New Zealand Universities' Women in Leadership Programme Alumnae

The following women have attended previous Universities' Women in Leadership Programmes and are happy to be contacted if you are seeking further information about the programme or would like assistance to prepare a nomination.

Academic Staff Women's Programme

2019 Keana Hemi
Wendy Fox
2018 Dianne Forbes
Ann Hardy
2017 Rebecca Sargisson
Mary Simpson
2016 Cate Curtis
Justine Kingsbury
2015 Priya Kurian
Kirstine Moffat
Linda Nikora
2014 Sharyn Heaton
Nicola Starkey
Anna Strutt
2013 Rachel McNae
Kirsten Petrie
2012 Eva Collins
Annika Hinze
Ngārewa Hāwera
2011 Kim Pickering
Karen Barbour
2010 Bronwen Cowie
Lyn Hunt
2009 Alison McIntosh
Margaret Franken
2008 Giselle Byrnes
Jacquelin Mackinnon
2007 Brenda Midson
Chrissen Gemmill
Tracy Bowell
Jan Pilditch
Sally Jo Cunningham

General Staff Women's Programme

2019 Lynn Bourne
Cara Tate
2018 Hanlie Du Plessis
Cassandra Jutsum
Rangihuria McDonald
Tracy Pilet
2017 Roimata Batley
Rachael Goddard
2016 Rachel Fox
Tania Heke
2015 Tricia Finn
Shelley Catlin
2014 Meshweyla Macdonald
Sonya Saunders
2013 Helen McKinnon
Vye Perrone
2012 Carolyn Jones
Renée Boyer-Willisson
2011 Sally Sleigh
Janice Campen
2010 Louise Tainui
Peta Goldsworthy
2009 Herearoha Skipper
Tania Mallett
2008 Clare Cramond
Lee-Ann Jordan

How to Apply

Eligible staff are sent information early each year.

About the Programme

The Women in Leadership Programme (NZWIL) exists to support, encourage, and contribute to the development of women who are, or aspire to be, leaders within the tertiary sector. The goal of the programme is to increase women’s leadership capabilities and influence by enhancing their personal, professional and national-level skills and networks.

This nationwide programme, which has been running since 2007, is endorsed by Universities NZ and developed by a steering committee of experienced academic and senior women leaders. Initial seed funding to set up the programme was provided by the Kate Edgar Educational Charitable Trust, (, named in recognition of Kate Milligan Edgar (1857-1935), the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the British Empire.

Universities NZ offers two Women in Leadership programmes per annum - one for each of two target groups:

  • women in, or aspiring to, senior leadership positions in academia such as professors, associate professors, Heads of School or departments, Associate Deans, Chairs of major university committees, or principal investigators on major research projects.
  • women in, or aspiring to, administrative leadership positions. This includes those with responsibility for budget and people or significant functions, including directors or managers of student administration, facilities management, student services, communications and marketing, student recruitment, human resources, finace,international, legal, library, and faculty/school managers.

The programme is committed to encouraging diversity, so welcomes people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The organisers are particularly keen to assist women from under-represented groups, such as women in science and engineering, or Maori and Pasifika women. Two scholarships are offered each year for Maori and Pasifika women (see NZWIL Scholarships for Maori and Pasifika Women for further information).

NZWIL involves a 5 day intensive, interactive residential programme, designed to stimulate, engage and boost the skills of women who attend. Those selected gain a great deal, and in return are expected to fully participate and work hard, including completing some pre-work. They should also be willing to host follow-up activities at their university - the aim is to build strong networks of women within tertiary institutions so that women leaders are supported, recognised and valued.

The University of Waikato selects two nominees for each of the annual NZWIL programmes and sponsors their attendance. Factors taken into account in selecting nominees include:

  • the criteria set out in the documentation from NZWIL;
  • the applicants’ current positions in terms of responsibilities and ability;
  • opportunity and time to apply the benefits of the programme;
  • the aspirations and potential of applicants and the longer term effects to be gained from the programme; and
  • the benefits that participation would bring to the University as well as to the individual.

Final decisions regarding the selection of participants rests with the NZWIL national steering committee.

NZ Women in Leadership Programme information on Universities NZ website