Management and leadership , Te Whakahaere

Massey's senior leadership team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the university.

Our senior leadership team is headed up by the Vice-Chancellor and supported by management.


Appointed by the University Council the Vice-Chancellor takes on a chief executive role in the management of Massey.

Professor Jan Thomas

Professor Jan Thomas

Professor Jan Thomas


Professor Jan Thomas started as Vice-Chancellor of Massey in January 2017. From 2012 Jan served as Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Before that, she held various senior executive positions at Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2003.

She has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. Jan has received numerous awards for her leadership in education.

Jan is the Chair of Universities New Zealand. She is also Chair of the Quality Assurance Council and a member of the University Grants Committee – both based in Hong Kong.


  • Vice-Chancellor's Office
  • Public Affairs and Communications
  • Massey Foundation
  • Governance and Assurance
  • Transformation


Jan on LinkedIn


Responsible for driving the development and implementation of strategies, policies and standards that underpin the delivery of quality research, enterprise and research commercialisation and learning and teaching at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University.

Professor Giselle Byrnes

Professor Giselle Byrnes


Professor Giselle Byrnes is an internationally-recognised historian with senior management experience in universities in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.

Giselle has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal and taught history for a decade at Victoria University of Wellington. At the University of Waikato, she served as Professor of History, Head of Department and Pro Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate. At Charles Darwin University in Australia, she was Pro Vice-Chancellor Law, Education, Business and Arts and Pro Vice-Chancellor Community Engagement. Giselle has undergraduate degrees from the Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato University of Waikato and a PhD from the University of Auckland.

A former Fulbright scholar to Georgetown University, Washington DC, Giselle has served as President of the New Zealand Historical Association and is engaged in a number of sector-wide initiatives focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. She has a deep commitment to advancing access to higher education and is a strong advocate for the critical role played by modern universities in creating social, cultural, and intellectual capital for public benefit and community wellbeing.


  • Office of the Provost
  • Academic Office – Online Learning Environment, Office of Academic Quality Reporting and Assurance, Teaching Academy, Centre for Learner Success, Curriculum Transformation Unit
  • Research Office
  • Enterprise Office
  • Graduate Research School and Ethics
  • Office of Pacific Student Success
  • University Library (all campuses)
  • Massey University Press
  • New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre
  • Riddet Institute Centre of Research Excellence
  • Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence


Phone +64 6 951 6480

More about research, teaching and learning leadership at Massey

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Māori

Responsible for our relationships with local mana whenua, iwi and hapū, and has close links with Māori staff and students. They also play a leading role in supporting the university to honour te Tiriti o Waitangi (one of New Zealand’s founding documents), and in all areas of te ao Māori.

Close-up of Professor Meihana Durie

Professor Meihana Durie

Professor Meihana Durie


Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Porou, Rongo Whakaata, Ngāi Tahu

Professor Meihana Durie is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori at Massey and previously Head of School, Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (School of Māori Knowledge) in the College of Humanities and Social Science.

He has a teaching, research and development background in Māori education, Māori health, mātauranga Māori, te reo Māori and whānau development. Professor Durie is a past recipient of the Health Research Council Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and the Sir Peter Snell Doctoral Scholar Award in Public Health and Exercise Science.

He sits on a range of boards, committees and advisory groups at Massey, and also externally in areas including Māori health and education. Professor Durie carries a number of governance and leadership roles for his iwi of Ngāti Kauwhata and hapū of Tahuriwakanui, also representing Ngāti Kauwhata and Rangitāne across a broad range of kaupapa in education, health and mātauranga.

His work is presently focused on building new pathways for Māori students and staff into Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, strengthening linkages and connections between the university and mana whenua, iwi, and Māori communities, and supporting staff across a range of critical outcome areas contributing to Māori development.

See Meihana's bio on Māori@Massey


  • Office of the DVC Māori
  • Advisory (Māori and Iwi/Hapū Relationships)
  • Te Rau Puawai
  • Te Rau Tauawhi
  • Te Wheke a Toi


Phone +64 6 951 6270

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Students and Global Engagement

Responsible for a range of services that support all students across any stage of their journey at the University, from prospective and current students through to student alumni. They also have oversight of all preparation centres and global learning centres.

Dr Tere McGonagle-Daly

Dr Tere McGonagle-Daly

Dr Tere McGonagle-Daly

DProf (London), OAMLP (Oxford), PGDipMgtSys and BLibs (Waikato)

Ngāti Whakaue ki Maketu, Te Arawa

Dr Tere McGonagle-Daly is a seasoned marketing and international strategist, having held senior positions at universities in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

He has a Professional Doctorate in Business from London South Bank University (UK), completed the Advanced Leadership and Management Programme at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford (UK) and holds both a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Management Systems and Human Resources and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Systems from the University of Waikato (NZ). His research interests focus on global strategy and evaluation, marketing and analytics, and student experience.

He has worked for Study Group International and held Board positions with Massey Global Ltd, Chambers of Commerce, Chartered Management Institute and Business Improvement Districts. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association (JANZSSA). Tere has also spoken at numerous international conferences on branding, student experience, internationalisation, advancement and strategy.

Tere has received national awards in marketing, widening participation, student experience, community PR and fundraising. He has a strong commitment to widening participation – especially for those in social care.


  • Office of the DVC Students and Global Engagement
  • Alumni Relations Office
  • Advisory (Māori, Students, Stakeholders and Partnerships)
  • Global Engagement
  • Global Partnerships (including Massey Global Ltd)
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Massey University College
  • Student Experience
  • Student Registry
  • Te Tumu Whakatipu (Professional and Continuing Education)


Phone +64 9 212 7133

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: University Services

Responsible for all our corporate services, including finance, human resources, information and technology services, and estate management across the three campuses.

Shelly Turner

Shelley Turner

Shelley Turner

BA (Hons), PG Dip Bus Admin, MBS (Dist) in Management

Shelley Turner has extensive experience in senior leadership roles in the state sector, with a proven background in delivery and organisational leadership. Most recently, she was acting Chief Executive and Director of the Civil Aviation Authority and Deputy Chief Executive responsible for all corporate services.

Shelley has held several senior roles in the New Zealand intelligence community, including Deputy Director General and General Manager of Intelligence Community Shared Services. She brings a strong HR background in the State Services Commission, a prior role with the Civil Aviation Authority and a previous role in the intelligence community.


  • Office of the DVC University Services
  • Finance and Strategic Sourcing
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Information Technology Services
  • Estates Management
  • People and Culture
  • Strategy, Enablement and Delivery
  • University Printery


Phone +64 6 951 6080

Pro Vice-Chancellor: College of Creative Arts

Responsible for overseeing the College of Creative Arts.

Professor Margaret Petty, Pro Vice-Chancellor Toi Rauwhārangi, College of Creative Arts

Margaret Maile Petty

Professor Margaret Maile Petty


Professor Margaret Petty has held several senior roles in tertiary education, predominately in Australia. She most recently worked at the University of Technology in Sydney as the Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prior to this, she was the Head of the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology and Victoria University of Wellington.

Her professional leadership experience includes serving on the boards of the World Design Organisation, StartupAUS and Cicada Innovations. She is an ambassador for Good Design Australia and was a founding member of New Zealand’s design advocacy body, DesignCo.

Professor Petty completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History. She then attended Bard Graduate Centre in New York where she completed a MA in Design History. In 2016, she graduated from Victoria University Wellington with a PhD in Design History. 


  • Office of the PVC Creative Arts
  • School of Art Whiti O Rehua
  • School of Design Ngā Pae Māhutonga
  • Toi Aria: Design for Public Good
  • School of Music and Creative Media
  • Production Te Rewa o Puanga

Pro Vice-Chancellor: College of Health

Responsible for overseeing the College of Health.

Professor Jill McCutcheon

Professor Jill McCutcheon

Professor Jill McCutcheon


Professor Jill McCutcheon joined the College of Health with over 25 years of experience in academic administration and leading transformation in learning and teaching. Jill has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Muscle Pathophysiology and a residency in Pathology from Washington State University.

She also holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the role of environmental factors in glucose and insulin regulation during exercise and in metabolic disease.

From her positions at Michigan State University as Director of the International Programs and Resources and Chairperson and Professor at the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Professor McCutcheon was appointed the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Health at Massey University in April 2015.


  • Office for the PVC Health
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition
  • Research Centre for Hauora and Health
  • SHORE Centre
  • Whariki Research Centre


Phone +64 6 951 9082

Pro Vice-Chancellor: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Responsible for overseeing the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Cynthia White

Professor Cynthia White

BA, BA (Hons), DipTESL, PhD

Professor Cynthia White is an internationally-recognised scholar in applied linguistics.

She completed her honours degree in linguistics and her postgraduate qualifications in TESOL (formerly Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Victoria University in Wellington and was appointed a junior lecturer in 1978. She then completed projects funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand and China before joining Massey as a lecturer in 1983.

Professor White's PhD, completed at Massey in 1993, was a comparative study of the strategies used by distance and classroom language learners. She has been an invited plenary speaker at international conferences in the UK, Germany, Hawai’i, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Australia and Taiwan.

In 2004 Professor White received the International TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service to the TESOL profession. Since 2012, she has been an Honorary Research Fellow at Australia’s University of New England. She is also a member of the Marsden Fund and chair of the Marsden Fund Humanities panel.

She has served as a member of the Massey University Council and as Research Director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor White has served as president of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and a member of the international committee for the International Applied Linguistics Association (AILA).


  • Office of the PVC Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Institute of Education
  • School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communications
  • School of People, Environment and Planning
  • School of Psychology
  • Te Pūtahi-a-Toi School of Māori Knowledge


Phone +64 6 951 6565

Pro Vice-Chancellor: College of Sciences

Responsible for overseeing the College of Sciences.

Professor Raymond Geor

Professor Raymond Geor


Professor Raymond Geor is an internationally-recognised veterinary and agricultural science specialist with expertise in equine medicine, nutrition and sport science. He returned to New Zealand from North America to take up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Sciences in 2015.

After graduating from Massey with a Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences in 1983, Professor Geor went on to complete a large animal internship at Murdoch University Veterinary School in Perth, Australia. He then headed to North America to take up a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine, followed by a MA in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Physiology from The Ohio State University.

Professor Geor also has advanced training and board certification in three disciplines administered by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties: large animal internal medicine, nutrition, and equine sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Before moving to Massey, Professor Geor had spent the past 30 years in North America in various academic roles, most recently as the Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, Michigan.


  • Office of the PVC Sciences
  • New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study
  • School of Agriculture and Environment
  • School of Built Environment
  • School Food and Advanced Technology
  • School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Veterinary Science


Phone +64 6 951 7986

Pro Vice-Chancellor: Massey Business School

Responsible for overseeing the Massey Business School.

Professor Jonathan Elms

Professor Jonathan Elms

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Professor Jonathan Elms is the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Massey Business School. Previously he was the Director of Research for the Massey Business School and the Sir Stephen Tindall Chair Professor in Retail Management.

Professor Elms is recognised internationally for his research focusing on sociological and geographical informed approaches to retail markets and marketplace behaviours. Central to his research is an understanding of consumer experience and shopping practices in relation to technology (such as the internet, AI, VR and self-service operations) and retail design (primarily store brands), as well as the changing nature of retail markets and their implications for the choices of different consumer groups (for example, consumers with disabilities, and older shoppers). He is a well-demanded speaker at both national and international forums.

Professor Elms joined Massey in December 2014 after spending seven years at the Institute for Retail Studies (IRS), University of Stirling. At Stirling, Jonathan directed the IRS’ undergraduate retail marketing programmes delivered on campus and in Singapore.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Marketing, Master of Science Management and PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University.


  • Office of the PVC Business
  • Massey Executive Development
  • School of Accountancy
  • School of Aviation
  • School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing
  • School of Economics and Finance
  • School of Management


Phone +64 9 213 6323

Officers of the university

Our Officers are able to authorise decisions for or on behalf of the university.


Michael Ahie

Pro Chancellor

Ben Vanderkolk


Professor Jan Thomas

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students and Global Engagement

Tere McGonagle-Daly

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