The Board of Chisholm Institute today announced the appointment of Dr Richard Ede as its new Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of Ms Maria Peters.

Chairman, Mr Stephen Marks said the Board was pleased to welcome Dr Ede and looked forward to working with him on the next steps in Chisholm’s journey as a premier TAFE Institution.

Dr Ede is currently Chief Executive of Unitec, New Zealand’s largest Institute of Technology, after leading the institution for almost 10 years. 

Prior to his role in New Zealand, Dr Ede had a successful tenure with the Australian Government’s CSIRO. Over nine years he led industry and research initiatives with public and commercial clients and oversaw joint ventures, large staff teams and multi-million dollar budgets. Prior to his career with CSIRO, Dr Ede had a significant period teaching in the tertiary sector.

Dr Ede holds a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Waikato. He is also an alumnus of the London Business School.

“Dr Ede has a passion for education and is a highly experienced and successful CEO. He is recognised as a high-performing and future-focused leader who is equally at home in both academic and business environments,” Mr Marks said. “He will have a critical role in maintaining Chisholm’s sustainability and in leading the Institute into the future.”

Dr Ede said he was honoured to be appointed as the CEO of Chisholm Institute and looked forward to working with staff and the Board.

“I am very excited to be joining Chisholm next year and working with the Board, the Executive Team and staff to build on the great foundations that have been put in place. It is very clear from my discussions with the Board that Chisholm is well placed as one of the leading TAFEs in Australia. Chisholm has great people, and a solid strategic plan that we can use to further increase our contribution to our community, create great learning experiences and employment outcomes for our students, and become a partner of choice for businesses and employers who are looking to develop their workforces to be fit for the future.”

Dr Ede will begin his new role in March 2018.