Tom Irvine’s Future Auckland Leaders experience
Kia ora koutou! Ngāti Whātua te Iwi, ko Tom Irvine taku ingoa,
I completed the Future Auckland Leaders programme between 20212- 2014 with a diverse cohort of approximately 40 wonderful people.
From the initial noho Marae at Orakei, I knew that it was going to be life changing for me. The people, experiences, and programme content stirred a drive for me to give back to both my close community and through broader Civic engagement.
Highlights of the FAL included the shared aspirations of colleagues Whānau and new friends, the tailored leadership training, management briefings and open access to CEO’s and other senior leaders across Tamaki including Iwi, council, not-for-profit, corporate, and infrastructure giants.
The team legacy projects we worked on together and presentations to the “Dragons Den” ensured we gained an even deeper appreciation of some of the needs of both Tangata and Whenua (People & Place) across Tamaki Makaurau. Also highlighed the difference we can make all make as individuals with a common purpose.
During the years that followed my graduation, I was drawn to and enjoyed a focus on community and civic engagement. Staying involved with CFA through our Alumni Steering Committee. Then in 2018, I was appointed to the CFA board and this important legacy, connections, friendships, provided new learning and leadership opportunities.
Through the change in focus that CFA engendered, my career path took a very positive change in direction. I am very proud of my recent work as Chief Operating Officer at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Whai Maia, contributing to our Whānau aspirations across Social, Cultural and Environmental kaupapa. My current role as Deputy Director Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki provides me the opportunity for ongoing Civic engagement, focussing on people and place.