Alida Shanks

My career path is more of a jungle gym than a ladder with almost twenty years’ experience across the private, public, and sport sectors. An adept storyteller and history explorer, I’m also a data translator, problem solver, creative and critical thinker, a strategic plan architect and hands-on deliverer. I am currently Legacy Manager at WaiBOP Football as well as an independent consultant on historical, research or strategic projects.

I recently completed my PhD at Massey University. My thesis was multi-disciplinary across history and sport management, examining key events in the history of women’s football and exploring present-day attitudes to diversity and inclusion in community sports organisations and clubs. Drawing on the research findings, I developed a holistic framework to address equity and belonging in organisations. I also have my Master’s degree in history from the University of Waikato, where my thesis was on ANZUS and New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance in the 1980s.

I recently received a Whiria Te Mahara New Zealand History Grant from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage to turn the history chapter in my PhD into a book. The book is tentatively titled “We just wanted to play”: The history of women in football in Aotearoa New Zealand, and was recently profiled by Stuff.