NZQA Board Members

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is headed by a Board appointed by the Minister of Education. The Board represents industry, community and education interests.

Sue Suckling - Board Chair

SS 1Sue Suckling is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors with over 20 years’ experience covering sectors spanning: agriculture, international marketing, electricity, education, health, banking, science and technology, manufacturing, education, service sectors, communications and government. She is currently the Chair of ECL Group, Jacobsen Holdings Ltd and Callaghan Innovation; a director of Sky City Entertainment Group; Managing Director of Sue Suckling Limited; and a member of the Takeovers Panel. Previously, Sue has been Chair of NIWA and AgriQuality NZ, Director and Deputy Chair of GNS, and a director of Antarctica NZ. In 1996 she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to New Zealand, in 2011 was made a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in April 2015 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science, from Lincoln University.

Board term commenced: 1 April 2006. Expires: 26 August 2018.

Andrew McKenzie

AM 3Andrew worked in veterinary public health for the New Zealand Government after graduating in 1971. During his career Andrew managed MAF's Regulatory Authority before setting up and leading the integrated food safety agency ‘New Zealand Food Safety Authority’ (NZFSA) which brought together the food safety controls covering primary production and exports with food for sale on the domestic market. A key function of the Authority was developing regulatory controls covering both domestic and international food safety and trade at the bilateral and multilateral level and verification within New Zealand that requirements had been met resulting in official assurances to that effect.

Andrew now operates as a consultant and has a continuing interest in management and governance as well as contemporary regulatory approaches to food safety/quality and trade standards and their implementation.

Board term commenced: 2 July 2012. Expires 26 August 2018.

John Morgan

JM 3John Morgan has been the Chief Executive of National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA) since April 2007.  He was previously CEO of AgriQuality which he joined in 1999 after a number of years as a senior executive and director in the chemical and bioscience industries.  John is currently Chairman of Science New Zealand and has extensive governance experience; previous roles include Chairman of Clearlite Ltd, Executive Director of AgriQuality Australia, Chairman of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Executive Director of Orica New Zealand Ltd.  John is also currently a Director of Blues Franchise Ltd.

Board term commenced: 17 July 2006. Expires: 26 August 2017.

Neil Quigley

NQ 1Neil Quigley is the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waikato. Previously he was a Professor of Economics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington prior to this. He completed his BA and MA at the University of Canterbury before completing a PhD at the University of Toronto. He serves on the boards of a number of educational organisations and companies, including being Chair of the Board of Trustees of Wellington College. Neil’s research interests are in applied finance, industrial organisation, and the boundaries between law and economics. His most recent work has been on the pricing of real estate leases, and compensation for takings of property rights. Neil is also the Chair of the Reserve Bank.

Board term commenced: 1 November 2010. Expires 26 August 2017.

Murray Strong

MS 1Murray Strong is an independent Chairman and professional director, and a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand. He currently holds governance and advisory roles in both the public and private sector including CERA, the Ministry of Education and the TSB Trust and is actively involved in the Christchurch rebuild. He has held a variety of Crown appointed senior roles, including Crown Commissioner, over the last 15 years. He has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors.

Board term commenced: 1 November 2010. Expires 26 August 2018.

Kate Shevland

KS 2Kate Shevland has been Principal of Orewa College for twenty years and has strong links across the education sector. She is currently on the Executive of the Auckland Secondary Principals Association and on the Board of Pathways to Employment Trust and NEAL. She has previously been on the Board of Rodney economic Development Trust, ASSHA, Harbour Sport, Chair of North Shore Secondary Principals group and on many local educational advisory committees. She was on the Ministerial reference group for the RTLB review and the Twenty First Century Learning reference group. She is a strong advocate for relevant future focussed learning, responsive to student and societal needs.

Board term commenced: 26 August 2015. Expires 26 August 2018.

Rachael Tuwhangai

RT 1Rachael, is of Tainui descent, and is the Managing Director, Māori and Pasifika Support Services (MAPSS). She was previously the Education Manager of Kohuora, the new mens prison based at Wiri, Manukau, Auckland. Prior to taking up that role, Rachael spent 11 years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Prior to joining the University of Auckland, Rachael was a secondary school teacher in the South Auckland area. She is a former Trustee of COMET Auckland, a member of the former NZQA Assessment Reference group, and is a current member of Ātea, a Māori Justice network. In addition to her current NZQA Board role, Rachael is a Ministerial appointee to the Council of the Manukau Institute of Technology. Rachael has conducted research into the eLearning experiences of Māori Medium teachers and other research interests include learning more about the educational experiences of those who first entered the prison system under the age of 18.

Board term commenced: 26 August 2015. Expires 26 August 2017.

Mary Chamberlain

Mary ChamberlainMary is a successful leader of educational reform. From 2001-2011 she led a large team in the New Zealand Ministry of Education to design strategies to improve teaching, learning and student outcomes. From 2004-2007 she led the development of the New Zealand Curriculum for primary and secondary schools and she led the design of National Standards in literacy and numeracy from 2010-2012. Mary is currently a director of an independent consultancy company, Evaluation Associates Ltd.

Mary has in-depth knowledge and up to date experience in designing strategies to bring about effective change in education. She holds an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration and in 2012 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to education.

Board term commenced: 13 September 2016. Expires 13 September 2019.

Antony Royal

Antony RoyalAntony has strong community involvement and a background in the ICT industry. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Auckland University, has spent many years in the ICT industry and currently holds a number of governance positions. He also chairs Te Mana o Kupe Trust, which was established to support the cluster of 13 schools in Porirua East whose focus is to deliver greater educational achievement by engaging tamariki, teachers and whanau through the use of technology.

Previous roles have included Global Infrastructure Manager and Web Initiatives Manager for the NZ Dairy Board (Fonterra), implementation of Financial Management Systems for a number different Government Departments, and positions on a number of advisory boards. Antony has been involved in many projects that involve technology and better educational outcomes.

Board term commenced: 13 September 2016. Expires 13 September 2019.



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