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

  • Jeremy Coley

    Jeremy Coley

    Deputy Headmaster - Academic

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    Jeremy Coley

    Jeremy Coley

    Deputy Headmaster - Academic

    Since coming to St Paul’s as an English teacher in 2006, Jeremy has moved his way up to Head of the English Department (a role he held for ten years), Leader of Curriculum (overseeing English, languages, media studies and ESOL) and now his current role as the Director of Teaching and Learning.

    Originally from New Plymouth, Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from the University of Waikato. Passionate about literature and writing, Jeremy initially thought he would pursue a career in journalism, however a change of path led him to complete a teaching diploma at Massey University followed by a teaching position at his former school of New Plymouth Boys’ High School. He went on to spend some time living abroad, working at Hampstead School in London as well as travelling to various places including India, Sri Lanka, Asia and Europe, before returning to New Zealand and settling in Hamilton.

    Since joining St Paul’s, Jeremy has been involved in major school-wide initiatives, including the earlier introduction of iPads into the junior school and ‘Write that Essay’ – a web-based writing programme which has been successful in raising the standard of student writing. Married with three young daughters, Jeremy is also involved with coaching the junior basketball team.

    When it comes to teaching, Jeremy looks to different literature that exposes students to a world beyond the confines of the classroom. “As Shakespeare said – speak what we feel, not what we ought to say – I encourage students to explore that sense of getting themselves out there."

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8769 Email: j.coley@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

  • 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

  • Josh Hay

    Josh Hay

    Director of Extra Curricular Activities

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    Josh Hay

    Josh Hay

    Director of Extra Curricular Activities

    Josh has an extensive background in secondary school sport and education and is an able practitioner.

    Josh previously spent 13 years at Hamilton Boys’ High School holding a variety of positions including senior teacher, hostel master, First XV Coach, year level Dean and director of sport. He then took a break of two years to take on the role of Account Manager for The Lion Foundation, before being drawn back to the area he is immensely passionate about – secondary school sports and developing the whole student athlete.

    Josh has a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching and Sport Psychology) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). He has a strong coaching background in rugby, having coached teams such as New Zealand Secondary Schools, Waikato Development and Under 20 teams, as well as coaching experience in Japan and Wales.

    Josh’s position at St Paul’s is to oversee the promotion and support of sporting opportunities that maximise the personal and collective growth and development of skills and opportunities of as many St Paul's coaches and sports men and women as possible.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8737 Email: j.hay@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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