From Cashmere to Christ’s: College appoints new executive principal

Joe Eccleton. Photo: Christ’s College
Joe Eccleton. Photo: Christ’s College
Christ’s College has a new executive principal.

The college's board announced the appointment of Joe Eccleton on Tuesday.

Eccleton has been Cashmere High School principal for the past five years - and is not a stranger at Christ’s College after working there from 2016-19 as its assistant principal - curriculum.

He led Christ’s College’s curriculum review and helped establish its Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research.

Eccleton is currently president of the Canterbury West Coast Secondary Principals’ Association. 

He will replace outgoing executive principal Garth Wynne.

Wynne will return to Australia to take up a role at Round Square, an international network of more than 200 schools, including Christ’s College, which helps deliver lessons and activities collaboratively with other like-minded schools.

Christ’s College board chair Hugh Lindo said Eccleton will start his new role as the school’s 19th executive principal from term 4. 

"Joe is a strongly committed educator with a focus on delivering strong academic and co-curricular results backed by astute financial management and planning," Lindo said.

"He is ideally placed to lead the next phase of the implementation of (the) college’s strategy, while ensuring we remain a place where each boy can be at his best."

Lindo said the school received some "excellent applications from New Zealand and overseas" for the job.

"The quality of interest in the role highlights our enviable reputation as one of the leading secondary schools for boys in the Southern Hemisphere,” Lindo said.

Former St Margaret's College executive principal Gillian Simpson will be the acting executive principal at Christ’s College during term 3.

Lindo said Simpson has extensive experience in boys' schools across the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Simpson will step down from the college board when she starts her interim role.