Rachel McNae PhD


Rachel McNae is the Director of The Centre for Educational Leadership Research - and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of  Waikato, New Zealand.  She is also a Director of The Good Human Project - an organisation supporting people to flourish in education.

With a background in high school and tertiary education Rachel's research interests have always been to combine academic research with innovative leadership development approaches.  Her work involves  assisting passionate and innovative leaders to develop and enhance their leadership capacity through strength-based approaches.  

Underpinned by actions of social justice Rachel's research and consultancy involvement supports organisational transformation processes, change management, personal leadership formation and the co-construction of workplace and school based leadership learning.  

Upcoming events

LEADING LOCAL CURRICULUM SYMPOSIUM Ministry of Education, Waikato Tainui, Hopuhopu, New Zealand October 15-16 2020

Where has Rachel spoken recently?

Check out this piece profiling some of Rachel's recent research with Waikato Tainui.

International Conference on Student Voice,   Agency and Partnership

Safe Spaces, Agency and Student Voice

Melbourne Australia

13 December 2019

National Academy of Educational Administration 

Students, Agency and School Governance

Ha Noi, Vietnam

24 November 2019

International Women Leading Education Conference

Nottingham, United Kingdom

9 July 2019

British Educational Leadership Society

Hinckley Island, United Kingdom

13 July 2019




Winner of the Copyright Licensing

New Zealand Education Book Awards in the Best Primary Resource Category!!



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