Ann grew up in Hamilton, first becoming a nurse and then a teacher in various schools in New Zealand and the UK. She is an accomplished author having produced a number of resource publications. Bullying Guides for parents and children are her most recent. The fiction book ‘Batjack’, for 9 to 13 year olds, was short-listed for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2011 and is an addition to the Bullying Guides.
Ann’s qualifications and experience include a Masters in Education, Diploma in Educational Management, Diploma in Educational Leadership and Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. She has also studied Writing for Children, and is an accomplished facilitator and research writer in the education field.
Research for her thesis, ‘Leadership practices that lead to more caring school communities’, involved an understanding of all forms of violence including physical, verbal, exclusion, sexual harassment, racial abuse, deprivation of human rights and cyber bullying. This led Ann to write the book ‘Violence…not in our school’, the publication of which was made possible through a Scholarship and Graduate Study Award from the University of Waikato. A Winston Churchill Fellowship enabled Ann to travel to USA to study their strategies for dealing with violence in American schools.
Funded by Creative NZ in 2012, Ann facilitated courses in which children wrote, illustrated and published their own books. She has also worked as change facilitator in curriculum development and in changing school culture for better learning.
Her teaching in both New Zealand and the UK gave Ann many multicultural experiences. Through these experiences she has developed an understanding of a wide range of ethnicities and cultures, particularly Maori, Pacific Islanders, Indian, Pakistani, Somali, Afro-Caribbean and South East Asians.
Currently, Ann Neville is completing a Diploma in Publishing. She writes biographies and is a director of ‘CreateBooks’, as well as working on her next two projects, a crime mystery novel and a novel set in the dark days of the Otago goldfields.
Ann is once again living in her home town of Hamilton. She lists her hobbies as reading, bridge and, in particular, playing with her grandchildren.