About Us

Peter Sherwin

Auckland based, Pete's 20 something years working in the tertiary sector began as a REAP Community Education Organiser.  His most recent institutional position was as Academic Director at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga.   As such he had ultimate responsibility within the organisation for: programme delivery; academic policy, standards and audit; academic partnerships; and managing the polytechnic's international student operation.  He has completed a significant number of strategic projects for tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand.  His qualifications include an MBA and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Research.  Pete is a Lead Evaluator with NZQA and a professional advisor to the NZQA targeted review process.  From rural beginnings he remains passionate about the outdoors where he can be found most weekends. He lives on the shores of the Manukau harbour with his wife, teenage boys, a Doberman and a three-legged cat.

Rika Milne

Rika has nineteen years experience working in the tertiary sector. Rika came from a background in environmental management and has a MSc majoring in natural resource management. Rika worked for nine years teaching and co-ordinating the highly successful undergraduate Marine Studies Programme at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Since leaving formal employment in 2004, Rika has successfully contracted to a range of organisations across the education and government sector. She co-directs Indigo Pacific, Arahanga’s curriculum and resource development unit which specialises in the development of education resources, programme documentation, curricula, assessment, moderation and education related research. Rika is passionate about improving the quality of education and the learning experience of students in New Zealand. She has particular interests in the development of teaching and learning materials and education resource kits, Māori and community education, and research. Rika lives in the Bay of Plenty. When not spending time with whānau, Rika likes to mountain bike, practice yoga or be on, under and around the sea.

Tracey Harkness

Tracey has worked in the tertiary education sector for 12 years in a range of teaching and management roles both in New Zealand the Middle East.  She completed her Commerce degree at Victoria University, later obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Waikato.  Tracey is currently completing her MBA through Deakin University.  She has also completed several qualifications in adult learning and assessment, including work place assessor.  Tracey’s main area of expertise is business education.  She also has proficiency in programme development; moderation; development of education resource materials; considerable project management expertise and an excellent understanding of the education sector.  She has worked and travelled in many countries and is dedicated to student success and enjoyment.

Ross Scobie

Ross is based in Whangarei and is a former Director of Academic Services and more recently Director of Institutional Quality at a medium sized polytechnic. He has extensive experience in teaching, the provision of educational services, academic quality, negotiating and implementing academic agreements, programme development and change management.  Ross is an NZQA Professional Advisor to the Targeted Review and a member of the NZQA’s pool of External Evaluators.  He is also a skilled mediator with registration as a Panel Member of LEADR (Association of Disputes Resolvers).  Ross holds a BSc(Hons) degree and served for several years as a Council member of a tertiary institution.

Lindsay Olney

After many years spent developing, delivering and leading programmes in the tertiary environment,  Lindsay’s academic interests these days centre on vocational pathways and lifelong learning.  Her Master of Arts degree focussed on managing change in the ever-changing polytechnic sector.  Current activities involve NZQA quality assurance policies and procedures.  Lindsay welcomes the challenge faced by tertiary providers to undertake self-assessment, evaluation and review;  and to deliver training that matches graduate capabilities with the requirements of employers for employees who can demonstrate 21st Century skills in the workplace.  She is also a keen walker, plays tennis and enjoys family life, especially the activities of her five grandchildren.

Dr Christine Pritchard

Christine has worked in the tertiary sector for twenty five years. During this time she has undertaken a range of roles from tutor to senior manager. As a Head of Faculty her work included experience in programme delivery, academic development, academic and operational management and leadership. As Head of Faculty Christine also held a position on the senior executive of a regional institute of technology.

Christine has had experience as a member on a number of accreditation panels, and has worked closely with a wide number of ITOs; several of these relationships included the development and review of qualifications and unit standards.

Christine holds a PhD and Master of Education (Adult). Christine has undertaken several research projects pertaining to the ITP sector. Most recently she has undertaken research entitled “An investigation into ITP tutors’ understanding of policy and performance, to identify changes that have the potential to enhance teaching practice.”  Christine is based in New Plymouth.

Hana Lambert

Hana has had a range of roles in the tertiary sector over the last 17 years and loves working in this dynamic and constantly evolving environment. Hana has worked for a regional Polytechnic, the University of Otago, Unitec, and she established and managed the University of Canterbury's Student Recruitment and Development Office in Auckland. Her work has included management roles in student services, student recruitment, marketing and communication. Hana is currently a national board member of the Careers Expo Committee and an executive member of the Auckland Careers and Transition Educators Association.  Having had extensive involvement in Maori student support and retention initiatives during her career, Hana is a founding member of the collaborative Maori secondary student leadership and development programme, Kei a Tatou Te Ihi (KATTI) in the Auckland region.  Hana has a BSoc Sci from Waikato University and a Graduate Diploma in Career Practice.

Lois Kelly

Lois’s academic career has centred around both the secondary and tertiary education sector.  Now based in the central North Island, Lois’s management background was as a Head of School and Dean at two regional polytechnics and a Centre Manager with a University Language Institute.  As such, she has experience in academic and operational management and leadership; academic development; programme delivery; and human resource management.  Lois has been a member of numerous industry and academic bodies.  Her qualifications include a Master in Management (Distinction) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Management).

Alex McKegg

Alex’s tertiary education experience is in senior academic and leadership roles in foundation education at two metropolitan ITPs.  She has worked as a Developer with the Adult Literacy and Numeracy project, initially with TEC and then with the University of Waikato.  Alex is also a part-time External Lead Evaluator for NZQA and has recently been contracted to facilitate Consistency Reviews for NZQA.

Her professional associations have included the ITPNZ Foundation Learning and Training Programmes Forum, the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators and the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Alex is currently a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA). Her considerable expertise as an evaluation specialist enables her to support organisations to tell robust, real and convincing performance stories.

Alex is located in Auckland.  In addition to her work she is enthusiastic about music performance, the beach and her family.

Alice Jones

Alice's passion has always been with the environment and this began about 20 years ago with a Master of Science (Hons) at Auckland University majoring in ecological restoration and zoological physiology.

Her tertiary education experience is in senior academic and managerial roles at an institute of technology.  Alice also coordinated student research whilst continuing her own research in several ecological projects throughout NZ.  Alice is also a qualified ESL teacher, having taught Business English, in Japan and NZ.  Her work with Arahanga is mainly in research, instructional design and educational resource design.

Alice says that gets a real buzz out of talking with others and is forever learning herself.  She believes that to be able to live, work and pass on holistic sustainable ethics to business, schools and communities is the only way to go!

Greg Hendren

Greg has worked in the higher education sector for over 25 years. His roles have included academic support, communications teaching and staff training; both as a teacher and programme manager. Having worked extensively with both learners and educators and, with a supporting background in adult education theory, Greg has developed valuable insights into the teaching and learning process. As a result he has a strong interest in the constructive alignment of learning outcomes, learning and teaching activities, and assessment. Resource development, assessment writing and moderation flow from this interest. Greg’s work (with three polytechnics and a UK university) has taken place in New Zealand and in three countries in the Middle East. Greg is a registered primary school teacher and holds a PG Dip in Education (Adult Ed). He is nearing completion of his M Ed (Adult Ed). In his free time, Greg enjoys reading, cycling and water sports.

Carmel O’Neill-Gregory

Carmel has worked in both the health and tertiary education sectors.  As a Registered Comprehensive Nurse she has held clinical and management roles within, District Health Boards and the NGO sector, specialising in mental health, over 14 years. Carmel's tertiary education experience is PTE based, managing and operating a successful PTE for a decade with key responsibilities for academic and organisational quality assurance.

Carmel is focused on relevant and real outcomes for learners and this is a primary motivator in all her current project and evaluative work within tertiary education and health.  For the past five years she has been a Lead Evaluator with NZQA undertaking External Evaluation and Reviews of tertiary education organisations.

Carmel is Auckland based living in Pukekohe and enjoys time with family and friends, while trying to maintain a small lifestyle property..