Malcolm Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 021 322 770

Malcolm joined WorldSkills New Zealand in early 2016. As chief executive Malcolm’s primary goals are to raise the profile of WorldSkills New Zealand, and, in partnership with industry training and trades organisations, build a high-performance environment for young New Zealander’s.

Malcolm is no stranger to the world of high-performance sport having led both Hockey NZ and, for a time, Netball NZ. Malcolm has also enjoyed positions on both the Trans Tasman Netball Board, the America’s Cup Sponsorship Committee, as well as management of a range of sport sponsorships.

Malcolm’s career began with Fisher & Paykel Appliances. In his nearly 30-year career there, initially as a design engineer, Malcolm held a number of senior positions culminating in Chief Operating Officer for Fisher & Paykel New Zealand. Malcolm has also led law firm Meredith Connell as its CEO.

Seeing young New Zealander’s succeed in their chosen vocation is a key driver for Malcolm, and he is looking forward to championing vocational skill development, and excellence, for WorldSkills New Zealand.

Malcolm holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland.


Ash Siddiqui

General Manager – Partnerships and Innovation

Phone: 021 83 0003

Ash is an accomplished digital transformation executive and digital strategy expert.

Ash formally led significant cloud transformations across a number of well-known enterprise Kiwi brands and held government portfolios and continues to do so in his current portfolios across the Cloud and Digital Strategy practices.

Ash’s charter is to help clients re-imagine the relationship between technology and business by architecting integrated strategies, models, platforms, eco-systems, and capabilities that enable business transformation.

As a trusted advisor with over 20 years of experience, he has addressed challenges in digital strategy, cloud strategy and migration, IT Outsourcing, M&A Post-Merger integration, IT cost optimisation, complex vendor management, and IT Transformation including global data center relocations, application rationalisation, and ITSM.

Ash is a dynamic communicator and leader that can foster C-Suite Client partnerships, build and manage large organizations, integrate teams across global lines of business and cultivate team and business relationships


Amidst working with corporate, education, and not-for-profits overseas and in New Zealand, he has been actively involved with several community, sport and organisations over the years. Thus, Ash finds adding value to WorldSkills a great motivator, where he gets to give back and do what he does best.

Ash has delivered significant innovation and improvement in a short period of time with WorldSkills and enjoys connecting with industry experts and partners alike.

Malcolm became “hooked” on the WorldSkills concept in 1998 when he judged the Automotive Technology skill at a regional competition. Since that time he has taken on a number of roles, including National and International Skill Manager for Automotive Technology. Malcolm was appointed Technical Delegate in 2010 prior to the International Competition in London. More recently, Malcolm has been appointed to the position of Jury President Team Leader and has become a member of the Technical working Group for WorldSkills International.

Malcolm sees being involved in WorldSkills as a way of giving back to a industry that has looked after him. He likes to see the young people “go further than they can imagine” when they are given a helping hand.

WorldSkills exists, Malcolm believes, to encourage and promote trade excellence.

Rick first became involved with WorldSkills in 2007 when he was asked to take on the role of Regional Chair for the NZ Defence Force. His first task was to work with the Wellington Regional Chair to organise joint Regional competitions. Rick was invited to become the Team Leader for the Tool Black Team in 2009 for WorldSkills Calgary. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be Rick’s fifth International competition.

It is because he likes to pass on his knowledge and experience to young people that keeps Rick involved with WorldSkills. He enjoys seeing the competitors grow in both confidence and ability as they prepare for the International competition.

Rick considers that an important reason for WorldSkill’s existence is to encourage vocational education in New Zealand and to show that it is a viable career option for young people. He sees one of our main roles to be preparing the future captains of industry to step into this role.