Rowena Hackwood

Rowena Hackwood

Rowena joined Astrea as Chief Executive Officer in July 2020. She has significant experience in leading high profile organisations across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Before joining Astrea, Rowena was CEO at David Ross Education Trust (DRET), and served as a Trustee at Reach2.


Rowena is a passionate advocate of building capacity within the sector, supporting MAT reviews, providing input to nationally regarded executive programmes, and mentoring a number of MAT CEOs.

Prior to joining the education sector, Rowena was CEO of the Auckland Castle Trust, where she established and ran a large regeneration project, as well as holding senior positions in local government, higher education and the private sector.

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A Leadership Baptism of Fire

Starting a new leadership role is an exciting challenge at any time – but how does it feel to have taken up a new CEO role during lockdown and the subsequent...

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