Kia ora. I was born and brought up in the North East of England and New Zealand has been home for 20 years now (as has Westlake Boys High School). I am from a family of education leaders and the values instilled in me during my formative years still stand me in good stead – working hard, being nice to people and contributing positively to a community.
I always wanted to be a teacher and I started teaching PE in a boys’ school in the UK in the early nineties. I think teaching is the best job in the world.
I have been lucky enough to have served as the Headmaster of Westlake since 2010 and I enjoy it more every year. Westlake is the school I wish I had been able to go when I was a teenage boy. I see my role as doing what I can to make sure everyone here can feel good about being here every day, whoever they are. We are a large, diverse and high achieving organisation that is a microcosm of Auckland society in 2022.
I’m really excited about our future and hope that we can continue to be a successful school where teenage boys want to come and achieve great things and where adults want to work, grow and contribute to our culture.