Dr Chellie Spiller is a professor at the University of Waikato Management School. She has over thirty years of corporate experience in tourism, management and marketing, holding senior executive positions in New Zealand and abroad, and brings this experience to her academic work and leadership and management development programmes. Her research explores wayfinding, authentic leadership and how businesses can create sustainable wealth and wellbeing. Chellie was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Arizona. She is a recipient of a Research Excellence Award, Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award, National Māori and Academic Excellence Award.
Chellie is a co-author of a book on traditional Polynesian navigation Wayfinding Leadership: Groundbreaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders (2015) with Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and John Panoho. Wayfinding Leadership, now in its third print run, is a best-selling book for Huia Publishing. It was shortlisted for the Māori Book of the Year awards, 2016. Wayfinding Leadership has catalysed a new approach to leadership development that is growing fast and programmes are currently being taught nationally and internationally in a variety of domains such as Air New Zealand’s middle management training, Global Women’s Breakthrough Leadership course, the judiciary, the health sector, professional sports teams, and across Māori communities.
On her return to Aotearoa in 1998, Chellie’s Māori grandmother Wikitoria Atkinson and her mother Monica Stockdale educated her over a number of years on Te Ao Māori. Other Māori elders such as Jane Marsden and Pereme Porter have mentored and guided Chellie, demonstrating humility, humanity, generosity, fierce grace, wisdom, deep faith and service in their leadership. Working with her husband, Dr Rodger Spiller, Chellie has obtained extensive experience of responsible investment, sustainable business, and leadership development training.