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Graeme Cosslett is NZCER's Director.

Graeme's personal vision is to lead an organisation that thrives on invigorating education with evidence, understanding and innovation.

General Managers

General Manager Research and Development

Lorraine Rowlands is the General Manager, Organisational Development. She is a trained psychologist with a background in recruitment and human resources.

General Manager, Products and Services
General Manager, Māori
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, ko Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi

Nō te tau 2017 i tīmata ai a Sheridan i Te Wāhanga. He kaiako kura tuatahi, tumuaki kura kaupapa Māori, kaiwhakangungu kaiako, kairangahau hoki a Sheridan i ngā tau kua pahure. Kua mahi anō hoki ia hei kai tā rauemi mō ngā kura reo Māori.

Sheridan joined Te Wāhanga in 2017. She has a background in primary school teaching, initial and inservice teacher education, bilingual education and kura kaupapa Māori, education research and evaluation, and education publishing for Māori medium schools.

Te Wāhanga

Ko Te Wāhanga te pokapū rangahau Māori o te NZCER. E whakaū ana mātou ki te whakapai ake i ngā putanga mātauranga mō te iwi Māori, ka mutu, ka tautokona hoki te whakawhitiwhitinga o te hinengaro ā-mātauranga Māori.

Te Wāhanga is the Māori research unit within the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. We are committed to making a positive difference to education outcomes for Māori and to supporting transformative Māori educational thinking.

Te Wāhanga team

General Manager, Māori
Senior Researcher
Resource Developer


Researchers at NZCER have expertise in a broad range of areas of education.

Chief Researchers

Chief Researcher

Cathy Wylie is a Chief Researcher at NZCER. She came to NZCER in 1987. Her previous experience includes lecturing in social anthropology at Victoria and Auckland universities, contract research with a range of government departments, and evaluation of social welfare programmes and policy at the then Department of Social Welfare.

Chief Researcher

Karen leads NZCER's research programme on vocational and professional education. She believes strongly in the rich learning potential of all kinds of settings, and has a particular interest in those outside of educational institutions. She enjoys designing projects to impact on practice and policy. 

Chief Researcher

Rosemary (Rose) is a Chief Researcher at NZCER. She leads NZCER’s work related to how the key competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) are understood and enacted. Exploratory studies have particular appeal for Rose because of their potential to influence practice in positive ways. With three other NZCER researchers she recently completed a book called Key Competencies for the Future, published by NZCER Press.

Assessment Services

Education Adviser

Cathie is an ex-principal with a breadth of knowledge of NZCER's assessment tools. She is available to support schools with their choice and use of any NZCER's assessments or surveys, and with assessment advice more broadly.  She can also help you with analysis of achievement information and next steps. Cathie runs personalised professional development sessions based on the specific needs of a school or cluster.

Education Adviser/Researcher

Julie joined NZCER as an Education Advisor / Researcher in 2017. Julie is an experienced mathematics facilitator and primary teacher. For the last nine years she has worked in a range of capacities delivering mathematics professional leaning support in schools and clusters. She has strengths in mentoring and coaching leadership, effective assessment practices, and strategies to accelerate learning outcomes.

Manager, Professional Services
Assessment Services Support Specialist
Assessment Services Support Specialist


Publishing Manager

David is Publishing Manager at NZCER Press. A career publisher, he joined NZCER from legal publisher LexisNexis in 2010 where he was Managing Editor. Previously he has worked in Ireland for Thomson Reuters and in the UK for The Economist.  

Originally from Taranaki, David holds degrees in psychology and law from Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington. 

Senior Editor
Ngāi Tahu, Muaupoko, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Rangi

John joined NZCER Press as senior editor in 2013. He produces NZCER journals (set: Research Information for TeachersEarly Childhood FolioAssessment MattersCurriculum MattersEvaluation Matters), along with books and reports. John has edited novels and works of non-fiction that have won or been shortlisted for national and international awards, and he was a member of Te Waka Toi, the Māori arts board of Creative New Zealand.



NZCER’s communications team produces summaries, newsletters, brochures, video and more to spread the word about our research and research-based products.

You can also contact us for media inquiries.



Our sales team handles all order, invoicing and dispatch of books, journals and test items to customers.