Stella Vickers (PhD).
Stella is a Senior Consultant at Synergia. She is based in our Wellington office.
Stella is an experienced evaluator and researcher whose experience spans central
government, non-profit organisations, and contract/consultancy work. She has more than
15 years’ experience leading or contributing to significant projects in health and public
health, mental health, social services, and education. The application of concepts from her
postgraduate qualifications in psychology and public health allow her to consider individual,
social, organisational, and population-level perspectives. Many of her projects have focused
on service delivery and their development and change. Evident throughout her career is her
commitment to evidencing where inequality exists and supporting efforts to address it.
Experienced in applying a range of evaluation approaches and methods, Stella is pragmatic
and creative. She is comfortable using a range of frameworks, working with various data
types, and synthesising large amounts of information. Stella is committed to supporting
evaluation use, and she welcomes opportunities to discuss and make sense of data and
findings with stakeholders. Stella gets a lot of satisfaction from working with clients and
colleagues, developing evaluation capability, and seeing the difference that evidence and
insights can make. She is comfortable interacting with people from many walks of life, and
she is an experienced interviewer, facilitator, presenter, writer, and project manager.
In her spare time, Stella enjoys music and singing, reading, writing, movies, and taking in the
natural beauty of the Hutt Valley.