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TEC appoints new DCE Operations and senior manager

TEC appoints new DCE Operations and senior manager

Last updated 7 December 2016
Last updated 12/07/2016

The Tertiary Education Commission has appointed two new senior managers:  Mike Blanchard as our new Deputy Chief Executive Operations (Chief Operating Officer) and Dean Winter as Manager Monitoring and Crown Ownership.

“I’m looking forward to the new thinking, energy and connections these two men will bring,” says Tim Fowler, Chief Executive of the TEC.

“Mike’s going to be focusing strongly on our investment approach programme and Dean will be reshaping our monitoring function."

Mike and Dean are looking forward to meeting a wide range of their key stakeholders from early 2017.

A wealth of experience

Mike Blanchard joins us early in the New Year from Sydney Trains where he is currently Chief Procurement Officer and General Manager, Strategic Procurement. Mike previously worked for Transpower NZ Ltd as Chief Procurement Officer, Group Manager and has held senior executive manager and leadership roles for a number of years. As Managing Director he also grew UK start-up business Teleware NZ Ltd to deliver telecommunications solutions globally.

Mike is a passionate people coach (both in business and personally coaching rugby) with significant experience and knowledge spanning commercial, legal and contract management, governance and risk, and customer service.

Dean Winter takes up his position as Manager Monitoring and Crown Ownership in January. He joins us from Crown Law where he is the Public Prosecutions Manager.

At Crown Law, Dean set up the Public Prosecutions Unit which oversees all public prosecutions by government agencies in line with the new Criminal Procedure Act. Dean is also responsible for increased oversight and management of all Crown prosecutions conducted by the Crown Solicitor network, on behalf of the Solicitor General. 

Dean was Acting Chief Executive and General Manager for the Real Estate Agents Authority, which monitors the activities of 17,000 real estate agents under the Real Estate Agents Act. As well as being a police officer for 14 years, Dean has held a number of senior roles with other government agencies and headed up Trade Me’s monitoring, compliance and Crown relationship functions.