Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town to head new national polytechnic

Stephen Town has been named as the inaugural Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (working name). Currently in his final year leading the Auckland Council, Stephen will formally take up his new role on July 6, 2020.

IST Establishment Board Chair, Barry Jordan, said the Board were delighted to have attracted a candidate of Stephen’s high calibre after an extensive search for the right person to lead the creation of the new national Institute, which is due to come into effect on 1 April 2020.

“With more than 25 years as a Chief Executive, including a distinguished career in the local government sector, Stephen has a proven track record of bringing people together through periods of complex change. He has led initiatives to create jobs for long-term unemployed in South Auckland and built enduring relationships with iwi and hapū,” he said.

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