Our Faculties and Faculty Leaders

There are seven faculties at Toi Ohomai, each offering a wide range of subjects that are relevant to their industry, and taught by supportive, passionate tutors.

Faculty of Business, Management, and Legal Studies

Faculty Leader: Jeni Fountain

Jeni has worked in tertiary education since 2010, joining Bay of Plenty Polytechnic as a part-time tutor on the NZDipBus programme as well as teaching some of the courses offered in the legal studies group.
 
Jeni holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Waikato. Her LLB was earned as an adult student and, as an overachiever, whilst earning her degree she had success in Law Student Mooting, Negotiation and Witness Examination competitions, won a Simpson Grierson Summer Clerkship, became the Waikato University Law Student Association President, and the following year, the New Zealand Law Student Association President! 
 
In 2011 Jeni completed her Masters in Laws and began the development and online delivery of the Level 7 Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice in consultation with the Immigration Advisers Authority, Immigration New Zealand, the University of Waikato and the University of Victoria, Melbourne. 
 
Jeni was appointed to the role of Group Leader Legal Studies in 2017, and later Group Manager Legal Studies.
 
Jeni holds a practising certificate as a lawyer, and is completing her Masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Waikato.

When not hard at work or studying, Jeni is mum to daughter Tate; a 20-year-old self-confessed nerd, currently on exchange at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and son Sidney; an 8-year-old ‘sportsman extraordinaire’ who attends primary school in Tauranga.


Faculty of Community Wellbeing and Development

Faculty Leader: Gill Brocas

Gill has worked in the education sector for 30 years and tertiary education for the last 20, having held senior roles at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, and Toi Ohomai.

Gill believes that success in the education system is a human right and her main interest is using education as a tool for community and individual development.

Gill’s role gives her the opportunity to engage with communities all over the rohe including iwi, social service groups, and government agencies.

When not at work and spending time with her family, Gill is a prolific reader. She particularly enjoys post-colonial literature, detective fiction and Victorian fiction and biographies.


Faculty of Education, Health, Nursing, and Social Services

Faculty Leader: Ruth Barnes 

Ruth has an extensive background in education, academic and senior management roles, holding positions at Waiariki Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai since 2000. She’s served on many advisory boards and external review panels, and has extensive experience as a monitor, external moderator and qualification developer.

Ruth is passionate about providing quality education in all sectors and developing and delivering qualifications that ensure work ready graduates that meet the needs of the rohe.

Ruth holds a Masters of Education (1st class hons), PG Dip Tchng, B Ed (Tchng), NZFKU Dip, CTT, and she is an Associate Fellow New Zealand Institute of Management.  Her research interests include quality teaching practice across cultures, professional practice, educational leadership and mentoring.
 
Ruth’s personal interests are traveling, children’s literature, gardening, and visiting family who are now grown and scattered far and wide.


Faculty of Engineering, Creative, Technology, and Infrastructure

Faculty Leader: David Scadden

David has more than 25 years’ experience in the education field, and has been with Waiariki Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai since 2008. He is passionate about student engagement with education, ensuring steady progression and producing work-ready graduates.
 
David holds a number of qualifications, including a Master of Computing (Hons) from Unitec and a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching from CIT, and his experience includes managing a wide group of subjects at Wairarapa Community Polytechnic and as Campus Principal at UCOL Wairarapa.
 
After joining Waiariki David held a number of diverse roles with much of his time spent developing and managing programmes of study that are attractive to international students.
All three of his children have gained qualifications through the institute, with one continuing his culinary studies in Taupō.

Raised in the Wairarapa, David and his family have adapted well to the Rotorua lifestyle. He has a large number of interests outside of work, including a collection of 60’s and 70’s English Fords, loves genealogy, is an avid armchair sports fan and an All Breeds International Cat judge.


Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment

Faculty Leader: Carel Bezuidenhout

Carel joins us from Rotorua’s Scion, a Crown Research Institute, where he was Science Leader, Value Chain Optimisation. Carel led a team concentrating on improving forestry supply chains, assessing improvement opportunities and analysing national and international market forces and opportunities for the New Zealand forestry industry.

With more than 20 years of experience in managing teams and fostering collaborations between commercial, governmental, research and educational organisations, Carel is known for negotiating ‘win-win’ deals between partners with conflicting objectives.
 
In addition to his teaching, mentoring and leadership skills, Carel has been instrumental in landing a large number of external research grants to fund projects both here and in South Africa.


Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality, and Personal Services

Faculty Leader: Bart Vosse

Bart has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, with nearly half of that time spent in education.
 
Originally from Holland, Bart immigrated with his family at the age of nine, staying 8 years before returning to Europe to build his career at exclusive hospitality businesses in several countries.
 
When he returned to New Zealand Bart worked in executive and proprietary positions for several food and beverage operations and managed large scale catering and events across the North Island.
 
Bart holds a Masters in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Management and several hospitality qualifications.

Now settled on a lifestyle block in Kaharoa, Bart loves spending time with his wife, his two children, his pets and livestock.


Faculty of Trades and Logistics

Faculty Leader: Brian Dillon

Brian started off his career by obtaining a carpentry trade qualification through the New Zealand Army, which provided him a wide range of experiences. He spent time travelling and working overseas before beginning a stint of self-employment, and stepped into the world of tertiary teaching in 2000 - a move that he never imagined would turn into two or three careers.
 
Brian is passionate about quality education and continual learning, and says he’s had the privilege of aspiring to deliver that firstly as a tutor, then supporting that delivery as Group Leader, and now as Faculty Leader, a role he’s very excited to be in.
 
Never afraid to practice what he’s preaching, Brian’s appreciated the opportunities for personal development and recently completed his MBA (Distinction) through the University of Waikato.

Outside of work Brian enjoys mountain biking, camping, and chasing small white balls around parks (and occasionally finding them). Brian describes himself as; a former soldier, broken down builder, budding coffee connoisseur, experienced tutor and manager.