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.

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Sue Suckling - Board Chair

Sue Suckling is a Fellow of the NZ Institute ofSue 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 Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme Commission, Jade Software Corporation, ECL Group, and Jacobsen Holdings Ltd; 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 National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA), Callaghan Innovation, and AgriQuality NZ, Director and Deputy Chair of GNS Science, and a director of Antarctica NZ. In 1996 she was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contribution to New Zealand, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011, 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

Andrew worked in veterinary public health for theAndrew 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 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.

Neil Quigley

Neil Quigley is the Vice-Chancellor at the NeilUniversity of Waikato. Previously he was a Professor of Economics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) 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 and currently 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 28 June 2018.

Murray Strong

Murray Strong is an independent Chairman andMurray 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 the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Ministry of Education and the TSB Trust and is actively involved in the Christchurch rebuild. Murray has held a variety of Crown appointed senior roles over the last 15 years, including Crown Commissioner, and 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

Kate Shevland has been Principal of Orewa KateCollege 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 26 August 2018.

Mary Chamberlain

Mary is a successful leader of educational reform. MaryFrom 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 13 September 2019.

Antony Royal

Antony has strong community involvement andAntony 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 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.

Justine Munro

Justine is the Co-Founder and Director of theJustine 21C Skills Lab, and Simplicity Charitable Trust. She was previously the Director of the Champions for Change, a group of 50 NZ CEOs and Chairs committed to advancing diversity and inclusion, and Executive Director of Education at Social Ventures Australia.

Justine has led or helped establish a number of organisations including the Springboard Trust, Starpath, NZ Centre for Social Innovation, Global Women, DiverseNZ, the Champions for Change, TupuToa, and the Well Foundation. She has sat on or chaired a number of non-profit boards including TupuToa, Teach First NZ, the Akina Foundation and the Well Foundation. She is a former McKinsey & Company consultant, lawyer specialising in indigenous issues and Rhodes Scholar.

Board term commenced: 28 June 2017. Expires 26 June 2019.

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