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ANZEA Board 2016-2019

Co-Convenors Profiles


Sarah Appleton-Dyer

Kia ora tatou, I have worked as an evaluator since leaving University in 2000. I have worked predominately in the health, social and disability sectors. In 2004, I came here to work at the University of Auckland. This strengthened my understanding of evaluation theory and practice. I am always learning about myself as an evaluator and took this challenge further by completing my PhD on evaluation influence. I am passionate about evaluation that influences positive change.

I now have a senior role at Synergia and will be leading the portfolio from July 2014. This has allowed me to partner with a broader range of evaluators’. This sharing of insight, difference and passion is one of the most valuable things about my time in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

I continue to work as a Lecturer at the University of Auckland and am a reviewer for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. I have also served on evaluation and research committees in the UK and Australia.

I have been attending ANZEA conferences since I came here, and am a current member of the ANZEA conference committee. I have also supported the ANZEA-Superu collaboration to develop evaluation standards.

These experiences have provided insight into the values that underpin ANZEA. I would love to contribute to these and the ongoing development of ANZEA by becoming a board member. My previous committee experience would support this. I would also hope to draw on my evaluation expertise to support events and further growth.

You can contact Sarah Appleton-Dyer on sarah.appleton@synergia.co.nz.


Louise Were (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Tuwharetoa)

Louise Were

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou

Being able to contribute to the advancement of our profession is a humbling and ever inspiring journey – one I hope I can continue with you, should I be re-elected. During my time as a member and then Deputy Convenor of the ANZEA board, it has been a privilege to walk alongside others who share the same commitment to our community. I have worked collaboratively to contribute to evaluation as Māori through the establishment of Mā te Rae – Māori Evaluation Association, and contribute to regional branch development and national projects, such as the evaluation standards project. I’m also actively engaged with the global evaluation movement towards the Global EvalAgenda2020. I believe I have the passion, commitment and critical skills and consciousness to co-lead our national association.

I am a proud mother of three fantastic tamariki and find constant strength and support from my husband Brant (Ngāti Manawa). I am grounded within Te Ao Māori and by those I work with and for, with my professional background stretching across the Māori, health, disability and community sectors. I have been able to compliment this experiential learning with a Diploma in Business Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Māori), and the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research. I have an innate curiosity and genuine excitement for evaluation. I am particularly interested in the confluence of programmes and policy, and how evaluative information can inform policy development, service transformation and design, to ensure aspirational growth and wellbeing of our whānau, communities, hapū and iwi. I hope to be able to bring my passion for evaluation and building evaluative leadership in our professional community, to the board again. Ngā manaakitanga.

You can contact Louise Were on louisewere@gmail.com.

General Board Member Profiles


Shaun Akroyd

Shaun Akroyd
I work as an independent research and evaluation consultant with over 16 years’ experience, providing these services to government, non-government and kaupapa Māori and community group services. I am passionate about health and education, particularly for Māori, but my work also includes the justice sector. I have considerable experience in communications research with Māori, teaming up with many Market Research companies to work on national advertising campaigns (for example, Like Minds Like Mine, It’s Not Okay (Family Violence), Depression, and Smoking Not Our Future).

I am currently evaluating three Ministry of Health seed innovation projects about health, wellbeing, and resilience, and project managing an evaluation and outcomes framework project for the Ministry of Justice. I am also completing interviews with men recently released from prison (Department of Corrections). I am a team evaluator for NZQA, undertaking External Evaluation and Reviews (EERs).

Recent work includes project managing two three year projects: Whānau Ora action research programme (Te Puni Kokiri), and evaluating the Maori diabetes and cardiovascular demonstration project for the Ministry of Health.

What I offer as a Board member is Board and committee experience, a can-do attitude, a team-person, the ability to get along well with others, and dedication. I have been a committee member on and off with the Auckland, and Wellington ANZEA branches over the last 13 years and an ANZEA conference committee member twice. I have served on the ANZEA Board previously, and I am currently co-convenor of the ANZEA conference 2016.

You can contact Shaun Akroyd on shaun@akroydresearch.co.nz


Adrian Field

Adrian Field

Kia ora koutou. I have worked in evaluation in different capacities since 1999, across academia, public sector, and for the last ten years, as a private sector evaluation provider. In so doing, I have developed a grounded understanding of evaluation from the perspectives of those commissioning and undertaking evaluation, as well as those impacted by evaluation activities.

I am a current elected member of the ANZEA board and am seeking re-election. I have immensely valued the opportunity to work with the diverse skill set that board members bring to ANZEA.

My pathway in evaluation is similar to many who have transitioned from an applied research background, to one that strongly values the contribution that evaluation theory is making to development of the craft. I am still very much on that journey of discovery, and I am keen to support ANZEA in building evaluation learning.

I gained a PhD in public health research from Massey University in 2005, and led evaluation at Synergia, an Auckland-based consultancy, from 2006 to 2014. Since July 2014, I have been working through Dovetail, a solo evaluation consultancy, where I work in partnership with many in the evaluation sector.

If elected, I will bring to the board experience in the evaluation and research arenas, governance experience as a director of a successful company, and strong networks in the public, private and community sectors.

I am really gratified to be re-nominated to be an ANZEA Board member, and I hope that I can repay this by making a positive contribution to the continued growth of ANZEA.

You can contact Adrian Field on adrian@dovetailnz.com.


Seini Jensen

Seini Jensen

I am Tongan and have served on the ANZEA Board for the last 2 years, was co-convenor for the ANZEA conference in 2015, and hold the Pacific development portfolio for ANZEA.

I have a strong background and passion for strengthening evaluation by, with and for Pacific communities in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. I have worked collaboratively with the Pacific Fono to develop and implement the ANZEA Pacific Evaluation Plan and hope to continue to strengthen Pacific evaluation within ANZEA and to continue to support the growth, development and leadership of ANZEA.

I am currently the Director of Performance and Evaluation for Pasifika Futures, the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families. My recent evaluation work includes developing evaluation frameworks for the NZAID New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme in Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Kiribati and the AUSAID Specialist Clinical Workforce Development Programme in Vanuatu. I am committed to evaluation that improves outcomes for Pacific families and communities in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

You can contact Seini Jensen on Seini@pasifikafutures.co.nz.


Kate McKegg

I am a Pakeha New  Zealander descended from Irish, Scottish and English ancestors. I live in Hamilton with my husband Richard and youngest son Patrick.

I have worked in the fields of evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management since the late 1980s.  In 2002 I started The Knowledge Institute Ltd (www.knowledgeinstitute.co.nz ), after a decade of working in policy and evaluation in the government sector.  The Knowledge Institute specializes in evaluation, evaluative thinking and practice, evaluation training and evaluative capacity building and development. Since 2007, the Knowledge Institute has been a member of the Kinnect Group (www.kinnect.co.nz), which combines the strengths of four experienced evaluators.

I have specialist skills in developmental evaluation, strategy, policy, and programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, evaluation training and facilitation.  I have worked alongside and with government, non-government, philanthropic and community organisations on a diverse range of projects and initiatives across many different sectors . I have supported leaders and practitioners in communities, organisations, and government to think critically and evaluatively about the quality and value of what they do; and to also develop the capacity and capabilities to demonstrate this value in useful and meaningful ways.

I am a founding member, and the current Convenor of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA). I have a deep and long lasting commitment to the development of the evaluation field and profession in Aotearoa New Zealand because I firmly believe that evaluation, and evaluative thinking and practice can contribute to the betterment of our society.

You can contact Kate McKegg on kmckegg@me.com


Kathleen Seataoai Samu (Ata)

Kathleen Ata Samu

I am of Samoan descent. I am a graduate of The University of Auckland with a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Arts in Psychology and a MA in Sociology.

I am currently the Senior Analyst Evaluation and Research with the Ministry of Pacific Peoples. I am a seasoned research and evaluation analyst with over a decade of diverse professional experience in the field. Prior to my role with the Ministry, I worked as a Senior Knowledge Analyst for Superu (Families Commission) and a Research Analyst for a number of organisations including the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Pacific Health Unit of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, SHORE at Massey University and the Clinical Research and Resource Centre of the Waitemata District Health Board.

My research interests are Pasifika social research, Pasifika evaluation methodologies and Pasifika youth. I enjoy being a researcher and evaluator and like to encourage others to be evaluative thinkers; always asking the questions, “What difference have I made?” “What impact has my work made on our communities?”

I am inspired and live by the Samoan proverb, o le ala I le pule o le tautua – the road to leadership is through service.

Ia manuia

You can contact Kathleen (Ata) Samu on ata_samu@hotmail.com.


Matilde Tayawa-Figuracion

Matilde Tayawa-Figuracion

Kia ora. Ko Matilde Tayawa Figuracion tōku ingoa. No Philippines ahāu, ēngari no Te Whanganui-a-tara e noho anā. No Hikina Whakatutuki e mahi anā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

The Philippines is my country of birth and Aotearoa New Zealand is now my country of choice. I migrated to New Zealand in 2005 with my husband Clark.

I have joined ANZEA since it was founded and attended the first conference in Taupo in 2006. I have seen how it has grown to become the respected (here and abroad) professional evaluation body in Aotearoa New Zealand. Last year, I have had the opportunity to work alongside committed Board members when I was co-opted to join the ANZEA Board to fill a vacancy. I also continue to contribute to the ANZEA Wellington branch, especially in helping develop its programme offering for its local members. I’d like to contribute further to its continued growth especially in the New Zealand public sector.

I have worked in the public sector all my working life spanning 22 years:  12 in the policy sector in the Philippines and 10 years in the evaluation field in New Zealand  (formerly at Te Puni Kōkiri and now at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). In my long years of public sector experience, I could see a huge opportunity to connect policy and evaluation work together. Last year, an opportunity arose with the 2015 International Year of Evaluation celebration. I was heavily involved in mustering 27 government agencies together to deliver a year-long practical workshops and events to advance evaluation culture in the public sector and to understand what policy needs from evaluation. A comprehensive Calendar of Events (24 events), the first of its kind, were delivered which were attended by more than a thousand (1,083) policy, programme, operational, research and evaluation staff. I also managed to organise two high level panel discussion and debate on how evaluation could contribute and be supported to inform policy and decision-making.

I’m a practical person so opportunities like this where I could facilitate and connect ANZEA work to where it can add value in promoting evaluative thinking, evaluation practice and evaluation use for the betterment of the society is something that I’d like to contribute if elected unto the ANZEA Board.

You can contact Matilde Tayawa Figuracion on matilde.tayawa@gmail.com.


Rae Torrie

Rae Torrie
Tēna koutou katoa. Ko Pākehā te iwi. I tipu ake ahau i Turanganiui-a-Kiwa me Rotorua. I ēnei rā, e noho ana e mahi ana hoki ahau I Pōneke. Ko Rae Torrie tōku ingoa.

Hi all. I’m a Pākeha New Zealander. I grew up in Gisborne and Rotorua, and now live and work in Wellington. My name is Rae Torrie.

I grew up on the gorgeous East Coast. That was where I first noticed differences in how people were treated – Māori and Pākehā, women and men. I became a social worker in the 1980s and then moved into Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO). This is where I began learning the evaluation trade, as Government sought to report on its investment in EEO. I became self-employed in 1998, increasingly taking on evaluation work, and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research in 2009.

I am a Director of Evaluation Works Ltd (with Robyn Bailey), a small evaluation consultancy based in Wellington. I am an experienced and trusted professional evaluator. In recent years I have worked predominantly in the youth, social services and health sector. I have a particular interest in outcome models and measurement, in assisting organisations to build their evaluative capability, and what it means to be a Pākehā evaluator.

I am the Treasurer and an active member of the local ANZEA branch, and have been involved in planning the ANZEA conferences in 2014 and 2016, and the ANZEA symposium in 2015.

You can contact Rae Torrie on rae.torrie@xtra.co.nz.


Steve Tracey

Steve Tracey

I will bring 25 years of experience in education and evaluation to the ANZEA board.  I have strong connections to the professional learning community of evaluation: I’ve been an active member of ANZEA  for many years; liaise with universities; and maintain relationships with well-known national and international evaluators.

I have an ongoing interest in the development of evaluator capability and ways to promote and grow professional evaluation practice in Aotearoa and the Pacific. I am committed to supporting the development of culturally responsive and participatory methodologies in evaluation, particularly in education.

As an experienced review officer and manager in ERO, and previously a teacher, I have a good knowledge of educational issues and evaluation theory and practice.  I’m committed to collaborative ‘reflection-on-practice’ to improve evaluation and have a strong interest in the practice of evaluation teams and ethics.  Working in a government evaluation agency I have a well-developed sense of the challenges, complexities and imperatives of the evaluation endeavour and will work to build the profile of high quality evaluation across the public and private sectors.

I live In Auckland and enjoy the arts, the outdoors, family and friends.

You can contact Steve Tracey on steve.tracey@ero.govt.nz.


Rachael Trotman

Rachael Trotman

I live in Titirangi, West Auckland with my partner Teina, our two daughters Kimi and Tui and assorted animals. I have a social consultancy called WEAVE and undertake a diverse mix of research, evaluation, facilitation and mentoring across sectors. I have a qualitative bent and particularly love developmental evaluation contexts where things are emerging, ambiguous, complex and fast moving. I was co-opted onto the ANZEA Board in 2014 and was a founding Board member between 2006 and 2009. I bring tactical pragmatism to the ANZEA Board, along with willingness to commit time and energy for the benefit of evaluative endeavour in Aotearoa. I have significant governance and strategic experience, good networks and a passion for supporting communities and lay people to understand and communicate their impact.

I see the key priorities for ANZEA being to resource and engage a skilled person to lift the organisation and its goals to a new level (instead of relying solely on busy volunteers), supporting Ma Te Rae as a new independent body and the Pasifika Fono of ANZEA to flourish, building evaluative capacity in the community sector and making strategic links nationally and internationally (especially in the Pacific).

You can contact Rachael Trotman on rachael.trotman@xtra.co.nz.


Paula White

Paula White

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. Nō Hōterani me Āirihi me Ingārangi me WīWī ōku tupuna. E noho ana ahau i te Whanganui-a-Tara ināianei. He kairangahau me he kaiarotakenga hoki ahau. Ko Paula White tōku ingoa.

Hi everyone, I’m Paula White. I’m a fourth generation kiwi with family roots stemming from Scotland, Ireland, England, and France. I specialise in research and evaluation and I’m currently based in Wellington.

For ten years I’ve seen how evaluation connects values with research insights to help develop policies, programmes and organisations. I’ve also seen its potential for contributing to better social and environmental results – which is why ‘good’ evaluation is so important.

I’m seeking a second term on the Board to help sustain and grow ANZEA as an organisation and to support its work towards world-class evaluation in Aotearoa. I offer the ANZEA community my insights and commitment on matters I consider important, such as:

  • recognising the central place of relationships and values in evaluative work
  • privileging cultural and other marginalized perspectives in evaluation
  • genuine evaluation skill sets and mentoring for all those doing evaluation, and
  • quality evaluation through fit for purpose commissioning and managing.

You can contact Paula White on paulawhites@gmail.com.