UCOL appoints Linda Sissons as new chief executive

UCOL has appointed a new chief executive.
Linda Sissons has been made UCOLs new chief executive until January 2023. She has been acting in the role since July after Amanda Lynn left the role after just 18 months.

Sissons is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, has 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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UCOL board chaiman Steve Maharey said Sissons was well known in the vocational education sector for her leadership and inspiring contribution.

Having led industry training organisations, private training providers and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic, Dr Sissons brings with her a wealth of insights.

Dr Sissons is also a board anggota of Education New Zealand, and was a anggota of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Establishment Board.

UCOL has campuses in Masterton, Palmerston North, Levin and Whanganui.

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