The Principal, The Rev. Michael Welsh Bachelor of Theology, Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Graduates
Michael has been the Principal here at BJH for 15 years. He has overseen significant change with the new 60 bed block known as The Oaks opened at the beginning of 2016 increasing potential numbers by one third and the opening of new Common or Recreation Room and building upgrades. An ordained Catholic Priest, he is also a qualified teacher. Michael has also worked at College House here in Christchurch and various halls of residence at the University of Otago. Michael has established and is responsible for an excellent student welfare structure based around senior students, known as Residential Assistants who assist in the pastoral care and good management of students welfare at BJH. He has direct responsibility for pastoral care and overall responsibility for the general management of BJH.
The Bursar, Nigel Georgieff LL.B, M.B.A, Dip Bus Admin
Nigel was appointed in early 2016 coming from an operations role at Chch Boys’ High School. He also held management roles in health, justice, a private rest home and a sporting organisation. He has responsibility for staffing, H and S, property and financial management as well as business development around opportunities for conferences and short term accommodation. He has been actively involved in sporting administration namely rugby and touch for many years.
Administration Officer, Tanyia Legge
Tanyia came to us with vast office management experience including payroll, accounts, and compliance with a variety of private and voluntary organisations. She will be responsible for the overall day to day to running of the front of office, processing payroll, accounts, and enrollments. She has significant experience in sports administration and coaches and manages hockey teams at club and provincial level.
Head Chef, Scott Townsend
Scott is our Head Chef and leads the kitchen team at Bishop Julius Hall kitchen to produce hearty and nutritional food with a simplistic and fresh approach “My take on food is that it is a social and happy time that brings people together and should be an experience, no matter the occasion.” Scott has worked in some of the UK’s top kitchens and restaurants including Michelin regime restaurants and hotels. Scott originally from UK moved to New Zealand 9 years ago and worked in some of New Zealand’s finest establishments such as The George and Botswana Butchery.
Head of Household and the House Mums, Margaret Gainsford
Margaret heads up the household staff who clean, scrub and wash, issue fresh linen in the four residential buildings and keep their “eyes and ears” out for any issues relating to students, maintenance and guests. Margaret has worked at BJH for 15 years and helps promote the home away from home ethos we have at BJH. She also hosts international students in her own home.
Maintenance, Phillip Booth
Phillip is our caretaker, handyman, gardener and “general fixit man" who is responsible for keeping the services running and the grounds looking beautiful. He ensures all repairs and maintenance are carried out in conjunction with Michael and Nigel.
Our Household Staff or House Mums
Our Permanent Kitchen Staff