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Two new Board members for Connexis

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Connexis, the Industry Training Organisation, has recently farewelled two of its longstanding Board members and welcomed two new Directors.

Joining Connexis are Susan Huria who brings with her a strong background in governance roles and governance learning and development, and Brian Steele whose professional experience includes strategy, planning, corporate finance and governance.

Susan is Chairman of Veterinary Enterprises Group and a director of Ngāi Tahu Property and Marsden Maritime Holdings. After a career in a number of corporates in marketing related roles, Susan has spent the past two decades in governance roles in the private and public sector. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and a member of the IoD Auckland Committee.

Susan says, "I was interested to join Connexis after sitting on an appointment panel for another Industry Training Organisation. From that assignment I learnt about the work done with employers and the challenges ahead for the workforce.

"As a Director of Ngāi Tahu Property we work with the civil and construction sector and support Māori trade training initiatives in a small way. We intend to do more and my aim is to understand where I might be able to best contribute."

Brian says he is delighted to join Connexis. "I'm a passionate supporter of education to improve life outcomes, especially where the results of which underpin the core infrastructure of our future. From non-executive learning roles with IoD Limited, Software Education, MUSAC, Kineo Pacific and Long Cloud Youth Theatre, I look forward to sharing experiences."

Brian currently provides business growth advice to niche and multi-national companies. He has experience in established and emerging markets and is a member of the Angel HQ investment community with more than 10 years’ experience in corporate governance from Start-Ups to $100m revenue enterprises.

Susan and Brian will replace outgoing Board members Alister Harlow and Don Tilbrook. After many years of service with Connexis and InfraTrain, Alister Harlow of the NZ Roadmarkers Federation Inc retired from the Board late last year. Don Tilbrook of Brian Perry Civil has also stepped down after his term of service ended in June this year.

Connexis ITO Chair Frances Hague says, "Fresh insights, ideas and knowledge sharing are key to an effective Board and I'm looking forward to the skills and expertise both Susan and Brian bring to the Connexis Board. I am excited about the fresh perspective which Susan and Brian will bring to the Board and look forward to working with them."

"Alister and Don have provided leadership and direction throughout their service and will be missed. Alister was a key member of the team involved in the merger between InfraTrain and the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO), while Don has made a valuable contribution to the Board as a Civil Industry expert. We wish Alister and Don well in their future Board careers."

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