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Congratulations to Ray Lind, who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the recent New Year Honours 2022. Ray was CEO at Careerforce from 2011 to 2018.

Ray Lind (Careerforce CEO from 2011 to 2018)

New Year Honours 2022 Citation: Ray’s award is for services to industry training governance.

His Citation reads, “Mr Raymond Lind has had a career in the social sector in corporate management and governance, notably as Chief Executive of Careerforce from 2011 to 2018.

Careerforce is the industry training organisation (ITO) for those working in aged care, mental health, youth work, disability, community support, pest management and cleaning services. Mr Lind influenced more industries in the care sector to join Careerforce, growing the number of individual trainees registering their qualifications with the ITO from 10,455 to 21,110 between 2012 and 2017. He rebuilt relationships with previously alienated stakeholders and transformed the company into an agile and proactive organisation focusing on needs of learners and their employers. Under his leadership, Careerforce has addressed two major challenges driven by rising demand on the health and care sector and pay-parity for aged care. Careerforce developed and initiated the 20-year Kaiāwhina workforce strategy for health and care workers jointly owned with the Ministry of Health, which is seen as an exemplar for how to provide meaningful career pathways for an unregulated workforce. Careerforce also supported pay-equity changes for the aged and disability workforce, supporting thousands of people with older qualifications and past work experience determine their equivalency for pay rises. Mr Lind is a current Board member of the New Zealand Blood Service.”

New Year Honours 2022 – Citations for Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)