Having worked in the past at EIT, Rebekah Dinwoodie feels on familiar territory as she settles into her new position as head of the School of Business.
Rebekah worked in various roles at EIT over a period of ten years. Originally employed in 2002 as a programme coordinator for equine studies, she was seconded to the academic quality team and later was appointed programme leader in the School of Applied Science.
Leaving to take up the position of Hawke’s Bay manager for an agricultural training centre, she was soon made responsible for all the educator’s regional sites, from Northland to Southland.
She maintained her links with EIT, however, being based on EIT’s Hawke’s Bay campus and also continuing to chair EIT’s animal ethics committee.
Formerly a secondary school teacher, Rebekah lives with her partner and their two daughters on a 4ha block at Bridge Pa. Her interests include running, walking, horses and dogs.
At 36, she agrees she is young to be heading the business school but feels she has always had bold aspirations. She will complete her Master in Management degree this year, and says it is an interesting time to be heading a school of business.
"EIT’s business programmes will be very much affected by the NZQA review of qualifications, which will likely result in a new suite of business qualifications in the school. My responsibilities also include overseeing the business qualifications offered at EIT’s Tairawhiti campus in Gisborne and EIT’s Auckland campus, where all our students are internationals."
While she doesn’t believe in a pre-ordained destiny, Rebekah believes that working towards her goals has taken her to where she wants to be.
"When I left EIT all those years ago, I told staff I would be back," she says with a smile. "I was always hopeful that would be the case."