Mike Blanchard FCIPS (CS)

Deputy Chief Executive Operations Directorate, New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission


Mike is currently Deputy Chief Executive Operations (COO) for the Tertiary Education Commission in New Zealand. His team delivers the funding, investment and monitoring of providers within the Tertiary Education sector. He is an experienced senior executive manager and leader holding strategic leadership roles with P&L responsibility at an early age. He has substantive experience and knowledge ranging from people, commercial, legal and contract management, governance and risk, engineering, customer services, marketing, project and product management.

He has substantial experience in creation and execution of strategy through change
management and reform, building sustainable and high achieving people centric organisations in engineering, sales, marketing, customer service and procurement and commercial functions.

As an FCIPS, he has a passion and deep understanding of procurement. Mike worked for organisations such as the procurement lead in both Australia and New Zealand driving culture changes through people capability development in a holistic approach. He was a procurement practitioner through his previous roles as CPO of Sydney Trains and Transpower New Zealand and is passionate about people. From the age of 24 he has led teams in various sizes and countries around the world comprising UK, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia and as an IRB Rugby Coach and Executive Business Coach helps individuals meet their goals and aspirations.


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