ITx 2020 Programme

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Wednesday 10:00am - 10:55am, CITRENZ (

In May this year the government announced that all six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will be fast-tracked for establishment by a target date of the end of 2020. This panel includes representatives of the "Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology" WDC, ITPNZ and CITRENZ. The goal of this session is to inform the attendees of the progress of the establishment of this WDC and allow for discussion on what the changes mean for vocational education.


Paul Matthews

Chief Executive, IT Professionals NZ

Paul Matthews is Chief executive of IT Professionals New Zealand, a role he has held for the past 11 years. He is a well networked leader, technologist, commentator within the tech sector.

At ITP, Paul leads the team that has transformed the organisation and delivered on a comprehensive programme of projects to improve the delivery of tech in NZ. His team also introduced professional certification to New Zealand (Chartered IT Professional NZ and CTech), accreditation of IT tertiary degrees, the ITx conference and much more.

Prior to this role Paul founded two technology-related companies including establishing and building the largest locally-owned IT company in Dunedin. Paul was originally MD and lead developer before expanding the company with teams focusing on both bespoke software and infrastructure.

He has a technology, management and entrepreneurial business background, supported by a BSc in Computer Science (Otago) and Executive MBA (Auckland).

Hamish Smith

Otago Polytechnic

Hamish Smith is an educator at heart who resides in tropical Dunedin. As Team Leader of the IT Certificate Programmes at Otago Polytechnic, his focus is very much on educational pathways and realising potential within learners. He mixes teaching with supporting the journey and is passionate about building a good future for IT Education in New Zealand.

Mary-Claire Proctor

Head of IT and Business, Weltec and Whitireia

Mary-Claire Proctor is the Head of School of IT and Business at WelTec and Whitireia. She has twenty years’ experience in the tertiary education sector, most recently as Head of Department of Arts, Media and Digital Technology at NMIT.

Mary-Claire has an excellent track record for leading and promoting Information Technology. She is the Immediate Past Chair of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CITRENZ), part of IT Professionals New Zealand, and the national representative body for IT delivery by Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).