CEO – Nick Hyde

BBS Major in Sport and Recreation Management, Massey University

15 years experience running educational facilities for youth

Principal – Rockley Montgomery

B.A (ED),  Physical Education UPE
Certificate in Effective Practice in Gifted Education
20 + years teaching experience

3 years SAAF (South African Air Force)

Deputy Principal Level 3, Head of Physical Education – Paul Field

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, AUT
Post Grad Diploma Secondary Teaching, AUT
15 + years teaching experience


Deputy Principal Level 2, Head of Engineering – Jeremy Hedley

Aircraft Engineer Certificate, RNZAF
National Certificate in Carpentry, BCITO
7 years engineering experience, 7 years construction experience, 8 years youth education experience.


Head of English – Sue Russell

Bachelor of Arts, Rhodes University
Post Grad Secondary Teaching Diploma, Massey University
15+ years teaching experience

Teacher Mathematics – Ronald Lal

Bachelor of Science, University of the South Pacific
Post Grad Certificate in Education, University of the South Pacific
15+ years teaching experience

Head of Physical Training and Head of Recruit Development Course – Steve Mueller

Bachelor of Education, Auckland University
Diploma of Teaching, Auckland University
15+ years teaching experience, 5 years as associate Principal.

Teacher Science, Biology and English – Petri Opperman

Honours in Biology/Science, North West University, South Africa
B. Ed. Degree Senior and FET phase in Biology/Science & English
5+ years teaching experience

Head of Biology & Science, Teacher Mathematics – Quentin Opperman

B.Ed Degree (Snr. & F.E.T phase) North West University, South Africa
B.Ed Hons. Degree (Educational Management, Law and Systems)
5+ years teaching experience
3 year Hostel S.S.T. (Hostel Father)

Head of History – Patrick Gribble

Bachelor of Arts, Auckland University
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
10+ years teaching experience

Deputy Principal Level 1, Mathematics and Physical Education – Mark Wilson

B.Phed, University of Otago
Dip Tcg, Auckland College of Education
20+ years as a teacher

Teacher Physical Education – Tyron Montgomery

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, Massey University
Post Grad Diploma in Education, Auckland University of Technology
Rugby Coach

Teacher English & History – Libby McLean

BA Hons History, University of Auckland
BA English, University of Auckland
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), University of Auckland

5 years teaching experience

Principal’s Nominee / Administration Manager, Head of Business Administration and Computing – Marilize Erasmus

B. Tech. Degree Post School Education, Tswane University of Technology, South Africa
B. Tech. Degree Business Administration, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
National Diploma in Commercial Administration, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

Head of Defence Force Studies - Shane Harrison


Physical Education Teacher – Jack Beasley

Bachelor of Physical Education, Auckland University







Head of Maori DepartmentTeacher, Teacher of Recruit Development and Physical Training - Andre Taikato

Bachelor of Maori Development, AUT

NAT DIP in BusinessNational Certificates (2) in Te Reo Maori (Te Wananga Takiura & Te Ataarangi)

National Certificate in EducationNational Certificate First Line Management

17 Years in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)3 Years, Military Instructor experience (education) 




School Accounts – Jill Hillhouse

Diploma of Business Studies, Shorts Commercial College, Scotland

18 years experience



Jonathan Gale – Jonathan was posted for a year of National Service initially at the Artillery Air Defence School at Youngsfield and then to 10 Anti-aircraft Regiment in Cape Town. Jonathan is the Vicar of St Peter's Anglican church in Takapuna. He has worked as a secondary school teacher, subject advisor, senior education specialist, project manager in the education and health sectors in the world of development banking, investment advisor in the Tertiary Education Commission and as an Industry Manager for Competenz. He has been a member of various education and community advisory boards and is a keen mountain biker.

Katene Eruera -  Katene is an Anglican Minister and Dean of Tikanga Maori at The College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland, helping train candidates for ordination, as well as those undergoing further advanced training.  Prior to Anglican Ministry he worked as a solicitor in Wellington and Auckland, practising in the areas of criminal, family and Treaty of Waitangi claims law. He is from Te Aupouri, Ngati Kuri, Ngati Kaharau and Ngati Hau in Te Tai Tokerau.

Wayne Hyde – Director Vanguard Military School and Chairman of the Advisory Board. Wayne grew up in Horotiu and left secondary school as a second year 5th former with no academic qualifications. He joined the Airforce at 17 as an Aircraft Technician and during his 20 year service completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Massey University. He then worked at what is now AUT for 2 years before being appointed as Trade Training Officer for the Royal New Zealand Navy. Whilst there he completed his MA Degree at Auckland University. He left the Navy in 2000 to purchase what is now Advance Training Centres. Wayne has had a passion for learning and education since he was engaged in training for the RNZAF in 1977.