The TSB Community Trust’s new Business Operations Manager Glen West has spent nearly 15 years in the education sector and before that was ensconced in the hospitality world, where he first honed his management and people skills.
“I could quite quickly see there was a change management piece involved and that excites me,” he says of his newly created role at TSB Community Trust. “And with vast experience in the education sector change happens every year. I enjoy change management and taking people on the journey with me.”
The 40-year-old started at WITT in 2004, as head of the hospitality department. He swiftly rose to become Faculty Leader from 2006 to 2010, and in those years managed half of WITT’s academic programmes.
From 2010 to 2016, he was an Executive Director running the international portfolio, while also running WITT subsidiary training organisation, the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology.
He had a short stint as GM of Wood Group Training before starting the role at the TSB Community Trust in January this year.
“They have got great strategic direction, and the community investment and funding framework that covers impact investing, innovative and strategic philanthropy and community funding is a testament to their regional commitment. I am excited about adding real value to the strategy and bringing my business acumen to the Trust," Glen says.
Outside work, Glen is married to Tetsu Garnett, who manages the Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival. They have two children, Oscar, 11, and Chilli, nearly 10.
“We have quite a cracking social life with a good group of friends. That keeps me and my family quite busy.”