Dr Rick Ede

Senior Consultant - Victorian Office

About Rick

Rick was Chief Executive of New Zealand’s largest public vocational education and training institution, Unitec Institute of Technology for almost 10 years, and more recently CEO of Chisholm Institute in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He led a significant transformation of Unitec encompassing all aspects of its strategy, operations and infrastructure including initiating the creation of one of the largest brownfield new learn-live-work urban developments in Auckland. The core themes of this transformation have been echoed in the strategy behind the newly created Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology).


Prior to his time in vocational education and training, Rick spent 8 years with the CSIRO, in science leadership and business development roles, including three years as GM Client and Partner Relationships, during which time he led the creation of a more connected organisational approach to CSIRO’s relationships with is major industry partners. He also spent 7 years as a University academic, as Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Waikato including a secondment to the New Zealand Forest Research Institute to develop its engineered wood products industrial research team.


In 2019 Rick founded Perspectus Pty Ltd, and commenced consulting work in the vocational education and training, higher education and research management domain, specialising in supporting client needs around strategy & business development, embedding of innovation and building partnerships.


Qualifications / Professional Memberships

Rick has a DPhil in Organic Chemistry from the University of Waikato, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a graduate of the Accelerated Development Programme at London Business School.


Areas of Speciality 

  • Strategy Development 

  • Collaborative Partnership Formation 

  • Business Development 

  • Market Research 

  • Client Research 

  • Business Improvement 

  • Project Management 

Recent Projects