Dr Lynn is an Economic and Social Anthropologist. Areas of specialisation include entrepreneurship and innovation, organisational and economic development, Tertiary Sector, and Māori economic development.
A former entrepreneur, Dr Lynn developed award-winning intelligent technology for the global food industry. More recently, her work has involved economic development in Wellington and Marlborough, teaching and research performance improvement at Victoria University, and significant industry and tertiary education consulting through Mandolin Associates.
Dr Lynn is the former Chief Executive of BERL Economics, former Chair of the Innovation Partnership Forum on the digital economy and is now the Chief Executive of the Universal College of Learning (UCOL). UCOL is a large, multi-campus Tertiary Institute with international outreach. UCOL focuses on contemporary skills, quality employment, applied research, and regional economic and social development.
An advocate of life-long learning that supports the wellbeing of individuals and equal access to opportunity; Dr Lynn is a competent leader, analyst and strategist who has worked across economic sectors. With Governance experience spanning more than 20 years, Dr Lynn is an Independent Director of Infometrics Limited, a Director of TANZ eCampus (online education), and on the Governance Committee of the Tertiary Accord of New Zealand.