Otago Polytechnic

Executive Leadership Team

Phil Ker

Phil Ker
Chief Executive


  • Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University, 2001
  • MEd (Administration) - First Class Honours, Massey University,1995 
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Auckland, 1973 
  • Trained Teachers Diploma, Auckland College of Education, 1973

Phil is a successful tertiary manager and teacher with expertise in curriculum development, assessment of student learning and leadership. He has had a lengthy teaching career including teaching economics, accounting, management and tertiary teaching practice; and has had a career-long interest in leadership and leadership development, and in the professional development of tertiary educators.

Phil is a member of the following Boards:

  • Director - TANZ (Tertiary Accord of New Zealand)
  • Director - Te Tapuae o Rehua
  • Director – Ako Aotearoa
  • Director – Malcam Trust


Jo Brady

Jo Brady
Deputy Chief Executive, People, Performance and Development
Portfolios: People & Culture, Performance Improvement, External Relations, Communications and Marketing, Business Development 

Jo is an experienced leader with a broad experience base in the Education sector with expertise in Business Development, Marketing, Communication, External Relations and Alumni & Development. Jo has held a number of Governance and Advisory Board roles and is currently a member of the Te Au Turoa Environment Strategy Governance Board. Jo’s past roles include Director: Alumni & Development at Lincoln University, Business Development, Management, Marketing and Communications for The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Investment Management for TEC and Director of Development & Community Relations for St Margaret’s College.


Janine Kapa-Blair

Janine Kapa-Blair
Deputy Chief Executive Māori Development/Kaitohutohu

Portfolios: Māori Student Success 


  • Bachelor of Education, University of Otago, 1993 
  • Diploma in Teaching, Dunedin Teachers’ College, 1992

Janine has been passionately involved in Māori education for over 25 years; in the compulsory and tertiary sectors, from the classroom to the board room, both regionally and nationally. With a background also in social research, project management, communications and strategic development, Janine co-founded a bicultural communications consultancy in Wellington in 1999 and from then until 2003 worked in a number of central Government agencies, e.g.: ETSA (now the TEC), the Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kōkiri and NZQA. On returning to Te Waipounamu (the South Island) in 2003, Janine has worked for her iwi as the Ngāi Tahu Education Manager (2003-2005), and more recently, held leadership roles at the University of Otago (2007-2017), firstly as Acting Director then Deputy Director of Māori Development, and more latterly, as the Associate Dean Māori in the Otago Business School.

Janine is a member of the following Boards:

  • Director – A3Kaitiaki Ltd
  • Director – Otago Youth Wellness Trust 
  • Director – Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (KUMA), the Southern Māori Business Network 
  • Director – Te Tapuae o Rehua


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Chris Morland
Deputy Chief Executive, Learner Experience
Portfolios: Learner Services, Schools and Colleges


  • Tutor Training Certificate, Christchurch Polytechnic, 1991
  • Master of Education, University of Western Australia, 1981
  • Master of Physical Education, University of Western Australia, 1980
  • Diploma in Teaching, Christchurch Teachers College, 1976
  • Diploma Physical Education, University of Otago, 1975

Chris is a successful tertiary sector leader with expertise leading others in curriculum development, learning support and facility development & management. He has had lengthy leadership roles at a senior level and has a career-long interest in inclusive and accessible tertiary education for all.

Chris is a member of the following Board:

  • Director – SIGNAL (South Island ICT Graduate School)


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Philip Cullen 
Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer
Portfolios: Business Services, Capital Works and Facilities, Commercial Operations, Information Systems and Support