Dr Nicky Knight

Nicky is an education consultant and founding Director of The Education Group, an independent consulting company based in Auckland. Nicky has a background in primary education, and as a Ministry of Education Accredited professional learning and development provider, designs, and delivers professional learning and development for Boards, school leaders and teachers.

Nicky is also the Director of Growth Coaching International New Zealand, coordinating the implementation of a wide range of coaching workshops across New Zealand for Growth Coaching International (GCI) a highly reputable international coaching company based in Sydney. She attends GCI Strategic Leadership Team meetings gaining an international perspective on developments in coaching. Nicky has recently been awarded Senior Practitioner status with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. She has also presented at a number of local and international conferences in coaching.

Nicky has completed a Doctor of Education with The University of Auckland. Her research examined the complex issue of sustaining improved student outcomes and teaching practice in mathematics.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Education - The University of Auckland
  • Master of Educational Administration (First Class Hons) - Massey University
  • Bachelor of Arts - Canterbury University
  • Diploma in Teaching New Zealand Department of Education
  • Certificate in Training and Human Resource Development - The University of Auckland
  • Christchurch Teachers College Diploma (with Distinction)
  • Solution Focused Business Professional Certificate - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Accredited Growth Coaching International Coach
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council - Senior Practitioner


  • Jim Campbell Award for Teaching Excellence - New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers
  • Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship - The University of Auckland

Special Interest Areas:

  • Performance and Leadership development
  • Coaching for individuals and teams
  • Developing coaching cultures
  • Strategic and organisational change management
  • Learning and Organisational Development
  • Design and delivery of staff learning and development programmes
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Cultural capability- culturally responsive and sustainable pedagogy
  • Systems and performance analysis and review
  • Students coaching students
  • Appointments of Principals and Deputy Principals
  • Review and evaluation