Craig Musson - Chair

Craig Musson is the Managing Director of the National Trade Academy Ltd, a Land Based Training Provider established in 2000. The academy covers all four primary industry sectors and has a diverse range of government funding but has also diversified its training provision and has been involved in international education since 2006.

Craig was involved in the pilot for the new Primary Sector Training Visa” between Chile and NZ for Vocational Training and is currently working with the current board and Government agencies to have this visa extended to other vocations for Level 2 to 4 for the future.

Craig has been a Board Member of ITENZ for 6 years and enjoys representing members on a range of issues and representing members in the South Island. He believes that he has experience to offer and has the motivation, commitment and enthusiasm to represent our membership.

Craig is a member of the Latin America NZ Business Council with the objective of promoting business relationships in Latin America and is a member of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce.

As NTA have a diverse range of funding he is able to assist with lobbying with Senior Government officials, at all levels from Youth Guarantee, SAC L1 and 2 and SAC Level 3+ as well as with Trades Academies and Export Education.

Craig is also active in providing advice and sharing information with providers with an interest in Export Education.

There are many changes in our sector and we need to maintain a vigilance to ensure that we understand the changes and lobby for improvements for our sector.

Andrea McCartney

Andrea is the Owner and Executive Director of Valley Education and Training Enterprises (Vetel) a Hauraki-Coromandel based independent tertiary institution. She has been involved in tertiary education since 1993 both in the public and private arenas, so understands the cyclical nature of our business.

Andrea has met many members of ITENZ over the years at events and conferences.  She attempts to remain positive no matter what challenges we face and seek solutions to meet the sector’s needs to stay competitive and relevant.

Vetel delivers levels 1-4 programmes through a range of funding provisions; Youth Guarantee, SAC L1/L2 Competitive and SAC L3+ Competitive. Andrea believes her strengths lie in the foundation sector where she would like to see more opportunities and discussions held around making our programmes more accessible for learners whilst maintaining high standards.  She understands the difficultly that smaller owner/operator providers face and would like to represent and assist them with making ‘our world’ that little bit easier.

This role requires superb people management and great communication skills.  Andrea holds detailed knowledge of current education legislation along with academic and administrative governance. She has great skills in reporting frameworks such as the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Tertiary Education Commission and Ministry of Social Development, along with relevant commercial and administrative legislation.

Andrea leads the strategic development of the firm on matters such as business development, business improvement and strengthening customer relationships. She has been instrumental in growing the business from one programme with 12 learners to nine programmes with over 150 learners and subsequent infrastructure and staffing requirements.

Andrea Ross - Deputy Chair


Andrea Ross is the Managing Director of People Potential Ltd.  Andrea holds a Bachelor of Applied Management majoring in Transformational Change and is passionate about managing a team who share her goal of empowering students with education and giving them opportunities everyone should be entitled to.

This year People Potential celebrates 25 years in operation and is a category one provider. People Potential is funded to provide Foundation Training, Youth Guarantees, SAC level 1-6 and holds the contract to Run Youth Service in Whangarei and Dargaville.

People Potential’s head office is in Whangarei but has branches in Kaikohe, Dargaville, Papakura and Hamilton. People Potential runs courses in Adult Education and Training, Business Administration and Management, Early Childhood, Forces and Security, Hospitality and Tourism, IT and Computing , NCEA and Foundation Skills. People Potential also hold the contract for Youth Service in Whangarei and Dargaville.

Andrea is married to Kevin and has two grown up children Shaan and Hannah. All four of them work for People Potential.

Skills Andrea brings to ITENZ include:

• Enthusiasm and passion for education in New Zealand.
• 25 years’ experience working for a People Potential (Category One Provider)
• Past experience as a Board Member of ITENZ
• Industries People Potential train in are – Adult Education & Training, Business administration & Management, Early Childhood, Forces & Security, Hospitality & Tourism. IT & Computing, NCEA and Foundation Skills.
• Solution oriented, pragmatic and practical approach
• Relationship building
• Support of a diverse team
• Key Interests – Foundation Skills, Youth Guarantee, SAC level 1-6, Youth Service

Alex McKegg

Alex is the Academic Manager (and at times Acting-General Manager) for Edvance Workplace Training. Edvance specialises in delivering workplace literacy and numeracy education. Edvance also delivers foundation skills training in the community utilising Intensive Literacy and Numeracy and ACE funding.

Alex’s prior roles have included those as an Academic Director and as an independent contractor supporting PTE, Wananga and ITPs to build quality systems. This drew on her experience as a Lead Evaluator and Consistency Reviewer for NZQA.

Prior to working with NZQA Alex held a number of leadership and development roles in foundation studies and literacy and numeracy training with the Tertiary Education Commission and Unitec. Alex has been a member of the ITENZ Academic Managers’ forum, Foundation and Bridging Educators NZ (FABENZ) and the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA).

Alex is passionate about making education accessible, relevant and engaging for all learners. Alex is married to Mark and has three grown sons.

Jenny Jenkins

Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Jenny has always had a keen interest in the hospitality industry which she formalised by successfully graduating with a Higher National Diploma in Catering and Hotel keeping from Napier University Edinburgh. Her varied career in hospitality eventually led her into education some thirty years ago. She has been the General Manager for Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand (LCBNZ) for the past 9 years.

LCBNZ is an international Culinary Arts school in Wellington offering both vocational and higher education programmes. Graduating from Massey University with an MBA in 1997, she firmly believes in life- long learning and is passionate about using her business and networking skills to support private training establishments to prosper.

Jenny was Chair and Director of the Australian Association of Hotels Schools (AAHS) for five of the seven years she spent working in the private hospitality education sector in Sydney. She returned to New Zealand to enable her to be an active participant in the life of her young grandchildren. Jenny also sits on the Board of Toast Martinborough, the Board of Le Cordon Bleu Australia and the Restaurant Association Education Trust. Her passion for education and her support of international student participation here in New Zealand places her in a strong position to effectively represent the interests and concerns of ITENZ members.

Patrick Rennell - Treasurer

Patrick has been involved with the tertiary education sector for over 20 years in New Zealand, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Starting career as tutor and lecturer at Massey University and WelTec he has also held management positions within business schools in Australian College of Kuwait and Bahrain Polytechnic.

He is the Chief Executive of the Horowhenua Learning Centre Trust.  A charitable trust PTE with a focus on youth social services, foundation & vocational education, and employment support. HLC/LTTM is based in Levin with satellites campuses in Palmerston North, Kapiti and the Wairarapa and delivers programmes through literacy & numeracy, Youth Guarantee, SAC 1-2, and SAC 3+ funding. Through its social services and employment operations the Trust also contracts to the Ministries of Education, Social Development, Health, Youth Development and Pacific Peoples.


Patrick has a wealth of experience in education management and academic governance. He is the Chair of the Education Horowhenua, a Horowhenua District Council (HDC) education sector steering group, a member of the HDC Community Wellbeing Committee and the Kapiti District Council Education Hub Committee.


He is a strong advocate for the PTEs and the value they bring to the education sector in New Zealand.

Nadia Tu’itahi

Nadia began her career as an occupational therapist, working in New Zealand and Australia. She spent 18 months contracting as an Employment Relations consultant. She has worked in executive leadership positions in the tertiary & vocational sector in New Zealand since 2008, working in PTEs, with 3 years at polytechnic. Nadia has a knack for understanding government compliance requirements and systematically operationalising this within businesses as BAU.

She is currently General Manager Academic Operations at the Electrical Training Company, who train more than 60% of the electrical apprentices in New Zealand. She is also a member of Australia NZ Electrotechnology Training Alliance (ATENZA), working with counterparts to improve training delivery and employment for apprentices. She regularly sits on advisory group panels for NZQA and TEC to advocate for the sector.

Nadia holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) and is currently studying an MBA with AUT. She has completed the Strategic Leadership Programme with the Institute of Strategic Leadership and is an active member of the Weave CEO groups.

Skills Nadia brings to ITENZ:

• Passion for vocational education
• Advocacy for the sector
• Leadership and strategic focus
• Commercial acumen

Wayne Dyer – Chief Executive

Wayne has been involved with tertiary and international education for 30 years. He started as an English language teacher working in Spain, Turkey, the UK, Australia and New Zealand and over the years had roles as a teacher, teacher trainer, course book writer, Director of Studies, and Principal.

His experience includes both public and private sector and, in addition to working in PTEs, he has held management positions at RMIT university in Australia and Unitec in Auckland.

His extensive experience in working with providers includes working with PTEs, workplace trainers, ITPs and ITOs to develop teaching skills, working with NZQA as an external EER evaluator, and participating in sector-wide working parties and governance groups. He has worked closely with government agencies, both as a provider and as a sector representative.

Wayne brings broad leadership, strategic management, and governance experience, including that gained most recently as Group Principal of ICL Education Group and Chair of English New Zealand, the peak body representing the English language sector.

He has a strong interest in individual, organisational and sector development and works to build strong and trusted relationships with stakeholders and partners and to achieve quality outcomes.

Wayne lives in Auckland.