Rachel Hansen

Rachel is an accomplished educator and an engaging presenter with a real affinity for young women, who respond to her enthusiasm and humour. She has extensive experience in education, counselling and graduate recruitment.

In 2002 Rachel was the recipient of a Chevening Link scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge (UK). This scholarship is awarded to New Zealanders of outstanding merit. At Cambridge, Rachel completed a Masters thesis examining the needs of adolescent girls in custody. After completing her Masters, Rachel spent time coordinating the graduate recruitment program at an investment bank in the UK, working alongside the top European universities. She then began teaching senior high school psychology in London. She also taught Criminology at Cambridge University as part of The Oxbridge Academic Program, a summer school for high school students from around the world.

On returning home to New Zealand in 2006 Rachel worked as a high school guidance counsellor and sexuality education teacher, as well as a mentor for young women. Since becoming a mother in 2008, Rachel has become aware of the huge influence of the media and marketing on children. She is particularly passionate about the issue of the sexualisation of young people by the media and popular culture, and she often blogs on issues affecting young women.

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