Mrs Leigh Riley, BA, Dip.Tchg (Distinction)
International Marketing Director
I am the International Marketing Director and I look forward to working with you to provide the very best educational opportunities for your boys at Nelson College. I have been teaching at Nelson College for many years and have been TIC of the Future Problem Solving Programme for Gifted and Talented students and I was also the Tertiary Liaison Dean for Year 13 students organising their university study. Before Nelson College I have lived in Nepal for two years working with the Sherpas in the Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital, lived and taught in England and the United States. I have trained teachers in Thailand and travelled to Laos, Singapore, Chile, Mexico, Europe, the Pacific Islands, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Korea & Indonesia.
Chris Hart, BA (Hons)
I am the International Student Manager, which is a new position for me at Nelson College. My role is to ensure the International students at Nelson College are happy and successful. I am responsible for their academic, pastoral and co-curricular needs. I have worked here since 2005 as a teacher of English and Social Sciences. Most recently, I have had the extra pastoral role of a Year Level Dean (2012-2014).
I came to Nelson College in February 2011 and I have a Masters Degree in Linguistics. I am Head of the ESOL Department. I am a very experienced teacher who has taught in a number of schools throughout New Zealand. I am responsible for the academic programmes and ensuring that International students gain the Literacy credits necessary for University Entrance. I have travelled throughout Asia and the Middle East and I have an in-depth understanding of people from other cultures. I have also been an International Dean and I have represented my previous Principal at international conferences.
International Manager & Homestay Coordinator
I have worked at Nelson College for 10 years and thoroughly enjoy working with the International boys.
My role is to process enrolment applications once they have been accepted. I greet the students from Nelson airport and settle them into their accommodation. If boys are in homestay I arrange suitable families, and monitor the families and the boys to make sure the placement is successful. I also help them with opening bank accounts, school uniform requirements, applying for visas and all international boys’ holiday plans.