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Meet the Careerforce Senior Leadership Team

Rod Bentham

Rod became Director of the Careerforce business division of Te Pūkenga in September 2022, and has been with Careerforce since May 2018 as its General Manager of Learning Solutions.

Rod brings over two decades of experience in adult education and training to his role at Careerforce. This includes teaching and executive leadership roles within the vocational education sector, and ten years leading national qualifications services at NZQA.

Rod is charged with steering Careerforce through the next stage of its transition into Te Pūkenga, harnessing the collective experience and passion of the Careerforce whānau and as an organisation,  ensuring that the outcomes of its employers and learners continue to be the top priority.

He is well respected both within Careerforce and across the vocational education spectrum, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Bruce Johnson
General Manager Business Services

A former officer in the New Zealand Navy, Bruce knows how to steer a ship through uncertain waters. His strategic expertise and leadership is key to supporting Careerforce achieve its growth goals. Bruce also leads the Information Services, Research and Intelligence, Client Services and Project Office teams.

Denise Williams
General Manager Learning Solutions

Denise joined Careerforce in November 2019 and brings a wealth of experience working in industry training.

She is passionate about creating opportunities to upskill New Zealand’s workforce in ways that best suit learners, employers and industry.  Developing programmes that lead to equitable outcomes for Māori, Pacific peoples, and disabled learners through authentic collaboration and co-design is most important to her. 

Paul Williams
General Manager Marketing, Communications and Insights

Paul joined Careerforce in October 2017, and brings a wealth of experience, including over 25 years working in marketing and communication roles across fast moving consumer goods, telecommunications, media and governmental organisations.

Paul is responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and insights for Careerforce, and is passionate about using all available channels to help bring Careerforce’s purpose to life, enabling the workforce to enhance people’s health & wellbeing.

Stephanie Clark
General Manager Employer Services

Stephanie joined Careerforce in 2016 as Regional Manager Employer Services Northern, and was appointed General Manager Employer Services in January 2022. She gained Industry training experience during her 7 years at the Retail Institute of New Zealand as Business Development Manager, before joining Careerforce.

As General Manager Employer Services,  Stephanie now manages the rapidly expanding national employer services team at Careerforce. She is passionate about building equitable outcomes for traditionally underserved learners, such as Māori, Pacific peoples, and disabled learners, and that appropriate supports are available for learners with literacy and numeracy requirements.