New faces on Witt's council

17:00, May 22 2014

Fresh blood has been added to Witt's council board with three new councillors to its team.

The board welcomed Ross Dingle, Cassandra Crowley and Allie Hemara-Wahanui to help with the governance of the polytech's future.

The trio replace former members Rex Hendry, Paul Goldsmith and Jackie Broughton.

Both Hendry and Goldsmith had completed their terms.

Broughton resigned to pursue business opportunities in Australia.

However, the council board is not the only one with changes to its team.

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Witt's chief executive officer Barbara George has been appointed director of its subsidiary, the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology.

A NZIHT general manager will be named shortly.

Dingle, Crowley and Hemara-Wahanui are all born and bred Taranaki residents with backgrounds in business, law and tikanga Maori.

Dingle is also Tenderlink's general manager and attended Stratford High School before completing a business degree at Massey University.

The father of three said he is "very proud" of Taranaki's vibrant community and the region's "continued success" is very important to him and his family.

Crowley, originally of Kaponga, is the general manager of Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust.

She has a strong interest in enabling organisations to "significantly improve performance and reach using technology".

Crowley is also the independent director of The Skills Organisation and Student Job Search Aotearoa.

She is also the councillor on the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants board.

Hemara-Wahanui, of Hawera, works for Parininihi ki Waitotara as its community development manager.

She is also a member of the Taranaki Maori Trust Board and the Whanganui/Taranaki Conservation Board.

Taranaki Daily News