Reposting from the Australian Evaluation Association…

Kua hinga te tōtara o Te Waonui a Tāne

The tōtara in the great forest of Tāne has fallen.

We are deeply saddened to share the news that, Dr Jenny Neale, AES Fellow and past-President,passed away unexpectedly last week.

Jenny (pictured right) was a driving force in establishing the discipline of evaluation in New Zealand/Aotearoa. Over the past 20 years, Jenny worked to foster an evaluation culture across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand. Jenny held several leadership roles in evaluation, including President of the AES (2007-2010), Fellow of the AES, and Chair of the AES Awards & Recognition Working Group. She was also an active member of the AES NZ committee for over 20 years.

Jenny’s contribution to evaluation was grounded in her principles of social justice and equity. Jenny was an international leader in gender-based evaluation, focusing on gender inequities in higher education. Jenny was a mentor and inspiration to many. She encouraged and supported people to step forward and embrace new roles and challenges. Jenny knew we all could do more and be more than we thought possible. We will deeply miss Jenny’s passion for the AES, her sense of humour and adventure, and her tireless support for others.

The AES Board and members send our deepest sympathy to Jenny’s family. You can find details of the celebration of Jenny’s life here. We also invite AES members to post their reflections on Jenny’s contribution to the AES and elsewhere here.