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Management Team

Meet UCOL's Senior Leadership Team and connect with them on Linkedin.


Dr Amanda Lynn

Chief Executive

UCOL's Senior Leadership Team is led by Dr Amanda Lynn. 

Dr Lynn was appointed Chief Executive of UCOL in 2018.  She has extensive experience working closely with iwi, communities, businesses, industry groups, local and central government, internationally, and with tertiary institutes. Dr Lynn has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development, awarded by Massey University in 2016.  


Dr Linda Sissons

Chief of Operations

Dr Linda Sissons was Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology from 2000 to 2015, and spent the past four years leading education and training bodies in the Primary Sector – Taratahi Agricultural College (2015-2016) and the Primary Industry Training Organization (2016-2019).  Most recently a member of the NZIST Establishment Board, Linda co-led the Board’s workstream on Mobilising the New World which developed advice for the incoming Council and Chief Executive of NZIST.

A Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Linda holds a PhD from London University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.  Her academic background is in open and digital learning, having held senior positions at the Open University UK and the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

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Dr Arthur Chin

Executive Director, Business Development

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Christine Beech

Director Communications

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Brian Trott

Chief Financial Officer

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Gianetta Lapsley

Executive Director, Quality

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Dr Jerry Shearman

Executive Director, Education & Applied Research

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Teina Mataira

Pouarahi/Director Māori and Pasefika Education

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