Our team is made up of registered teachers, organisational psychologists, experienced and engaging facilitators, professional coaches, youth development researchers and representatives of community groups and youth focus networks.


Janine Mackay is an experienced leadership educator who has a wide range of educational and life experiences both in New Zealand and overseas. Janine worked for 12 years in the not-for-profit sector designing and implementing leadership programmes for students in primary, intermediate and secondary school contexts. With a Masters of Educational Leadership her work and research centres on investigating student voice to explore and enhance their perceptions and experiences of leadership. Janine engages future focused ideals which support different ways that leadership learning opportunities can be created with youth and for youth. 

Having worked with psychologists and organisations in developing and delivering programmes that unlock human potential in adults, Jacqui is keen to see this development work introduced earlier in a person’s life. She has worked with teachers in schools to support their professional practice in innovative learning environments. Jacqui is a valuable member of the team who works in schools to co-design strength-based development programmes that support young people in better understanding and identifying their place, purpose and the unique contribution they bring to the world. Jacqui is passionate about building strong stakeholder relationships and prides herself on her ability to achieve successful outcomes for all involved.  She
brings over 18 years experience in business management, marketing and communication strategy.

Dr Rachel McNae is the Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership Research at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. With a passion for supporting young people to lead in their schools and communities, Rachel’s expansive research portfolio includes a core focus on youth leadership, student voice, and strength-based leadership formation in schools and communities. Rachel advocates for reshaping leadership learning in schools so that student’s experiences are authentic, meaningful and culturally responsive. Her work at Good Human Project supports the creation of research informed programmes which are evaluated for effectiveness, and designed to make a difference.

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