Mary is a director of Evaluation Associates and a consultant. She is currently working with a number of organisations on education projects.
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, having recently been involved in the OECD review of education in Indonesia.
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 has a bachelor’s degree in education and a number of master’s papers in education management. She also has an executive master’s degree in public policy. She 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.
In her spare time she loves being out on the Waitemata Harbour, growing vegetables, hitting golf balls and leisurely cycling.