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Strategic Leadership & Vision

UUNZ’s leadership and vision

Industry Meeting-Crop

UUNZ is committed to “Educating Aspiring Minds”, We aim to achieve our vision by constantly developing the academic & research culture at our institute, whilst adopting an inspirational and innovative approach, and maintaining financial and environmental responsibility.

Our mission is to continue delivering quality education for the wider benefit of the economic and international education development of New Zealand. We remain fully committed and supportive to all our students and stakeholders.

UUNZ is led by the CEO and founder, Dr Jinming Chen.

UUNZ Governance Board

  • Juanita Helg (Chair)
  • Dr David Lawson (USQ Liaison)
  • Dr John Hinchcliff
  • Rex Morgan
  • Cathy Zhang

Executive Advisers:

  • Martin Gray
  • Dr George Benwell (Executive Advisor)
  • Dr Nora Yao (Leadership)
  • Sam Chan (Finance)
  • Dr Colin Knox (Management)

Our CEO & Governance Board

Jinming Chen



Dr Jinming (Jimmy) Chen has trained and worked as a Clinical Cardiology Fellow and Cardiologist in both China and Australia. He has spent nearly thirty years in the practice of medicine and retains a contract with two Chinese Medical Universities as Senior Consultant Cardiologist. Dr Chen has a comprehensive knowledge of the education systems in both the Peoples Republic of China and New Zealand and has fostered close links with education leaders in Asia particularly in the Peoples Republic of China. In addition to his clinical and educational roles he is President of the New Zealand Henanese Association, CEO of the New Zealand Health Foundation for Asian and Ethnic Communities, an overseas member of the Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, a member of the Overseas Advisory Committee of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the PRC and Deputy Chair of the Overseas Exchange Associations of both Heilongjiang and Henan Provinces of the PRC.

Martin Gray

Co-Chair of Governance Board / Executive Director and shareholder in Armillary

Member of Institute of Directors

Martin is an Executive Director and shareholder in Armillary Private Capital’s Auckland office, a director of Airwork Holdings, an independent director of Spectrum Consulting and founder and majority owner of a nutraceuticals distribution company. Martin has over 25 years of governance and corporate finance experience in Asia, New Zealand and Europe. As founder and director of a Hong Kong based advisory company Martin facilitated many China/New Zealand ventures, with a particular focus on assisting NZ companies to expand in the Greater China region.



Co-Chair of Governance Board / Former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Australia

David is also the Deputy Chair (Deputy Chancellor) on the Board of Northrise University in Zambia and consults to other tertiary education providers in Australia and overseas.



Former Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology

John Hinchcliff taught philosophy, was a university chaplain, head of Humanities at RMIT in Melbourne, and CEO of ATI, AIT and AUT University, an Auckland City Councillor and president of the Auckland Rotary Club. He earned a Masters and a PhD degree in philosophy and received the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

George L Benwell

Distinguished Fellow, Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS)

Member of Institute of Directors

George Benwell was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) and Dean of the Otago Business School at the University of Otago from January 2007 to December 2016. After working as a surveyor, consultant and University of Melbourne academic, Professor Benwell joined the Information Science department at the University of Otago in 1990. He has published more than 250 conference papers, reports, journal articles, book chapters and books during his academic career. He also supervised more than 35 masters and PhD students to completion.



Systems Analyst

In 1987, together with Brian Peace and Paul Grey, he co-founded Peace Software in Auckland, a company specialising in the development of software for the Utility Industry (Gas and Electricity). He was also the founding Chair (2001-2004) of the Auckland University Software Engineering Advisory Board.

Juanita Helg

Director and Owner of Telelink Call Centre

Member of Institute of Directors

Juanita is the Director and Owner of Telelink Call Centre and SAAS based sales company supplying comprehensive and high quality contact centre solutions and Field Sales systems that use cloud based SAAS products to provide real time analytics to both Corporate and Government clients. Juanita is also a Non-Executive Director of EIMS NZ and Dartell Institution, having over 21 years of experience in the Leadership of Teams of which 13 years was in the government sector and is an International Speaker.



Financial Advisor

Sam Chan, is the Principal Partner of the chartered accounting firm S M Chan & Partners Ltd in Auckland. He was elected Chairman of the Auckland Branch-Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand during 1991 & 1992.




Member of Institute of Directors

UUNZ Academic Board

  • Dr Colleen Rigby (Chair)
  • Dr Graeme Sterne (Secretary)
  • Dr Kay Fielden (Staff)

Industry Advisory Council

  • Rex Morgan (Chair)
  • Martin Gray (Finance & Management)
  • Rex Morgan (Business Systems)
  • Faizal Muhammad (IS)
  • Tracy Cao (Banking)