Register of Auditors and Reviewers

AQA is seeking applications for the Cycle 6 Register of Auditors and Reviewers. Applications addressing the criteria for appointment below and including a current curriculum vitae should be sent to  Applications will be accepted throughout the audit cycle; however, early application is appreciated.

Criteria for appointment to the Cycle 6 Register of Auditors and Reviewers

Cycle 6 Auditors are appointed by the AQA Board who will consider the following criteria;

- Senior academic, senior management or senior student experience in the teaching and learning activities of universities within the last 5 years (3 years for senior students); or other experience considered relevant by the AQA Board.
- Substantial experience with academic quality assurance, or other quality assurance contexts.
- Appreciation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- Familiarity with New Zealand and/or international contexts of university education and quality assurance, research and best practice in university teaching and learning and student achievement.
- Demonstrated abilities to appreciate multiple perspectives, engage effectively with a range of people from students to Vice-chancellors, and form evidence-based judgments.
- Record of working constructively in small teams, ability to meet deadlines and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to commit time required for reviewing audit materials, panel meetings, site visits, reviewing and commenting on audit report drafts and providing feedback on experiences of audit.
- Commitment to participate in auditor training.

Applications to join the register of auditors should address these criteria. A curriculum vitae is also required.
Auditor appointments are for five years and auditors do need to reapply after five years.  This is to maintain the currency requirements.
The AQA Board appoints the audit panel for each audit and will ensure that panels contain appropriate diversity in the skills and experience of audit panel members and match the distinctive nature of individual institutions.

The Executive Director would be happy to respond to questions or provide further information.

Cycle 6 Register

The Cycle 6 register is currently being updated. For information on the Cycle 5 register please contact our Executive Director.

Kim Allan

- Academic Registrar


Professor Sandeep Arora B Sc, B Pharm, M Pharm, PhD (Pharma Sciences), PG Dip HRD, PG Dip Pharma Project Mgmt.

Dr. Sandeep Arora is a seasoned Pharma and Academic professional with an experience spanning over 27 years in Pharma operations, Quality management, academics, training, research & consultancy planning and administration. Being an avid researcher and writer, he has three books, 12 patents, 90 research publications, 3 books, 4 Trademarks and one registered company to his credit. For his team, innovation, administrative, quality and coordination skills, he is elected member of  (APTI) Pharmacy Council of India, Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India, and Indian Pharma Association (IPA), and has offered valued and committed support towards the functions of these organizations, as an extended service to the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Lifestyle industry. He represents the Qualitative vision and Mission of Chitkara University and its various campuses, for delivering academic, research, innovation and social excellence, as Prof & Director, Pharma Sciences.

As an academician, he is known for initiation and advancements of Pharma institutes of excellence in academics and research and has been eminent member in various Committee including University Affairs, Examination, Evaluation and PhD committees of Indian and International Universities and has delivered sessions as expert/key note speaker and Chair at many International Conferences and Universities on various topics relevant to Pharmaceutical industry trends, technology, Phytopharmaceuticals, regulatory affairs. Some of the prominent ones include those for University of Florida, Pfizer-IPA CPD Sessions, OMICS and Conference Series Conferences at Thailand.

As a consultant, he has offered solutions in the areas Phytopharmaceuticals Development, Standardization, Biological activity and Regulatory Affairs and market support to many industries.

He has a flair for technical, social and general writing and playing musical instruments including flute, Harmonica and percussion instruments.

Bill Ashraf Executive MBA (Bradford)

- Associate Dean Teaching and Learning

Since November 2022, Bill has been the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Macquarie University Medical School, Sydney.

Bill has held academic leadership roles at the Universities of Bradford, Gdańsk (Poland), Sussex, UNSW, Wollongong (UOW), Canterbury Christ Church (CCCU), Macquarie (MQ), Australian Catholic University (ACU) as well as in the corporate, and education sector with Blackboard International (Australia, New Zealand (ANZ) and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region).

He has served on numerous School, Faculty and University committees, including Senate, University Learning and Teaching Committees, Senate Academic Quality Standards Committee, Higher Degree Research (HDR) Training Management Committee, IT Committees, and Research Data and Technology Enhanced Learning Committees.

Before AUT, he was at the ACU as Associate Dean Learning, Teaching and Governance based in North Sydney. He worked on HDR Supervision Enhancement at MQ in the Office of the PVC HDR and Training. In 2018 he became the first Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)/Advance HE at MQ.

In other roles, he was Head of Learning Technology at CCCU, UK, Strategic Consultant for Blackboard International, Associate Professor (UOW), Head of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Head of the Student Voice Project (UNSW). Before moving to Australia, he was Director of Technology Enhanced Learning (2008-2012) at the University of Sussex, UK. 

A senior lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Bradford, UK (1992 – 2008), he became recognised as an international leader in online/blended learning in Higher Education. In 2006 he became the first UK academic to replace first-year lectures with podcasts accessible via Apple’s iTunes. He was a finalist for The Times Higher 2006 Awards for the ‘most imaginative use of technology in distance learning’.

In 2006 he was awarded an Executive MBA (Bradford), and in 2022 he obtained graduate status (GAICD) from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). AICD is recognised for its work to strengthen society through world-class governance.

In his spare time, Bill works on a sheep farm in rural New South Wales with his Australian Kelpie and helps with mustering, yard work and shearing.

Diana Austin

- Senior Advisor Midwifery Education

Diana Austin is the Senior Advisor Midwifery Education at Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu | Midwifery Council.

She has had Senior Lecturer roles at both Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington and Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau | Auckland University of Technology, and has been involved in the accreditation of all five midwifery schools in Aotearoa.

In 2017, she gained a Doctorate in Health Science and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Ako Aronui). She is currently a student in Level 3 & 4 Te Pūtaketanga o te Reo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Throughout Diana’s education, nursing and midwifery career she has had a strong focus on quality improvement and preparing the future workforce to meet the health needs of the community. 

Dr Jeanette Baird BA(Hons), BLitt, MBA, PhD

Jeanette is a higher education consultant specialising in university quality assurance and governance. She is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Governing Council of the University of Divinity in Australia, and former Vice-President Quality Assurance and Professor of Higher Education at Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea. Jeanette’s activities in 2020 include reviews of higher education corporate and academic governance, international development projects, external quality reviews, and online teaching.

Audits Completed

Lincoln University, Cycle 5, 2016

Associate Professor Tracy Bowell

- PVC Teaching and Learning



Audits Completed

Professor Jeremy Bradshaw BA, MA, PhD

Jeremy Bradshaw is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and Doctoral) at the University of Bath in the UK, having previously been Assistant Principal of Researcher Development at the University of Edinburgh.  He has been reviewer with the UK QAA for the last ten years.  As well as AQA, his overseas reviews include working for national agencies in Iceland, Albania, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Audits Completed

University of Auckland, Cycle 4

Professor Stuart Brock BA (Hons), MA, PhD

I am Vice-Provost (Academic) and Professor in the Philosophy Programme at Te Herenga Waka--Victoria University of Wellington.  I am also CEO of the Australasian Association of Philosophy.

I have previously served as Head of the Philosophy Programme (2005-2007), Deputy Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (2012-2014), and Associate Dean (Students, 2007-2010) and Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research, 2015-2016) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS). I was Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) 2016-2018 in FHSS.

I received my PhD from Princeton University in 2002 and previously taught at Western Washington University in the United States.

Emeritus Professor Mairéad Browne BA, Dip Psych (NUI), MLib (UNSW), PhD (Macq)

Professor Mairéad Browne has been operating as an independent consultant specialising in higher education and quality assurance since 2001 following more than 30 years in institutions including University College, Dublin (National University of Ireland) and University of Sydney. She was a dean at the University of Technology, Sydney (Humanities and Social Sciences and, later, Dean of the University Graduate School). 

Professor Browne has been involved in consulting projects and panels for audit, review, licensing, accreditation and appeals at programme and institutional levels for government and higher education institutions primarily in Australia; New Zealand; Hong Kong; Bahrain; Saudi Arabia; Oman; Ireland; Mauritius; United Arab Emirates; and Papua New Guinea.

Audits Completed

Victoria University of Wellington Cycle 5 2014

Dr Jasen Burgess

- Director of Educational Quality and Integrity

Dr Jasen Burgess is currently Chief Quality Officer at the International College of Management, Sydney where he a member of the executive management group with responsibility for quality assurance and academic governance and policy at the College. Prior to taking on this role, Dr Burgess was Director, Educational Quality and Integrity at CQUniversity Australia, where he had leadership and team management responsibilities for quality assurance, accreditation processes, regulatory policy and compliance, academic integrity, learning analytics and surveys, and oversight of centralised work integrated learning. Dr Burgess has broad, high-level experience in quality assurance, regulation and strategic management in tertiary education institutions and in regulatory, professional accreditation and external quality assurance bodies operating in the tertiary education sector. This includes roles as Audit Director for the former Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and as a founding Director, Regulation and Review at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Dr Burgess successfully project managed the CQUniversity and Think Education’s joint re-registration with TEQSA and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as both a higher education and vocational education and training (VET) provider. Dr Burgess has a PhD in French history from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2022, Dr Burgess was appointed Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) in 2022 in recognition of his effective strategic leadership in supporting high quality student learning.

Dr Alison Campbell PhD

Dr Alison Campbell recently retired from her roles as Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) for Science & Engineering, & Senior Lecturer (Biology), at the University of Waikato. Alison has extensive governance and QA experience from her membership of the University Council and her lengthy involvement in the University's Curriculum and Education Committees. Alison is a member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy, a registered teacher, and an experienced science communicator. 



Dr Claire Carney BSc, PGCertEd (Sec Ed), PhD

- Associate Vice-Principal (Education)

Dr Claire Carney is the Associate Vice-Principal (Education) for the University of the West of Scotland. Her role in the UWS University Leadership Team incorporates strategic leadership achievement of Corporate Strategy, Education Enabling Plan, UWS Academy, Education Futures and Academic Quality Enhancement. Previously, she was Head of Enhancement and Director of the Quality Assurance Agency Scotland (2006-2014), leading design, development and quality of Quality Enhancement programme activities across the Scottish Higher Education sector. She is a registered reviewer for Quality and Qualifications Ireland with considerable internal quality review and institutional review experience. She has recently completed a review of the National University of Ireland Galway.

Emeritus Professor Debbie Clayton AM

- Higher Education Consultant

Emeritus Professor Debbie Clayton has worked in the university and government sectors and is currently a higher education consultant specialising in accreditation, quality assurance systems and international education.  She is an active reviewer, auditor and consultant with higher education accreditation and quality assurance agencies in Oman, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia as well as undertaking the role of Independent Chair of the Accreditation Committee for the Prevocational Medical Accreditation for the state of Queensland. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held, or currently holds, directorships in not-for-profit and for-profit companies and associations related to education. 

In June, 2021 she was made a Member of the Order or Australia for significant service to tertiary education and to international study programs.

Audits Completed

Lincoln University, Cycle 4, 2012; Massey University, Cycle 5, 2013, University of Otago, Cycle 5, 2016.

Dr Hamish Cochrane PhD, MSc, BSc, GradDip. Tchg

- Director, Student Administration, Student Heath, and Accommodation

Dr Hamish Cochrane is the Director, Student Administration, Student Heath, and Accommodation at Lincoln University and was one of two COVID-19 incident controllers for the University. He has previously held roles as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Dean of Engineering and Forestry, Chair of the Forestry Board of Studies, and University Proctor at the University of Canterbury and was a member of the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) for six years. 

In his Lincoln University role, Hamish has served on Committee on University Student Pastoral (CUSPaC) since its inception, and also has experience of international quality review (at the University of Western Sydney) and quality review under the NZQA system (review of Waiariki ITP degree programme).

He was a member of the Cycle 6 academic audit panel for Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa


Professor Lindsey Conner BSc, MSc (Dist), Dip. Tchg, PhD

- Director, Science & Technology Education Research Hub

Professor Lindsey Conner is currently the Director of the College of Education's Science & Technology Education Research Hub at the University of Canterbury. Lindsey's experience as a university academic involves teaching in initial teacher education programmes and researching in teacher education, innovative pedagogies, futures education and systems approaches to education reform. Her research is on the integration and pedagogy associated with the use of technology, as well as related fields of science education and educational leadership, and she has presented widely internationally about the integration of reflective learning as an evaluative constructivist process. She has also had roles in advising on curriculum development for Samoa, South Australia and Japan.

As a staff member of the University of Canterbury, Lindsey has held roles as Associate Dean (Secondary Programmes), Chair of the College of Education Research committee, International Director for the College of Education, and as Chair of the College of Education Teaching and Learning Committee. She undertook the role of delegated Dean, as Chair of the Faculty of Education and Board of Studies for three years and served on the UC Academic Board and Academic Administration Committee during this time. Lindsey was Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Education from 2010-2012. Lindsey served as Chair of the review of University of Canterbury MBA degree. She has been involved with many internal reviews, and oversaw the successful 2010 reaccreditation process for all of the College of Education’s qualifications with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council.

Audits Completed

Victoria University of Wellington Cycle 5 2014

Professor Tim Cooper FRHistS

- Professor, History of Christianity

Tim Cooper is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Otago, where he has been teaching since 2005. In 2021, he received the Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching from Ako Aotearoa. His research expertise lies in seventeenth-century British religious history.  Within his university he has served as Associate Dean (Academic) in the Division of Humanities and he is currently the Head of its School of Arts.  In his capacity as its representative on CUAP, Associate Professor Cooper sits on the University of Otago’s Board of Graduate Studies and Board of Undergraduate Studies, as well as its Quality Advancement Committee.  

Fiona Coote Diploma in Arts, GradDipBus

- Manager, Office of Academic Assurance

Fiona Coote is the Manager of the Office of Academic Assurance at Massey University where she has worked for 28 years in administrative roles in two Colleges, the Sport and Rugby Institute and the central University.  She has served on numerous committees and is currently a member of the Academic Board, Academic Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Job Evaluation Committee and Deputy Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee. She has worked in in academic policy writing and qualification reviews since 2003 and undertook Auditor Training in 2011.

Audits Completed

Massey University, Cycle 5, Self-Review, 2015; Lincoln University, Cycle 5, 2016; Massey University, Cycle 6 Self-Review, 2020.

Professor Mark Davies BSc, PhD, PFHEA, NTF, MemMBA

- Emeritus Professor of Bioscience

Mark Davies is Emeritus Professor of Bioscience at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and a UK National Teaching Fellow. He has been a reviewer with the QAA, UK, for over twenty years, including reviews in India, Malaysia and the UAE. In addition to reviewing this activity has included – across a large range of different provider types – participation in appeals, investigative responses to whistleblowing, developing new review methods, scrutiny for taught and research degree awarding powers, and the production of confidential reports to government. He has also reviewed and chaired reviews for national agencies in Albania, Croatia, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.  He has acted as a consultant in quality assurance, governance, staff development and accreditation to 33 UK providers and others in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and China.


Professor Elizabeth Deane BSc (Hons), PhD

- Professor Strategic Initiatives Learning and Teaching and Head Learning and Teaching Unit

Professor Elizabeth Deane has held a number of academic leadership and management positions in Australian universities, including as Foundation Head of Department, Foundation Head of School (University of Western Sydney 1989 – 2000), Dean of Faculty (Macquarie University 2000 – 2008) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Australian National University 2008 – 2012). She currently has occupies a strategic and operational leadership role with responsibility for learning and teaching at the University of Western Sydney.

Elizabeth has, with national competitively-awarded funds, developed innovative approaches to learning and teaching as well as undertaken reports on innovations in teaching the sciences. She led the ANU’s participation in the National Teaching Standards Framework Project and the allied Moderators project. She was also a lead partner in the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)'s project 'Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education' and currently leads an OLT funded project on student leadership in curriculum reform with five partner universities and the Australian National Union of Students.

Elizabeth is a QAA Scotland international auditor (2009 – present, 4 reviews to date), was trained as an Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) auditor and has undertaken a number of reviews of learning and teaching units in Australian Universities. She was part of Australian government funded collaboration with South Korea which reviewed and compared higher education quality assurance processes in the two countries. In her previous role at ANU she was responsible for ANU’s preparation for AUQA review and then for TEQSA re-registration. She played an active part in the national conversation around the new Australian Qualifications Framework and was a member of the AQF Implementation Advisory Group. Elizabeth is a current member of the TEQSA Register of Experts.

Dan Derricott

- Head of Academic Policy and Quality Assurance

Dan Derricott is Head of Academic Policy and Quality Assurance at University College London (UCL), where he leads on the development of the University’s academic regulations and policy, quality assurance and enhancement frameworks, and academic governance. He serves on the Quality Assessment Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, having previously served on the equivalent committee for the English HE regulator, the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency UK and as Chair of the European Quality Assurance Forum. Dan is an experienced reviewer and review manager for quality assurance agencies across Europe and currently manages reviews of agencies themselves for ENQA, the European Association of Quality Assurance.

Will Dreyer Bachelor of Arts

Will Dreyer was the Education Officer of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) in 2019. During this time he played a significant role in the academic quality assurance process at the University of Otago. He is currently undertaking his Master of Politics at the University of Otago and is the Director of Generation Vote, a non-partisan education programme that teaches civics in high schools.


Dr John Egan BA, MA, PhD

- Director of the Learning and Teaching Unit

Dr John P Egan is Director of the Learning and Teaching Unit in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, where he has been involved in a range of initiatives related to programme and teaching quality. Previously Dr Egan was Senior Manager, Strategic Curriculum Services at the University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Professor Peter Enderwick

- Professor of International Business

Peter Enderwick is an economist specialising in international business. Currently he is the Professor of International Business at AUT University. Between 1988 and 2004 he was Professor of International Management at the University of Waikato. He has held visiting positions at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business, Finland; the University of South Australia, Adelaide; Thammasat Business School Bangkok; and the Centre for International Business University of Leeds UK. He has been a course adviser to the Open University of Hong Kong and is the author of nine books and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His research interests are globalisation and labour, large emerging markets such as China and India and global factory systems.

Dr Sharon Forbes

During a seventeen-year career in the IT industry, Sharon established and managed large customer service teams supporting internal and external customers in New Zealand and internationally. Sharon then spent seven years as a student at Lincoln University, where she completed a Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology degree, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, and a PhD in Marketing. Sharon was subsequently employed as an academic for eleven years at Lincoln University, where she progressed to the Associate Professor level. Over that period, Sharon won several teaching awards and some international research awards, and she was also an active member or Chair of various Faculty and University Committees. Sharon left Lincoln University at the end of 2019 and started her own consultancy business; she continues to work for clients in the tertiary education sector. 


Jo Gibson BSc(Hons), MA, MSc

- Director Student Experience

Jo Gibson is the Director Student Experience at the University of Otago, where she has worked since arriving in Aotearoa New Zealand in June 2019.

Jo has over 20 years’ experience working in professional services roles in UK universities prior to her move to Aotearoa, including work as a consultant reviewing and advising Students’ Associations and University advice services on their service provision as it relates to the student experience.

At Otago, she serves on numerous committees, including the University Senate, Quality Advancement Committee, and Internationalisation Committee.

Professor Lyall Hanton BSc(Hons) (Otago) PhD (Cantab) FNZIC FRSC

Lyall Hanton is the Mellor Professor of Chemistry at the University of 0tago and was Head of Department from 2010 to 2018.  His research into new advanced materials combines his passion for scientific understanding and application.  He has received a number of awards for his teaching and has a strong interest in student welfare having a long association with Otago’s residential colleges.  He has convened or participated in numerous Quality Advancement Reviews of academic departments and administrative units. 

Laura Harris MA

Laura is currently the Head of the English Faculty at Kaipara College in Helensville. She is a recent graduate from the University of Otago. Before completing her Masters in Teaching and Learning, she was the President of the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA), and through this role she was an active member on several boards, committees, review panels and councils.

She was also the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) student representative for 2 years. Her passions include student representation, wellbeing and advocacy. 

Sophie Hayman

Sophie Hayman is a higher education consultant currently working with the Association of Tertiary Education Management (ATEM). Sophie has extensive experience of tertiary education strategy, governance, quality assurance and operational management. This experience includes policy development; the accreditation of academic qualifications; academic audit and departmental reviews. Working for nearly thirty years at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) she held leadership roles across a range of portfolios including staff development, learning & teaching, and equity. She was also a member of the University Council for eight years.  In her time at AUT Sophie was involved in all four of AUT’s Academic Audits.

Bryn Jenkins LLB, BCom

Bryn Jenkins served on the Otago Students Association Executive for multiple years, representing students on a range of University committees. During this time he spoke at the 2017 AQA Support for Quality Conference, advocated for student interests before Parliamentary Select Committee and attended the Student Voice for Universities NZUSA conference. Currently, Bryn is working with a legal technology start-up in Dunedin. 

Professor Marion Jones RN, BA, MEdAdmin (Hons), PhD

Professor Marion Jones is Professor of Interprofessional Learning and Professor in the DVC Office, Auckland University of Technology (AUT); a Director of the National Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in New Zealand and Professor of Interprofessional Education at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. A significant focus of her academic career has been the development of postgraduate study, interprofessional education and practice, researcher development, research supervision and mentoring of new supervisors. 

For ten years she provided her expertise as Dean of the Graduate Research School at AUT and prior to that as Associate Dean Postgraduate to the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences for some years. Her area of research expertise and publication is interprofessional practice and education, postgraduate supervision and perioperative nursing. Her latest publications include co-editing four books on interprofessional leadership with the 4th book published June 2020. She is author or co-author of more than 40 articles and 10 books on these topics.

Her PhD examined the shaping of interprofessional practice in the context of health reform. Some of her national and international activities include being the Representative for the Australasian Interprofessional Practice & Education Network (AIPPEN) on the Confederation of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (Interprofessional Global), Member of the Professional Education Committee for the Perioperative College of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation(NZNO and member of the NZNO along with being a life member of the Perioperative College, past Member of the New Zealand Deans and Directors of Graduate Research group and past Associate member of the Australian Council of Graduate Research.

Professor Sally Kift PFHEA FAAL ALTF GAICD

- President

Professor Sally Kift is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), President of the Australian Learning & Teaching Fellows (ALTF) and Executive Board Member (Australian Vice President) of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF). Since 2017, she has been working as an independent higher education consultant and her current appointments include as Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, Victoria University (Melbourne) and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University (JCU), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and La Trobe University (LTU). Over 2018-2021, she was a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

Sally has held several university leadership positions, including as JCU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and QUT’s inaugural Director, First Year Experience. Sally is a national Teaching Award winner, a national Program Award winner and a national Senior Teaching Fellow on the First Year Experience. In 2010, she was appointed an Australian Discipline Scholar in Law. In 2017, Sally received an Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Career Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian higher education and she now chairs the AAUT Career Achievement Awards Panel.

Over 2018-2019, Sally was a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review Panel that reported to Government in September 2019. She is an Appointed Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) (2017-2024) and has been an Australian TEQSA Registered Expert since 2013. Sally has frequently chaired and contributed to institutional and program level reviews, audits and assessment panels. She has been an inaugural member of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) Australian Law School Standards Committee (since 2011), has conducted legal accreditation assessments of pre-admission law courses and advises on professional regulation of Australian legal education

Joyce Kirk BA, DipEd (USyd), MLitt (UNE), MA(Lib) (UCan), PhD (UTS), GAICD

- Emeritus Professor

Joyce is a higher education consultant working in the areas of quality assurance, governance and international education.  Her current appointments include Chair of the Academic Senate and member of the University Council at Charles Sturt University, Chair of the Academic Board and invited member of the Board of Directors of UTS College, and Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.  Over the past couple of years Joyce has led or participated in institutional and program level reviews, audits and accreditation assessments of public universities and private providers in Australia’s eastern states, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Previously she contributed to quality assurance, registration and accreditation reviews and audits in Australia, the Pacific and Hong Kong. 

Joyce’s consultancy experience draws on her senior leadership positions as Chair of the Academic Board and later Dean at the University of Technology Sydney, Pro Vice-Chancellor Students at RMIT University as well as a number of interim roles she was invited to take.  These have included President RMIT Vietnam, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and then Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at the University of New England.  These formal positions have been complemented by Joyce’s extensive experience as an Honorary Auditor with the Australian Universities Quality Agency from its foundation until the establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency where she remains on its Register.  Joyce has also served as a Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

Mary Jane Kivalu BCom and MBA

Mary Jane Kivalu became the inaugural President of the University of Otago Pacific Islands Students Association (UOPISA) from 2018 to 2019, and led a successful campaign to reinstate a Pacific student seat on the Otago University Students Association (OUSA). She also served as the President of the New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Students Association for 4 years, and now sits as its appointed Advisor. Mary Jane is also the Southern Hub Vice President for the newly established Tauira Pasifika (national Pacific students' association) as well as other appointments on committees in the community. She is currently completing her Doctor of Business Administration at the University of Otago, where she completed her BCom and MBA. 

Professor Bridget Kool

Bridget Kool is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Auckland, where she has been an academic for over 20 years. Her teaching area of focus was evidence-based medicine and population health. Her research expertise lies in the epidemiology of injuries with a particular focus on child injuries, prehospital trauma care, and falls. Within the University of Auckland, she has served as Academic Director for the School of Population Health, Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education. Professor Kool chairs the University’s academic Programmes Committee and the Education Committee, and is a member of the Teaching and Learning Quality Committee. She is the University’s representative on CUAP.

Letimanu'asina Dr Emma Kruse Va'ai PhD

Letuimanu’asina Dr Emma Kruse Va’ai is an independent education consultant. She was previously Chief Executive of the Samoa Qualifications Authority mandated to regulate and quality assure all post school education and training in Samoa. Prior to this she was also Deputy CE at Samoa Polytechnic and then Deputy Vice Chancellor 2005-16 and Professor of Applied Linguistics at the National University of Samoa. She was on the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Board of Governors and Chair of the Transnational Qualifications Committee for the small states of the Commonwealth.

Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban DNZM, QSO

- Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika)

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban is Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington having previously served as the Member of Parliament for Mana, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development, and Trade. Winnie is a Social Work graduate from Victoria University of Wellington and completed a post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Massey University. During the 1990s she coordinated the South Pacific Consumer Protection Programme working in 15 Pacific Island nations, and in 1992 she was bestowed the Samoan chiefly title of Luamanuvao. In 1999 Winnie was elected as the first Pacific Island woman in the New Zealand Parliament and in 2011 she was honoured as a Companion of the Queens Service Order.

In her work as AVC (Pasifika) at Victoria University of Wellington, Winnie is responsible for providing strategic direction and support for Pasifika students and staff across the University. She oversees a team which promotes Pasifika student enrolment, retention and completion, works to increase the numbers of and support for Pasifika staff, and encourages Pasifika research within New Zealand and the Pacific region. Winnie has visited and built relationships with universities and government departments responsible for tertiary education throughout New Zealand and in Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Tonga, and Samoa. She is a current member of the Council of the National University of Samoa.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was awarded the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) National University of Samoa in 2023.

Audits Completed

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was a member of the panel for the Cycle 5 academic audit of AUT.

Professor Robyn Longhurst BSocSc, MSoc Sci, D Phil, FRSNZ

Robyn is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of Waikato, having previously been Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Professor of Geography. She has received awards for teaching and postgraduate supervision. In addition, she has worked extensively in the areas of audit, review and quality assurance. In 2015 Robyn was a member of the Education and Human Society Panel for the Research Evaluation Committee (REC), Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). In 2008, 2012 and 2018 she was a member of the Social Sciences and Other Cultural Social Studies Panel for the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluations. Since 2019 Robyn has served on the Marsden Fund Social Sciences Panel. In 2018 she was appointed Fellow of Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand, and Laureat d’honneur by the International Geographical Union.

Audits Completed

University of Otago, Cycle 5

Emeritus Professor David Mackay BA(Hons), PhD

Dr David Mackay is an Emeritus Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, specialising in the history of imperial expansion and colonial Australia. From 1995-2003 he was Dean of Arts/Humanities and Social Sciences, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2003 to 2009.  In 2010 he was Acting Dean of Architecture and Design at Victoria. In 2009 he was Chair of the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit (Now AQA). He has chaired a review of Lincoln University, the Polytechnic of Namibia and been a panel member of reviews of the University of the South Pacific, University of Samoa and the translation programmes at the Macao Polytechnic Institute.




Audits Completed

Lincoln University, Cycle 3 (Chair), 2007, University of the South Pacific (Chair), 2013, National University of Samoa, 2015. International: Polytechnic of Namibia (Chair) 2011

Associate Professor Julie Mackey

- Dean/Director (Academic Success)

Associate Professor Julie Mackey is Dean/Director (Academic Success) in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Canterbury.  Her previous roles at the university have included Dean of Education and Health Sciences in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, and Head of the School of Literacies and Arts in Education. Her academic experience spans initial teacher education and teacher professional development; innovative pedagogies and flexible learning environments; and digital, blended and online learning.


Sonia Mazey

Sonia Mazey is Principal of Arcady Hall, adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of Canterbury (UC), and former Pro-Vice Chancellor, UC business and Law (2012–20). She is a Board Director of the Asia Pacific Student Accommodation Association (APSAA) and former Chair of the Universities New Zealand Vice Chancellors' Sub-Committee for University Student Pastoral Care (CUSPaC).

​Sonia held senior academic and management positions at Brunel, Cambridge, and Oxford Universities in the UK before moving to Christchurch, New Zealand in 2008. At UC, she was a Lecturer, Academic Manager, and Dean prior to being appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Her research interests include European and European Union politics and public policy, and she has published extensively in these fields. More recent publications on New Zealand's public policy include Sonia Mazey and Jeremy Richardson (eds), Policymaking under Pressure: Rethinking the Policy process in Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press 2021).


Amanda McKenzie MA

- Director of Quality Assurance (Academic Programs)

Amanda McKenzie, MA, is the Director of Quality Assurance (Academic Programs) and oversees both the Quality Assurance Office and the Office of Academic Integrity at the University of Waterloo.

Amanda became involved in quality assurance in 2015 and was charged with building the Quality Assurance Office for the University of Waterloo. She has volunteered on several working groups and special projects for the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (Quality Council). More recently, she has provided consultation on quality assurance and academic integrity for the American Councils for International Education and the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance (NAQA) in Ukraine.

She is involved in academic integrity initiatives on a provincial, national and international level. Amanda is an active subject matter expert in this area and has spoken around the world. She has also published a number of articles and book chapters in this field and serves on the editorial team for the Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity journal.

Amanda was part of the transition team for the International Center for Academic Integrity since 2016 and has been an Officer on the Board of Directors since 2018. She also serves as a representative & co-founder of ICAI Canadian Regional Consortium (ICAI Canada) which was established in 2014. Amanda is the former Chair of the Academic Integrity Council of Ontario (AICO) and currently serves as the Secretary/Outreach Coordinator. Her current focus in the field is on contract cheating and the intersection of academic integrity and quality assurance.

Amanda has given a number of talks about quality assurance and academic integrity: Connecting Academic Integrity and Quality Assurance - YouTube; How to raise the profile of academic integrity through quality assurance. - YouTube.

Heather Merrick MA (History)

Heather Merrick is Manager, Academic Quality at the University of Auckland.  She has over 15 years’ experience in the sector and has held quality assurance roles at Victoria University of Wellington and Cambridge University.  Heather has had extensive involvement with peer review and academic audit and has participated in or led self-review and post-audit implementation over three audit cycles at the University of Auckland.

Audits Completed

University of Auckland, Cycle 4 and 5, Self-Review.

Margaret Morgan MA (Otago), DipArch/RecMgtnt (Monash)

- Director, Quality Advancement

Margaret Morgan is Director, Quality Advancement at the University of Otago.  She has over 25 years, academic quality assurance experience at a national and local level and has led self-review and follow-up activities over three academic audit cycles at the University of Otago.  As head of Otago’s Quality Advancement Unit she has oversight for the University of Otago’s internal reviews process and large scale surveys of student and graduate opinion.  She also sits on the University’s Board of Graduate Studies, Board of Undergraduate Studies and Committees for Learning and Teaching, and Quality Advancement.  She is a former University of Otago Council member, and current co-chair of Te Manahua – New Zealand Universities Women in Leadership Steering Group.

Paula Morrison BA

- Academic Quality and Policy Manager

Paula is the Academic Quality and Policy Manager at Lincoln University, and has previously held a variety of managerial and administrative roles over her 27 years in tertiary administration both in the UK and New Zealand.  Paula is part of the University’s Academic Audit Steering Group and is the primary writer for the self-review.



Dr Eci Kikau Nabalarua PhD

Dr Eci Kikau Nabalarua has worked as an academic for 34 years. Dr Eci's career began in 1980 as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific, teaching management and public administration. After 21 years in this role, Dr Eci moved to Waikato University, teaching as a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Development. Dr. Eci later became the university’s director of development studies. In 2007 she rejoined USP as the PVC Academic and led the University through its first external institutional audit.  In January 2011, Dr. Eci joined the Fiji National University as the Dean – College of Humanities and Education comprising the Schools of Education, Communication, Language and Literature, Social Sciences and Creative Arts. In 2019 she led the School of Education through the  external audit of the teacher education programme at FNU undertaken by AQA.

Professor Ajit Narayanan Phd, University of Exeter

Professor Ajit Narayanan graduated from the University of Aston and completed a PhD at the University of Exeter. His research areas are application of artificial intelligence techniques in bioinformatics and systems biology; computational statistics, modeling and simulation; and philosophy of mind/brain, including machine ethics. He has been a member of numerous panels in the United Kingdom (1998-2004) first as part of the Higher Education Funding Councils of England (HEFCE) and of Wales (HEFCW) and then as part of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Audits Completed

University of Otago, Cycle 4 (Chair), 2011; University of the South Pacific, 2013; Lincoln University, 2016.

Professor Karen Nelson

- Provost

As Provost, Karen leads the Academic Division, which includes the Academic Affairs, Students and Academic Transformation Portfolios, the USQ College, and Library Services. In this role she is responsible for academic strategy, the quality of education and academic services, achieving excellence in student outcomes and enhancing USQ’s reputation and as a leading Australian university.

Between 2019 and 2021, Karen was the USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, and prior to that she was the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Before joining USC, Karen was at Queensland University of Technology as Director, Student Success and Retention, and Director, First Year Experience, positions which followed a series of traditional faculty-based academic roles.

A recognised authority in the first-year experience, and student engagement and retention, Professor Nelson’s research into the complex nature of the student experience has been instrumental in uncovering the factors influencing attrition and has advanced policy and practice nationally and internationally. Her contributions to higher education have been recognised by three national awards for university teaching and in 2016 she was made Principal Fellow of the UK based Higher Education Academy. In 2020, she was made Professor Emeritus of the University of the Sunshine Coast in recognition of her contributions.

Karen is widely engaged in the higher education sector and has served as the chair of the Australian Regional Universities Network DVC/PVC Learning and Teaching Group and Student Success Cluster (2014-2019), and is currently an elected member of the Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors Academic Executive group. She also serves the sector as the founding editor, and editor in chief of Student Success: an open access journal exploring the experiences of students in tertiary education; and has been a member of the organising committee, Chair or Co-chair of the annual STARS Conference and its predecessors for nearly 15 years.

Ashalyna Noa

- Pacific Academic Lead

Ashalyna Noa is currently a Pacific Academic Lead at the University of Canterbury (UC). In her role, she has actively contributed to CUAP proposals, programme reviews and various university boards and committees. With 14 years’ experience working at UC, she has held a variety of roles engaging with learners, including pastoral care support. From late 2016 - 2018, she coordinated a collaborative Ako Aotearoa research project on Pacific learner success at UC, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Lincoln University. She is completing a PhD at UC, where she also attained a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. Ashalyna is also a passionate member of the Pacific community in Christchurch, with over 10 years’ experience serving on local and national committees.

Dr Dione Payne PhD

Dione Payne is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Māori and Pasifika at Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki (Lincoln University) in Canterbury, New Zealand. Dione’s quality assurance experience includes, programme, campus and organisational auditing in the educational and health sector. She is passionate about supporting the educational aspirations of Māori (and Pasifika) in all forms. Dione is an advocate for Māori land development and productivity by customary owners, utilising customary ethics and principles. Applying a kaupapa led methodology with a key focus on tikanga Māori approaches to utilisation, retention and perpetuation of customary knowledge, including mahinga kai (customary food gathering and harvesting).

Dione lives in Koukourarata, a customary Māori papakainga (homeland) with her husband’s people. Dione continues to maintain her own whānau (family) links to her own papakainga in Aotearoa New Zealand’s North Island, Te Ika a Māui. Dione is a mokopuna (descendant) of many hapū and iwi including: Ngāti Hine ki Waikato, Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Toa, Tūhourangi, and Ngāti Rangitihi.

Previously a Quality Improvement Manager at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Dione directly managed campus and programme quality assurance, involving staff, students, stakeholder groups and managers. As the Operations Manager at Turuki Health, a Māori primary health provider,  Dione was also responsible for and actively managed quality assurance audits with Cornerstone (Primary Health Care), Ministry of Social Development (Family Start, Teen Parenting) and B4Baby quality programmes. As the Academic Director of Kiwa Institute of Education, Dione was directly involved in and passed the NZQA’s External Evaluation Review, and Tertiary Education Commission’s financial audit for ongoing funding.

Dr Lorraine Petelo

Dr Lorraine Petelo was appointed Assistant Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching in February 2019 at Lincoln University, and has been Chair of Academic Board since 2016. Lorraine’s discipline is Education and she has worked in New Zealand universities for nearly 26 years, specialising in leadership of academic audits, and facilitating academic quality assurance. Other areas of expertise include international partnerships and enabling access through pre-degree academic programmes.

Darryn Russell MInds

- Assistant Vice Chancellor (Māori)

Darryn Russell is the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori at the University of Canterbury. Mr Russell started his working life with the Inland Revenue Department, through the then Department of Māori Affairs, and was later appointed the Māori Community Officer with the Department. He then took up a position with the Department of Internal Affairs and just prior to settlement with the Crown, accepted a Regional leadership and development position with Ngāi Tahu.  

Darryn has always had a focus on Ngāi Tahu and Rūnanga development. With this background he held the position of Director, Māori Development at the University of Otago for several years. Darryn's current position as Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori has responsibility for developing and maintaining University Treaty-based relationships with Iwi and Māori providers, and coordinating and implementing the Strategy for Māori Development at the University of Canterbury. The Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori also leads his Executive Team and the Māori Development Team is also part of his portfolio.

Professor Emeritus Dugald Scott

Dugald Scott is a professor emeritus of Victoria University of Wellington where he was Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education from 2005 until his retirement in 2013.

Since 1996 he has been a member of the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP), the body which approves all university qualifications in New Zealand and was appointed as Deputy Chair of CUAP in 2006, a position he still holds. He chairs the CUAP Subcommittee on University Entrance, which considers matters relating to the entrance standards for New Zealand’s eight universities and has represented Universities NZ and the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee on several local and international working parties and groups considering aspects of quality assurance and the use of performance indicators in higher education. He was an auditor for the Academic Audit Agency for New Zealand Universities (Cycle 5), and has been a Chair of the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC) since 2015. In 2019 he was appointed as a lay member of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Professor Mahsood Shah PhD

Professor Mahsood Shah is the inaugural Dean of Swinburne Sydney. Having completed his PhD with a research focus on quality assurance in Australian higher education, he has led learning and teaching at faculty and school level at three Australian universities. Mahsood has extensive experience in all aspects of learning and teaching leadership including strategy and governance, quality assurance and enhancements, and maintenance of standards.  Previously he held the position of Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at La Trobe University. Mahsood is an active researcher with expertise in quality assurance in higher education, measurement and enhancement of student experience, student retention, international education, widening participation and private higher education.  Mahsood has worked closely with private higher education providers in accreditation of institutions and courses, is on the TEQSA Expert Register and been part of review panels with various international quality assurance agencies. 

Ceillhe Sperath BMS(Hons), CertQA, CQM, NZCQAP

- Director

Ceillhe Sperath is an Independent Company Director residing in Auckland. She is of Irish and Maori descent and her iwi affiliation is Ngapuhi.  Ceillhe has a background in Quality & Risk management, Business systems analysis and improvement, Tourism, Event and Project management. She has held a number of governance and executive management roles in New Zealand, and previously served as a Business Excellence Evaluator for the NZ Business Excellence Foundation. She is passionate about Maori and Pacific business and social enterprise development and is an advocate to support particularly young people and women into furthering their goals including higher education opportunities.  Ceillhe has served on the panel for the Cycle 4 audits of the University of Auckland, the University of Waikato, AUT University and Lincoln University.

Audits Completed

University of Auckland Cycle 4 2009, University of Waikato Cycle 4 2010, AUT University Cycle 4 2011, Lincoln University Cycle 4 2012

Professor Gordon Suddaby PhD

Professor Gordon Suddaby is a Higher Education Consultant having retired from his position as Associate Professor; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Massey University’s National Centre for Teaching and Learning at the end of 2011. Previously he was, for ten years, Director of Massey’s Centre for Academic Development and eLearning (CADeL). He is a past president of Australasian Council on Open, Distance and Elearning (ACODE), directing the ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute (LTLI) in 2013 and has been an LTLI faculty member in 2011 and 2015.  Gordon led the successful Massey University bid to establish and host Ako Aotearoa, the New Zealand National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. He is currently an Auditor for Universities New Zealand’s Academic Quality Agency (AQA) and an International Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (Scotland).

He has been involved in reviews/academic audits in New Zealand, Scotland, Australia and Fiji. 



Professor Lois Surgenor

- Associate Dean (Academic), Health Sciences

Professor Lois Surgenor is Associate Dean (Academic) in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago and a Professor in Psychological Medicine.  Professor Surgenor has experience chairing groups accrediting NZ professional programmes leading to registration as a health practitioner, as well as extensive involvement with academic governance committees and academic integrity processes.  



Pam Thorburn

Pam Thorburn is an organisational consultant who has worked extensively in areas relating to the student voice, pastoral care and wellbeing as well as university administration, technology and academic course design and delivery.

Additionally, Pam has extensive NGO governance, human resource, strategy and community development experience. Pam chairs a Māori Health Organisation and is working with several other organisations facilitating change and leading strategic planning. She has also been involved on a number of national and international Boards either as a trustee or in an advisory capacity. Pam has extensive government sector experience, primarily within Justice and Health.

Pam has had significant involvement in the development of tertiary education strategy, governance, quality assurance and operational management and leadership. She has been involved in the development and implementation of university policy and audit and assessment reviews, both within the university and externally with other organisations and service providers. Working for 21 years at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, she held senior leadership roles across a range of portfolios. These included student engagement and administration, learning and teaching, wellbeing and equity and inclusion. She was also a member of the University Academic Board. In her time at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, Pam was involved in academic audits, external reviews, crisis and risk management and conflict resolution.

Jane von Dadelszen

Jane von Dadelszen is an independent director and consultant advising Government agencies and educational organisations in New Zealand and internationally. Until December 2015, she was Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance, at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and led the comparative analysis of the NZQF with the European Qualifications Framework and with the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework. She also led tertiary education policy at the Ministry of Education for ten years. She has been a Council Member of the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) since 2015 and is a member of the HKCAAVQ task force reviewing accreditation criteria and standards. She is a director of the Government Accreditation Council (IANZ) and is a board member of Toi Whakaari National Drama School and English Language Partners. Recent projects include reviews of academic committee arrangements, tertiary education KPIs for Samoa, the Solomon Islands women’s economic empowerment strategy, evidence gaps to address family violence and pharmacy registration qualification requirements. She is a member of the TEQSA expert panel and the Hong Kong UGC 3rd Cycle audit panel and a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ) and the Institute of Directors (MInstD).

Dr Sue Walbran JP, MEd, PhD Wtgn, MInstD

- Director, Academic Office

Dr Sue Walbran is currently the Director, Academic Office at Victoria University of Wellington. She has held roles as Academic Director in the ITP sector and has been involved in quality assurance and quality improvement in education and health for over 20 years. She was a lead developer of the evaluative approach to quality assurance currently used in New Zealand’s non-university sector which is based on on-going systematic self-review.