honours List for his leadership and contribution to Maori and the Southland community. Michel is Kaupapa Taiao Manager of Te Ao Marama Inc., Chairman of Waihopai Runaka, Waihopai Runaka representative to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Chair of Murihku Holdings, Waihopai Runaka Holdings and Chair of Kaitiaki Ropu o Murihiku.

TimTim Ward
(Ministerial Appointment)
Tim Ward brings a range of business and community experience to the table. He is Managing Partner of BDO Invercargill and former chair of BDO's national organisation. Tim is a Minister of Health appointee on the Southern District Health Board, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also the Diocesan appointment to Verdon College Board of Trustees.


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