The Chief Executive of Ara, Kay Giles, employs the staff and manages the institution to achieve the directions set out in the Council's Strategic Plan and the Investment Plan, which is the funding and performance agreement between the Ara Council and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
The management structure at Ara consists of management teams including the Chief Executive Reference Group, Te Kāhui Manukura - Leadership Group and the Senior Managers Forum.
Reporting to the Ara Council, the Chief Executive is responsible for the delivery of the institute's 2011-2013 Strategic Plan.
For further detail of the Management Structure at Ara, please view the Organisational Structure diagram. (PDF: 0.3MB)
Kay Giles was appointed Chief Executive at Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology) in August 2010 and has successfully steered the South Island's largest vocational education provider through many challenges since then.
Kay has a passion for vocational education and training and the role it plays in contributing to economic, industry, community and individual development.
Prior to joining Ara, Kay was Institute Director at SkillsTech Australia, the trades and technician institute in the Brisbane metropolitan area. Also in Australia, she has held management and directorship positions at the Department of Employment and Training; the Open Learning Institute; the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast Region TAFE, Training and Employment Queensland (TAFETEQ).
Kay holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Social Planning and Development from the University of Queensland.