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

  • Business and Management
  • Legal Studies
  • Real Estate
  • Business Administration
  • Level 2 Computing  

Faculty Leader: Peter Richardson

Peter has a long history spanning 16 years with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Toi Ohomai. In 2001 he joined the institution as an economics and marketing teacher on the New Zealand Diploma in Business course, progressing to Group Leader Business Management, and more recently as Head of School Business in Tauranga.
Peter is a passionate teacher, economist and education leader and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Economists and the International Society of Business Education. He has research interests in welfare economics and vocational education pathways.
His qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, and a Masters of Management in Economics.
Peter grew up in the Waikato and played every sport possible. His particular passion was golf, which he continues to enjoy. He also has a passion for music and playing guitar, cooking spicy food, and he loves to spend time with his large family.

Faculty of Community, Wellbeing and Development

  • Aged Care
  • Community Health and Health Care
  • Health and Safety
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Te Reo
  • Tikanga
  • Māori Governance
  • English
  • Foundation and Bridging
  • ACE

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, Nursing and Social Services

  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Nursing and Postgraduate Professional Studies

Faculty Leader: Ruth Barnes 

Ruth’s profile: 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

  • Engineering diplomas
  • Construction Management
  • Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Architectural Technology
  • Computing technologies
  • Art
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Music and Performance
  • Media Studies

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

  • Marine
  • Environment
  • Fishing and Maritime
  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture
  • Vet Nursing and Animal Care
  • Forestry
  • Applied Science

Faculty Leader: Prof. Linton Winder

Linton is an ecologist with interests that span both the primary industries and conservation biology. He is also a passionate advocate for sustainability - so that we can make the world a better place for future generations.
Linton has worked and lived with his family in the UK, Mauritius, Fiji and New Zealand - a place that is now called home.
Linton’s roots are located in rural Dorset in the south west of England, brought up with three brothers who have all worked in conservation. He loves the great outdoors, is a qualified watchmaker and spends much of his spare time restoring old bikes (of the pedalled variety).

Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Personal Services

  • Travel
  • Tourism
  • Cookery
  • Bakery
  • Restaurant Service
  • Hospitality
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty services
  • Retail

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

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Collision Repair
  • Electrical and Engineering trades
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport and Distribution
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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.