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WelTec Management Team


Chris Gosling
Chief Executive

Chris Gosling is Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Whitireia, a position he held for three years. He has worked in the Middle East setting up and operating a polytechnic in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Chris is the former Corporate Services Director at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). This role followed several years in finance and senior management roles in local government in New Zealand.

He is a Chartered Accountant with membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Board member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

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Wirangi Luke

In 2012 WelTec commissioned a report: Current and Future Strategies for Māori Achievement at WelTec, Professor Rāwiri Taonui, Auckland University of Technology, October 2012. As a result of this Report and to further enhance Māori achievement at WelTec a senior Māori advisory position was established. Wirangi Luke who has held this position at WelTec since February 2013 provides a Te Āti Awa viewpoint to WelTec’s work assisting in the development of strategy and policy.

In addition to being the General Manager of Te Runanganui O Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko O Te Ika a Maui Inc (TE Āti Awa), Wirangi Luke is the Development Manager of Tamaiti Whangai, Trustee of Waiwhetu Kohanga Reo and Chairman of Te Aroha Hutt Valley Sports Association. Wirangi has previously run Atiawa Toa FM, and established and managed the Waiwhetu Medical Centre. Prior to this he worked in Planning and Management at Feltex Carpets in Wainuiomata.

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 Julia Hennessy

Dr Julia Hennessy
Director Teaching & Learning (WelTec)


Julia Hennessy was the Executive Dean at WelTec.  Previous experience for Julia includes General Manager, Mental Health and Addiction Service for Hutt Valley DHB and Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Health.  She worked in the tertiary education sector before being appointed Relationship Manager for the Central Regional Health Authority. Julia also taught on health related programmes in the tertiary sector. She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) and was a member of Nursing Council of New Zealand from 2008-2011.
PhD (AUT), MEd (Victoria), MMgt (Massey), PG Dip HSM (Massey), BA (Victoria), DipN (Wellington Polytechnic)

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James Smith

James Smith
Director Finance & Operations (WelTec)

James Smith is a Chartered Accountant who has more than 20 years’ experience as an accountant having held both the CFO and Acting COO positions previously at WelTec.  In these roles he managed the financial planning and reporting systems and services, provided financial and strategic advice to internal and external stakeholders, and oversaw the development of various major capital works programmes including the build of the Wellington Regional School of Construction at Petone.  James is on a number of tertiary education advisory groups developing accounting policy and practice for the sector. 

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