Our people


    Elizabeth Rowe
    Elizabeth specialises in social policy advice, research and evaluation and public sector management. She became a consultant in 2001.

    Elizabeth has held many senior public sector positions, including Chief Executive and Assistant Chief Executive positions in social policy, women’s issues, and public sector management. She was the first New Zealand Equal Opportunity Commissioner and founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Families Commission.

    Her consulting experience includes:

    • Assisting the Federal Government with the development of the new (December 2010) Women’s Health Policy.
    • At the invitation of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, providing advice on the role of the new Auckland Council (which covers 40% of New Zealand’s population) in improving social well-being for Aucklanders. This has resulted in the recent (February 2011) announcement of the Social Policy Forum, the first in the country to promote joint action by both levels of government.
    • Creating the processes for a major new initiative to prevent family violence. This initiative included ten government agencies, peak non-government organisations, the judiciary, and children’s and families commissioners.
    • For more information about Elizabeth and her work see the Rowe Davies Research website.


    Master of Arts (1st Class Honours) (Victoria University)
    Senior Executive Program (London Business School)

    Carrie Hayter
    Carrie specialises in research and evaluation and in translating research to practice through training. She has a passion for working with agencies engaging with diversity. She became a consultant and trainer in 2005.

    Carrie has worked in the aged and community care and disability sectors for over 20 years. She has held influential policy and research positions working for the Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT, the NSW Government and in the community care sector in Britain.

    Carrie’s consulting and training experience includes:

    • Developing training and resources in building culturally competent aged and disability services. She co-wrote the first Cultural Competence and Case Management Training package for the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW;
    • Undertaking research on social inclusion, culture and disability for the National Ethnic Disability Alliance;
    • Contributing to the Alt Beatty project on wellness and enabling approaches in NSW –“A Handbook for Community Care Services – Empowering People, Enhancing Independence, Enriching Lives”;
    • Developing training and resources for aged and community care and disability services in implementing person centred and enabling approaches.


    Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) University of NSW, Sydney
    Masters of Economics (Honours) University of Sydney, Sydney

    Beyond our current associates, we have included in our project teams colleagues with additional expertise in consulting with Indigenous communities, in quality management systems and in residential aged care operations.