Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team (SMT), made up of the Chief Executive, the three Deputy Chief Executives, and the Chief Advisor Māori, is responsible for:

  • the performance of the organisation and the outcomes it achieves
  • providing advice on the Government's tertiary education priorities. 
Chief Executive, Tim Fowler

Tim FowlerMr Tim Fowler is Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission, a position he has held since April 2013. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Tim has held management positions in Australia and New Zealand in both the private and university sectors after starting his career in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Tim has an Honours Degree from Victoria University, a Masters from the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii, and executive education from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He has experience and interest in the fields of change management, business re-engineering and strategy.

Deidre Marshall, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Operations

Deirdre joined TEC in March 2016 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer and is currently acting as Deputy Chief Executive Operations.  In this role, she leads our Operations Directorate, which encompasses all of our tertiary education sector-facing activities, including investing, monitoring and relationship management. 
After 10 years as a litigation lawyer, Deirdre worked at the Ministry of Justice for a number of years. During this time she led a large organisational change project and spent three years as the National Operations Manager for the District Courts of New Zealand. She has expertise in leadership, operational delivery, improving organisational performance, change management and relationship management.

John Soulis, Deputy Chief Executive Finance

John recently joined us from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), where he was the Manager of the Strategic Finance team and Capital Portfolio Office for three years. He developed MBIE's first Strategic Financial Plan, from which a six-year forecast of the Ministry's financial position was developed.

As our Deputy Chief Executive Finance, John has oversight of our audit functions, including external auditing of tertiary education organisations. He also coordinates and manages our organisational performance and reporting, our accountability documents including our Statement of Intent, and project management at TEC.

A CA qualified accountant, John has 25 years' experience in financial services, banking and telecommunications. John is a passionate football supporter, especially when it comes to his favourite team "Manchester United".

Brendan Kelly, Deputy Chief Executive Information

Brendan KellyBrendan was the ICT Program Manager for the Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment Project in Melbourne where he was responsible for all IT and communications systems being implemented as part of the $447.5 million development of a new 600 bed hospital at Box Hill. Previously, he was Director IT Architecture at the $1.2 billion New Royal Children’s Hospital project in Melbourne. Prior to moving to Australia from New Zealand in late 2009, Brendan was Chief Advisor Health Information Strategy and Policy at the Ministry of Health, before which he was Program Architect for the E-government Program run by the State Services Commission.

Paula Collins, Deputy Chief Executive Careers Transition

Paula collinsPaula is of Ngā Rauru and Ngāti Ruanui whakapapa, and is a whāngai of Ngāti Toa Rangatira. 

Paula began her career in organisational development and spent several years helping private training establishments to develop their business. Her move into strategic planning and operational management in ICT set her up to lead key government policy work programmes in broadcasting and she was a chair of the whole-of-government Māori Language Strategy group. 

Paula spent 10 years as a consultant for private and public organisations – the most interesting work was heading key NZ Inc initiatives during Rugby World Cup 2011. She is a Board member of a Māori social service provider, holds a Victoria University Master of Communications and Information Technology degree, and is a Māori language speaker.

  • Last changed: 5 October 2016
  • Last verified: 5 October 2016