He mihi nui rawa I runga I nga ahuatanga o te wa

Donovan’s appointment to the role of Chief Executive in October 2021 marked a significant milestone in the establishment of the Workforce Development Council.

During the last 18 months through Donovan’s leadership, we were able to build meaningful relationships across the health and education sectors, particularly with Māori and Pacifica communities.

Donovan said: “I’m pleased with what we built, a sound platform to understand the complex workforce development needs in our communities, a big mihi to the team who worked hard to build and promote Toitū te Waiora across sectors”.

Donovan has decided to resign from his position as CEO and focus on his passion for governance and new opportunities. Donovan said: “I’m leaving with more skills and experience than I came in with, working within the public sector has been both rewarding and challenging at times. I am grateful for the opportunity”.

“As my waka turns, I want to acknowledge and mihi to all those who supported me and my leadership,” said Donovan.

Donovan’s contribution over the last 18 months is acknowledged and appreciated by the Board. David Waters, Co-chair of Toitū te Waiora, said: “Donovan hit the ground running and made an immediate impact to meet workforce development needs”. We wish Donovan well in the future.