Waikato Management School Leadership Academy

For two years the Waikato Management School has successfully run the WMS Leadership Academy, with the purpose of supercharging impact and careers through leadership.

The Academy achieves this by offering learning opportunities designed for ambitious and self-motivated year 13 students to grow their capability, confidence and character.

Students benefit from world-class leadership concepts and training, pitched at a first-year university level, and learn as part of a cohort of talented peers from different schools and backgrounds. Throughout the programme there are opportunities for leadership development, networking, self-reflection, exposure to influential leaders and guest speakers.

Feedback from the schools and their students who have participated in the programme has been resoundingly positive. So for 2024 we are expanding the Academy to provide this great opportunity to more young leaders in the North Island.

Contact us:

For more information, please email [email protected]

>> Leadership Academy Video

Watch the video to hear from some of the students and teachers who have taken part.

The 2024 WMS Leadership Academy

This is the ideal programme for year 13 students who are head students, sporting leaders, arts leaders, or who otherwise demonstrate leadership potential.

There is an emphasis on being ready to succeed at university, so we recommend this as an opportunity for students who plan to go on to university study.

Schools are asked to register their interest and submit their student nominations for the programme as soon as possible.

Register your interest

The 2024 Programme

An outline for the programme (PDF) can be viewed here.

March 2024: The Academy will kick-off with an in-person launch event.

Term 2: Cohorts will join together through a mix of online, and face-to-face sessions either at our Hamilton campus, or in your local region.

During these sessions students will take part in leadership coaching which includes listening, inquiry (asking powerful questions), and feedback. Students will be able to take these skills to use in their schools and communities and to develop others as leaders.

Term 3: All cohorts will gather for a final Summit Day in Hamilton.

Our team

WMS Leadership Academy team

Andrea Perry – Paper Convenor (MMS, University of Waikato; BCom, Victoria University of Wellington)

Andrea teaches courses in leadership and intercultural communication, and has a particular interest in how intercultural humility and competence is developed. She is passionate about supporting people of all ages and cultures to develop their unique, authentic leadership selves, making a vital contribution in all walks of life. Originally from Wellington, Andrea worked in advertising and communications and then moved to Amman, Jordan to work in the not-for-profit sector. She has also worked in international education, specifically the pastoral care of Middle Eastern students.

Jamie Fitzgerald – Leadership Academy Facilitator (BCS, University of Waikato)

Jamie is passionate about helping people realise their potential by co-creating an inspiring purpose, effective goal-setting and communication. Jamie is the CEO of his consultancy business, Inspiring Performance. and a Distinguished Alumnus of Waikato Management School. An avid adventurer, he has walked unaided to the South Pole and holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2011, Jamie managed the design and delivery of training to 7000+ Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers.

Hannah Hall - Divisional Manager Students, Waikato Management School

Hannah leads the charge in ensuring students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed. With 13 years of experience in the education industry and a passion for student success, Hannah is committed to making Waikato Management School the place to be for students who want to excel and reach their goals. Hannah is the key contact for staff from high schools participating in the WMS Leadership Academy. She can provide information, guidance and support to help ensure the students' success in the programme.