SIT Governance and Management

Southern Institute of Technology is governed by the SIT Council and managed by the SIT 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 nga ratonga huaraki kia whakarawe i te tangata kit e mohiotanga me ka pukenga kia mahi tika ai a ia kei roto nei i tona ahumahi.

Statement of Purpose

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

Ka whangaitia e Te Whare Wananga o Murihiku nga tauira ki nga 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, staircasing opportunities, and flexible delivery modes which provide occupational and life skills
    • Improve the representation and achievement of under-represented and disadvantaged groups
    • Provide a range of student and staff support services
  2. Foster our social and professional obligations to both stakeholders and staff
    • Foster and enhance relationships with all external stakeholders
    • Create and maintain policies which are consistent with the Human Rights Act
    • Enhance and promote an 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 than Government funded activities

SIT Council Members

PeterPeter Heenan - 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.

Tim Tim Ward - Deputy Chair
(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.

Dean Dean 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.

Jeff Jeff 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.

Peter Peter 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 representative on the World Plumbing Council.

Michael Aimee Kaio
(Ministerial Appointment)
A born and bred Bluff woman, Aimee brings a range of community development experience to the table. Aimee is Director/Owner of NORA Ltd, a local business development, research and evaluation consultancy and a Director of Awarua Developments Ltd. Aimee is a Kahui Maori Board Member of the Deep South National Science Challenge, a Trustee of the 1000 Days Trust and the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust. Aimee sits on a number of boards in an advisory capacity, representing Iwi and community, and is currently the Programme Manager of Tribal Economies, Research and Development for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.

Murray Donald
(Community Appointment)

Murray has a wide range of experience in agribusiness enterprises and farms sheep and beef in the Waianiwa district. Murray is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chair of the Alliance Group Trustee Ltd and trustee of Agri-Women’s Development Trust. Formerly a director of the Alliance Group Ltd, Murray was also director of Farmers’ Mutual Group and an Advisory Group member of Geni-Ruralzone.

Janet Copeland

(Community Appointment)

Janet Copeland is an Invercargill based Employment Lawyer and Managing Principal of specialist employment and health and safety law firm, Copeland Ashcroft Law.  Janet has held governance roles for the past 20 years, including in the Tertiary Education, Elite Sport and Local Givernment sectors and is presently a member of the Dunedin City Council Audit and Risk Committee, the Southland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society and of the Invercargill Sunrise Rotary Club. 

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