New Ara Chief Executive announced

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26 May 2017

Tony Gray, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) Chief Executive has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Ara Institute of Canterbury. Tony will replace Kay Giles, the current Chief Executive of Ara, who is retiring, the acting Ara Council Chair Janie Annear announced today.

“Tony brings a wealth of experience in the tertiary education sector and the Ara Council is confident that his experience will ensure Ara remains one of New Zealand’s highest performing tertiary institutes,” Annear said.

Tony Gray joins Ara as the institute's new Chief Executive in September.

Gray has 20 years experience as a Chief Executive in the tertiary sector. For the past eleven years he has provided strategic leadership and guidance to NMIT where he delivered a real focus on the learner while ensuring the viability and sustainability of NMIT as a competitive, innovative and relevant provider of tertiary education.

“I am delighted by this appointment and I’m excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Ara.

The Institute is currently in the midst of a significant campus rebuild and is continuing with a programme of innovative growth and consolidation set in place post the Canterbury earthquakes. I look forward to being part of the team at Ara and building on those strong foundations and significant achievements through the delivery of tertiary training that aligns with future regional and national industry needs,” Gray said.

Gray will take up his new role on Monday 4 September. With Kay Giles’ retirement effective from 30 June Darren Mitchell, Ara Director of Corporate Services, will be the acting Ara CE in the interim.

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Tony Gray was appointed Chief Executive of NMIT in November 2006. He has a long career in the tertiary education sector in both private industry training and polytechnics.

During his time at NMIT Tony has been responsible for organisational leadership and management, with successful advancement of the organisation in developing and achieving its mission, vision, strategic goals, including change management planning and implementation. Tony has been passionate about and led the development and ongoing implementation of NMIT’s ‘Learner Journey’, putting the learner at the centre of NMIT activities.

Tony came to New Zealand from the UK in 2003, having been Chief Executive of two Colleges of Further and Higher Education, to take up a role as Chief Executive for the privately owned Pacific International Hotel Management School in New Plymouth, where he also had responsibilities for developing the ORION Hotel Schools group in Australia, China and Switzerland.

Tony is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management; he was part of the NZQA Expert Advisory Group for Quality Assurance reforms for the tertiary sector; and chairs the Tertiary Alliance New Zealand (TANZ) Board, and is a member of the NZQA Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Advisory Group.