My name is Roxanna Holdsworth and I am a 25 year old Doctoral Student within the Waikato region. At the same time as studying towards a PhD in Leadership Communication, I teach students from first to third year at the Waikato Management School, in the area of communication. I am a research assistant within the Department of Management Communication and am involved with the design and implementation of the papers I teach. I take great pride in my studies; I was awarded First Class First Division for my Masters of Management Studies in 2015, and was recognised for my achievements in tutoring, receiving an Outstanding Tutor Award in 2015.
However, beyond my life at university I play both indoor and outdoor netball, I maintain hobbies such as baking and candle-making, and I volunteer at large events within the Waikato region. Some of the events I have held positions at include Parachute Music Festivals, the Rugby World Cup 2011 and most recently, the FIFA U20 World Cup.
I am comfortable with speaking in front of large groups, having presented my thesis at conferences and lectured to full classes at university. I began my public speaking journey as deputy head girl of my local secondary school. I am not fazed with holding positions of responsibility, being the eldest of 4 children. There's very little which can be used as a distraction which hasn't been tried by them first.
My role as a Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant is something I feel equipped to do and is the perfect way to serve my community. At the time of my qualification, I was the only celebrant registered in the Ngaruawahia area and as that's where I consider home to be, it is an honour and a privilege.