Otago Polytechnic


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Our Board of Directors


Tony Allison BCOM, BA, CA, CMINSTD

Tony Allison is the former CEO of Night ‘n Day and is now an independent professional director and consultant. He serves on multiple boards, including Delta Utility Services Limited, Smith City (2020) Limited, Dunedin International Airport Limited along with other advisory boards. His executive career includes senior positions in large accounting and legal firms along with a major construction and development company. Tony is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. With a mix of executive and governance roles Tony has seen diversity in action across a wide spectrum of organisations.



Paul Allison MNZM

Paul resides in Central Otago was appointed to the Otago Polytechnic Council in 2014. He has wide spread governance and business experience having served on boards within the health, retail, education, energy, sport and community funding sectors. He also has over 20 years’ leadership experience as Chief Executive of sector leading organisations. He is currently chairman of Infinite Energy Limited, the Otago Rugby Union’s board appointments panel, is a director of Waitaki District Health Services Limited, Central Otago Health Services Limited, University Bookshop (Otago) and is also a member of The Lion Foundation South Island grants committee. Paul has previously been a board member of Sport NZ and is a life trustee of the Halberg Foundation. He has an extensive background in communications and the media sector with over 30 years involvement as a television and radio broadcaster. In 2015 Paul was recognised for his services to sport when he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.



Mike Collins BAM, BIT, MPP

Mike Collins is the Executive Director People, Culture and Technology at the Southern District Health Board. Previously Mike was the Director of the Learning Environment and the Director of Service Excellence at Otago Polytechnic with a passion for creating dynamic working environments. Having been a CIO for 20 years and working in executive teams Mike believes a successful organisation requires a clear strategy with innovative aspirations supported by people working within an empowering culture.



Maryann Geddes BCom, Dip.BS (Dispute Resolution) MINSTD

Maryann is based in Queenstown and worked in a senior management role in the tourism industry for 25 years, primarily in human resources, training and development, risk and compliance. Maryann has a Ministerial appointment to the Council of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology and is a Director of SIT Invercargill, ARA Christchurch, Otago Polytechnic and ServiceIQ. Other governance roles have included a Ministerial appointment to the Establishment Board of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, RNZRSA, Tourism Industry Association, Southland Otago Employers Association, Aviation Tourism and Travel Training Organisation, and the Hospitality Standards Institute.



Adam La Hood CA, BCom, DipGradAcctg, MINSTD

Adam is a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial experience both here in New Zealand and Overseas in a diverse range of industries including Construction, Mining, Hospitality, Insurance, Social Housing, and Financial Services. Along with the financial experience his executive and corporate background brings a skill set in strategy, risk management, health and safety, and internal controls. Adam also serves on the board of Dunedin Venues Management Limited and is the Chief Financial Officer for Cook Brothers Construction. Being born and bred in Dunedin he is passionate about Dunedin being a great place to work and live and sees Otago Polytechnic as a key strategic asset for the city.



Justin Lester LLB and BA (German), University of Otago, LLM, Heidelberg University

Justin has extensive government and private sector governance and management experience. Justin served as Mayor of Wellington and previously as Deputy Mayor. He now serves as the Board Chair of Weltec Whitireia, is a Board Member at Otago Polytechnic, Chair of Storbie, an Ambassador with Simplicity Kiwisaver and the Government Director at Dot Loves Data. Justin has a Masters in Laws from Heidelberg University in Germany and conjoint Laws and Arts degrees from the University of Otago.



Megan Potiki

Megan hails from Ōtākou and is of Kāi Tahu and Te Ātiawa descent. She currently lectures at the University of Otago in the school of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous studies and is working towards completing her PhD. Her research interests are focused on the loss of te reo Māori at Ōtākou and the written Māori archives of the past that have a particular geographical focus on her tribal region of Kāi Tahu in the South Island of New Zealand.



Board members with profiles still to come 

Karen Coutts