Board members are appointed by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors Committee (NZVCC) from nominations made by the organisations listed. The Chair is appointed by NZVCC. The Deputy Chair is appointed by NZVCC from the appointed Board members and after considering the advice of the Board. Functions of the Board are defined in the Constitution.

The AQA Board

Sitting Left to Right: Professor Emerita Deborah Willis, Daniel Haines (Deputy Chair), Emeritus Professor Sheelagh Matear (Executive Director AQA). 
Standing Left to Right: Dr John Egan, Ellen Dixon, Rosa Hibbert-Schooner.
In absentia: Emeritus Professor John Morrow (Chair), Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Dr Sharon Toi.

Emeritus Professor John Morrow

- Chair of the Board


Daniel Haines BA MBA

- Deputy Chair of the Board

Daniel (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) has bones in the Hokianga, but his heart is in Tāmaki Makaurau. Employed at Panuku Development, Daniel leads the Māori outcomes team where he partners with iwi to build the biggest Māori city in the world. He has also held elected roles in workers and student unions.

Daniel has a BA and MBA from the University of Auckland.

Professor Cheryl de la Rey

- Vice-Chancellor nominee

Professor Cheryl de la Rey is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury.

She holds a PhD in Psychology, specialising in Social Psychology. Cheryl has held a number of leadership positions in tertiary education in South Africa including being Chief Executive of the Council on Higher Education and Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria. She currently serves as a board member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the Academic Quality Agency (AQA) and she is the Chairperson of the Association of Commonwealth Universities Council (ACU).

Ellen Dixon BA(Ling), MIRAD(Distinction), PhD Candidate (IR)

- New Zealand Union of Students' Associations (NZUSA) nominee

Ellen Dixon is the National Education Officer at the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), the Vice-President Advocacy of the Victoria University of Wellington Postgraduate Students’ Association, and the NZUSA nominee on the Committee of University Academic Programming at Universities New Zealand.  She has aided postgraduate representation at Massey University and the University of Canterbury since 2017, and has worked with the International Pacifica University, the library division of Palmerston North City Council, and various not-for-profit organisations.  

Ellen is a Massey Scholar and a Wellington Doctoral Scholar.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in International Relations at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington.

Rosa Hibbert-Schooner Bachelor Te Reo Māori and Māori Indigenous Studies (Te Pūkenga – Ara), Diploma in Psychology, Diploma in Criminal Justice (Canterbury)

- Te Mana Ākonga nominee

Dr John Egan BA (Oswego), MA, PhD (British Columbia), MHigherEd (Auckland)

- New Zealand Tertiary Education Union Nominee

Dr John P Egan is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) Director in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, where he has been involved in a range of initiatives related to academic programmes 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 and a Master of Higher Education from the University of Auckland.

Dr Sharon Toi MBA, PhD (Law)

- Lay member


Professor Emerita Deborah Willis PhD (Well), BA, MA (Hons) Canterbury, Dip Teaching.

Emeritus Professor Deborah Willis was the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington from 2004 - 2014. During her term she was also PVC of the Faculty of Education.

She lectured in the Victoria University School of Education for over 10 years specialising in curriculum, assessment and evaluation issues. Previously, following a period of teaching and research in the Pacific region, she was appointed Director of the Victoria University Teaching Development Centre and then Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic) with responsibility for academic policy and all aspects of teaching and learning quality. 

In 2016 she was appointed acting Dean of the Waikato University Management School.

Emeritus Professor Willis has served on numerous internal, national and international review panels and was an inaugural member of the national tertiary teaching awards committee. In 2005 she was appointed by the Government to chair the Teaching Matters Forum. She served as the New Zealand representative on the Grants Committee of the University of the South Pacific for six years.