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Senior Leadership Team

Pinehurst is led by Alex Reed, assisted by Principal and Deputy Principals of College, Principal of Primary, Assistant Principal of Primary and the Business Manager. Each Head of School is responsible for their specific learning areas within the School.

Alex Reed

Executive Principal

MA (Cantab.), MLitt (Auckland), P.G.C.S.E, N.P.Q.H.

Alex has had experience of school leadership in a number of high-performing schools in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He comes to us from Westlake Boys High School, where he was Associate Headmaster for six years, leading the school’s curriculum, teaching and learning programmes.

Alex believes that every young person is capable of achieving beyond his or her expectations. He enjoys the company of young people and loves working out ways they can be happy and successful, following all of their chosen pathways to fulfilment. He is delighted to be leading Pinehurst, a school committed to excellence in a supportive environment, because it is determined to develop individual students with kindness, empathy and a focus on self-discipline, a determination he shares.

He is particularly interested in developing the ways we can prepare all students for their futures, responding to the needs of every young person at the same time as ensuring that he or she shares a strong sense of community. He is always keen to hear from parents about their experiences or to listen to their ideas, because he believes that we grow best when we grow together. And that, as we talk, we will continue do grow in ways that are rigorously, confidently ethical, led by values that will support the people our children will become.

Alex is enthusiastic about music and sport, though he possesses little talent in either discipline. He spends a great deal of time reading, and is in the early stages of a PhD on 1970s British novels. What he enjoys most, though, is spending time with his daughters and walking on one of our wonderful beaches.

Sian Coxon

Principal of Primary

B.Ed. Hons English & Education

A passionate educator, Sian 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.

Catherine Jones-Hill

Deputy Principal of Primary

B.Ed. Dip. Teaching

Having begun her teaching career in New Zealand, including teaching the Gifted and Talented Science programme at Sunnynook Primary, Catherine 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.

Catherine 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, Catherine 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 Principal 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.

Catherine 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.

Kieran Verryt

Principal of College

B.Ed., Dip Teaching

Kieran joined Pinehurst School in 2011 upon his return from the United Kingdom where he taught for 9 years. During his time in the UK he enjoyed teaching at prestigious boarding schools in both England and Scotland. Here, Kieran gained experience in teaching a number of different curricula providing him with opportunities to work extensively in high quality pastoral care programmes.

Kieran 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. He works closely with students with a particular focus on building strong relationships. Kieran is currently undertaking a Master of Educational Leadership through Auckland University.

A passionate sportsperson Kieran is also heavily involved with sport at Pinehurst.

Christopher Wiggin

Deputy Principal of College - Assessment & Progress

B.Sc. P.G.C.S.E.

Having immigrated to New Zealand in 2000, Chris 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.

Chris 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.

Joe Johansen

Deputy Principal of College - Well-being, Teaching & Learning

B.Ed, Dip Teaching

Joe has considerable experience in the education sector, both here in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Previously Joe has been the Senior Dean of Year 7 – 8 at Saint Kentigern Boys’ School and the Head of Sport and English at Denmead Preparatory School for Boys in England, as well as a Senior teacher at an Intermediate School in Wellington.

Joe is a passionate New Zealander who loves the outdoors, adventure, sport and travel. As an Educator, his vision is to offer future focused learning to prepare our students to become responsible, ethical, global citizens ready to take their place in a rapidly changing world. 

Jon Horne

Business Manager


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 (North Shore) 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".

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