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Meet the Careerforce Senior Leadership Team

Jane Wenman
Chief Executive Officer

Jane joined Careerforce in 2016 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in early December 2018. She is a strategic thinker who is capable and accustomed to working in an operational and governance environment and she offers a wide range of experience including finance, human resources and communications.

Her dedication to the sectors Careerforce has within its coverage, is born out of personal experience and her belief that the opportunities Careerforce offers employees, will lead to better outcomes for New Zealand Inc.

Jane’s previous employment with Grant Thornton as a Chartered Accountant brings a network of skills, knowledge and contacts that support her role as a Chief Executive.

Andrew Saunders
General Manager Employer Services

Andrew is an expert in building high-performing teams. For the past eight years he has led the rapid growth and development of Careerforce’s national field team, supporting them to master their relationship management techniques. In his time with Careerforce, Andrew has driven the development of the Shared Plan Initiative, a workforce development plan built with individual organisations and supported by their Regional Advisor. In his spare time, Andrew is a keen cricketer, and captained the Merivale/Papanui Senior Cricket side for 5 years.

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.

Gill Genet
General Manager Business Development

Founding member of the Careerforce 10-Year Club, Gill continues to apply passion and energy to her work, turning aspirations into action into outcomes. Gill leads our business development and sector engagement, and is heavily involved with workforce development across the sectors Careerforce covers. For Gill, it is ultimately about the difference the workforce makes in improving population health and community wellbeing for all New Zealanders.

Matt Matamua
Kaumātua

As Careerforce Cultural Advisor, Matt brings a background in psychopaedic nursing and a long association with the intellectual disability sector to his work at Careerforce. Matt’s iwi affiliation is Muaūpoko and he has been heavily involved in the health and wellbeing sectors in Horowhenua and Manawatu.

Paul Williams
General Manager Marketing and Communications

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 and communications 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.

 

Rod Bentham
General Manager Learning Solutions

Rod brings two decades of experience in adult education and training to his role at Careerforce. This includes teaching and executive leadership roles within the Polytechnic sector, and a leadership role with a standard setting body within NZQA. Rod is focused on ensuring the products and services Careerforce trainees and their employers access for training and assessment, are high quality and assist in their development.