NZQA Board Members

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is headed by a Board appointed by the Minister of Education. The Board brings experience from industry, community and education sectors.

Neil Quigley - Acting Chair

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Neil Quigley is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato. Previously he was a Professor of Economics, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Provost at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed his BA and MA at the University of Canterbury before completing a PhD at the University of Toronto. Neil is also the Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Wellington College. He has extensive experience in international education, and has led major projects in the Middle East, China and Vietnam.

Board term commenced: 1 November 2010. Expires 2021.

Kate Shevland

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Kate Shevland has been Principal of Orewa College for 20 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. Kate was on the Ministerial reference group for the RTLB review and the Twenty First Century Learning reference group, and is currently a member of the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards Panel. She is a strong advocate for relevant future focused learning, responsive to student and societal needs.

Board term commenced: 26 August 2015. Expires 7 November 2021.

Mary Chamberlain

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Mary 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 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 Master's 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 16 September 2022.

Antony Royal

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Antony has strong community involvement and a background in the Information and Communication Technology 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 of 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 16 September 2022.

Lyn Provost

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Lyn was Controller and Auditor General for eight years. Prior to that she was Deputy Commissioner of New Zealand Police. Lyn has also held roles in the State Services Commission and as Acting Chief Archivist and Chief Executive of Archives New Zealand. Lyn is currently the Chair of the Guardian of the Alexander Turnbull Library and the Advisory Group for the Brian Picot Chair of Ethical Leadership at Victoria University of Wellington. She also serves on the International Auditing and Assurance Board (IAASB), Transparency International New Zealand, Advisory Panel advising the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and Education New Zealand.

Lyn holds a BCA from Victoria University of Wellington and is a Chartered Accountant (FCA).  In 2017 she became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the state.

Board term commenced: 8 November 2018. Expires 7 November 2021.

Jenn Bestwick

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Jenn is an independent Director with a background in business and management consulting. She currently works as a Lead Reviewer with the States Services Commission Performance Improvement Framework and works with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on science investment performance. Jenn has previously worked with KPMG and Ngāi Tahu. Qualifications she holds include a LB Hons from the University of Trent, Nottingham and Solicitors Examinations from Chester College of Law.

Jenn was previously on the NZQA Board from 2011-2013.  She was the Chair of Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology).  Other past directorships include Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited, Tourism New Zealand and Learning Media Limited.  She is currently the Chair of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge, on the Advisory Body to Development West Coast, and on the Boards for Arrow Irrigation Company Limited and the Tertiary Education Commission.

Board term commenced: 8 November 2018. Expires 7 November 2021.

Lili Tuioti

Aiolupotea Lili Tuioti has extensive experience in the education sector in New Zealand and the Pacific region. She established a private consultancy business TKC and Teuila Consultancy in 2000. This focused on Pacific teacher and school management professional development, school-community liaison in New Zealand, Pacific regional projects in curriculum and assessment reform, education strategic planning and governance training.

As an education and strategic advisor to the Government of Tokelau for over 10 years, Lili served as a member on the University of the South Pacific Council and the Pacific Board of Education and Assessment. She returned to New Zealand in 2015 and is currently the Mission Services Manager at the Salvation Army Newtown Centre. She has held various governance roles in the education and community sectors, including the Teachers’ Council, AUT Council and the ASB Community Trust. Lili currently serves on the JR McKenzie Trust and was an establishment Board of Trustees member for the Pacific Advance Secondary School.

Board term commenced: 16 September 2019. Expires 16 September 2022.

Cheryl de la Rey

Professor Cheryl de la Rey is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury. Through this role, she is a member of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. Cheryl also serves on the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ Pacific Regional Committee and held notable roles in South Africa, including being Chief Executive of the Council on Higher Education and Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.

She holds a MA and PhD in Psychology, specialising in Social Psychology. Cheryl started her career as a secondary teacher and then moved up the academic ranks into executive management. Her recent publications focus on gender and leadership in higher education and science.

Board term commenced: 2 July 2020. Expires 1 July 2023.


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