Board of Trustees

at St Thomas of Canterbury College
Board of Trustees contact: BOT Secretary Jo Fitzgerald
Andy Steel – Chairperson

I am married to Anna and we have four sons, the oldest of which is attending the College with the rest to follow! I am an old boy of the College attending from 1982 to 1988. I am a partner in the law the firm of Steel & Co where I practice primarily in property/commercial law. The Steel family have 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 teaching ethos has been fostered in the current environment through its emphasis on social justice. The College is a well led, vibrant school offering plenty of opportunities. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the College’s continued progress and growth.

Adam Gallagher

I am a proud old boy of the College, attending from 1984 until 1990. I currently have one son attending and was honoured to be asked to represent the Proprietors on the Board this year. I am a solicitor at Duncan Cotterill Lawyers practising 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 in Year 7 with Oskar planning to join the STC community next year. My background is that of a career military officer but since 2011 I have been heavily in involved in earthquake recovery programmes 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 programmes 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 McCorkindale

My name is Pete McCorkindale and I am married to Julie. We have three great children; William Year 13 and Alex Year 10 at STC, and our daughter Genevieve Year 12 at CGHS.

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 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 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 3 adult & 3 school aged children. We currently have Sebastian attending the College & our sons 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 sentence.

Our family have 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 meet 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.

Sophia Quilian

I am a new arrival to the STC community with two sons starting this year; one in Year 7 and the other in Year 9.  We chose to send our sons to St Thomas’s as both the education and student support approaches resonated with us and reflects the values we are endeavouring to instil in our sons.

I have a strong background in governance having been Chair of our previous school’s Board of Trustees for the past 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.  I look forward to bringing these skills to STC.

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.  I am well organised and experienced in running projects and budgets, managing a wide range of (sometimes opposing) stakeholders and leading my committed team.

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 look forward to making a positive contribution to the ongoing strategic direction and governance of St Thomas of Canterbury College.

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 is in Year 8 at 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 a 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 are 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.



Dan O’Brien – Staff Trustee





Josiah Neli – Student Trustee

The school works with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our Board of Trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

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The STC 60th Jubilee is coming in August 2021!
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