The Skills Board is made up of a group of industry leaders passionate about vocational education.
From managing directors to a barrister and a scientist, this group of highly qualified individuals helps guide Skills’ ongoing growth and strategic direction.
Brian has extensive experience in driving the growth and development of corporations across several industries. He specialises in facilitating the skills on offer within a group to develop its collective wisdom and to apply this to the organisation's benefit.
Cassandra is a Barrister and Solicitor with the New Zealand High Court. Her valuable accounting and legal expertise help drive business opportunities and growth in a wide range of organisations, spanning government, private, and not-for-profit. Her current directorships include Oriens Capital GP, Student Job Search, and as a council member for the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.
Scott is a former police officer who went on to build Matrix Security Group. A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, his previous governance roles include chairing the boards of the NZ Security Association, Olympic equestrian Sport Eventing New Zealand, NZ Rugby League, and the International Rugby League Federation. His accomplishments include championing improved security industry training, professional standards, and new legislation. Scott was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to sport.
Shenagh has a diverse background that has covered roles such as being a KPMG Director, a senior manager in a Crown Entity, CEO for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, acting CEO for Child Youth and Family Services, and many more. Her expertise lies primarily in change leadership, governance, government relationships, public sector management, review and evaluation, and strategic planning.
Ian possesses a real passion for industry training. His career has seen him not only start a successful company but also train more than 100 apprentices over 25 years. As a Chartered Director with the IOD, Ian has the proven and experience to continue to support the Skills Board in its ongoing growth and performance across all industry sectors.
Rod has enjoyed a successful career across numerous industries and roles. Starting out as a plumber and gasfitter, he went on to become VP for Corporate Development for Raffles Holdings Ltd, Finance Director at the ARC, and held senior consulting roles with Ernst & Young. Now the COO for Douglas Pharmaceuticals, he is also the Deputy Chair for the Skills Board.
Paula has served on the Skills Board since 2014, after being nominated by the NZ Public Service Association (PSA) and Council Trade Unions (CTU). Prior to this she was the President of the PSA from 2008-2012 (which is New Zealand’s largest union and during the period she was President, had an annual turnover of $20 million). Paula is also currently a senior scientist and laboratory manager with The Institute of Environmental Science & Research Ltd (ESR).
Bridget is a highly experienced Human Resource practitioner both nationally and internationally. She’s worked with many leaders, leadership teams, company boards and remuneration committees in both the public and private sectors spanning a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, finance and technology.