Senior leadership team

  • Grant Lander

    Grant Lander

    Headmaster

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    Grant Lander

    Grant Lander

    Headmaster

    With a passion for maximizing the potential and areas of best practice for boys, Grant was appointed Headmaster of St Paul’s in 2010.

    Educated at Kelston Boys’ High School, he has a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management from Auckland’s Unitec.

    He came to St Paul’s from Lindisfarne College in Hastings, where he had held the role of Rector for nine years. Preceding that, Mr Lander taught at Mahurangi College in Warkworth as Deputy Principal (1994–2000); Mt Roskill Grammar School as Deputy Principal (1990–1993); Matamata College as Head of Economics and Accounting (1986–1990); and Westlake Boys’ High School as an Assistant Teacher and Head of Department (1981–1985).

    In 2006, he became the first New Zealand Headmaster to be elected onto the Board of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8830
    Email: headmaster@stpauls.school.nz

  • Ainsley Robson

    Ainsley Robson

    Associate Headmaster

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    Ainsley Robson

    Ainsley Robson

    Associate Headmaster

    Educated at Rotorua Boy's High School, Ainsley has a Bachelor of Science and Technology, Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Diploma in Educational Leadership all from the University of Waikato.

    Joining the St Paul's team in 2013, Ainsley comes with a wealth of practical knowledge and understanding. At the age of 29, he was appointed Deputy Principal at Hamilton's Fraser High School, meaning he now has over 10 years experience in educational management. Prior to that, he was Head Timetabler, Head of Chemistry, Year 13 Dean and mentored the school prefects.

    Outside of teaching, Ainsley has been an active sportsman, playing Football up to a National League level and representing Northern Districts A in Cricket.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8831
    Email: a.robson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Peter Hampton

    Peter Hampton

    Deputy Headmaster - Academic

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    Peter Hampton

    Peter Hampton

    Deputy Headmaster - Academic

    Peter came to St Paul’s in 2011 from Hamilton’s Fraser High School, where he had held the position of Acting Deputy Principal. He had also previously been Head of Science, Head of Mathematics and Associate Principal. Peter has worked as an Education Consultant, and prior to that, was Deputy Principal of Melville High School. He has also been the Head of Science at both Te Awamutu and Te Aroha Colleges.

    Equipped with all this teaching experience, as well as a Master of Education, Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Teaching, Peter is a valuable member of the senior management team, overseeing all things academic.

    Peter has also played a significant role in the school's Agribusiness programme. As the Director of the Agribusiness programme, he was one of the driving forces behind the development and implementation of the programme that was introduced in 2016.

    Significant awards:
    ISNZ Honours Award for service to developing a new national Agribusiness curriculum (2016)

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8858
    Email: p.hampton@stpauls.school.nz

  • Craig Hardman

    Craig Hardman

    Deputy Headmaster - Pastoral Care

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    Craig Hardman

    Craig Hardman

    Deputy Headmaster - Pastoral Care

    Before taking up the role of Deputy Headmaster for pastoral care, Craig was the Head of Physical Education at St Paul’s. He has also been the Housemaster in charge of Williams House. He joined the school after completing a conjoint degree in teaching and sports and leisure.

    Teaching aside, Craig is also an experienced coach, he has coached at various levels from school through to Waikato and Midlands Hockey. Since his arrival, he has coached the 1st XI hockey team, culminating in the team becoming national secondary school champions in the Rankin Cup and being named the secondary schools’ ‘team of the year’ at the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards.

    Craig has developed and implemented various school initiatives such as the Xccellerator programme for junior high performance sportsmen and the Character Education programme, a drive to introduce character development into the curriculum. He also forged a partnership with the regional Midlands Hockey organisation and helped establish a Collegians' Hockey Club to enable past students and members of the community to play hockey through the school.

    Significant awards:
    ISNZ Honours Award for service to students and sport (2018)

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8848
    Email: c.hardman@stpauls.school.nz

  • Helen Bradford

    Helen Bradford

    Assistant Headmaster

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    Helen Bradford

    Helen Bradford

    Assistant Headmaster

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8869
    Email: h.bradford@stpauls.school.nz

  • Peter Gilbert

    Peter Gilbert

    Assistant Headmaster and Director of Extracurricular Activities

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    Peter Gilbert

    Peter Gilbert

    Assistant Headmaster and Director of Extracurricular Activities

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8813
    Email: p.gilbert@stpauls.school.nz

  • Reverend Peter Rickman

    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Chaplain

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    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Chaplain

    Peter has 20 years of impressive and varied experience in the Anglican Church of New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA. He has worked as a community and youth worker, counsellor, teacher, prison and school chaplain, vicar and, prior to returning to St Paul’s, he was Dean of the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter. Peter was St Paul’s Chaplain for four years, from 2001 to 2004, before he returned to Parish Ministry in the United Kingdom.

    In his role as Waikato Cathedral Dean, he had extensive management and leadership experience, working with over 200 volunteers and 10 employees, assisting the homeless and mentally ill, providing outreach services programme for youth, the elderly and the vulnerable, while overseeing the Cathedral – a church that plays a central role in the life of the Anglican Church in the Waikato.

    Outside the church, as a first aid instructor, Peter has had experience as a community ambulance first responder, is an active leader in Hamilton Sea Scouts as an instructor in kayaking and sailing and is a qualified PADI scuba dive instructor. Articulate and engaging, Peter relates comfortably and easily to young people and has strong pastoral care and guidance skills.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8842
    Email: revpeter@stpauls.school.nz

  • Peter Welham

    Peter Welham

    Business Manager

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    Peter Welham

    Peter Welham

    Business Manager

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8827
    Email: p.welham@stpauls.school.nz

  • Michelle Smith

    Michelle Smith

    Director of Marketing & Development

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    Michelle Smith

    Michelle Smith

    Director of Marketing & Development

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8818
    Email: m.smith@stpauls.school.nz

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