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 Yvonne Thompson

Director of Boarding

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 Mrs Jenny Field

Mathematics Miss Kelly Dawe

Music Mrs Vicki McLeod

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.

Mr Jonathan Dutton

Board of Proprietors’ Representative

My Story

Mrs Phillipa Guerin

Board of Proprietors’ Chairman

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 Sophie Balchin

Student BOT Representative

Ms Lindy Graham


Mr Wayne Pahl

Deputy Principal

Mrs Christine Sparrow


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 Phillipa Guerin
Board Chairman, Parents’ and Friends’ Representative

Ms Lindy Graham

Mrs Nicky Hyslop
Deputy, Old Girls’ 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