Roger Stevens says he has mixed emotions about retiring, but recognised some time ago that he needed to draw a line under his working life.
There are some regrets, as I would liked to have had ongoing involvement with ICHM’s new Masters Degree and IT systems.
My role has grown over my time here, as ICHM itself has grown and developed. Above all, I have enjoyed working with the senior executive team in influencing the directions that ICHM has taken’, he says.
Roger started out as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). He has run his own business, a mechanical workshop. Before that, he worked with local government, where he was responsible for overseeing the amalgamation of a number of smaller councils into a single larger entity.
In his retirement Roger plans on putting his early experience to good use, finishing off building an old car. Other benefits are more time to spend with his grandchildren and just enjoying the freedom.
Roger steps down on 13 July.
In the meantime, Natalie Simmons is working at his side in an extended four-month handover, absorbing the role and ICHM’s culture.
For the past 15 years she has been National Manager Corporate Services for medical insurance company MIGA, responsible for Finance, IT, Business Analysis, Projects, Risk and Compliance, Facilities Management. She was previously with FH Faulding & Co and Mobil Oil.
‘ICHM is a really cohesive team of people and collaborative in its approach. It’s gratifying to be part of a student-centred business that has a strong sense of family’, she says.
ICHM’s Chief Executive Gerald Lipman said that Roger had been an important member of the senior management team. ‘Roger played a key role at ICHM, helping us transform from a small marketing and enrolling organisation in Hutt Street to a leading higher education provider with an international reputation. We are grateful for his contribution in many areas. As well as his professional skills, his sense of fairness, his student-first approach, and his humour will be missed. We wish him a long and happy retirement.’