New Principal appointed to College House


The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Taylor to the position of Principal of College House.

Richard will take up his new role in mid-September, replacing Alastair Drayton who stepped down earlier this year.

Richard comes to College House from Christchurch Boys’ High School (CBHS) where he is Senior Master of Adams House (CBHS boarding hostel), Head of Department of Physical Education and has also been the Staff Trustee on the CBHS Board of Trustees.

Richard has a Degree in Physical Education from the University of Otago, an Associate Degree in Social Science (Residential Care) from the Australian Catholic University and a Diploma in Teaching from Christchurch Teachers’ College.

He has a celebrated coaching career in CBHS rugby and cricket; his teams have won dual national titles during his time as both 1st XI and 1st XV coach. He was also Master in Charge of Rowing at CBHS.

Richard is married to Toni and they have three adult children.

Richard is looking forward to leading College House and is excited about the opportunity to be part of a community of young people determined to succeed in their tertiary studies. “I have always admired the history and traditions of College House. I am thrilled to be appointed Principal to such a respected institution.”

 Sub Warden of College House, Jono Brent, says the College House Board is very pleased with Richard’s appointment, and the pastoral and wellbeing experience he will bring to the team at College House. “The Board thanks Gillian Smith for stepping into the role of Acting Principal. We are looking forward to introducing Richard to our supportive community in the near future.”