Senior Leadership Team

Ms Lindy Graham


Mr Wayne Pahl

Deputy Principal

Ms Lara Hearn

Assistant Principal


Mrs Vanessa Mulvihill

Year 12 & 13 Dean

Mrs Holly Scott

Year 11 Dean

Mrs Kim Fairbrother

Year 9 & 10 Dean

Mrs Sonia Ottley

Year 7 & 8 Dean

Specialist Roles

Mrs Julie McLean

Director of International Students

Mrs Jo Grace


Mrs Vicky Campbell

Careers Advisor

Mrs Christine Sparrow


Mrs Gillian Owens

Personal Assistant to the Principal/Enrolment Officer

Heads of Department

Art Ms Glenys Parry

Drama Mrs Gillian Towle

Economics & Accounting Mrs Sue Reeves

English Mrs Ella Wright

Geography Mrs Jude McKenzie

Languages Mr Joaquín Ginés

Mathematics Miss Kelly Dawe


Physical Education & Health Mr Allan Faith

Science Mr Alastair Townshend

Social Studies Ms Jude Walker


Our Board of Trustees

The Craighead Diocesan School Board of Trustees is made up of various people; we have Parent Representatives, a Co-opted member, representatives from our Board of Proprietors, and a student and a teaching staff representative.

As an Integrated school, the Board of Trustee’s main responsibility lies with governance of curriculum delivery.

The day-to-day management responsibility lies with our highly capable Principal and Senior Leadership Team.

As Board Members, we represent all parents and it is vital that we have the opportunity to express your views. To do so, we need to know what they are.

Please feel free to contact any one of us at any time.

Mr Antony Ford – BOT Chair

Mr Antony Ford

Chair, Co-opted Representative

Mrs Andrea Leslie

Deputy Chair Elected Parent Rep.

Mr Quentin Cavanagh

Elected Parent Rep.

Mrs Karla Yeatman

Elected Parent Rep.

My Story

To come….

My Story

I have lived in South Canterbury for almost all of my life, with time out for university, I feel very fortunate to live in such a great region. My husband, Warren and I farm a sheep and beef property just west of Cave. We have a son, Jack, who attends Timaru Boys High School and a daughter, Emma who is attending Craighead. Currently, I am employed by Aoraki Polytechnic in my role as Primary Portfolio Manager. In my spare time, I love supporting the children in their sporting and cultural endeavours and thoroughly enjoy spending time in my garden and with my several dogs. Along with this, I have continued my studies completing a Master’s degree at Lincoln University. It is a real honour to be elected as Chairman of the Craighead Diocesan School Board of Trustees. Over the years, I have always held Craighead in the highest esteem and I feel privileged to be part of it.

My Story

My name is Quentin Cavanagh; I am married to Suzanne Cavanagh. We have two children, Eric (15) who attends Timaru Boys High in year 10, and our daughter Ashleigh (13) who will be attending Craighead Diocesan School in 2018 as a Year 9 daygirl.

Originally from Invercargill we have worked our way up to Timaru, where we have now lived for the last 10 years. We love living here in fantastic South Canterbury.

I work at Fonterra Clandeboye as a Food Safety and Quality Specialist, and have been in the dairy industry for 21 years. During this time I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of roles from Edendale to Clandeboye that have all been challenging and rewarding, and have allowed me to develop a variety of skills that are important in contributing to good governance within a School.

I have had the privilege of serving as a parent representative on the Waimataitai School Board of Trustees for the last nine years, in a variety of roles: of Deputy Chair, holding portfolios including Finance, Health and Safety, and Auditing. All of these are strengths that I can contribute to Craighead Diocesan School as Parent representative. Being part of an effective team on a school Board is very rewarding experience. Some highlights that I am proud to have been a part of include the implementation of Bring your own device (BYOD), a Boiler upgrade, hugely successful ERO reports, and many classroom upgrades over the last few years to ensure the children have a safe and secure and modern learning environment. I am keen to see that all children have every opportunity to succeed in a safe and supporting environment, and with the business skills that myself and the team bring to the table we will continue our commitment to ensure the that we all “Strive for Excellence”.

In my spare time and weekends, I enjoy spending time as a family, flower and vegetable gardening, reading books, and walking with our two dogs, both of which are energetic and playful Spaniels.

I look forward to the opportunity to contribute my experience to Craighead Diocesan School.

My Story

Together with my husband we farm in Mid Canterbury, and our two children are both boarding in Timaru – Ella, Year 11 at Craighead and Hamish, Year 9 at Timaru Boys High.

For a number of years I have been involved with Boards of Trustees and have really enjoyed my roles.  My focus has always been on the ‘all-round’ achievement of children and that they are well supported and resourced to enjoy school life, ultimately enabling them to achieve to their full potential.  In this fast paced world we live in, I think it’s important that children have a wide range of skills and attributes to prepare them for their next stage after secondary school whether that be the workforce, travel or further study.

Originally from a health background I worked in the field of occupational health and rehabilitation.  Over time our farming business and a young family became the priority and I was able to develop an interest in education.  My skills also allowed me to pursue contracted roles with Statistics NZ, New Zealand School Trustees Association and to become a trustee on a Charitable Trust Board.

I have a solid understanding and appreciation of Governance and the responsibilities of a trustee and would look forward to further utilising my experience, communication skills and open minded approach.

I look forward to this opportunity to serve on the Craighead Diocesan School Board of Trustees.

Mrs Rene Crawford

Elected Parent Trustee

My Story

John and I have two daughters at Craighead Diocesan School, Kate (YearlO) and Lucy in Year 9 and another daughter due to commence next year, in 2019.
I have six years’ experience as a School Board of Trustee Representative, three of which I was the Chair of the Cannington School Board. In my time on the Board I become very familiar with the Ministries direction on education and the role that Board of Trustees should play.
If I were to be elected onto the Board of Trustees I would use the knowledge that I have gained previously to work with the other Board members to further develop your children’s education, support staff and enhance the strong links and involvement between school families, the community and the school. I feel that it is essential to have good communication between the Board, staff and school families to ensure that we are all working together to provide quality education for all our children.
I am a qualified Physiotherapist and currently working as the Associate Director of Allied Health, Scientific and Technical at South Canterbury District Health Board. Recently I worked for the University Of Otago School Of Physiotherapy for 10 years as a Clinical Educator for 4111 Year Physiotherapy students. My teaching involvement at the University has given me current insight into Tertiary Education and the expectation for our children in the future. It has also giving a good understanding of the principles behind curriculum development and student assessment.
Seven years ago I was elected by the South Canterbury community onto the South Canterbury District Health Board as a Board member. I am currently part way through my third term. As a SCDHB Board member we are involved in setting policy, approving strategy and monitoring progress towards meeting objectives for Health in the South Canterbury region. This role is a governance role similar to that of a School Board.
Our children are very actively involved in sport. Over the last ten years I have coached netball and served six years on the Tennis South Canterbury Board.
With my previous Board and committee experience, knowledge of education and health I feel I have some skills to offer as a Board of Trustee of Craighead Diocesan School. I look forward to working with you and your family in the future.

Mrs Michelle Kelly

Elected Trustee Representative

My Story

I live in Timaru & work in our own Property Management business Timaru Rentals. My husband, Ned and I have two daughters; Kate & Lisa both at Craighead.  I enjoy meeting new people, car racing, watching the girls’ sports & reading.

I feel privileged to have been on the BOT for the past 2 ½ Years & really enjoy it, I am passionate about student achievement & learning and believe that all students have the right to learn. I am also interested in the building & property part of the BOT, I am on the Works committee & the Uniform Committee. I have been on the Waimataitai BOT previous to Craighead & served 5 years on that Board.

Mrs Phillipa Guerin

Board of Proprietors’ Representative

My Story

I live at Burkes Pass with my husband and four children. I am an Old Girl of Craighead and a past President of the Craighead Old Girls Association.

I am very proud to be sitting on the BOT as Chairman of the BOP, passionate about Craighead, and the ideals it offers. I am always willing to listen to any comments you have about our School.

Miss Olivia Mackenzie

Student Trustee Representative

My Story

My name is Olivia Mackenzie and I am a year 12 boarder here at Craighead. For as long as I remember, I have been a big advocate on standing up for your beliefs and sharing your opinion on issues and events that will affect you. I believe that a Craighead girl’s school life should be influenced by their beliefs. I think that it is important for the students to be represented on the board because at the end of the day, every board decision made will affect the student’s daily life and can make their school life more enjoyable.

I believe that I will be a good Student representative on the Board of Trustees. I am not timid and afraid to make students opinions and voices heard. I have lots of experience talking to adults as I work as at a shop that requires me to be friendly and talkative. I consider myself a ‘people’ person and have no difficulty making conversation. At the meetings, I would have no problem following up ideas to make sure that they actually happen, are not just  planned. Previously, I was the school leader at Mayfield primary, so I have experience in getting together student ideas, and putting it forward to a board. I also think I would be good at this job as I like to think I am approachable and that younger students feel comfortable coming to me to share their opinion or ideas for the school.

Lastly, I want to be the student representative on the board of trustees because I have a huge interest and passion for the school and want to see it achieve as best it can. I also have interests in planning and organising and will enjoy representing the student’s opinions for the board. I think I would be good at this because I feel quite confident to speak my mind. I think that this would be a great opportunity for me to hone my ‘people’ and organisational skills and am looking forward to this position.

Sincerely, Olivia Mackenzie

Mrs Nicky Hyslop

BOP Chair

Ms Lindy Graham


Mr Wayne Pahl

Deputy Principal

Mrs Gillian Owens

BOT Secretary

Our Board of Proprietors

The Board of Proprietors has responsibility for the day to day running of the Boarding House and for ensuring the continuation of the Special Character of Craighead under its Integration Agreement.

The Board owns the land and buildings and is responsible for the maintenance and development of the property.

The Bishop of Christchurch is the Warden of Craighead.

Meetings of the Board are not public, but any member of the Board may be approached with your concerns or queries.

Introducing our Board:

Mrs Nicky Hyslop
Board Chairman, Old Girl’s Representative

Ms Lindy Graham

Mrs Phillipa Guerin
Deputy, Parents’ and Friends’ Representative

Mr Antony Ford
Board of Trustees Chair

Dr William Rolleston
Archdeaconry Representative

Mr Jonathon Dutton

Mrs Jane Fuller
Archdeaconry Representative

Rev Pauline Geddes
Synod Representative

Mrs Wendy Taggart
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

Mrs Teresa Templeton 
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

Mrs Margaret Turley

Mr Ross Wells 
Synod Representative

Rev Josh Taylor
Synod Representative

Mrs Juliet Shallard
Old Girl’s President

Mrs Christine Sparrow 
Board Secretary, In Attendance