Dr Maria Harries runs her own evaluation and management consulting business. She holds the position of Senior Honorary Fellow at the University of Western Australia where she worked as an academic for over 20 years. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, engaged in research development. Dr Harries holds original degrees in Psychology and Politics from the University of Tasmania, and Social Work from University of WA. She also has a Masters in Social Administration from Flinders University and a PhD from Murdoch University.