Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington appoints their new COO

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university. 

The senior leadership team engaged Tribe Leadership's David Hammond on the searching for an outstanding Chief Operating Officer (COO) to inspire a team of around 400 professionals to deliver core essential services with a focus on student support and success. 

We are delighted to share that Tina Wakefield has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer for Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. An experienced Executive Leader and Coach with experience spanning strategic planning, information technology management, corporate services & operations (HR, Finance, Commercial,
Property, Data, Information, Digital, Health, Safety and Security) and portfolio management and implementation, there is no doubt on what on the value Tina will bring to the University.

"I found the candidate experience from Tribe Leadership very good. The team was very responsive and I felt informed throughout the process. Communication was excellent. Probity checks were very thorough. I always knew where I was in the process and they were very clear on the stages of process. A great experience.”  Tina Wakefield,  Te Herenga Waka- Victoria University of Wellington, COO. 


As our second appointment for the senior leadership team at Te Herenga Waka, we spoke to Chief People Officer Mark Daldorf on his experience:  

“The University engaged Tribe to conduct a search process for a new COO. This is a large and diverse role that required a particular focus given its place in the senior leadership team. The Tribe team from the get-go where insightful, responsive and very much in tune with our needs. Their market mapping was comprehensive across both the private and public sector and their level is responsiveness was first class. We typically run quite complex selection and engagement processes with candidates and Tribe facilitated these very well. This was the second assignment Tribe has had with us and was of the same high standard as the previous one.  They are a great team to work with.”

If you are looking to hire your next executive appointment, reach out to David Hammond and the team here at Tribe Leadership, Executive Search


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