Leadership Advisor - Secondary - BOP/Waikato

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD See Summary of Practice

Graham is a Leadership Advisor working mainly with beginning principals of secondary schools in the Central North Island.

Prior to joining Evaluation Associates Graham was the Secondary Coordinator of the National Aspiring Principals' Programme and a Leadership Advisor with the University of Waikato. During this time, Graham’s work with leaders in schools included:

  • challenging leaders to think critically about causal links between student achievement and practice
  • building educational leadership capability
  • working with leaders to develop effective teaching
  • coaching and mentoring
  • building relational trust and effective learning relationships
  • developing effective communities of learning
  • strategic planning
  • appraisal for learning (of teachers and leaders

Graham was born in Auckland, but Tauranga is his base and has been his home for the last 36 years.

He has had teaching experience in coeducational and single sex schools, rural, South Auckland and provincial city schools. He retired as principal of Tauranga Boys’ College to take up his work with the University of Waikato.

During his time as Principal, Graham was very active in building local and national networks, including being President of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand and past board member of the board of NZQA. Until recently he was a Councillor of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

Graham has also been a member of a range of MoE reference groups including those charged with the BES leadership and Kiwi leadership for principals developments. In 2016 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to education.

Graham and his wife Barbara have three adult children (one a winemaker, which is useful to their lifestyle) and five grandchildren. They enjoy living under the protection of Mauao. Walking the beach, climbing Mauao, reading, playing bridge and golf (badly) are some of Graham's interests.