AP | DP Leadership Summit

Empowering Leaders.
Transforming Communities.

About the Summit

Moving beyond the traditional realm of keynote presentations, where renowned thought leaders will share their insights, the conference programme will include workshops and discussions to foster hands-on learning experiences and networking sessions that facilitate meaningful connections. Our commitment to diverse engagement formats aims to cater to varying learning preferences, ensuring that delegates not only absorb information but actively participate in shaping the discourse.


ADAPT. LEAD. THRIVE.. at New Zealand’s premier Assistant and Deputy Principals Leadership Summit, featuring two essential parts:

Part 1: Kōrero & Kai

Thursday 9th May


Novotel Ellerslie: Acacia Garden Bar

Join us for an evening of whanaungatanga and inspiration as we kick off the AP/DP Leadership Summit experience with our Kōrero & Connect event with a nation-wide network of school leaders.

What you can Expect:

  • Connect with fellow delegates, mentors, and industry experts over drinks and nibbles.
  • Build valuable connections and share ideas in a relaxed, engaging atmosphere.
  • Set the stage for a productive and transformative hui ahead.

Part 2: AP | DP Leadership Summit

Friday 10th May

9am – 2:45pm

Novotel Ellerslie

Join us for unparalleled insights, expert mentorship, and practical strategies to ADAPT. LEAD. THRIVE.

What you can Expect:

  • Key insights into effectively navigating change.
  • Current best practice to create & sustain an effective school culture.
  • A.I tools to support & transform your leadership and leverage it for enhanced learning outcomes.
  • Transformative wellbeing strategies for a healthier you.
  • Explore strategies for cultivating a strengths-based culture within your team and organisation.
  • The Growth Culture Experience: Great prizes, impactful connections & empowering content!

Facilitators & Presenters

Be inspired by our line-up of distinguished speakers, who are thought leaders in education. They will share insights and strategies for leadership excellence, focusing on current trends, best practice and future directions in education.

Engage directly with our experts in Q&A sessions. This is your opportunity to delve deeper into topics and to seek advice.

Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your leadership and make a lasting impact on the future of education.

Register now for the AP | DP Leadership Summit and secure your place among the brightest minds in the industry!

Register TODAY and unlock exclusive benefits. Together, let’s ADAPT. LEAD. THRIVE.. and forge a brighter future for education!


Lysandra Stuart

Lysandra Stuart is a seasoned professional with an impressive career spanning over thirty years in the education and non-profit sectors.

Currently serving as the Principal at Glenbrook School, she has dedicated her life to the advancement of educational opportunities for all students. Lysandra's educational philosophy is deeply rooted in the conviction that every child is unique and deserves a tailored approach to learning that recognizes and nurtures their individual potential.

Bex Rose

Bex is a passionate advocate for education with 20 years of experience in the field. Committed to ongoing learning and professional development, Bex has a strong track record of success, including facilitating Digital Technology for 2 years and demonstrating strong business acumen through 2 years in Business Development for an education-based PD provider. Known for galvanising teams and innovative problem-solving skills.

Raj Dullabh

Raj Dullabh is an experienced educator with a rich background in both primary and secondary education. Currently the Principal of Connifer Grove School, his expertise spans strategic thinking, planning, and implementation, underscored by a strong foundation in educational leadership and change management. He places importance on continuous improvement and this is emphasised in his school’s vision He Waka Eke Noa Ki Te Pae Tawhiti -“Paddling the Waka together to Reach New Horizons”.

Marshall Diggs

GCLA Director

Marshall has a background as a principal, community leader and keynote speaker, Marshall’s role as Director at the Growth Culture Leadership Academy perfectly combines his incredible ability to inspire educators, with his strengths in leadership, coaching and mentoring.

Marshall excels in effective leadership, bicultural leadership, culture-building, innovation, and strategic solutions. A sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, his strengths lie in effective communication, leadership development, and team building. Marshall and his wife are also deeply committed to global impact. Currently, they are pioneering community transformation projects in Australia, Uganda, Fiji and New Zealand in partnership with several charitable organisations including the Strengths Foundation and World Vision.

Summit Cost

Cost: $475 + GST

Time & Place

Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau

9th May: Connection & Korero – Novotel Ellerslie – Acacia Garden Bar – 4pm – 7pm

10th May: AP/DP Leadership Summit – Novotel Ellerslie – 9am – 2:45pm


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