Our Executive Leadership
Dr. Leon FourieChief Executive
Dr. Fourie joined Toi Ohomai in December 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience in tertiary education management both in New Zealand and his native home of South Africa.
Formerly Dr. Fourie held the position of Deputy Chief Executive at Unitec Institute of Technology; he was a member of the senior leadership team at Unitec from 2009 – 2016. Prior to coming to New Zealand, Dr. Fourie held an executive position at Vaal University of Technology in South Africa and a number of senior roles at Tshwane University of Technology.
Dr. Fourie has extensive expertise in framing, leading and implementing institutional strategy and plans. In 2015 he received the Woolf Fisher Trust Scholarship and completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Educational Leadership programme in Boston, USA
Dr. Clarke RaymondExecutive Director: Strategic Projects and Development
Dr. Clarke Raymond has a PhD in neuroscience and worked internationally in the medical research field for 15 years. In 2011, seeking a career change, he returned to New Zealand and took the role of Director of Research at Toi Ohomai legacy provider Waiariki Institute of Technology.
He went on to hold various senior management and executive roles as the Institute transformed into Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, before embarking on the newly created role of Executive Director Strategic Projects and Development in 2020.
Dr. Raymond is a problem solver with highly developed analytical skills and a commitment to continuous improvement. He enjoys creating simplicity and order out of complexity, and applies this to the development, implementation and monitoring of strategy across large organisations. Dr. Raymond gains particular satisfaction from seeing large-scale projects lead to beneficial outcomes for stakeholders.
Anthony RobertsonExecutive Director: Corporate Services
Anthony Robertson has spent the last 17 years working in the financial area of education, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is an innovative leader, a pragmatist and has a strong grasp of what it takes to ensure Toi Ohomai remains financially sustainable.
Mr. Robertson is a chartered accountant with recent roles including Director Corporate Services at Toi Ohomai (then known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic), Chief Financial Officer at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and Vice Principal Corporate Services at Gower College Swansea (UK). He has a passion for sustainability and a reputation as someone who likes to push the boundaries of conservative business intelligence norms.
Patrick BrusExecutive Director: Student and Staff Engagement and Experience
Patrick Brus has more than 20 years of senior management experience building an in-depth understanding of how to develop clear business strategy and shape successful teams. He has spent many years at the ‘top table’ in various companies and has always maintained his passion for education and enabling others.
Mr. Brus has extensive experience in operational and service management roles and has had previous involvement in major change and restructure in public and private sectors. His previous appointments span a multitude of industries and include companies such as Comvita, WINTEC and Fonterra.
Kieran HewitsonExecutive Dean: Academic Excellence and Māori Success
Kieran Hewitson (Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui) is a passionate advocate for providing unhindered education for all learners, a passion which has kept her within the sector for more than 20 years.
During her extensive career, Ms Hewitson has held positions with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (Associate Kaihautū – Marautanga (Curriculum) and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (Director Education & Māori Development). She is a board member of Para Kore Marae as well as a member of the NZQA Te Hono o te Kahurangi Advisory Group.