Business owner, international consultant, school principal, cluster leader, coach, mentor, speaker and passionate educator.
After four years in Honk Kong I returned to New Zealand in July 2021 to establish a high quality early childhood centre in Canterbury and to continue with my passion as a educational leader through consulting, speaking and supporting schools and leadership teams around New Zealand and in Hong Kong.
Prior to heading home I had the privilege of leading Kowloon Junior School (KJS) in Hong Kong. KJS is an international school of 900 Y1-6 students.
In addition to leading KJS I was the chair of the ESF Primary Principals Group, the Chair of the ESF Executive Leadership Council, a member of the ESF Board and a member of the Committee of Principals.
During the last years while in Hong Kong (2017-2021) I continued to share my research regarding the benefits and opportunities of co-teaching and collaborative practice.
I have been an invited speaker to a range of groups including a Keynote to the National Conference for New Zealand Principals Federation, Keynote to the Waikato Principals Association and most recently I have been invited to share my experiences of leading through crisis with Furnware NZ.
In addition to the various leadership roles that I am involved in I also have the pleasure of mentoring new principals supporting schools with strategic development and mentoring an educational technology company.
My passion for student centered learning, rich tasks, meaningful learning contexts and empowered staff has never been greater. I look forward to enabling our students, leaders and schools to grow and thrive in these unprecedented times!
PRESENTATION: Shaping a positive future with positive leaders.
Aotearoa, NZ is a stunning place to live, work and play. Many leaders struggle to balance these three dynamics and end up working and surviving. Neill has the ability to simplify the role of leadership by breaking down the job description to just two tasks and by helping leaders to refine and prioritise their mahi. Working with leaders and schools across the motu and internationally Neill brings experience, passion, clarity and fresh perspectives to the complex job of leadership and helps schools and leaders to be more coherent, effective, successful and joyful. Expect to leave Neill’s session, with some challenges, ideas and inspiration!