2019 Programme Team

 Leny Woolsey | Programme Director

Leny Woolsey 10609 060c for web croppedLeny Woolsey is a Leadership Development practitioner and researcher at the University of Auckland Business School (UABS). Her PhD study investigated the relationships between developers, participants and organisational stakeholders in participatory, arts-based leadership development programmes. She specialises in creative methods of development, particularly theatre and play-based techniques. Her doctoral supervisors were Associate Professor Brigid Carroll and Professor Peter O’Connor.

Leny also holds a BA in Acting from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and an MBA from the University of Auckland. She has worked as an actor, events and conference manager, business development manager and programme manager for executive education.


Erik van den Top | Programme Facilitator

Erik van den Top photoErik is a leadership, personal transformation and flourishing coach, facilitator and creator of innovative and experiential learning experiences.

He graduated from University with a BEng (Hons) and held senior leadership positions in a diverse range of organisations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, before transitioning to his current focus on organisational and personal development.

Erik specialises in working with emerging leaders and young professionals who want to enhance their positive functioning, well-being and flourishing in order to succeed in increasingly complex and demanding environments.

He has a range of coaching qualifications as well as a certificate in applied positive psychology. 


Dr Rhiannon Lloyd | Programme Facilitator

Rhiannon Lloyd2Dr Rhiannon Lloyd is a Professional Teaching Fellow for the Management and International Business Department at the University of Auckland.

Whilst primarily teaching within the disciplines of Organisational Behaviour and Critical Management, she is also interested in student-focused Leadership Development and the teaching of Critical Thinking at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Her current research is in collective and shared forms of leadership in the Health and Safety space. 




Mattie Wall | Project Manager

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Mattie has been a teacher, diplomat, public relations manager, communications director and event organiser.

Raised in Christchurch, Mattie has lived and worked in Wellington, London, New York and Kuala Lumpur.

She has worked in the fields of architecture, education, agriculture, central and local government, as well as for not for profit organisations.

She set up the Future Leaders Programme at the Committee for Auckland in the early 2000s and she loves the energy and fun of being around students and young people.