John Blakey was the CEO of Competenz until December 2015. He has over 20 years’ experience in vocational education and training.
John has played a pivotal role in the evolution of industry training in New Zealand over the years. Prior to joining Competenz he was the CEO of FITEC, the forestry industry training organisation, for nine years.
He was a two-term Tertiary Education Commission commissioner and Board member, and past Chair of the Industry Training Federation. He has led the industry training policy position on the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission and its successor, the Tertiary Education Commission.
Mike is the General Manager of Page Macrae Engineering, is on the Executive committee of the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), and is also a member of the Geothermal Association.
Mike has over 27 years’ experience in the engineering industry spanning Australia and New Zealand where he has worked on projects which include chemical process, mechanical engineering and implementation of capital projects.
He is a qualified Fitter/Turner and holds his NZCE in Mechanical Engineering.
Fiona Kingsford joined Competenz in 2009 and has been CEO since January 2016. As a member of the Competenz Senior Leadership team, she has held portfolios which cover operations, strategy, innovation, business transformation and Māori and Pasifika development.
Fiona holds an Advanced Diploma in Human Resources and Executive MBA from the University of Auckland. Before joining Competenz, Fiona worked in the media, food manufacturing, emergency services and hospitality sectors.