Waiariki appoints British professor as new chief
The Waiariki Institute of Technology has appointed British educationalist Professor Margaret Noble as its new chief executive.
She will take up her position on October 1.
Her appointment follows a national and international recruitment drive following the departure of Pim Borren to Australia late last year.
Prof Noble has secured funding for and managed a number of large-scale collaborative projects in the tertiary sector, in Britain and internationally.
She has spent more than 20 years in senior educational management roles and will come to Rotorua following three years as principal and chief executive of University College Plymouth St Mark and St John.
Prof Noble was previously pro vice-chancellor of the University of Greenwich following roles at a range of other British universities and polytechnics.
Her research interests include widening participation, workbased learning and partnership and collaboration.
Institute chairman Graeme Nahkies said the council’s objectives in appointing Prof Noble were to achieve improved educational outcomes – particularly for Maori, more effective delivery of curriculum, improved learning pathways and diversifying income.
‘‘Margaret has an outstanding record in building partnerships with other providers, in widening the educational participation of disadvantaged groups and ethnic minorities and working with employees,’’ he said.
‘‘Her extensive experience in growing international revenue sources was also very attractive to us.’’
Prof Noble gained a BA (Hons) in Geography and History from the University of Wales and went on to complete a PhD in Geography at the University of Hull.
APPOINTED: Professor Margaret Noble.