Kupe Programme Team

 Dr Leny Woolsey | Kaiwhakahaere | Programme Director

Leny Woolsey 10609 060c for web croppedDr Leny 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.


Dr Rhiannon Lloyd | Kaitakawaenga | 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. 




Lusi McCabe |  Poutaki Hōtaka | Programme Manager

 LinkedinLusi has a background in Programme, Relationship and Event Management in NZ and the UK. She is passionate about community development and enabling the potential of others. She previously worked in the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and loves working with students and supporting their development through unique and innovative programmes offered at the University of Auckland. 

Lusi enjoys working with fabulous Kupe students and building the community among the wonderful and diverse community of scholars, alumni, mentors, sponsors, speakers, and programme supporters involved in the University of Auckland’s Kupe Leadership Scholarship. Lusi developed a passion for unique approaches to leadership development after being a participant in an innovative postgraduate Pasifika Leadership Development Programme which intertwined current leadership theories, connected with leadership in the corporate environment, while focusing on communication and exploring leadership through creativity and poetry ‘Pasifika Mat’ all explored through a Pasifika lens.  


Ngāroimata Reid | Kaiārahi 


Tēnā tatou e te whare

Ko wai tēnei he mihi atu nei

He uri whakaheke tēnei no te Iwi o te Rarawa, Ngātiwai,

Ngāti Kahungunu me Rangitāne te tau Ihu o te waka a Māui

Ko Ngāroimata Reid ahau.

Ngāroimata has had an extensive career as a business and community development consultant who has worked with many government and non-government organisations including Whānau, Hapū and Iwi and is currently pursuing her PhD studies focused on management and leadership at the University of Auckland.

She is a recipient of the Dame Mira Szászy Māori Business Leaders Alumni Award for Excellence in Māori Business and Leadership; she is a member of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management; a Leadership New Zealand Fellow and holds an international membership with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).

Ngāroimata is a member of the Academic Advisory Council, International Indigenous Women’s Forum (IIWF/FIMI) representing the Te Atatū Branch Māori Women’s Welfare League at Indigenous Women’s Global Leadership School, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and at Columbia University in New York.

Her passion for Leadership stems from encouragement from her parents and extended whānau to become involved in a number of movements, including social justice policy reform, the violence prevention sector, land and employment rights leading to business leadership and Māori business development. 

Her voluntary work with Te Atatū Branch Māori Women’s Welfare League, and her Marae - Te Whānau a Rangiwhakaahu and Rongomaraeroa and her work on Māori Radio – Radio Waatea 603am as a radio host keeps her well grounded.

Ngāroimata is supported by her immediate and extended Whānau, her friends and colleagues, she enjoys shopping, fitness, sports, and marathon running.