The Development Office team
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.
Meet the team
Amanda Stanes, Director of Advancement
Amanda was previously the Associate Director Donor Stewardship at the University of Auckland Business School. She was responsible for a portfolio of major gifts donors and corporate partners, and developed a number of programmes to leverage the donor relationships creating lecture series and conferences to ensure profile and engagement opportunities were created.
She was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Community Engagement in 2011, and in 2012 was honoured with an Order of St John honorific for her work with the charity. 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Auckland and is married to Old Boy, Peter Stanes '58. She has a daughter and three stepsons, all of whom are Old Boys.
Daniel Reddish, Bequest Manager
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.
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.
Amanda Booth, Digital Content Producer
As the Digital Content Producer, Amanda's role consists of updating the various School websites, working on the School calendar and creating the monthly Headmaster's Bulletin campaigns.
She also looks after the School's social media presence, posting on the various networks, ensuring that the School community stays up to date with all that is going on. She is a keen photographer and can be seen at many of the School's events throughout the year.
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 business.
Outside of work, Amanda has a keen interest in digital marketing, media and photography and likes spending time with friends and family, at the gym, reading spy thrillers or getting caught up in one of her favourite TV dramas.
Sara Meade, Publications Manager
Sara joined the Development Office in 2018 as the Communications and Publications Manager, with her main focus being Editor of Ad Augusta, the flagship School magazine published twice a year.
Prior to this position, Sara has spent the last 10 years working part-time providing proofreading services to overseas-based academics, mainly in Europe. Sara, her husband and family spent several wonderful years in France where they thoroughly immersed themselves in the language, culture and food while her husband completed a PhD. Her two boys attend Auckland Grammar School, while her daughter attends ACG Parnell.
She enjoys the arts, baking and reading, and spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys music and sings in two Auckland choirs.
Phone: +64 9 623 5400 ext. 576