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
Keri-Anne TaneExecutive Director: People Engagement and Capability
Keri-Anne Tane (Ngāti Rangiteaorere and Te Rarawa) is a human resources professional with a solid background in capability development. Throughout her career Ms Tane has forged a path as a strongly people-orientated, values based leader.
A Rotorua local, Ms Tane is a passionate communicator and an advocate for the raising of aspirations through education. She has held previous roles as the General Manager People, Culture & Safety at Scion (NZ Forestry Research Institute) and has extensive commercial experience working with the likes of Unilever Australia, Boise Office Solutions (now OfficeMax) and Fletcher Challenge Steel & Wire.
Patrick BrusExecutive Director: Student 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.
Ana MorrisonExecutive Director: Strategic Partnerships and Māori Success
Ana Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Pākehā) has held senior roles throughout New Zealand and London, including as a Solicitor for Russell McVeagh, a Legal Counsel for BMC Software, and as the Contracts Manager for Manaaki Ora Trust.
She holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science degrees from The University of Auckland, and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of Directors’ Mentoring for Diversity programme, and is an Alumni of New Zealand’s Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme and the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme.
Ms Morrison has governance positions across the region, including as a Ministerial Appointee to Lakes District Health Board, trustee on the Te Arawa Partnership Board – Te Tatau o Te Arawa, and is a trustee and former Chair of successful iwi commercial entity Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust. She is also an Advisory Group member for Sprout AgriTech.
Kieran HewitsonExecutive Dean: Academic Development, Innovation and Research
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.
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.