Our people

Our People

The New Zealand Assessment Institute (NZAI) is the initiative of Professor Jenny Poskitt and Michael Absolum.

Dr Poskitt, NZAI President, is Professor in the Institute of Education at Massey University. She has experience as a primary school teacher, parent, researcher, university lecturer and member of numerous national advisory groups.

Michael Absolum is a director of Evaluation Associates Ltd, a highly regarded professional development provider in educational assessment. He is the author of influential assessment publications for teachers.



Dr Jenny Poskitt


Inst. of Education, Massey University


Michael Absolum ONZM


Evaluation Associates Ltd

Members of the Executive 

Dr Beverley Booth


Devonport School, Auckland

Sue Chalmers

Chief Advisor Assessment/Kaiwhakahaere Matua Aromatawai.

NZ Qualifications Authority

Julie Morris

Deputy Principal

Raumati Beach School, Paraparaumu

Garry Taylor

National Manager - Assessment and Evaluation

Evaluation Associates, Christchurch

Kaye Brunton

Education Consultant

Evaluation Associates Ltd

Professor Bronwen Cowie

Professor of Education

University of Waikato

Dr Peter Rawlins

Senior Lecturer

Inst. of Education, Massey University

Angela Thorogood


Kelston Primary School, Auckland

Adrienne Carlisle

Education Consultant

ex Evaluation Associates

Aroha Heaslip

Kaitakawaenga/PLD Consultant

Evaluation Associates, Tauranga

Dr Esther Smaill

Senior Researcher

NZCER, Wellington

Robyn Caygill

Chief Education Advisor

Ministry of Education

Vivienne Mallabar

Deputy Principal

Ormiston Junior College, Auckland

Ruth Tate

Kaitakawaenga/PLD Consultant - Team Leader - North Island

Evaluation Associates, Auckland