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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Neil Quigley - Deputy Chair

Neil Quigley is the Vice-Chancellor at the WWW N QuigleyUniversity 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 31 March 2020.

Kate Shevland

Kate Shevland has been Principal of Orewa WWW K ShevlandCollege 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

Mary is a successful leader of educational reform. WWW M ChamberlainFrom 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

Antony has strong community involvement andWWW A Royal 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 16 September 2022.

Lyn Provost

Lyn was Controller and Auditor General for eight WWW L Provostyears. 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

Jenn is an independent Director with a WWW J Bestwickbackground 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 extensiveWWW L Tuioti 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.

Scott Tambisari - Future Director

Scott Tambisari is a CommunityWWW S Tambisari Partnerships Adviser at Nelson City Council and has been involved within the community sector for a number of years. He previously lived and worked in Japan, Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands before returning to New Zealand to undertake further study.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and successfully completed the Mentoring for Diversity programme as part of the 2018/19 mentee cohort.

Scott is currently a National Board Member of New Zealand Red Cross, a Trustee of New Zealand Red Cross Foundation and the Deputy Chair of Fifeshire Foundation. His previous governance roles include the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) Council and Deputy Chair of Student Job Search (SJS) amongst others.

Board term commenced: 23 September 2019. Expires 23 February 2021.

Murray Strong - Board Chair (on leave)

Murray Strong is an independent Chairman andWWW M Strong 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 7 November 2021.

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