Aksel Bech - Chairperson
Aksel is a parent of current students at the school, a former St Peter's Trust Board member and past Chair of Owl Farm. Aksel also represented Tamahere, the immediate northern neighbouring district to St Peter's, for six years as their Councillor and served three of those years as the Deputy Mayor of Waikato District Council. He has a commercial background in both Human Resource Management and equipment sales & service, particularly to the Dairy, Wine and Brewing industries. Aksel has a B.Sc. in Microbiology and Psychology, and a Masters in Industrial Pyschology. Aksel started his professional career working for Natural Gas Corporation, and was part of the successful management buy-out of NDA Engineering in 1998. He continued as an owner/manager until the business was sold a decade later, after which Aksel held Board of Trustee roles in primary schools as well as directorships in private sector companies whilst focusing most of his time around family.
Fiona Anthony - Deputy Chairperson
After nearly two decades in the United Kingdom, Fiona returned to New Zealand with her family in 2016, and the family now calls Cambridge home. Her three children attend St Peter’s. Fiona is a commercial lawyer and has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Canterbury. Her professional experience includes in-house legal roles in London and private practice in New Zealand. She is currently employed as a lawyer in the corporate and commercial team at Norris Ward McKinnon, a Hamilton based law firm. Fiona also has experience in the not for profit sector both in paid and voluntary roles. Fiona is very committed to using her skill set to support the Foundation and the wider community.
Leigh joined the Foundation in 2017. She attended St Peter's between 1992 and 1995 and was Deputy Head Girl in her final year. Leigh has been teaching for 18 years and is currently Head of Faculty Health and Physical Education at Otahuhu College. Further education includes Master of Educational Leadership (Hons First Class) from Auckland University of Technology, and Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative learning from Unitec.
Tim joined the Foundation as a representative from the St Peter's Parents Association in 2011. From there, Tim became a full member of the Foundation in 2012. Tim is also a committee member of the St Peters Alumni and was a member of the Parents' Association for five years. Tim is an old boy of St Peter's (1972-1978). He is married and his three children all attended the school between 2001 and 2011. He was eager to become involved with St Peters through the various committees because of the value, tradition and excellence which St Peter's School pride themselves on.
John is the Chair of the St Peter's Trust Board. He has worked in both the public and the private health sector in senior leadership roles. He has delivered a range of digital and service innovations that have changed how you and your family experience health care. John is currently working in New Zealand, Australia, UK and the Middle East with start-ups, NGOs, private and public sector organisations in advisory and governance roles. John holds a BLS and MBA from the University of Waikato, and advanced leadership and system design qualifications from Harvard University and Henley Business School. John is married with three children - two current St Peter’s students and one recently graduated. John is passionate about seeing St Peter’s continuing to develop as an independent school, producing critical thinking leaders of tomorrow, equipped to make a difference.