Neil McLaughlin – Chairperson
Neil was the Founding Chairman of the St Peter’s School Foundation and has filled that role for most of the last 18 years. He is a strong believer in the ethos of the founder, Arthur Broadhurst M.A., O.B.E, of educating the “Body, Mind & Spirit”. He recognises the importance of Independent Schools and the role they play in NZ society and what the School has achieved and continues to achieve.
Neil has been associated with St Peter’s School for around 34 years. First as a parent of two sons who were both boarders for 7 years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. During this time he served a number of years on the Parent’s Association was at times both deputy chair and chair. He was educated at St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt and Victoria University, Wellington (B.C.A. in Accountancy). Neil was largely self-employed in both the Financial Services sector and in the Hospitality Industry retiring in 2004. He lives in Devonport, Auckland with his wife.
Chris Saville – Foundation Director and Chair of the Investment Committee
Chris has served as a company director in a diverse range of commercial and investment organisations. Chris is a parent of three St Peter’s School alumni. Chris values the importance of independent schools in New Zealand and the contributions they make to New Zealand society, and is passionate about St Peter’s maintaining its position as one of New Zealand’s leading independent schools. He is keen to assist the Foundation in growing its Endowment Fund to support St Peter’s School with scholarships and other funding. Chris holds an MBA and a Post Graduate Certificate in Governance.
Leigh Morgan – Foundation Director
Leigh joined the Foundation in 2017. She attended St Peters between 1992 and 1995 and was Deputy Head Girl in her final year. Leigh has been teaching for 14 years and is currently Head of Faculty Health and Physical Education at Otahuhu College. She recently graduated with her Master of Educational Leadership (Hons First Class) from Auckland University of Technology.
Aksel Bech – Foundation Director
Aksel is the Councillor for the Tamahere Ward of Waikato District, the immediate northern neighbouring district to St Peter’s, and is a parent of current students at the school. 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.
Richard lives in the Waikato with his wife Claire and two children.
Richard’s career has included time in the Manufacturing and Supply chain industry, including locally and globally before focusing on dairy farming. He has extensive corporate farming experience having been involved in managing two large scale farming businesses in both the North and South Island.
He is currently director of Tatua, JD & RD Wallace group and Kotare Limited. His education includes St Peters’ School, BCom (Management Science) from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Agribusiness Management.
Timothy Fookes – Foundation Director
Tim joined the Foundation as a representative from the St Peters 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 Peters (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.
Gareth Pryce – Foundation Director
Gareth is a past staff member of St Peter’s, IT Manager 2005 to 2015 and graduate of Massey University BSc (1997). He is passionate about technology, health and education, having worked in the industries for over 25 years. During Gareth’s semi-retirement, he volunteers for St John Ambulance, Taranaki Kiwi Trust and is on a number of other boards and committees. Gareth strongly believes in the holistic education and opportunities St Peter’s offers.
“I am passionate about St Peter’s maintaining its position as one of New Zealand’s leading independent schools through a strong, well-run Foundation.”
Investment Committee Chair