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Source: New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

The Executive Director of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (the Institute) Establishment Unit will be Murray Strong, says the Institute Establishment Board Chair, Barry Jordan.

The appointment is part of the Reform of Vocational Education, announced by Hon. Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Education, on 1 August 2019.

“Murray’s appointment as Executive Director is an interim appointment, running until 31 March 2020. His appointment is effective immediately. There will be a search process in coming months for the permanent Chief Executive,” says Barry Jordan.

“Murray brings enormous experience to the role which the Establishment Board will draw upon. He is currently Crown Commissioner at Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec), Crown Manager at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), and Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). He will continue in his Unitec and TPP roles, but stand aside as Chair of NZQA, for the duration of this appointment.

“Over the next few weeks, Murray will look to appoint staff to key roles in the Establishment Unit as we continue to work towards the April 2020 target date to form the new Institute.”


Murray is an independent Chairman and professional director, and a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand. He currently holds governance and advisory roles in the infrastructure sector and is Chairman of the Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin.

Murray has held a variety of Crown appointed senior roles over the last 15 years, including Crown Commissioner and Crown Manager roles in the institutes of technology and polytechnics sector, and has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors.