Meet our new Principal Advisors

7 April 2022

We're delighted to welcome the following staff. We look forward to you meeting them...

LYnda Sanderson Productivity CommissionLynda Sanderson, Principal Advisor

Lynda has joined the Commission's Economics and Research team.

Lynda's primary research interest is in the links between firm behaviour, firm performance and outcomes for workers. Her past research has covered areas including trans-Tasman migration, the dynamics of exporting and firm performance, technology uptake, and the impacts of foreign direct investment.

Most of Lynda’s career has been in the New Zealand public sector, with research roles at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Treasury, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. She recently spent a year at the OECD, leading a team of economists focused on cross-country distributed microdata research into productivity and business dynamics.

Lynda has an MPhil on the return and onward migration of New Zealanders in Australia and a PhD on the international engagement and performance of New Zealand firms, both from the University of Waikato. She also has bachelor degrees in Economics (Hons), Linguistics, and Japanese from the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington.


Carolyn O'FallonCarolyn O'Fallon, Principal Advisor

Carolyn has joined the Commission's Fair chance for all inquiry team. Carolyn has been involved as an evaluator, strategic and policy advisor, in several complex, cross-agency social sector programmes such as the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, Children’s Action Plan, Tāmaki Regeneration Programme and other place-based initiatives. 

Carolyn has been working as an evaluator, researcher and policy developer for local and central government for nearly 30 years. Following completion of her PhD in public policy (Lincoln University, 1994), Carolyn led her own consultancy, Pinnacle Research & Policy Limited, for 18 years, with a focus on the land transport sector policy, research, evaluation and economics. Among other things, Carolyn kick started the walking school bus movement in New Zealand, worked with 40 organisations to encourage cycling to work, and developed a business continuity plan for pandemic influenza which won NZ international recognition.

In 2011, Carolyn moved to working in the public sector with roles at MBIE (in the tourism data space); Department of Corrections (in research and evaluation); and as an evaluator at Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu); Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (in investment assurance); Joint Venture Business Unit for (Eliminating) Family Violence and Sexual Violence (in investment and budget strategy) and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (in organisational strategy).