Chief Executive Update, June 2017

Graham Seatter, Chief ExecutiveWhat great news it was to learn that our founder, Graeme Dingle, has received a knighthood. “Sir Graeme Dingle” has a great ring about it and it is so well deserved.

Graeme – sorry, Sir Graeme – established OPC (as it was) in the early 1970’s when he was in his mid-twenties, which is a remarkable achievement as he was at that time establishing what was to become a very successful career as a mountaineer. Very few people have that presence of mind and selflessness to achieve an outcome for the betterment of young people when they are that age – never mind the work involved!

For us it completes the set and it is a tremendous honour to work for an organisation that was founded by two knights of the realm – and, in the case of Sir Graeme, founding our organisation was very much part of the reason he received the knighthood!  So – no pressure on us – but we had better make a good job of looking after this organisation!

We have just had our AGM, as we reflect on the excellent progress we made in 2016. We significantly grew the business, with total student numbers up 3.8% to 6,475 and total bed nights up 1,864 (8.0%) to 25,147. Total income grew for the sixth year in a row, now very close to $4m p.a. after being at $2.75m in 2010. Our surplus before depreciation, of $128K, was the best outcome post Mangatepopo.

Take a look at our newly published “Our Story” booklet that outlines some of the projects we have underway as part of our strategic plan.

We still have a long way to go to achieve our objective of long-term sustainability, but future annual progress, such as was achieved in 2016, will get us to that stage – and in honour of Sir Graeme, that is what we must achieve.


Graham Seatter, Chief Executive