Darryn Melrose

Chief Executive

Darryn was appointed in January 2019 as Chief Executive and has a strong background in the tertiary education sector both in New Zealand and overseas. He was the Chief Executive at Media Design School for five years, and led them to be ranked as the best Graphic Design school in the world in 2016.

He also served as the GM Design for Torrens University in Australia (covering campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Online) and served as a Board member of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and was part of the Art and Design leadership team for Laureate International Universities.

Outside of education, his breadth of experience spans financial services, FMCG, retail, marketing, telecommunications, and digital sectors, and his career achievements are significant. He was the Chief Executive of AIM Proximity and led them to the 2009 ranking as the second best direct/digital marketing agency in the world, and he led the world’s first entry by a bank into the energy and telecommunications retail markets for Lloyds TSB in the United Kingdom.

He was also the creator and leader of GlobalPlus, the triple-alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand and Telecom. Prior to this he was a strategic planner for Lion and commenced his career as a qualified chartered accountant.

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