The responsibilities of the Development Office are threefold:
- To raise funds for the Auckland Grammar School Development Trust's Academic Endowment Fund
- To organise and manage events for the School and the wider Grammar community
- To establish effective and engaging communications with all Grammar stakeholders (students, staff, parents, Old Boys and the wider community)
Ultimately, the activities undertaken by the Development Office are directed towards the advancement of education at Grammar by charitable means.
The top priority is to grow the Academic Endowment Fund (AEF), and in doing so, grow the School's ability to recruit, retain and reward top-performing teachers.
Amanda Stanes, Director of Advancement
Prior to joining Auckland Grammar School, Amanda was Associate Director Donor Stewardship at the University of Auckland Business School where she was responsible for a portfolio of major gifts donors and corporate partners. During her seven years there, Amanda developed a number of programmes to leverage the donor relationships creating lecture series and conferences to ensure profile and engagement opportunities were created.
In 2011 she was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Community Engagement and in 2012 was honoured with an Order of St John honorific for her work with the charity. That year she also achieved her Certificate in Fundraising Executive, one of only 22 fundraisers in New Zealand with this professional accreditation.
Amanda has been involved with fundraising, sponsorship, membership/alumni development and communications/marketing for some 20 years largely in the tertiary education, heritage and arts areas. Her first strategic fundraising role was as Development Manager (2002-2008) at Auckland Museum where she was responsible for raising $65 million for the Museum's Stage II Grand Atrium project as well as managing the war memorial, membership, corporate PR and sponsorship portfolios.
Amanda is on the Northern Region Trust Board of the Order of St John, is a member of both the Institute of Directors and the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Auckland and is married to Grammar Old Boy, Peter Stanes '58. She has a daughter and three stepsons, all of whom are Grammar Old Boys.
Phone: +64 9 623 5633
Mobile: +64 21 689 380
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Roger Hill, Senior Advancement Advisor
As the former CEO of CanTeen and previous Chairman of Harbour Sport, Roger has a broad management and governance background in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Before joining Auckland Grammar School as the Director of Advancement in 2009, Roger was also involved in the Infrastructure Auckland funding evaluation for major Auckland transport projects, including Britomart, Northern Busway, Ferry wharves, and Walking School buses.
Roger is responsible for securing major gifts for the Academic Endowment Fund, managing a portfolio of major gift prospects, and contributing to the strategy for Philanthropy at Auckland Grammar School.
Roger's hobbies include fishing, cricket, digital photography, European history, mosaics and spending time with his six grandchildren.
Roger has a number of family connections to Auckland Grammar School including his father '32, uncle '21, cousin '54, three brothers; '58, '60, '65, and his two sons Matthew '89 and Ashley '92.
Mobile: +64 21 454 021
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Hilary Eyres, Database Manager
Hilary joined the Development Office from the not-for-profit sector, most recently working with primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand.
At Auckland Grammar, she manages our database of contact information for old boys, current students and parents, our donors and other members of the community.
Outside of work, Hilary enjoys coaching lacrosse for the New Zealand national women's team, and heading out on adventures with her husband and two boys.
Phone: +64 9 623 5400 ext 671
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Daniel Reddish, Advancement Officer
Daniel is a recent addition to Auckland having spent most of his life living in Wellington. He was previously employed at The Royal NZ Plunket Society working in a direct mail, fundraising and events capacity.
As Advancement Officer, Daniel is responsible for prospect research in support of the work of the Director of Advancement, as well as managing a variety of projects including Bequests, International engagement with alumni and on-going database maintenance.
Outside of work Daniel enjoys spending time with family and friends whenever possible, he has a keen interest in rugby, cricket and golf and likes to spend his free time diving, fishing or in the outdoors.
Phone: +64 9 623 5412
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Melanie Esplin, Events Manager
As the School's Events Manager, Melanie has spent the last 20 years working as an administrator in the non-profit sector in Chicago and more recently as the General Manager of The New Zealand Dance Company. Melanie coordinates the vast variety of events that occur throughout the year.
Selected as one of New Zealand's 25 Young Achievers of 1999, Melanie went on to serve as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Susan Lori-Parks' International 365 Days/365 Plays project, Business Manager at About Face Theatre Collective and 500 Clown, Managing Director of Healthworks Theatre, General Manager of Next Theatre, and Executive Director of Striding Lion Performance Group.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Masters in Music from Roosevelt University, Chicago as well as an LTCL teaching degree in music from Trinity College, London.
A keen runner and musician, Melanie spends most of her time outside of work having fun with her twins.
Phone: +64 9 638 0554
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Anna Graham, Events and Administration Co-ordinator
After completing her Graduate Diploma in Event Management, Anna went on to work for The New Zealand Dance Company and Orange Productions working with the administration side of fundraising and corporate events throughout Auckland. In 2014 she won the award for Best Employee in the Victoria Park Business District for her work at The New Zealand Dance Company.
As the Events and Administration Coordinator at Auckland Grammar, she works to present a range of events throughout the year.
Prior to working in events, Anna freelanced as a Production Coordinator for companies including TVNZ, Whitebait Television Ltd and Tim Bray Productions, working on productions which included The Royal Visit, The Erin Simpson Show, a series of Mitre 10 commercials and Rise Up for Christchurch.
Outside of the office, she enjoys baking and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.
Phone: +64 9 623 5639
Amanda Booth, Digital Content Producer
Amanda joined the Development Office in 2015 as the Digital Content Producer. Amanda's role consists of updating the School's website with different news stories, working on the School calendar, and creating the monthly Headmaster's Bulletin campaigns.
She also looks the School's social media presence, posting on the various networks, ensuring that the School community stays up to date with all that are going on. She is a keen photographer and can be seen at many of the School's events and sporting events.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology and has worked for several major New Zealand companies, including Noel Leeming as part of their Multi-Channel team. Within that role, she worked on creating various pieces of content for the website, weekly eDMs and was the go-to person for Social Media for the entire business.
Outside of work, Amanda has a keen interest in digital marketing, media and photography and likes spending time outdoors, at the gym or reading spy thrillers.
Phone: +64 9 638 0552
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Amanda Harkness, Communications and Publications Manager
Amanda writes and edits Ad Augusta, the twice-yearly School magazine. She also prepares media releases, proposals for funding and various promotional materials for scholarships, Tibbs House, International Students and so on.
Amanda provides a vital link between the School and the Grammar community. She keeps students, parents, Old Boys and friends of Grammar up-to-date with all that is going on at the School in terms of student achievements, staff updates, news of Old Boys, forthcoming events and important notices.
As a parent, Amanda enjoys close contact with the School and reporting on the great things students, both past and present, are up to. Outside of work, she's an avid reader, mother of three and occasional ukulele player who loves family, cooking, travelling and art.
Phone: +64 9 638 6309
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