Our People


While it’s true we have world-class facilities and beautiful grounds, our most prized asset is our people.


From our teachers and management team to our dedicated Trust Board and support team, every single staff member brings a wealth of skills and life experience to the College. Collectively, they create the joyful and high-achieving environment for which St Cuthbert’s is known.


Ms Roz MextedSt Cuthbert's- Gala Concert for Lynda, 22 September 2016 Roz Mexted


Roz Mexted has been a key player in girls’ education for the past two decades, leading Nga Tawa Diocesan School in Marton and Westlake Girls High School on Auckland’s North Shore. Roz joined St Cuthbert’s College in November 2016 and spent the remainder of 2016 meeting staff, students and the wider St Cuthbert’s community in preparation for becoming Principal from 2017.


Roz has a Master of Education Administration (Hons) from Massey University, a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Victoria University and a Diploma of Secondary Teaching from Christchurch College of Education. She was elected to the Executive of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia in 2008 and was Vice President in 2013 and 2014. Roz is Vice President of the Auckland Secondary Principals Association and remains an active mentor to school principals and aspiring principals. In 2011, Roz was awarded the Bishop’s Medal for Outstanding Service to Education by Dr Thomas Brown, former Bishop of Wellington. This year, Roz has been named as a Bond University Fellow.


Roz is looking forward to developing a distributed leadership model and ensuring design excellence in systems and programmes at St Cuthbert’s College. She favours storytelling to inspire and challenge girls to reach their personal best. For her, responsible risk taking and the opportunity to ‘fail well’ while in the school environment are integral to developing confident and resilient women. Younger girls also need to see visible leaders further up the school and Roz will personally review student leadership pathways this year.


Roz has a daughter Sophie, 27, who works in executive recruitment in Australia. In her spare time Roz collects NZ art and enjoys reading, gardening and yoga.


Ms Helen Robertson Helen Robertson_Web

Associate Principal and Head of Senior School

Helen Robertson was appointed as Associate Principal and Deputy to the Principal at the end of 1996. In 2001 she took on the additional role of Head of the Senior School. In these roles she holds a number of responsibilities ranging from leadership of the Senior School through to curriculum and qualifications development, overview of teaching and learning, strategic planning, and budgeting. She also runs the Student Council and holds the overview responsibility for personalised learning, sport and a number of specific curriculum areas.


In 2002 Helen was the recipient of the Woolf Fisher Distinguished Educator award.


Helen enjoys exposing St Cuthbert’s students to different cultures and standards of living. She is a regular staff guide on student trips to developing nations such as Nepal and Vietnam, where our girls provide support for students in schools that have few resources.


Prior to starting at the College, Helen worked at NZQA developing NCEA. She also taught geography at a number of Auckland schools, was a Head of Social Sciences, and Head of the National Subject Association and the Board of Geography Teachers. Helen and her husband, Richard, have two daughters and together enjoy reading, movies, travel and the outdoors. Their eldest daughter, Briar, is a past student of the College and has recently completed a Bachelor of Communications.


Helen has Master of Arts with Hons (Canterbury); a Diploma in Business (Massey); a Diploma in School Management (Unitec); an MBA from Henley Business School (London); and a Diploma in Teaching (Auckland).


Ms Justine MahonDSC_0647

Deputy Principal

Justine Mahon was appointed as Deputy Principal in 2003 from her role as Senior Lecturer at the Auckland College of Education where her research interest was in the area of interaction between symbolic thinking and pedagogic practices. She was also Senior Lecturer in charge of the Adolescent Pastoral Care Section for Professionalism and Praxis.


Some of Justine’s responsibilities at St Cuthbert’s College include pastoral care and discipline, academic monitoring of students, staff professional development and appraisal, leadership and values programmes as well as College events such as the Ball and Prize Giving, and working closely with the Department of Admissions and Scholarships.


Justine has taught in schools in New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom where her teaching subjects were German, English and Classics. She is a past member of the Executive of the New Zealand Language Teachers’ Association and while Head of Languages at Birkenhead College, Justine was awarded a Goethe Institute Scholarship to study in Berlin. Prior to the reunification of Germany, Justine had worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the New Zealand Embassy in the then capital, Bonn, and later had a period as an actor and translator for a series for Cologne Television.


In her spare time Justine enjoys anything to do with the arts, written word or sea. She is an Old Girl of the College as is her daughter Celia, who is currently completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Auckland. Justine’s two sons, Will and Jonny are both studying Law and Arts. Justine has a Master of Arts (Hons) in German, a Bachelor of Arts in English and German, a Diploma of Teaching and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education majoring in Counselling.


Ms Margaret Talbot Marg Talbot_web
Head of Middle School

Margaret Talbot was appointed as the Head of the Middle School in 2012. She had been Assistant Principal of the College’s Junior School since 2005.


Her responsibilities include leading and developing curriculum, reporting and assessment, staff professional development, budgeting, developing education outside the classroom programmes, and staffing in the Middle School. Together with Assistant Head, Deborah Lean, Margaret also oversees the Middle School pastoral network, recognising the complexities and overlap of the pastoral and curriculum roles in the Middle School.


This year Margaret is focused on connecting with the community and to that end she has parent drop in times every Tuesday and Thursday from 8.25am – 9.00am (but will happily see you outside of those hours by appointment).


Prior to starting at St Cuthbert’s College Margaret had been Head of Mathematics and ICT at Ponsonby Intermediate. She came into teaching after many years in the workforce with roles at Housing New Zealand, K-Mart, LWR, the University of Auckland and the Department of Justice. Whilst working for Bass Charrington in London she completed her Higher National Certificate in Business and Finance at Hammersmith and West London College.


In her free time Margaret is a keen (but fair weather) cyclist, tennis player and wave skier. Margaret has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Philosophy (Management and Employment Relations), Post Graduate Diploma in Computing and a Diploma in Primary Teaching.


Ms Julie Gifkins Julie Gifkins_web

Head of Junior School

Julie Gifkins was appointed Head of Junior School in April 2013 and quickly put into action her strategic plan to develop the culture for learning within the Junior School community, lead and develop curriculum and assessment delivery promoting best practice in teaching and learning. She has implemented a new programme of student leadership opportunities in 2014, giving girls at all levels of the College the opportunity to lead.


Over the past six years Julie has led the development of the specialist Lighthouse facility at King’s School; prior to this she was Deputy Principal at both St. Joseph’s Primary, Hamilton and Cockle Bay School, Auckland. She was awarded Distinction for her Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from the University of Waikato.


Julie has a daughter, Grace, who is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago. Her son Michael attends King’s School. She enjoys travel, dance, Boxfit training, and spending quality time with family and friends. Julie has a Bachelor of Teaching, a Diploma in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education – Leadership (Distinction).