Our Team

Paul Hollings – General Manager 

Completing his apprenticeship while serving in the New Zealand Army, Paul is originally and electrician with over 20 years’ experience. Paul also has a further 20 years’ experience in Vocational Education and Training. Paul was until recently the Technology Park (TechPark) Campus General Manager at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and had worked in senior roles at MIT for over 5 years. Prior to this Paul spent 15 years at the Skills Organisation (previously ETITO) in a number of different roles including Regional Training Manager, Head of Specialist Trades and Head of Strategic Engagement. He holds a Diploma in Management from the New Zealand Institute of Management, and has previously served as a member of the New Zealand Board of Engineering Diplomas, and on the Board of the Construction and Infrastructure CoVE (ConCoVE). Paul is also a member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand.

Doug Neilson – Portfolio Manager

Following a 20-year career in the RNZAF (including time as a trade training instructor) Doug combined work as a business consultant with a part-time lecturing role at Otago Polytechnic for eight years.  He then held a range of senior management positions – CIO, Programme Manager, Change Manager, Information Strategist – in the public service in Wellington before relocating to Napier where he again worked as a business consultant, this time alongside part-time lecturing at EIT.   Doug is now combining programme management experience with his knowledge of course design and delivery to help the Food and Fibre Sector achieve its vocational excellence targets.

Nicola Yuile – Cove Operations & Administration Coordinator 

Nicola is the Operations and Administration Coordinator for the Food and Fibre CoVE. Born and raised in the Waikato, on completion of school she spent some time in the Royal New Zealand Navy. After raising three children she then moved onto a broad range of customer facing roles, including six years in the travel industry. She has moved into her role at CoVE after a secondment from EIT where she was the Programme Secretary at the English Language Centre. Nicola is looking forward to helping CoVE stakeholders with enquiries and extending her knowledge of the Primary Sector.