Our School Board

During your son’s intermediate and high school life, he will spend over 8000 hours being educated, mentored, and inspired by teachers. Our focus is on recruiting and providing to our parent base the very best educators possible. With the requirements of a 21st Century learning environment and the importance of good supportive role models to develop character, we are proud to be a school that focuses on these areas. 

Board of Trustees contact details staff@stc.school.nz

The Board of Trustees


Andy Steel 
Presiding Member

“I am married to Anna and we have four sons, three of whom attend the College with the one to follow! I am an old boy of the College attending from 1982 to 1988. I am a partner in the law firm of Steel & Co where I practice primarily in property/commercial law. The Steel family has a strong historical connection to the College and the Christian Brothers.

Whilst it has been some years since the Christian Brothers walked the corridors and the grounds of the College, I am very impressed with the way the Edmund Rice charism has been fostered in the current environment through an emphasis on social justice. The College is a well-led, vibrant school offering plenty of opportunities for all students. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the College’s continued progress and growth.


Gareth Bruce

As an Old Boy of the College (2000 – 2006) I am honoured to be asked to be a representative on the board. I have enjoyed watching the evolution of the College since I have left and look forward to engaging with the wider school community as we support the positive change and ongoing innovation in the College as strives to best meet the needs of our young men.


Tana Luke

I am a proud old boy of the College, having attended from 2009-2013. My younger brother currently attends the College. I am a father to two beautiful daughters, Aewa and Amo.  I am currently a Cultural Land Management Advisor at Environment Canterbury, with a focus on Māhinga Kai. Previously I have worked in the education sector, managing cultural relationships in the tertiary space. St Thomas has always valued growing men of service and I am excited for the opportunity to give back to a school that has given so much to me. Kua tawhiti kē to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu. He nui rawa o mahi, kia kore e mahi tonu.


Adam Gallagher

“I am a proud old boy of the College, attending from 1984 until 1990. I currently have one son attending and was honored to be asked to represent the Proprietors on the Board. I am a solicitor practicing in the areas of employment, health and safety, and education law. I have been impressed with the inclusiveness and diversity of the College and the leadership in driving education to meet the needs of our young men and preparing them for life outside school. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the College in the years ahead.



Grant Boore 

“I have Carter and Oskar attending St Thomas’. My background is that of a career military officer. Since 2011 I have been heavily involved in earthquake recovery programs in my hometown of Christchurch. Currently, I am back in the Defense Force leading the Youth Development Unit based at Burnham Military Camp. This unit runs several different programs that aim to instill the values of self-discipline, courage, cooperation, and respect in young people in order to arm them with skills and experience to succeed in life. I sense that there may be many synergies with my professional role and the values of St Thomas, and I look forward to serving our school as a dedicated Trustee.


Peter McCorckindale  

“My name is Pete McCorkindale and I am married to Julie. We have three great children; William, an STC Old Boy, Alex at STC, and our daughter Genevieve. 

  My background includes dairy farming, teaching both high school students and adults farming skills. I worked 5 years as a Fonterra area manager and 11 years in retail for PGG Wrightson as a retail store manager/technical field rep, and then at the national head office level where I managed the National Dairy Retail business. More latterly I have been a Canterbury territory manager for Genesis Energy. This mix of roles has given me a strong understanding of education, business, sales, and people management which is important on a Board of Trustees. 

  I believe strongly in creating a supportive, inclusive culture and value the importance of teamwork in achieving success – a champion team is far stronger than a team of champion individuals. This ethos is something I use in my everyday work, sporting, and recreational life. I believe I have a mix of background experience and a strong culture of teamwork that is beneficial to St Thomas’ and in line with the special character of the school.



Penetito Pelenato 
“I am married to Rebecca & am a father of 6. We have 6 children. We currently have Matthew attending the College & our sons Sebastian, Stephen & Viane are past pupils.  I work for the Dept. of Corrections as a Community Work Supervisor. My role is to encourage and ensure offenders complete their community-based sentences. 

  Our family has been part of the St Thomas community since 2001. I was co-opted as a member of the Board in 2010. I am passionate about student achievement in the school with a special emphasis on our Pasifika students. I am part of a Pasifika parents’ group that meets on a regular basis to look at ways in raising the achievement of our students. At present, I belong to St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Parish & am on the Parish Council. I am also the secretary of the Samoan Catholic Community with a responsibility of 27 families & have held the position since 2002.”


Nigel Thomson  

“My family and I have lived in Canterbury for five years since moving here from Wellington in 2014. We have two children, Henry and Lizzy. Henry attends St Thomas of Canterbury College. 

  I work as Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Corporate Services for Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, based at Lincoln.  After gaining my Batchelor of Commerce in 1991 I was an accountant in public practice before joining Contact Energy and subsequently the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in finance roles. The key skills I offer the Board of Trustees’ role is strategic planning, finance, human resources, and governance experience. 

  I am passionate about education, particularly inclusive education, and the need to make the most of technology and innovation. I support the school’s character and values and since my son started, I have been most impressed with the caring inclusive nature of the school demonstrated by students and staff alike. 

  I have until recently been a Board member of Kirwee Model School and I am a Director/Trustee of several entities associated with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research.


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Sophia Quilian

“I have two sons at STC, one currently in Year 9 and the other in Year 11.  We chose to send our sons to St Thomas’s as both the education and student support approaches resonated with us and reflect the values we are endeavoring to instill in our sons. 

I have a strong background in governance having been Chair of our previous school’s Board of Trustees for 18 months (and Trustee for the remainder of the term).  During this period, our Board drove transformative change across a wide range of initiatives from simplifying the annual budget, senior leadership team recruitment, and an improved ERO report.  

To date, during my STC Trusteeship, I have been involved with reviewing all of the NAG policies to ensure they reflect life at STC, have been part of the senior leader team appointments and sat on the Disciplinary Review Sub-Committee.  I represent STC on the Kahui Ako stewardship committee and am a member of the NZSTA Canterbury Regional Executive.  

 Professionally, I have 20 years of media and marketing experience with a global communications company. I continue to work for this same company, from Christchurch, in a leadership position.  Along with my commercial and governance experience, I have a keen interest in the pedagogical approach of both schools and individual teachers.  In addition to my Commerce Degree, I also hold a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies. 

I am committed to making a positive contribution to the ongoing strategic direction and governance of St Thomas of Canterbury College.” 


Dan O’Brien
Staff Trustee

“Innovation, effective collaboration, and creative thinkers are what I believe will be strong requirements for our young men to excel when they leave school. My passion lies in providing opportunities for our young men to think beyond what is current and turn dreams into reality through innovative tools and opportunities.”


Will Hodgson
Student Board Member