HUNTER students at TAFE NSW campuses will soon be learning under the organisation's third managing director in nine months, after the current head Caralee McLiesh resigned.
Dr McLiesh sent an email to staff on Tuesday explaining she was taking up a new post as New Zealand Treasury secretary and chief executive.
She was previously employed in several roles at the NSW Treasury roles from 2008 to 2018.
Dr McLiesh joined TAFE NSW after the resignation of Jon Black last September. She will depart in July and start her new five-year role on September 16, replacing Gabriel Makhlouf.
"This is a particularly bittersweet moment for me given there is still so much more that I wanted to deliver for the customers and team of TAFE NSW," she wrote in the email.
"However for various reasons this is the right decision for me and my family at this time in our lives."
Dr McLiesh said while she was excited and honoured to be selected for the new role, "I am genuinely sad to be leaving TAFE NSW earlier than I originally planned".
"I want to assure you that this change will not affect the implementation of our TAFE NSW strategy.
"In fact, just last week I spent a day with the Executive Leadership Team [ELT] laying the groundwork for an annual business plan.
"The work will stand TAFE NSW in good stead to deliver on important aspects of the strategy over the next 12 months.
"Our Minister is committed to continuing our important One TAFE modernisation reforms and our ELT is clear on our priorities and delivering on our plans."
Dr McLiesh said the Education Secretary Mark Scott would lead a recruitment process for her replacement.
Kerry Ponton will act in the role between July and when a new managing director is appointed.