Aitken Donors - Bruce & Donna Aitken

These fellowships were funded by Bruce and Donna Aitken in recognition of their family's long term involvement in education at all levels, inspired by their father and father-in-law, Alex Aitken, as a teacher and principal for more than 50 years and carried on by other members of the family from early childhood through to tertiary. The fellowships recognise the value that Bruce and Donna place on leadership as the transformative element in improving education and educational outcomes.

Past Aitken Fellows and UACEL Associates

Lisa Morresey

Lisa Morresey (2018 Fellow)


The Aitken Fellowship has provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect and to build upon my knowledge about student centred leadership and to learn more about the leadership capabilities of complex problem solving and building relational trust."

- Lisa Morresey
Principal at Mount Maunganui Intermediate School

Rozanne Donald

Rozanne Donald (2018 Fellow)


I am enormously grateful for the opportunity to step out of life within a school and connect with leaders from a range of education contexts. It is both exciting and challenging to be immersed in discussions about educational theory on one day and see its practical application on the next."

- Rozanne Donald
Former Director of Professional learning at St Cuthbert’s College now Deputy Principal at Mt Roskill Grammar

Bill Hubbard

Bill Hubbard (2017 Fellow)


"Working with the UACEL team in 2016/2017 has been an intensely rewarding chapter of my education career - every day has represented a steep curve of growth and stimulation."

- Bill Hubbard,
Former Deputy Principal of Rosehill College now Lead Advisor - Teacher Capability and Development, Education Council of Aotearoa NZ

Tracey Dykstra

Tracey Dykstra (2016 Fellow)


"In my time at the Centre I have had the opportunity to work with the team on the presentation and development of the UACEL GGL modules. I found this to be extremely rewarding as it has grown my understanding of the theory and practices involved in School leadership and Improvement. I’m looking forward to contributing to future modules specifically around my areas of study - leadership of quality teaching in digital environments."

- Tracey Dykstra
Former Head of Teaching and Learning at St Kentigern College now Principal at ACG Senior College

Kelly Slater-Brown

Kelly Slater-Brown (2015 Fellow)

"Having a year at UACEL, away from the role of deputy principal at Stanley Bay Primary School, gave me time to reflect and redefine my personal view and understanding of student centred leadership.  The year also provided the opportunity to be immersed in quality research and practices on leadership in depth.  I was able to develop modules covering the areas I am passionate about, including using my research on quality practices when teaching mathematics, student voice and engagement, leading appraisal for student improvement and financial literacy for aspiring principals. When I return to a school, I am confident I will be able to lead student improvement with the tools I have gathered whilst being part of the Centre."

Stuff article on student-centred leadership as new principal of Bucklands Beach Primary School.

- Kelly Slater-Brown
Was Deputy Principal at Stanley Bay Primary School, now Principal at Bucklands Beach School 

Ngaire Ashmore

Ngaire Ashmore (2014 UACEL Associate)

"As a 2014 Associate at UACEL, I've learned a lot about my own leadership, particularly around the student-centred leadership model and its capabilities. I was exposed to research at a different level that I did not have as a practitioner."

- Ngaire Ashmore,
former Principal of Tangaroa College, now Principal at Auckland Girls Grammar

Tom Webb

Tom Webb (2014 UACEL Associate)

"It's been a very rewarding year and I've been seconded to the UACEL for the whole of 2014, and so taken a step back from being in a school and I think that moving back from your practice and giving yourself some distance has been one of the most rewarding things. Being able to look back at my own practice, my own leadership, and being able to analyse that without the day-to-day busyness of the school situation has been really important."

- Tom Webb
Former DP at Onehunga High School, now Principal at Mangere College