TII Christchurch Branch, adjacent to the Avon River which runs through the city, is right in the CBD area. It is within walking distance to the Christchurch Library, Bus Interchange, a large shopping complex and supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants, cafes and other conveniences. Students are encouraged to explore their new environment in every way.
Ian Town is a physician by training and a passionate educator at heart. He worked at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch from 1990 onwards, becoming Dean in 2002. Throughout his time at Otago he was engaged in innovation within the medical curriculum and as a researcher, he was a mentor to his colleagues and trainees.
In 2005 he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canterbury, a position he held until 2013. In that role he a full oversight of academic curriculum development and quality assurance. He was involved in the decision to become a partner with Navitas to establish the UC International College.
Governance roles have included Chairing the 2018 review of the work of the Committee for University Academic Programmes (CUAP) and he has been Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission’s Performance Based Research Fund 2018 quality evaluation round. He is an experienced Director and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
MBChB, DM, FRACP, CMinstD
Chief Executive Officer
Qaiser Rashid is an expert and senior level tertiary education executive in New Zealand and is well known and respected for his contributions in the tertiary education sector.
Qaiser has successfully owned and managed several Private Training Establishments in New Zealand for the past twenty years. His education career pathway commenced from Tertiary Lecturer to Head of the Department, Dean, Director of Studies, Principal, and Shareholder and Director of medium to large-size private training establishments in New Zealand. Previously, he has a senior level management experience in Quick Service Restaurant, Textiles, and Cigarette industries.
Qaiser has been an Honorary Investment Counsellor for Pakistan in New Zealand from 2013 to 2018. He has played a key role in establishing strategic ties between New Zealand and Pakistan.
His recent role includes leading a large education delivery project of Huadu International in New Zealand. As a CEO, he is responsible for strategy formulation and its implementation to achieve high quality education outcomes at a business level.
Stewart Brougham is the Academic Director at TII. Stewart is well known in the international education sector in New Zealand, having held senior positions within the polytechnic and private sectors, as Principal, International Director and Business Development Director. Stewart has been involved in tertiary education for over 25 years as a lecturer (12 years), Head of Department and Director and served on a number of Executive teams. His areas of interest include International Education, Programme Development, Quality Assurance and teaching pedagogy for the 21st Century.
Stewart is responsible for all academic matters at TII and for leading key Programme Development activities.
Stewart holds qualifications from a number of universities across a range of disciplines including executive leadership (INSEAD, Singapore) and innovation management (Stanford, California). Stewart has served on various regional and national boards including as Chair of Christchurch Educated, has supported degree validation events for OUVS, Stirling University and served on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Lana Based, Advisory Board. Stewart is also an Adjunct Marker and Moderator for Open Polytechnic Business Marketing and Ethics courses.
Stewart brings a wealth of experience and energy to the team at a time when we look forward to developing new programmes and re-enter the international education market.
ESOL Program Leader
Margaret Fowler has enjoyed teaching English to foreign students for 34 years.
During her career she has spent several years working in management as well as teaching students of all levels from beginner to advanced.
She teaches General English at TII and is also the programme leader. She enjoys the interaction with students of various nationalities and she especially likes teaching at Beginner Level. She spends much of her free time with her family and also enjoys going to cafes, cycling and the cinema.
Mark has been teaching English language for more than twenty years. In that time he has worked in a number of language schools teaching all levels of English, from beginner to IELTS.
Most recently Mark has taught at Lincoln University where he worked for 12 years teaching students from Foundations Studies level to those who wanted to study Masters, Honours or Ph.D courses.
He taught research skills at all levels, as well as general English skills during this period of time. He was involved in designing and developing Foundation Studies courses and the English curriculum as well as writing Research programmes and a writing programme for students.
Mark's interests include a passion for writing literature of all forms and he also has an interest in a wide variety of sports. He has played competitive tennis for many years and finds that it is a good way to exercise and keep fit.
Administration and Student Services Assistant Manager
Eleni worked for a large organisation in Samoa as an Administrator for 10 years before migrating to Christchurch in 2015. Initially, Eleni worked for Hellers Meat Processing in Quality Control and for her husbands Arboriculture business. In early 2022, Eleni joined TII as the Administration and Student Services Assistant Manager.
When not at work, Eleni is active within the Samoan Church and looking after her family.
Erin Le Comte
Program Support and Marketing Coordinator
Erin graduated from the University of Otago where she attained a Bachelor of Education Studies endorsed in Drama Education and a Graduate Diploma in Education and Teaching endorsed in Primary Education. She spent time as a Primary School teacher prior to covid and worked as a relief teacher after. Erin works as a Program Support and Marketing Coordinator.
She teaches in the Study Support Centre where she helps support and extend learners and also runs the holiday programmes offered by TII. She enjoys spending her free time playing Dungeons & Dragons, boardgames, and watching Dr Who, Star Wars, and Musical Theatre.
Administration and Industry Training Coordinator
Carolyn has held several administration, supervisory and management roles within the industry. Her experience covers setting up and managing a driving school, supervising a city wide security contract, working for IRD and the Department of Corrections, and as an instructor for St Johns, supporting regional first-aid training. Carolyn brings rich industry and training experience to her new role at TII. holding driving endorsements in classes I and O
Administration & Receptionist
William has work experience in pre-school. He has an interest in supervising and managing children. He also has experience in assistance jobs at various places. He prides himself in assisting others with a positive attitude. He enjoys playing piano in his spare time.
Christchurch, the South Island’s largest urban centre, is characterised by its English heritage and the creativity and innovation of urban regeneration. The picturesque city also serves as a gateway to fun-filled southern adventures, with an international airport and short drive to the sparkling Pacific Ocean or majestic Southern Alps.
Christchurch is a major cosmopolitan cultural hub of New Zealand. There is so much to do and see in the city that you will never run out of exciting activities to experience. At TII Christchurch we pride ourselves on helping you to fit in to the community and giving you experiences which you will remember for life! Music, dance, art and sport are all at your fingertips. Come on in to see us and we will add education to the mix!