Introducing Ruth Shinoda, Deputy Chief Executive, Evaluation and Policy

In April, Ruth Shinoda joined ERO as the Deputy Chief Executive, Evaluation and Policy. She brings a wealth of experience in the education sector in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Immediately prior to joining ERO, she was acting Deputy Secretary Strategy, Engagement and Performance and Chief Operating Officer at the Treasury on secondment from the Ministry for Primary industries, where she was Director Skills, Science and Food Policy. From 2014 to 2016, she served as Associate Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Education, covering early years education policy, Māori education strategy, Treaty settlements and building the Ministry’s policy capability. During that time, she helped lead the development of the Māori Education Strategy and the evidence base to underpin it.

Beyond work, Ruth is currently chair of the Government’s Women’s Network and, in her own words, is particularly passionate about building inclusive teams and has “a track record of supporting women to thrive and of championing stronger inclusion of Māori perspectives”. She also keeps busy hiking up the Wellington hills, watching art-house movies, playing Taiko drums, and keeping up with her teenage daughters.