National hui 2019 speakers and bios


Mary Chamberlain

Mary is a director of Evaluation Associates and a consultant. She is currently working with a number of organisations on education projects, including as co-chair of the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group.

Mary is a thought leader in curriculum and one of New Zealand’s most highly respected educators. She has deep knowledge of the education system and a profound understanding of teaching, learning and assessment, and what it takes to design an effective education 

system. She is highly respected as an education thinker and evaluator.

Mary spent 10 years as a group and senior manager in the Ministry of Education in Wellington. She led the development of the New Zealand Curriculum, the development of Curriculum Exemplars for years 1-10, the design of the National Assessment Strategy and the design of National Standards in literacy and numeracy. She has also been a teacher, principal and adviser to schools. Mary became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year’s Honours announced in 2012 for services to education.

Mary is passionate about achieving more equitable education outcomes. She particularly enjoys solving problems relating to quality teaching and learning at school, regional or system levels.

Simon Breakspear