On Wednesday 13 June, the Old Collegians Association held its 98th Annual General Meeting, where it was with pleasure I accepted the nomination of President. On behalf of the Executive and all Old Collegians, I would firstly like to thank Mark Mulholland for a job well done over what was an exceptionally busy period with the Centenary celebrations. I would also like to thank retiring Executive members, Andy Munro and Alister Macpherson, for their service over the years.
Congratulations to Meg Black (OC 2010) in being elected Senior Vice-President and James Tapper (OC 2010) as Junior Vice-President. The make-up of the Executive has certainly changed over the seven years I have been involved, and it is great to see a good mix of young and old, male and female. Over half of the Executive is now aged under 30. I believe that this is a reflection of the positive and supportive environment provided by the College, as people want to stay engaged and contribute back to the school.
It was straight to business after the AGM, with a Wellington regional function the following night. This was well attended by both young and old and was a very enjoyable evening. I wish to thank Duncan Cotterill and Jonathan Scragg (OC 1996) for allowing us to host this event at their office. Next up was the St Andrew’s Board of Governors Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28 June, which was a chance to reflect on the amount of change that has happened on campus over the last 10 years. I look forward to working with Board Chair and Old Collegians’ representative, Bryan Pearson, and Rector, Christine Leighton.
At the AGM it was announced that Director of Development, Clare Wilkinson, was resigning to take up a new position with the Christchurch Arts Festival. I would like to personally thank Clare for her contribution to the Executive meetings, and her role in leading the Development Office. I have enjoyed working with Clare over the last four years and wish her well with her new role.
Over the coming months I’m looking forward to the year group reunions, and as a former Pipe Band member and Pipe Major, I’m especially looking forward to the Pipe Band Centenary celebrations in 2019.
Jonathan Wells (OC 1987), President