Dr. Sissons has worked in university and institutes of technology management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She holds a PhD from London University, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Adv
anced Management Program, and is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is also the chairperson of Wellington’s Knowledge Business Committee and a director of both PINZ (Polytechnics International New Zealand Limited) and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute.
As a major donor, New Zealand has a seat on COL’s Board of Governors. New Zealand has now appointed His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith, KNZM, as its representative on the Board. Sir Lockwood is New Zealand’s High Commissioner to the U.K., a former senior minister, including of education, agriculture and trade, and former Speaker of New Zealand’s House of Representatives. Dr. Sissons has previously been New Zealand’s representative on the Board.