Dr Roxanna Holdsworth

Dr Roxanna Holdsworth

Women and Girls Initiative Advisor

07 858 5388

021 210 9341


I moved from the United Kingdom to New Zealand in 2006 with my parents and 3 siblings. We were in search of a better life and the opportunities available here were attractive to us all. After a month touring the North Island in a campervan, we settled in Hamilton and apart from time spent in Canada, I have lived here ever since. 

I love learning and have spent a decade at the University of Waikato. In 2021 I completed my PhD, which specifically focused on the lives of 21st Century New Zealand women and their unique differences and experiences, as they navigated the constraints of choice and an ingrained narrative of progression in Aotearoa. My other qualifications include a Bachelor of Communication Studies; Master of Management Studies; Graduate Diploma in Social Policy, and Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning. 

Aside from study, I have held several teaching positions and taught on subjects such as communication, social change, and women and management. I have also been responsible for the development of teaching resources that have been adopted across the university, as well as learning modules aimed at an international audience. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am an appointed Civil Union and Marriage Celebrant, I am involved in several community groups, and I enjoy playing netball.

I am passionate about championing women and seize every opportunity to put my skills and knowledge to use in this space to encourage, support, and celebrate women and girls getting active their way, as part of Sport Waikato’s women and girls initiative, This is ME.