Strategic Communications and Engagement Lead

Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands
Pauline Scanlan


Master of Arts (First Class Hons) English and Education – University of Canterbury
Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori (Level 2) – Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Certificate in Company Direction – New Zealand Institute of Directors
Bachelor of Education (Hons) English – University of Cambridge

Professional profile

Pauline is a member of Tātai Aho Rau Core Education’s Te Kāhui Hautū – Senior Leadership Team – and has oversight of teams in sales/relationships, marketing, communications, graphic design, events, and proposals development.

She has been a secondary English teacher, head of department, secondary adviser, lecturer, publisher, education consultant, and a director in the not-for-profit sector.

Her particular interest is strategy, thinking, problem solving, conceptualising, synthesising and planning.

Pauline’s education work, post school teaching, has covered a broad range of strategic projects across a number of organisations including the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Eastern Metropolitan Region of the Department of Education, Victoria, and the Department of Human Services South, Victoria. She spent time in Southern India working with teachers on an intensive professional learning project.

She is a highly experienced writer and resource developer and has worked with the New Zealand Ministry of Education on numerous resource projects over the years. She has written and edited a large number of educational resources, books and reports.

Pauline was the executive director and co-owner of a successful educational publishing company for 10 years, with offices in Sydney and Christchurch.


Pauline has expertise in the following areas:

  • strategy and problem solving
  • synthesising and shaping ideas to achieve coherence and clarity
  • developing education stories and case studies
  • qualitative research
  • workshop design and facilitation
  • strategic communications
  • community consultation
  • community engagement
  • resource development
  • writing
  • publishing
  • not-for-profit governance.


Fellow of the Capital Area Writing Project, North Carolina State University.

Personal statement

I grew up on a council estate in Sheffield, England. I think I epitomise the life-changing impact that a decent state school and committed teachers can have on our most under-privileged children. My take on transformation? Equity, social justice and inclusion are a good start.