Our people

Our People

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

Dr Poskitt, NZAI President, is Associate Head of 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

Associate Head

Inst. of Education, Massey University


Michael Absolum


Evaluation Associates Ltd

Members of the Executive 

Beverley Booth


Devonport School, Auckland

Sue Chalmers

Chief Advisor Assessment/Kaiwhakahaere Matua Aromatawai.

NZ Qualifications Authority

Vivienne Mallabar

Deputy Principal

Ormiston Junior College, Auckland

Dr Esther Smaill

Senior Researcher

NZCER, Wellington

Kaye Brunton


Ngatitoa School, Wellington

Bronwen Cowie

Professor of Education

University of Waikato

Julie Morris

Deputy Principal

Raumati Beach School, Paraparaumu

Ruth Tate

Kaitakawaenga/PLD Consultant - Team Leader - North Island

Evaluation Associates, Auckland

Adrienne Carlisle

Education Consultant

Evaluation Associates, Auckland

Alison Gilmore

Associate Professor

EARU, University of Otago

Anne Purves

Education Consultant

Evaluation Associates, New Plymouth

Garry Taylor

National Manager - Assessment and Evaluation

Evaluation Associates, Christchurch

Robyn Caygill

Chief Education Advisor

Ministry of Education

Aroha Heaslip

Kaitakawaenga/PLD Consultant

Evaluation Associates, Tauranga

Dr Peter Rawlins

Senior Lecturer

Inst. of Education, Massey University

Angela Thorogood

Assistant Principal

Prospect School, Auckland