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Pinehurst School Senior LeadershipTeam

Pinehurst is led by Executive Principal Sherida Penman Walters, assisted by Heads of College, Assistant Headmaster of Junior College, Headmistress of Primary, Assistant Headmistress of Primary and the Business Manager. Each Head of School is responsible for their specific learning areas within the School.

Executive Principal

Sherida Penman Walters
M. Ed. Admin (Hons), B.A., Dip Tchg., MNZIM

Ms Penman Walters has been Executive Principal of Pinehurst since the School's beginning in 1991. A passionate educator, Ms Penman Walters has taught in a range of state and independent, primary and secondary schools. She was drawn to lead Pinehurst by its philosophy of involving parents in their children's education - believing that an education that unlocks the potential for every child is possible.

Always encouraging students, staff and parents to be lifelong learners, Ms Penman Walters has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, specialising in Dispute Resolution. She is a mother of 3 adult sons and is also a keen traveller, walker and reader.


Business Manager


Jon Horne


Jon brings to Pinehurst a sound commercial and business acumen gained from more than 20 years in executive finance and general management roles, and experience from both the commercial and the NGO sectors. Pinehurst is Jon's first taste of the school environment after 8 years as General Manager and Finance Director of TEAR fund. He is skilled in assembling and leading talented teams as he continues to build the level of creativity, initiatives and focus required to increase and enhance business success. Jon is also a Mentor with Business Mentors NZ (Northshore) and an ISO Capability Mentor for the Ministry of Social Development.

Jon lives in Glenfield with his wife Trish and three daughters. A keen fisherman if not always a successful one "but that's what fish'n chip shops were invented for".

Headmistress of Primary


Sian Coxon

B.Ed. Hons English & Education

A passionate educator, Ms Coxon has had extensive experience of implementing and delivering excellence through the Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary programmes. She is the Cambridge Primary programme lead teacher in New Zealand.

Before joining Pinehurst in 2000, she has worked in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, in both teaching and leadership positions, giving her a wide variety of education systems and cultures to draw upon in creating and sustaining a vibrant and stimulating learning environment, where students are encouraged to become independent, enquiring learners. Sian reads widely and continues her quest for life-long learning. She has a son in College.


Head of College - Curriculum and Assessment

Christopher Wiggin

B.Sc. P.G.C.S.E.

Responsible for Curriculum and Assessment (Years 7 to 13).

Having immigrated to New Zealand in 2000, Mr. Wiggin joined Pinehurst in 2003 from SCONZ, Senior College of New Zealand. Previously, he was a member of the senior management team at United World College of the Atlantic. Here he had a leading role as Senior Houseparent, Head of Physics and Technology and leader of the Coastal Rescue Service.

Mr. Wiggin has a wide range of experience across state and private schools. He has written and developed a number of new and innovative A level and I.B. courses and is currently a Senior Examiner for I.B.

Head of College - Pastoral Care

Kieran Verryt
 B.Ed., Dip Tchg

Responsible for Pastoral Care and Discipline for Years 9-13, Mr. Verryt joined Pinehurst School in 2011 upon his return from the United Kingdom where he had taught for 9 years. 

During his time in the UK he enjoyed teaching at prestigious boarding schools in both England and Scotland. Here, Mr. Verryt gained experience in teaching a number of different curricula providing him with opportunities to work extensively in high quality pastoral care programmes.

Mr. Verryt has taught across the school age range from Year 1 through to Year 13; which has afforded him experience in student development across the entire spectrum. A passionate sportsperson Mr. Verryt is also heavily involved with sport at Pinehurst.


Assistant Headmaster - Junior College

Joe Johansen
Joe Johansen

Joe has considerable experience in the education sector, both here in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Previously Joe has been the Senior School Dean at Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and Head of Sport and English at a Boys’ Preparatory School in England and as well as a senior teacher at an Intermediate school in Wellington. He is passionate about the outdoors, adventure, sport and travel. 








Assistant Headmistress of Primary

Catherine Jones-Hill

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Having begun her teaching career in New Zealand, including teaching the Gifted and Talented Science programme at Sunnynook Primary, Ms Jones-Hill taught in England before returning home to join the pioneering group of teachers and parents who created Pinehurst.


As foundation teacher, Ms Jones-Hill has had the opportunity to see Pinehurst develop from the original 3 classes into the world class, full school that it is today.


Ms Jones-Hill has extensive experience working with the Cambridge (CIE) Curriculum including introducing the Cambridge Science Curriculum to Years 4 - 6 and the English and Maths Curriculum to Year 3.


An experienced teacher at all levels of Primary from New Entrants through to Year 6, Ms Jones-Hill has taught and been involved with a number of specialist areas including Primary Science specialist, Special Needs Department (Junior College) Head of Junior Primary, Assistant Headmistress of Primary, PE and Music teacher Year 1 and 2.


Passionate about children's participation in team sports and physical fitness, she is passionate about netball and has coached netball, basketball and hockey teams including mentoring at Kidzplay netball on a Saturday.


Ms Jones-Hills also runs coaching seminars for Netball coaches and has helped developed Year 1 netball teams with the development of their skills and fitness in addition to mentoring beginner netball umpires through running training courses and providing on court support.


Married to Wayne together they have two gorgeous sport crazy daughters.


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