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Trevor Goodwin

Trevor Goodwin (Chair) – Ministerial Appointment

Trevor Goodwin is a chairman of Business New Zealand. Trevor is a former president of the Employers and Manufacturers Association Inc and chairman of Stages Group of Companies and Old Town Properties Ltd. He is a former director and chairman of the Gas Association of New Zealand director of Wanganui Gas Ltd and chairman of the Wanganui Jockey Club.

“Trevor Goodwin is a Whanganui businessman with a number of interests in the city. Along with being the Council Chair of the Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Trevor is also the Chair of the ITP Forum.

Trevor is a former President of Business NZ which is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading business advocacy, representation and policy development organisation. Trevor was a Board member and Chairman of EMA Central, now Business Central and was made a Life Member in 2010. Trevor is also a chairman, director and trustee of a number of private and public sector companies, organisations and charitable trusts.

In 2009 Trevor retired after 15 years as the Chief Executive of Wanganui Gas Ltd which was a national energy retailer and gas pipeline owner. His previous management experience includes senior roles in companies operating in the fields of Road Transport, Mining and Air Transport.”

Malcolm Inglis

Malcolm Inglis (Deputy Chair) – Ministerial Appointment

Malcom Inglis is a management consultant. Malcolm has worked with numerous tertiary education institutions, agencies and the State Services Commission.

Malcolm is a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Directors.

Pamela Jefferies

Pamela Jefferies – Ministerial Appointment

Pamela Jefferies is a professional Director and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Pamela is a former ministerial appointee to the Wairarapa District Health Board, Chief Commissioner Human Rights Commission, Legal Services Board, Equal Opportunites Tribunal Panel, Auckland District Services Committee and the National Housing Commision.


Tom Prebble

Tom Prebble - Council Appointment

Tom Prebble has made a career-long commitment to the tertiary education sector as an academic and administrator. For the past two years Tom has served on the Board of ITP Quality, from 2009 as its Deputy Chair.


In 2006 and 2007 Tom was an Establishment Director for Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and serves on its Board.


In 2008 he co-authored Taking the Lead: Strategic Management for E-Learning, a joint project between Ako Aotearoa and the Ministry of Education, and has conducted workshops with senior management of tertiary institutions, including UCOL.


From 2002 to 2005 Tom was Professor of Higher Education at Massey University. He was Principal, Extramural and International, at Massey University from 1999 to 2002 and previously Director of Extramural Studies.


Tom holds a PhD from Alberta University, is an Emeritus Professor of Massey University and is based in Palmerston North.

Sue Walbran

Sue Walbran - Council Appointment

Sue Walbran currently works as an education consultant and is a former UCOL staff member with an extensive knowledge of the tertiary education sector gained from over 20 years experience.


Sue was Academic Director, Head of Education Services at UCOL in Palmerston North from 1996 to 1999, and was previously a Lecturer in Medical Radiation Technology. Until recently, Sue was Manager of the Quality Development Unit for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, having also held other senior positions with the Authority.


Sue holds a PhD from Victoria University with her thesis investigating the influence of the National Qualifications Framework in New Zealand on course design, teaching and learning. Her other qualifications include postgraduate qualifications in Education and Health Services Management from Massey University.


Sue has a strong belief in the transformative effects of education and is committed to ensuring success for all learners.


She lives in Blenheim although works throughout New Zealand.

Lynette Bradnam

Lynette Bradnam - Iwi Appointment

Lynette Bradnam has thirty years of educational experience including Head of School, Te Kura Māori, at Wellington College of Education at Victoria University; lecturer/School Support Services adviser at Wellington College of Education at Victoria University; six years in the Ministry of Education working in the Schooling group and Group Māori Policy team; six years as an Assistant Principal and head of a bilingual unit in the multicultural community of Porirua.

Ben Vanderkolk

Ben Vanderkolk - Ministerial Appointment

Ben Vanderkolk has been Crown Solicitor in Palmerston North since 1987 and practises in criminal and private and commercial litigation. Ben has been a member of the Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and has been a member of the Faculty of the NZ Law Society Litigation Skills Programme.


Ben has served as Chairman of the New Zealand Netherlands Foundation and is presently Chairman of the Te Awahou-Nieuwe Stroom Trust. Since its incorporation, Ben has served as Chairman of the Manfeild Park Trust. He is a member of the Bio Commerce Centre Trust at Palmerston North. Ben is also a Ministerial appointee to the Council of Massey University.


Ben has lived in Palmerston North since 1983 and his children have been educated at Palmerston North schools.

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