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.

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.

Dr Jeanette Baird

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

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

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 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

- 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.


Audits Completed

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

Associate Professor Tim Cooper

- Associate Professor, History of Christianity

Tim Cooper is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Otago, where he has been teaching since 2005. In 2014 he won a University of Otago Teaching Excellence Award. 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 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.

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.

Emeritus Professor Roger Field ONZM FNZIM BSc (Hons), PhD

Emeritus Professor Roger Field is currently an education consultant and was previously Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University. Roger started his academic career as a lecturer in 1970 and became Professor of Plant Science at Lincoln University in 1986. He became Pro Vice-Chancellor in 1993 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1998. During this time he led many academic quality assurance initiatives on behalf of the University, including three academic audits conducted by NZUAAU (now AQA) and a wide range of internal and external academic reviews. He was a member of CUAP for more than 17 years, the final six years as Chair. Roger was a foundation auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency in 2001 and was involved as a panel member in three institutional audits between 2001 and 2004.

As Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University (2004 - 2012), Roger was heavily involved in the policy setting that supported university quality assurance in New Zealand and took an active interest in academic quality assurance matters at the University. He was chair of NZVCC in 2008 and 2009. Roger has a particular interest in transnational education, which has included substantial work in South East Asia, China, the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific.

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. 

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. 

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 (Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic)

Associate Professor Julie Mackey is Dean (AVCA) in the office of the Assistant 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.


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.

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.



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.

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 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. 

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.  



Dr Tasileta Teevale BPhEd, MBS, PhD

- Director Pacific Development

Tasileta is currently the Director of Pacific Development at the University of Otago. She is an experienced academic and public health researcher and has worked in the government sector in tertiary education and strategic development, both at local and national levels. Tasileta is Samoan and as Director of Pacific Development, contributes to the advancement of equity within the University of Otago.

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.

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.