Executive Leadership

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Principal

Mr Daniel Walker

B.A. B.Ed. (UQ), M.Ed. (Monash), MACEL

Mr Daniel Walker is Canterbury’s fifth Principal, having joined the College in 2019.

As our Principal, Dan is committed to Canterbury College being known as a school which inspires ‘all-round’ World Ready success in every student.

Although he sees academic achievement as our number one priority, student engagement across a wide range of sport, music, the arts, business, technology, ‘thought sports’, community service and leadership opportunities is our overarching goal.

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Acting Deputy Principal

Mrs Rebecca Adamson

B.Ed. (Secondary) (GU), MACEL

As Acting Deputy Principal, Mrs Adamson is responsible for academic strategy, staffing and the high quality of our cocurricular student programs.

Mrs Adamson joined Canterbury as Dean of Studies from Brisbane’s Iona College, where she was the Head of Pedagogy and Senior Years Learning and Teaching, and previously the Head of English.

She has also worked extensively with the QCAA in both the OP system and in preparation for the new QCE system.

Mrs Adamson is currently completing her Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

She remains a passionate English and Geography Teacher with added experience teaching History and Religious Education.

Mrs Adamson is extremely dedicated to supporting students in both their academic success and overall holistic achievement.

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Acting Head of Secondary School

Mr Tory Mills

B. App Science, Dip Ed., M.Ed. (QUT)

As Acting Head of Secondary School, Mr Mills oversees the academic and social-emotional wellbeing of our students in Years 7-12.

Academically, this includes oversight of the full dimensions of student life at Canterbury College.

He works with the Heads of Faculty to develop high quality and genuinely engaging curriculum content.

Mr Mills oversees a Secondary School leadership team which prioritises the academic and pastoral wellbeing of all its students in pursuit of our World Ready mantra.

With excellent experience across independent schools in both Brisbane and China, he has served Canterbury since 2001 in a variety of roles, including Curriculum Coordinator: Science, Head of Year, Head of House and Biology Coordinator.

Head of Junior School

Mrs Michelle Leftwich

M.Ed., B.Ed., B.Teach, Cert 11 1/Dip/Adv Dip Chn Serv, Cert IV Train & Assess

Mrs Leftwich is responsible for the operations of the Junior School, including curriculum, teaching and learning, reporting, parent engagement and student connections, wellbeing and behaviour.

Michelle joined Canterbury from All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast, where she was the Assistant Head of Junior School for eight years.

Prior to that, she served as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Coomera Anglican College, and was a primary teacher as well as an owner and operator of childcare centres.

Michelle has a vast experience in academic leadership, student wellbeing and staff development.

She also believes in the powerful impact of a holistic education for all students

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Head of Leadership and Community

Mr Greg Wacker

Dip. T. (Manual Arts), B.Ed., M.Ed., Cert. IV Workplace Training and Assessing

Mr Wacker commenced in 2021 as our first Head of the new Canterbury Entrepreneurship and Leadership Learning (CELL) Program.

Mr Wacker leads CELL to deliver innovative entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for Canterbury students.

He was formerly the Director of Students in the Secondary School for five years.

As a teacher, Mr Wacker has a passion for Design Technology, with experience in a range of workshop subjects.

His previous positions include Head of Faculty and Director of Boarding at independent schools across Queensland.

Mr Wacker is also an active member of the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve where he specialises as a Training Systems Officer at the RAAF Base in Amberley.

Director of Business and Finance

Mr Johan Louw

B.Comm.(Acc.), B.Acc.Sc. (Hons.), Fin.Mgt., Corp.Law and Acc.Theory (USQ)

Mr Louw joined Canterbury as the Financial Controller after serving as College Accountant at Calvary Christian College for 11 years. Prior to this he gained experience over 15 years in a range of industries, from small businesses to large international corporates, in various financial and business management positions. He is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

In his role, Mr Louw drives strategy and operational management of all aspects of the College’s financial modelling and performance, its budget processes and the execution of business unit and capital project plans.

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Director of Communications

Mr Stephen Buckley

B.Bus.Comm. (QUT), B.Arts Journalism (CQU), Leadership & Management (AIM)

Mr Buckley joined Canterbury as our Director of Communications in May 2021, managing the College’s communications, marketing, advertising, website, social media, MyCC news coverage, outdoor signage, plus various campus events and community engagement activities.

Beforehand, Stephen was the Marketing & Communications Manager for the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos (4.5 years), the AFL’s Brisbane Lions (4.5 years) and the Big Bash’s Hobart Hurricanes (2 years).

Away from elite sports, he served as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the international educational publishing houses John Wiley & Sons Australia (8 years) and Oxford University Press (1 year), and even a heavy machinery materials handling company (2 years).

Other jobs included being the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Queensland Dept of Employment & Training, and various private video and magazine production companies – reporting on environmental and rural stories from right around Australia.

If he looks strangely familiar, he worked on Network Ten’s adventure, environment and science-based children’s show Totally Wild for five seasons during the Nineties, as a writer, producer and on-air reporter during peak filming periods.

Stephen is extremely passionate about being customer-focussed and delivering all our many faculties’ communications and events in a concise, friendly and easily digestible format with more and better imagery than ever before.