Born and educated in Scotland, James has nearly 30 years’ experience in hospitality and institutional management within the New Zealand tertiary education sector.
James is a passionate advocate for the collegiate life here at the University of Otago.
As Director of Campus and Collegiate Life Services (CaCLS), James is accountable for leading the University’s extensive accommodation portfolio, which includes all the university owned and operated colleges, University Flats and the Student Accommodation Centre. James also leads the busy Student Health and the world class Recreation Services teams.
His portfolio also includes directing the University’s non-core commercial operations including University Print, the Executive Residence, University Staff Club, and the University Union services, campus retail outlets, food and beverage outlets, conference and events, and hospitality services on campus.
James is responsible for assessing and developing commercial opportunities and strengthening commercial performance through the development of strategic business planning processes. James leads the delivery of the University’s Collegiate and Campus life, and non-core commercial services strategy, and contributes to and maintains oversight of, the implementation and relevance of this strategy across the University.
He is a New Zealand Justice of the Peace, outdoor recreation enthusiast and a lifestyle block owner. Until he was 11 he thought his home football team was called ‘Ayr United Nil’ then they scored a goal.
Other staff members
Stephen Baughan – General Manager, University of Otago Union
Stephen worked in several Hospitality Management positions before graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993. Stephen joined the University Union in 1995 as the Beverage Manager and was appointed General Manager in 1999.
Stephen is responsible for managing the University’s commercial business units including 10 cafes and retail shops, Union Bar, Staff Club, Visitors Centre, Executive Residence Boutique Hotel, Conferences & Events, Marsh Study Centre and catering onsite to 2,550 students residing at 11 Residential Colleges.
Stephen is an avid supporter of Dunedin club rugby, he is Chairman of the Zingari-Richmond Football Club and sits on the Dunedin Club Rugby Council and the Metropolitan Junior Rugby Committee.
Ian Hobson – General Manager, Uniprint
Ian joined the University (Uniprint) in 2010 bringing with him extensive commercial experience. He started as Uniprint’s Operations Manager and then was appointed to the role of General Manager.
Ian’s print knowledge now stems over 43 years both locally and overseas. As General Manager, Ian has seen many changes in the print market and the print technology. Such as digital print technology that is now replacing traditional print methods. Uniprint has captured these changes and Uniprint is seen as one of the leading print companies in Dunedin.
Uniprint was moved under the Campus and Collegiate Life Services, Operations Division, due to its strong commercial activity, that supports both local business and the University of Otago (Staff and Students).
Margaret Perley – Head of Student Health
Margaret joined the University in 2006 bringing with her extensive experience from working as a nurse and manager within the health sector. Margaret started as the Operations Manager at Student Health and then appointed as Head of Student Health Service in 2020.
Margaret is a avid bridge player and the owner of two mini lop rabbits.
Dan Porter – Manager, Recreation Services
Dan has extensive recreation experience, having worked at Unipol Recreation Centre since 1996. He was born in Clyde and has many strings to his bow. Having completed a gruelling half marathon, Dan has now retired from running and is frequently seen riding a Bafang driven, power assisted green pushbike.
Dan’s portfolio includes setting up a comprehensive ‘full court press’ on healthy balanced lifestyles across Campus. Based at Unipol Recreation Centre, Dan works to make the student experience active and believes one kg of physical activity can offset 500kg of screen time. A little bit is better than none, make the habit healthy and enjoyable, then watch your mood improve, says Dan.
External Staff with Campus and Collegiate Life Services
Tony Taylor – Group Leader Facilities Manager, CaCLS (Property Services)
Tony joined the University of Otago in 2017. He is the Group Leader – Facilities CaCLS. (Campus and Collegiate Life Services)
- NZIQS - Quantity Surveyor (NZDQS Affil) plus 10 Years + Asset/Facilities Management experience
- Trade Certified Carpenter & Joiner – Advanced Craft Cert Apprenticeship
Anna Gordon – Manager Finance, CaCLS (Financial Services)
Anna is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in business advisory in Queenstown and Auckland. She studied at the University of Otago and returned to Dunedin, with her husband and children, after a period working in the tertiary education sector in Auckland.
Anna has worked for Finance Advisory since she started at the University in 2018. Prior to this role with CaCLS, Anna supported the Humanities Division.
Anna works alongside two Finance Associates to support the financial reporting function within the CaCLS Division.
Louise Jenkins – Manager Client Services, CaCLS (Shared Services)
Born and raised in Dunedin, Louise has a customer service / administration background. She joined the University of Otago in 1996 at the Division of Commerce as the Department Manager in Information Science.
In 2017 she moved to Christchurch and worked for Canterbury University, returning to Dunedin in March 2020 to join Shared Services as a Lead Administrator. Louise has a Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Law, enjoys the gym, loves animals and being in the outdoors.
Louise supports three Lead Administrators and a talented and diverse team of administrators across a dynamic and fast paced division.