New CISNOC secretary general

Wednesday May 23, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
New CISNOC secretary general Owen Lewis. 18052211 New CISNOC secretary general Owen Lewis. 18052211

Owen Lewis has been appointed the new secretary general of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC).

Lewis, the manager of the gold medal-winning 3x3 women’s basketball team from the Pacific Mini Games 2017, will take on the top post, which was vacated in February this year.

In a letter to the national federations yesterday, CISNOC president Hugh Graham said the position was advertised over a period of a month and they received a total of nine applications. Three of the applicants were females, he said.

The CISNOC board went through all nine applications and shortlisted two applicants. An interview panel was established consisting of three board members and a member outside of CISNOC.

“The panel paid special attention to the issues that arose out of the investigation into the former secretary general, which highlighted CISNOC’s lack of process, accountability and transparency, the need to review the constitution, and develop a strategic plan that clearly outlines CISNOC’s role and objectives, as well as develop and/or finalise necessary policies to ensure proper process and good governance is followed in future,” Graham said in the letter.

“The panel then concluded, based on one interviewee’s qualifications, background and experience, that he (Lewis) would be instrumental to CISNOC in achieving the above.”

The recommendation to the CISNOC board was endorsed and approved, Graham added.

“I am pleased to announce that Mr Owen Lewis has been offered the position of CISNOC secretary general, which he has accepted.”

Lewis is currently the human resources manager at the Public Service of the Cook Islands, which has a staff of 1900 fulltime employees and 600 part-time employees.

Graham said the Mangaia-born Lewis had recently tendered his resignation from this position.

“He was a member of the Budget Support Group that advised the Cook Islands Minister of Finance in the compilation of the 2017/18 Cook Islands Budget,” Graham said in the letter.

“He was also appointed as the inaugural director of the National Training Institute of the Cook Islands (CITTI) and in the process registered them with international accrediting agencies in New Zealand (NZQA) and England (London City & Guilds). He also initiated the first Cook Islands-based apprenticeship scheme.

“During his years in New Zealand, Lewis developed a small, mandated indigenous health and education provider into the largest health, social service and education/training service provider in the Far North of New Zealand, as well as developing the health and education/training service delivery of a national provider of disability services and managed operations in the northern region of New Zealand (Rotorua to Cape Reinga).”

Lewis also developed and managed three privately owned early childhood centres on the campuses of a prominent tertiary education establishment in New Zealand, Graham said.

“He revived an ailing private training establishment and led them successfully through a full audit with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority that resulted in the reinstatement of their registration and accreditation.

“He has guided many and varied organisations through change and development with significant success and positive outcomes for staff and the organisations.

“He successfully managed and led organisations across health, social service, education and training sectors, and in the process gained insight and a thorough understanding of each sector, the people they serve and the key attributes required for success.”

Lewis has also provided human resource management and development services for many and varied organisations, and developed policy and quality management systems for organisations across health, education and social service sectors.

“Owen has over 25 years of leadership and senior management experience in education, training and social services, including more than 15 years’ experience in governance working on boards and with boards.”

He has a Bachelor of Science, a Masters in Business Administration, a Diploma in Teaching, Coaching New Zealand Level 2 Coaching Certificate, New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical) and is completing a Masters of Sport Administration.

“We anticipate Owen officially starting in this new role within a few weeks,” Graham said.

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