“Don’t refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase. That’s what wild geese are for”.

Diane Manners

Leadership Advisor - National Co-ordinator

Diane joined Evaluation Associates as a consultant in 2017 in the role of national co-ordinator for the Leadership Advisors support for beginning principals.

Diane has extensive experience as a teacher and school leader in primary and intermediate schools across the country, particularly in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland, most recently as the Principal of Kohimarama School in Auckland. Diane took time out from her role as a principal to work for Cognition Education for 3 ½ years as a School Management Advisor in Qatar in the Middle East, returning to New Zealand in 2010. In this role, Diane supported school leaders in the establishment and first year of operation of new schools.

Diane is a strong supporter of professional networks for principals and was most recently the president of the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association (APPA) in 2016. In this role. Diane focused on building networks to support the complexities of school leadership and was able to bring together the joint trial project for employing beginning teachers in Auckland between the Ministry of Education and APPA.

Diane has effectively taken change management theory into practice and has a particular strength in developing a strong strategic focus on lifting student achievement within a school, building effective cohesion across school systems and relationships.

Diane has a B Ed through Massey University and a postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership through Waikato.

Diane loves travelling and exploring and enjoys all the opportunities that Auckland has to offer in sport, culture, the arts, entertainment and shopping.