Chair of Ako Aotearoa Board will be much missed
Bryan Gould (pictured right) has had a very distinguished career in many fields. Starting with a Rhodes Scholarship at Balliol College, a degree in Law with first-class honours, the British Diplomatic Service and a tutorial Fellowship in Law at Worcester College, Oxford. This was then followed by a move into politics as Labour MP for Southampton and later Dagenham, these terms bisected by a period as a television journalist. His move back to academia came through his return to New Zealand as Vice-Chancellor at The University of Waikato.
This career experience, combined with his consummate personal skills as orator, humanitarian and visionary, have been the base from which he has led the design, establishment and implementation of our organisation. Ako Aotearoa now stands as an internationally recognised and acclaimed example of a national organisation vested with the goal of supporting excellence in tertiary teaching.
It is Bryan’s vision, his leadership and his passion that has made the work of Ako Aotearoa possible. There have been many challenges for the staff and management of the Centre over the past decade. Bryan has provided the stability of vision, the clarity of purpose and he has maintained the strong focus on students, teachers and teaching excellence through these times.
We wish Bryan all the very best for his retirement and endeavour to continue his work.