Mary is a director of Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga and an education consultant. She is currently Chair of the Curriculum, Progress, and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group and a member of the NZQA board. She works with school leadership teams and a number of other 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 about what it takes to design an effective education system. She spent 10 years as a group and senior manager in the Ministry of Education, where she led the development of the New Zealand Curriculum. Mary has also been a teacher, principal and adviser to schools. 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.