Nicola Ngarewa has taught in all sectors of education from Early Childhood to Tertiary including in the NZ Prison system. She is currently Principal at Spotswood College and on the Governance Board for the NZ Teachers Council.
She is passionate about disrupting the educational norm through transformative leadership and a focus on global citizenship. In 2013, she received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as a result of transformative work at Tamatea High School. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year for transformative work at Patea Area School, with the school receiving the National UNESCO award for Education - Global Citizenship 2018.
Brian Souness has over 30 years commercial management experience in oil and gas, energy, and engineering related businesses, having held many senior positions for British Gas internationally, before moving to New Zealand in 1998. He has a strong background in business development, business case analysis, strategic planning and delivery of high value services tailored to meet current and future market needs.
In 2000 he helped establish the engineering cluster in Taranaki developing business opportunity and training for the region. He was appointed Chief Executive of Engineering Taranaki Consortium (ETC) with a focus upon business development, new product development, delivering collaborative projects, and health and safety. During this time, he was instrumental in the set-up and development of the Taranaki Health & Safety Forum (BeSafe Taranaki) and is currently on the Board of Trustees. Before joining WITT, he was Business Director (Oil & Gas) for the Beca Group, responsible for New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Brian holds a BA (Hons) degree from Napier University, Edinburgh.