Tumu, Te Aho Umanga | Senior Leader - Business Support Services

Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands
Connor Phipps

Professional profile

Connor is part of the senior leadership team at Tātai Aho Rau Core Education and leads the Business Services group overseeing a diverse portfolio including finance, human resources, administration, contracts, health and safety and a range of other projects.

He works closely with the Tumu Whakarae (CEO), Senior Leadership Team and Board to determine the organisation’s overall direction and strategy.

Connor is a Chartered Accountant and has over nine years’ experience working in a range of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations including insurance, financial services and education.

He brings a commercial focus and enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to achieve the goals of the organisation and ensure long-term sustainability.

Personal statement

I am particularly passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector. I believe in setting a foundation of financial stability and high quality information to enable the best decisions to be made in maximising the cultural, environmental, and community impact of an organisation. My goal is to work with not-for-profit organisations to assist them to continually innovate, become more efficient and build on their financial sustainability to enable them to make an ongoing positive impact.

Outside of the office, you will find me spending time with my wife and children, making the most of the outdoors, reading a good book or simply enjoying relaxing with family and friends. I also act as a mentor to aspiring young men and women entering university through the First Foundation.