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Our people

People work at Competenz because we care about New Zealand's future. We want to grow skills, careers and businesses. Mostly, we just love helping learners achieve.

National & Regional Managers

Talk to us about signing up a new learner and any enquiries on our training programmes.

Amit Kumra

Amit Kumra

National Manager, Engineering & Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 449 9107
Mark Preece

Mark Preece

National Manager, Forestry

Phone
027 266 6621
Andy Bunny

Andy Bunny

National Manager, General Manufacturing

Phone
027 807 9360
Ken Wilkinson

Ken Wilkinson

Regional Manager, South Island, Engineering and Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 440 9232
Marc Borland

Marc Borland

Regional Manager, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty, Engineering and Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 275 9362
Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks

Regional Manager, Central, Engineering & Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 281 9828
Greg Stuart

Greg Stuart

Regional Manager, Auckland & North, Engineering & Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 550 1425

Industry Managers

Talk to us about qualification needs in your industry.

Bill Sole

Bill Sole

Industry Engagement Manager, fire protection

Phone
027 777 4405
Patricia Brooking

Patricia Brooking

Industry Manager, bakery, retail meat, printing, packaging, signmaking, journalism

Phone
027 445 4116
Mathew Vandy

Mathew Vandy

Industry Manager, wood manufacturing, food and beverage, cellar operations, competitive manufacturing

Phone
021 815 044
Richard Cowper

Richard Cowper

Industry Manager, Forestry, Maritime, Rail

Phone
021 814 552
Peter Ferguson

Peter Ferguson

Industry Manager, engineering, refrigeration and air conditioning

Phone
027 243 7365

Careers team

Talk to the Careers team to find out how we can help you into a career.

Brian Lane

Brian Lane

Careers Advisor

Phone
0800 526 1800
Kimberley Ward

Kimberley Ward

Careers Advisor

Phone
0800 526 1800

Quality Assurance team

Talk to the Quality Assurance team about assessments and moderation.

Yvonne O'Callaghan

Yvonne O'Callaghan

Quality Assurance Manager

Phone
09 539 9809
Veronica Brajkovich

Veronica Brajkovich

Quality Assessment Manager

Phone
027 535 5079
Julie McIlwraith

Julie McIlwraith

National Moderation Manager

Phone
027 244 7989
Kristy Weir

Kristy Weir

Resources & Consents Officer

Phone
09 539 9808
Jason Hemopo

Jason Hemopo

National Moderator, Forestry

Phone
027 660 5563

Our senior leadership team

Fiona Kingsford

Fiona Kingsford

Chief Executive

Jim MacBride-Stewart

Jim MacBride-Stewart

General Manager Industry Training

Julie Ingram

Julie Ingram

General Manager People & Culture

Nick Thomson

Nick Thomson

General Manager Product Development & Quality Assurance

Sandy Botterill

Sandy Botterill

General Manager Strategy & Transformation

Rachel Hopkins

Rachel Hopkins

General Manager Marketing & Communications

Sean Kirk

Sean Kirk

General Manager Finance & Corporate Services

Our Board

Mike SimmMike Simm has been a professional director since 2002 and is a Fellow of the institute of Directors. Mike is currently Deputy Chairman of Far North electricity company, Top Energy Ltd, and Chair of Brightwater Group Ltd, a Nelson-based engineering contracting company. He also is Director of Security North, Selwyn Properties and several smaller entities.

Mike trained as an accountant and worked at Rheem in both New Zealand and Australia and at McConnell Group before becoming Executive Director and shareholder of Fullers Bay of Islands. After selling Fullers in 2001, Mike was active in the tourism industry serving as Director for NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, NZ Tourism industry Association and Deputy Chair of Jason Travel Media.

Mike has also focused his attention on youth development and transitions from school to work, particularly through is work as Trustee of various community trusts including Enterprise Northland and Northland Youth Development Trust.

John BlakeyJohn Blakey was the CEO of Competenz until December 2015. He has over 20 years’ experience in vocational education and training.

John has played a pivotal role in the evolution of industry training in New Zealand over the years. Prior to joining Competenz he was the CEO of FITEC, the forestry industry training organisation, for nine years.

He was a two-term Tertiary Education Commission commissioner and Board member, and past Chair of the Industry Training Federation. He has led the industry training policy position on the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission and its successor, the Tertiary Education Commission.

Bill NewsonBill Newson is the current National Secretary for the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) and was elected to this role in June, 2011. He has extensive experience in the field of employee representation.

Bill has a trade background with an involvement in ITOs and trade training since the introduction of the Industry Training Act. He has played a significant part in the development of engineering apprenticeship training trusts.

Bill is a trustee for the ATNZ Trust which currently employs over 300 engineering apprentices and seconds them to employers nationwide.

Kelly SmithKelly Smith was seconded to the Board of Competenz at the start of 2012, bringing with her 20 years’ experience in the fast moving consumer goods industry.

She is the founder and Managing Director of Biz Advisor – a consultancy firm for small to large FMCG companies specialising in Sales and Business Optimisation.

Kelly has a commercial background in Sales and Marketing, with her previous roles including Sales Director for Griffins Foods Ltd and General Manager Sales for Goodman Fielder Baking, as well as roles at Cerebos Greggs and Meadowlea Foods.

Having spent six years operating in Private Equity Businesses, Kelly brings a new approach to Competenz and strong connections to the Food & Beverage industry. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Marketing and Management, and a Post Graduate Diploma, Commerce.

Bryn ThompsonBryn Thompson is the founder and CEO of Christchurch based Metalcraft Engineering Company Ltd and its international brand, The Glass Racking Company. He also is a Director of Cassem Holdings – a small commercial property company.

Bryn comes from a trade background having completed an apprenticeship as a Fitter/Welder with Southern Cross Engineering, before traveling and working in England within the steel fabrication sector.

Bryn is passionate about supporting young and talented tradespeople through their apprenticeships, and has shared a close relationship with Competenz for the past 19 years. He has also been a volunteer mentor through the NZ Business Mentor programme for the past six years.

Judy NewcombeJudy Newcombe is currently the Director of Cross Functional Change at Fonterra and has many years of experience in the field of organisational transformation and change management.

Judy has held a number of senior management roles in some of New Zealand's top corporates including TOWER NZ, Telecom and Fonterra. She has also had a distinguished career in management consulting with KPMG and its successor BearingPoint, becoming one of the New Zealand managing directors of this firm.

Her expertise is in guiding organisations through the development of new strategic directions based on deep understanding of market opportunities and customer needs as well as facilitating organisational transitions. This expertise will strengthen the Board’s governance role during a period of significant expansion and growth for Competenz.

Judy Newcombe
Tupara Morrison is of Te Arawa descent – Ko Ngāti Whakaue te Iwi, Ko Ngāti Pūkākī, Ngāti Hurungaterangi ngā hapū.

He is a Massey University business studies graduate, Chartered Accountant, and member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Tupara has extensive governance experience within the health, tertiary education, iwi development and tourism sectors. He was the inaugural chief executive of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Limited in Auckland, leading social service development for the tribe.

Alongside Competenz, Tupara maintains his ministerial governance appointments to Te Puia – the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, and Fairway Resolution Limited in Wellington.


AnitaAnita Rosentreter is currently the Industry Coordinator for Manufacturing with New Zealand's biggest private-sector union, E tū. Prior to moving into this role in March 2016, she was a frontline organiser, representing members in manufacturing, engineering, service stations, call centres, printing, media and journalism.

Anita has a background in media and several years' experience in employee representation and advocacy. She has a strong interest in the advancement of workers and local industry through training and education.

In her current role, Anita is responsible for E tū's planning and strategy within the manufacturing industry as well as bargaining several key national industry agreements, including the Metal and Manufacturing Industries Collective Agreement. 

In 2010, Anita graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts, First-Class Honours in Media Studies.