Whitecliffe Announces Establishment of an Advisory Board

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Whitecliffe Announces Establishment of an Advisory Board

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Advisory Board, the members of which are representative of sectors within New Zealand Education and Creative Industries. The Board has been formed to provide strategic guidance, advice and information to the leadership of Whitecliffe, and more specifically to the President, Michèle Whitecliffe.

Ensuring the delivery of high quality, tertiary arts and design education that is informed by and relevant to the sector and industry, and is sustainable as a both a contemporary learning environment and an effective business, is the central concern and mission of the President and of Whitecliffe.

The Advisory Board will help ensure that Whitecliffe remains true to its mission and can balance effectively, the demands of business, the fostering of a creative educational culture and community and importantly, compliance in regard to the quality of tertiary education provision and outcomes.

The Advisory Board will play a special role during 2017 in establishing the Advisory Board as an effective support to the leadership of the College, and determining how it may best function to achieve its stated purpose.

President Michèle Whitecliffe comments on the importance of the new Advisory Board, “having some precious time with stakeholders in industry is a privilege and what comes out of these discussions, I believe, will help shape the college’s future. In this evolving world of new technologies, it is still important to ensure rudimentary art, design and craft skills continue to be taught.”

We warmly welcome the following members:

Rameka Alexander - Tu’inukuafe is currently leading the design team for a Ministry of Education Kura Kaupapa Maori total immersion school project in the Far North, as well as iwi design engagement for a new tertiary campus in Tauranga. During his time at renown architectural practice Jasmax, he worked on Tuhoe’s landmark tribal headquarters, Te Uru Taumatua and a Best Design Award winning temporary Maori exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. He has also worked on several projects that are utilizing the Te Aranga Maori Design principles in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland.

Jim Davidson is a Senior Advisor in Tertiary Education, Employment and Training. With over thirty years’ experience in the public sector with the Australian Government and the Victorian and South Australian State Governments, Jim works mainly with public sector clients in strategic planning, policy development and analysis, negotiation of inter-governmental agreements and management of large public sector systems and contracts.

Esther Hansen is the Assistant HOD of Art at Pukekohe High School and a secondary school arts educator with twenty-two years’ experience. She was secretary/ organiser for the ANZAAE 2014 art educators conference and has been long-time conference presenter. She is an exhibiting print artist both within NZ and internationally and is a member of the PCANZ Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a passionate facilitator of community art education in printmaking and exhibition curator and has had previous experience as NZQA Examiner in painting, printmaking and scholarships.

Heather Harris is deeply interested in education and the arts and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Auckland Museum, leading building works, gallery renewal, safety and security, ICT and business improvement. She has worked in a range of roles across the private and public sectors, including positions as a diplomat and environmental lawyer, before taking up a series of senior management roles in central and local government, where her work included amalgamation of the eight councils in Auckland and serving as the first General Manager of Resource Consents at the new Auckland Council.

David Melrose is an inventor of bottle design and pasteurization technologies. He holds over 450 Patents globally and is recognized as an expert in his field. He has licensing partnerships with the largest beverage Brands, and bottle manufacturers, in the world. His Industrial Design consultancy “David Melrose Design” maintains secrecy surrounding most of their work, yet have still been recognized with global design awards. Their work reaches into the hands of consumers more than 2 billion times each year. 

Dr. Lloyd Williams has a PHD in music and directed the postgraduate Arts Management programme at Whitecliffe from 2004-2017. He has served on several not-for-profit governance boards including the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Chair of SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music, Parnell Community Trust, The Arts Foundation of New Zealand, of which he is currently Chair of the College of Governors, and the Auckland Town Hall Restoration Advisory Board. In 2006, Lloyd and a small group of arts lovers launched the Arts Channel screened through the Sky Network.


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