A group of about twenty men, now referred to as the 'Founders' formed the inaugural Waikato Anglican Boys’ College Trust in August, 1957, and registered it under the provisions of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.
Objectives of the Trust:
“Founding and providing for a school or schools of learning and other institutions, wherein boys of this country could be cared for, taught and educated in accordance with those principles and precepts traditionally present in that system of education, which, based on the religion of the Anglican Church, inculcates a desire for the acquisition of knowledge for the Glory of God and the benefit of mankind, a proper discipline of mind and body and a life of service to others.”
The Trust Deed gives the Trustees full power and authority to found and maintain schools.
In 2009 the name of the Trust was changed to the Waikato Anglican College Trust to reflect the admission of girls into the school. Girls were first admitted into the School in 1985 into Years 12 and 13. From 2010 girls were introduced from Year 11, creating a co-educational senior school and a boys' only junior school.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Waikato is the official visitor of the School and by the requirements of the Trust Deed and Trustees presents an annual report to the Waikato Diocesan Synod. However, the Trust is completely independent of any Diocese, carries its own responsibilities and is endowed.
As a Christian foundation and an independent school St Paul’s endeavors to:
- provide education of the highest quality
- fully develop our staff and students
- encourage our students as individuals to strive to reach their potential, preparing for the challenges of life, and play a constructive part in the world at large.
Mr Andrew Johnson – Chairman
Andrew is the Managing Director of IT Partners Group, which has investments in a number of technology companies. Andrew’s business background has included two appointments as acting CEO with the entities involved in farming, forestry and tourism. Between 2008 and 2011, Andrew attended a number of executive education courses at Harvard Business School focusing on strategy and technology. In 2014, he graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and gained Chartered Member status in 2015. Andrew’s current governance roles also include the Waikato Anglican College Trust Board (Chair), Director of Inframax Construction, and The Lines Company and Member of the Audit & Risk Committee at The University of Waikato. Andrew joined the Waikato Anglican College Trust Board in 2011.
Mr John Jackson – Deputy Chair
John is the managing partner of a large coastal sheep and beef farming operation in Te Akau. He attended Lincoln University, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, and Oxford University graduating with a Diploma in Social Studies. John is married to Jenny and together they have three children, one is currently attending St Paul’s while the other two are recent graduates of the school. When weather and time permits John enjoys fishing and free diving off the back of their property.
Mr Philip Morgan (QC)
Philip has a long association with St Paul’s. His older brother, the late David Morgan was a pupil from 1959 to 1964 and taught at the school in the mid-70s. Philip was a boarder in Williams House from 1968 to 1972. He has served two terms on the Old Collegians Association, one in the 80s and more recently in 2008 which he has relinquished since taking up the Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees in April 2009. Philip’s three children have all been educated at St Paul’s, the last of them (David) was in Hamilton House. Philip is a barrister in Hamilton holding the rank of Queen’s Counsel since 2003. His other interests include cycling.
Sir David Moxon
Sir David is a New Zealand Anglican bishop. Until June 2017 he was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He was previously the Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, the archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses and one of the three primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In the 2014 New Year Honours, Sir David was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church. Inducted as a Fellow of St Paul’s in 2018, David has established a close relationship with the school over the years through his two sons both attending as students. He has also provided crucial pastoral support to St Paul’s leadership and its student body, in his regular visits to weekday worship or to the annual Baptism and Confirmation services.
Mr Richard Ludbrook
Richard is Chief Financial Officer of Smart Parking, a global business listed on the ASX offering innovative parking technology solutions. He attended the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce and a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Marketing. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Richard and wife Felicity live in Auckland and have three sons (two of which are in Williams House) and a daughter. Richard is a St Paul’s Collegian and was previously a Board of Trustee from August 2008 through until September 2015.
Mr Ross Brown
While Ross has been an Educational Consultant since early 2016, he was the Headmaster at Napier Boys High School from 1997 –2015, and prior he and been involved as Acting Rector at Timaru Boys High School. He has also held other roles such as Governing Principal Napier Community High School; the Foundation Principal of NZ Super Eight Schools; Chairman Hawkes Bay Holt Planetarium Charitable Trust; Elected Executive Member Association Boys’ Schools NZ (ABSNZ); and Board member NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council (NZSSSC).
Mr Bruce Miller
Bruce has three children, William who attends St Paul’s, Lucy and Jasmine. He was born and bred in the Waikato, having been schooled at Horotiu and Fairfield, before his father took a job transfer to Whangarei. Here he spent his secondary schooling at Kamo High School, before returning to Hamilton. He has a Diploma in Business and a MBA from Auckland University and his early business experience was in banking and the energy markets. He is currently Director of New Zealand Carbon Farming Limited and has a strong commercial background at both senior executive and governance levels. Bruce has joined the Finance and Scholarship subcommittees on the Board.
Mr Alastair Grigg
Alastair was a founding staff member at accounting software company Xero, where he was Chief Operating Officer, then GM of the Ventures & Financial Web division until 2017. He is now a Director, investor and advisor to several technology companies. He is also Chair of Puketaha School Board of Trustees. Prior to Xero Alastair was Chief Information Officer at Air NZ and had been involved in a number of other technology businesses and startups. Alastair grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Canterbury and graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science (Hons). While his working career has been the IT industry he maintains a close interest in the agricultural sector. Alastair and his wife Anna have a daughter, who is studying at Waikato University, and three sons, two of whom are current students at St Paul’s in Fitchett House. Alastair enjoys outdoor activities, particularly skiing and trail running.
Dr Elizabeth Rumball
Born and bred on a dairy farm in Taranaki, Elizabeth was educated at New Plymouth Girl’s High School before being accepted to University of Auckland Medical School and training to become one of three Paediatric Cardiac Surgeons in New Zealand. She pursued this profession for many years, until a change of direction led her to embark on a journey that would result in her – alongside her husband Roger – purchasing a 650-acre property in the North Waikato on which they are developing a 150 acre wetland/ native restoration. Together they have four children, Simon (Williams 2014-2017), Kate (Harington 2017-2019), Nicholas (Williams 2017 – present) and Alexander (Williams 2020- present). A close relationship has developed between the family and the school and Elizabeth is excited to see where St Paul’s will go in the future and honoured to be a part of its development.
Mrs Teri Veitch
Teri holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Policy (Hons) from Massey University and has worked between Government, NGO and Iwi organisations for the past 17 years. Teri has also completed Governance, Finance and Strategy Essentials through the Institute of Directors. She now holds the role of Waikato Executive Manager for Oranga Tamariki making sure every child and whanau under their care is supported. Teri was raised in Hamilton and currently lives in Whatawhata on a 20-acre farm with husband Stephen and their three children. Their eldest son Nikau is at St Paul’s in School House. She has a keen interest in exercise, nutrition and reading.
Mrs Karen O'Meeghan
Karen trained as a physiotherapist graduating In Auckland and having grown up there too, is now very happy to call the Waikato home. She feels privileged to have joined the WACT at the beginning of 2020. Interested and passionate about independent education, Karen has been a Southwell School Trustee for 8 years. Karen is married to Chris, they have three children Sophie ( Harington 2017-2018), Ollie ( Hall 2016-2020) and Lucy currently Year 10. Aside from a busy family life, Karen is a Trustee of MESH Sculpture Trust-promoting public sculpture in Hamilton and has recently enjoyed training with Red Cross to resettle a refugee family in Hamilton.