2019 Programme Team

Dr Jan Robertson

JanRobertson2Dr Jan Robertson (PhD), an international leadership consultant, works at the interface of theory and practice in leadership development. Previously Jan was Director of the London Centre for Leadership and Learning at the Institute of Education (now UCL). Jan established the first educational leadership centre in New Zealand at the University of Waikato in 1990 and became its inaugural director.

She also held positions of Head of Department, Assistant Dean International and Associate Professor during her tenure there, and is currently an academic leadership consultant for the Waikato Institute of Professional Learning and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia. Jan contributes to the University of Auckland Academic Leadership Programme and is also contracted by the University of Auckland to lead, design and contribute to programmes in Executive Education. Jan works in leadership development throughout New Zealand and internationally.

Jan’s best-selling book Coaching Leadership (NZCER) was invited to second edition in 2016. Jan is a photographer, a mother, a grandmother, a bee-keeper and is also a Committee member of Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island.


Erik van den Top

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.