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.

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

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 Director, Educational Quality and Integrity at CQUniversity Australia, with 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 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’s joint re-registration with Tertiary Education Quality and Standards (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as both a higher education and vocational education and training (VET) provider, building on his experience as Think Education’s Project Director for the first joint TEQSA-ASQA re-registration in 2014/15. As Director of Accreditation, Australian Dental Council (ADC), the professional accreditation body for dental programs in Australia, Dr Burgess led a significant change management program that professionalised the ADC’s accreditation function. 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. Dr Burgess has published in French history and contributed to publications on higher education quality assurance and regulation.

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.

Dr Hamish Cochrane

- Director, Student Administration and Student Health


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

- 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 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 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.

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.

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. 


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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban QSO, Diploma in Social Work, PGDipDevStud

- 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.

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.


Pro-Vice Chancellor Sonia Mazey

Sonia Mazey is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor, Business and Law and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Canterbury (since 2012), where she has also held positions as Associate Dean (2010-2012) and Academic Manager (2008-2010) for Business and Economics.  Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2008, she was a Fellow and professional Senior Tutor (responsible for all academic and student-related activities) at Keble College, Oxford University, having previously held tenured lectureship posts in politics at Oxford, Cambridge, Brunel, and London Metropolitan Universities. Her main teaching research interests are politics and public policy in France and the European Union, particularly French regionalisation and economic development, EU and national gender and diversity policies and EU governance and policy-making.  She has published widely and her Google profile can be accessed at

With over thirty years’ experience of working in the University sector as both a frontline academic and a senior leader, she has detailed knowledge and extensive experience of university quality assurance and governance processes and regulatory frameworks in the UK and New Zealand.  She led the UC Business School’s successful campaign to achieve the so-called, ‘triple crown’ professional accreditation (AMBA, AACSB and EFMD-EQUIS). She is also an experienced AACSB accreditation mentor and peer-reviewer.

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.

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.

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 Assistant 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.  



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.

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.