The College is governed by a Commission appointed by the Council of Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Visitor is a traditional formal role, as an appeal authority.
The Right Reverend the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
The Board of Knox College & Salmond College
David Richardson JP, BA(Otago), Tch.Cert.Comp(NZ)
Lisa Wells BA(Otago),CFRE, FFINZ
John Christie BCom(Otago)
Rev. Dr Kerry Enright LLB(Auck), BD(Otago), ThM(Princeton), DMin(San Francisco)
Hilary Halba MA(Otago), DipTchg
Dr Kim Maiai MBChB(Otago), FRNZCGP
Fiona McMillan LLB(Otago), BA(Otago), Bed(Otago), PGDip, Ch Ad(Otago)
Associate Professor Jessica Palmer BCom, LLB(Hons)(Auck), LLM(Auck), LLM(Cantab)
John Patrick BCom(Otago), FCA, CMA
Rev. Anne Thomson BA(Hons), BD(Otago)
College Staff and Officers
The Very Reverend Dr Graham Redding BCom, BTheol, PGDip Theol, PhD
Ms Louise MacKenzie B.Bus, Dip Tchng, PGDipEdLM
Mrs Max Gillies FCIS
Mr Warren Woolford
Food Services Manager
Mr Michael O’Brien AS(Peralta)
Mrs Lyn Hulme
Administrators (Front Office)
Ms Gail Rockliff
Ms Helen Chitty
Ms Julie Goldsack
Director, Presbyterian Research Centre
Ms Anne Jackman BA(Hons), DipNZLS, Grad Dip Knowl Mgmt(S Aust)
Hewitson Library Staff
Mr Andrew McPherson BMus(Otago) NZLSCert LTCL
Mrs Lynley B. Trounson DipILS
Mr Alistair Pegg DipHort(OtagoPoly)
Resident Maintenance Officer
Mr Steven Winter
Sub Masters 2015
Mr Nathan Dickson, (Senior Sub-Master)
Mr Daniel Kermode
Mr George Kwong
Ms Elena Lazarus
Mr John Lee
Mr Ben Morgan
Ms Jess Rose
Mr Ollie Troon
Director of the Choral Scholars
Mr Richard Madden MusB(Hons)(Otago) LRSM Dip Tchg
Fleming Galway Organ Fellow
Mr George Gustav d’Encer Chittenden MA(Aberd) ARCO
Mr Joe Pope
Ross Chapel Assistant
Ms Allanah Hartley
To be confirmed
Ushers of the Ross Chapel
To be confirmed
Ms Bronwyn Bailey
Ms Ella Williams
Knox College Students’ Club Executive 2015
Mr Daniel Guthrie
Mr Barnaby McIntosh
Mr Jack Houston
Mr Benjamin Baker
MS Rachel Monkhouse
Ms Clare Fairgray
Ms Ella Barclay, Mr Damien Scott
Knox College Senior Common Room
The Very Reverend Dr Graham Redding BCom (Auck) BTheol, PGDip Theol (Otago), PhD(London)
Life Fellows are men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the College. The dates in parentheses indicate the year in which Life Fellowship was awarded.
The Reverend Peter Marshall MA(Otago) MTh(St And.)
Peter Marshall (pre-1995) was the Master of Knox College from 1978 to 1994, during which time he also lectured in Christian Ethics at the Theological Hall. He is now retired and living in Wanaka. He was a resident of the College from 1958 to 1961 before serving as Assistant Master from 1962 to 1964.
The Reverend Emeritus Professor Dr Peter Clarkson Matheson MA(Otago) BD PhD DLitt(Edin)
Peter Matheson (pre-1995) is a distinguished church historian and former Theological Hall Professor, now retired and living in Waitati. He is frequently in the College, continues to be a strong advocate in many areas of community concern and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Hewitson Library, the Presbyterian Archives Unit and the Presbyterian Research Network.
The Reverend Emeritus Professor Maurice Edward Andrew MA BD(NZ) DTheol(Heidel)
Maurice Andrew (pre-1995) is a retired former Principal of the Theological Hall and Professor in Old Testament Studies. He lives in Opoho and continues to offer strong support to the College as a frequent attender at the Ross Chapel and on other formal and social occasions. He was a resident from 1954 to 1956, and later studied in Heidelberg.
Emeritus Professor George Bouet Petersen ONZM MSc(NZ) MA DPhil DSc(Oxf) HonDSc(Otago) FNZIC FRSNZ
George Petersen (2000) is a renowned Biochemist and former long-serving Chairman of the Council of Knox College and Salmond College. He is retired and lives in Dunedin. He was a resident of the College from 1951 to 1955.
The Reverend Emeritus Principal Simon Hugh Rae MNZM MA BD(Otago) ThD(ACT)
Simon Rae (2003) is a former Principal of the Theological Hall and the School of Ministry. He recently wrote an updated history, Challenge and Change, An account of theological education and ministry training at Knox College, Dunedin, 1976 – 2010. He lives in Opoho and is a frequent visitor to the College. He was a resident from 1961 to 1964.
The Very Reverend Emeritus Professor Alister Flett Rae BSc(NZ) BA BD(Otago)
Alister Rae (2005) is a retired Professor in Pastoral Theology who also served as Principal of the Theological Hall for two years. He is a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly. He lives in Mosgiel.
The Very Reverend Emeritus Professor Ian Breward MA(Auck) BD(Otago) PhD(Manc)
Ian Breward (2006) is a former Professor of Church History and Doctrine in the Theological Hall and is the author of Grace and Truth: A History of the Theological Hall Knox College (1975). He is retired and lives in Melbourne.
The Reverend Emeritus Professor Sir Lloyd George Geering ONZ GNZM CBE MA BD(Hons)(Melb) HonDD(Otago)
Sir Lloyd Geering (2007) is an eminent New Zealander, recognised for his contribution to religious studies. He was Principal of the Theological Hall, where he also served as Professor of Old Testament Studies, and was later Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He is retired, although still actively writing and speaking on religious issues. He lives in Wellington. He was a resident of Knox from 1940 to 1942.
The Reverend John George Sinclair BA(NZ)
John Sinclair (2009) is a former member of the College Council and assists in a part-time capacity as a minister at First Church, Dunedin. He is semi-retired and lives in Dunedin. He was a resident of the College from 1954 to 1957.
The Reverend John Cameron Macdonald Allen MA BD(NZ)
John Allen (2009) is one of the best-known faces in the College. A retired Minister of the Presbyterian Church, he lives in North East Valley and comes to the College every day to pursue his personal studies and to lend support to College activities. He was a resident in 1947 and 1948 and returned later as an ordinand in the Hall. He is a grandson of the founder of the College, Andrew Cameron.
Professor Sir David Christopher Graham Skegg KNZM OBE BMedSc MB ChB(Otago) DPhil(Oxf) FFPHM FAFPHM FRSNZ
Sir David Skegg (2009) is a distinguished medical academic who in 2011 completed a seven-year tenure as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago. He has returned to his career in Preventive and Social Medicine. He was a resident from 1967 to 1969 and was President of KCSC in 1969. He returned to the College in 1971 for a two-year term as Assistant Master.
Ordinary Fellows are members of the Senior Common Room by virtue of their positions within the College. The dates in parentheses indicate the year of appointment to the position.
The Reverend Dr Kevin Ronald Ward BD(MCD) MA(Hons)(Cant) PhD(Otago) DipEd(Massey) DipTchg(CCE)
Kevin Ward (2003) is a member of the staff of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, where he teaches across a wide range of subject areas. He is pre-eminent in the field of sociology of religion, and is also a former runner with a wide interest in sport.
Mr George Gustav d’Encer Chittenden MA (Aberd) ARCO
George Chittenden (2014) is the Fleming Galway Organ Fellow at Knox College. He is Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. Alongside this he is the Music Director of the Southern Youth Choir. He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, the Otago and Southland Councillor for ANZCO, and an international concert organist.
Mr Maurie Jackways BA, Dip Phys Ed Studs, DipTchg
Maurie Jackways (2014) is Head of College at Salmond College and was acting Master of Knox College in 2014.
Ms Louise MacKenzie B.Bus, DipTchg, PGDipEdLM
Louise MacKenzie (2014) is Deputy Master of Knox College.
Quinquennial Fellows are elected on the basis of their personal reputation or contribution to the College and the wider community. The membership remains in force for five years and is open for re-election. The dates in parentheses signify when first elected.
Mr Alastair Timothy Gray MA(NZ)
Tim Gray (pre-1995) served the University for his entire working life, ending his career in the distinguished role of Registrar. He was also Master of Salmond College for a number of years and served briefly as Acting Master of Knox in the Master’s absence on sabbatical leave in 2007. He was a resident of the College from 1957 to 1961.
Mr Neville James Martin LLB BCom(Otago)
Neville Martin (pre-1995) is a Dunedin solicitor and long-term supporter of the College. He was a resident 1973 – 74 and returned as Assistant Master in 1980. He was also President of the Knox College Association.
Emeritus Professor John Graham Mortimer MB ChB(NZ) DCH(RCP Lond & RCS Eng) FRACP
Graham Mortimer (1997) is a former Dean of the Medical School. He taught in the clinical levels of the MB ChB course and is always happy to assist young medical students. His specialisation is pediatrics and child health. He lives in retirement in an inner city apartment. He was a resident of the College from 1951 to 1955.
Her Honour Judge Annis Eve Somerville BA LLB(Otago)
Judge Somerville (1996) was for 24 years a member of the Council of Knox College and Salmond College. She served from 1977 until her appointment to the bench in 2001, and was also for a time the Council’s Vice-Chairwoman. She is a direct descendant of Dr Thomas Burns. She sits on the Family Court bench in Tauranga and maintains a close interest in the affairs of the College.
Emeritus Professor Dame Linda Jane Holloway DNZM MB ChB MD(Aberd) FRCPA
Dame Linda Holloway (1998) is retired after a very distinguished career in medicine. She was Dean of the Wellington School of Medicine then became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Head) of the Health Sciences Division of the University. She continues to teach and is very keen to offer advice to young health science students who are uncertain about the direction of their future careers. She lives in Maori Hill.
Dr Royden John Somerville QC LLM PhD(Otago) AAMINZ
Royden Somerville (1998) is a Dunedin lawyer with a long and distinguished family history. He is a direct descendant of one of the founders of the colony, Dr Thomas Burns. He has been a member of the College Council for many years and served as Chairman following the retirement of George Petersen. He was a resident 1966 – 68.
Professor Spencer Wynyard Beasley MB ChB(Otago) MS(Melb) FRACS
Spencer Beasley (2001) is one of a family of staunch Knox members and supporters. He is based in Christchurch and is married to Dr Christy Allan, who was Assistant Master 1997 – 2001. Dr Beasley was a resident 1971 – 1974, and President of KCSC in 1974
Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM BA(Colorado College) MS PhD(Rutgers) FRSNZ
Professor Hayne (2001) will be well known to every present resident of the College and to many former students of Psychology. She is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University. Educated in the United States, she has been at Otago for more than 20 years and is a distinguished researcher and former Head of Department. The College has appreciated her strong support over recent times.
Dr Dorothy Pauline Page MBE MA(NZ) PhD(Otago)
Dorothy (Dot) Page (2001) is one of the University’s best-known historians. Although now retired from her position as Associate Professor in the History department, she continues to research and publish and is much sought after as a public speaker. She is always willing to help and advise residents and is a regular attender at College functions.
Professor Nicola Sheila Peart DRS(Leiden) LLM(Cape Town)
Nicola Peart (2001) is a Professor of Law at Otago University. She was formerly a member of the College Council. She is always happy to assist students needing advice in her area of expertise.
Professor Peter Donald Graham Skegg CNZM LLB(Auck) MA DPhil(Oxf)
Peter Skegg (2001) is a Professor and former Dean of Law at the University and was previously a Fellow of New College, Oxford. He frequently attends College events and has often chaired the infamous “Great Debate” between Senior and Junior Common Rooms. He is always happy to meet with residents to advise on aspects of legal studies and careers.
Dr Basil Rockliff Hutchinson MB ChB(NZ) FFARACS FANZCA
Basil Hutchinson (2002) is a retired anaesthetist who lives in Auckland. He has been an enthusiastic supporter of the College since his days in residence, 1952 – 56. He provides an invaluable service to the College by scanning the press daily to keep track of former residents.
Professor Thomas Kardos MDS PhD(Otago) FFOP(RCPA)
Tom Kardos (2002) has been a supporter of the College since his days in residence (1964 – 67). He was the Deputy Dean and Head of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation until his retirement in 2014.
The Reverend Professor Paul Raymond Trebilco BSc(Cant) BD(Otago) PhD(Durh)
Paul Trebilco (2002) is a former member of the Theological Hall teaching staff (1988 – 90) who is now Professor of New Testament in the Departmentof Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. In recent years he has represented the University on the Hewitson Library Committee.
Professor Dr Gilbert Antony Wood MA(NZ) PhD(Otago)
Tony Wood (2002) is well known to generations of Otago students as an effervescent Associate Professor of Politics. Although now retired he is still active in his field of New Zealand politics and is a high-profile supporter of the University of the Third Age (U3A) and many community events and causes. He was Ross Fellow from 1960 to 1962. He lives in Opoho and is regularly seen around the College.
Dr Christopher Francis Rivers de Hamel BA(Hons)(Otago) DPhil(Oxf) PhD(Camb) HonLittD(St. John’s Minnesota) HonLittD(Otago) FSA FRHistS
Chris de Hamel (2006) grew up in Dunedin and lived at Knox from 1968 to 1972. He was for many years responsible for sales of medieval and illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby’s in London, and is now Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with custody of the Parker Library, one of the finest collections of early English and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in the world.
The Reverend Graeme Douglas Munro MMin (MCD) MA MTh (ACU) BA BTheol PGDipArts DipGrad DipTheolStuds DPS (Otago) LTh FSB FTCL
Graeme Munro (2005) was Senior Minister in the Presbyterian Parish of Waitaki. Until recently he served on the Council of Knox College and Salmond College, and when in Dunedin either on Council business or pursuing his university studies has frequently stayed in the Ryburn Wing, and has become a familiar face around the College. He was a College resident from 1969 to 1972 and in retirement lives in Opoho.
Dr Kemp Theodore English MA(York) GRSM(Hons)(London), MA(York), PhD(Adel.), ARAM, DipRAM, LRAM, ARCM, LTCL,AIRMTNZ
Kemp English (2006) is a renowned organist and pianist. He was previously the College’s Fleming Galway Organ Fellow and he and his wife Dr Helen English frequently travel from their home in Golden Bay to Knox to attend major social functions and to support the College in a variety of ways.
The Reverend John Burton Hunt BA(Otago) LTh DipCouns TC
John Hunt (2006) is a retired Presbyterian minister and long-term supporter of the College. He is a speaker and writer on celtic spirituality, and is the author of We Spirited People: a Personal, Enriching and Uniquely New Zealand Guide in Celtic Spirituality. He was a resident 1964 – 71 and now lives in Kirwee, 30 km west of Christchurch.
Dr Patricia Katherine Payne ONZM HonMusD(Otago)
Patricia Payne (2006) is a Dunedin-born singer who has retired to her home town after a glittering career as a world-leading opera star. She has been a generous supporter of the College in many ways, not least of which is assisting individual choral scholars. She received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2007.
The Reverend Dr Matthew Edward Jack BA(Auck) BD MTh (Otago) PhD(Auck) DipMin(PCANZ) TESOL ProfCert(ATA)
Having served two New Zealand Presbyterian parishes, Matthew Jack (2007) was appointed Senior Minister of St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney. He studied philosophy and theology at Auckland, Otago and Tübingen. Various of his poetic texts have been set by composers and broadcast on national television. His devotional daily commentaries have been published in the Australasian magazine “With Love to the World”. He taught English in private institutions and government schools in China in 2010. He was the Dean then Deputy Master of Knox College from 2011 – 2014. He is the minister of Knox Church, Christchurch.
Professor Amanda Barusch BA(Reed) MSW PhD(Berkeley)
Amanda Barusch (2008) is a social worker who divides her time between university positions in Otago and Utah. At Otago she is Professor of Gerontology in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. She has been a resident in the Ryburn Wing and a welcome and generous supporter of College activities.
His Honour Judge Edward Oke Kempthorne Blaikie LLB(Otago)
Oke Blaikie (2008) is a retired Judge who lives in Nelson. He is a member of the University of Otago Council, representing the Court of Convocation (University alumni). He was a resident if the College 1964 – 67.
Mr Richard Donald Madden MusB(Hons)(Otago) LRSM DipTchg
Richard Madden (2008) is a well-known face around the College as the Director of the Choral Scholars. He is a prominent figure in church music, both in Dunedin and in a wider sphere as a composer of sacred music.
The Reverend Dr William John Roxborogh BE(Auck) BD(Otago) PhD(Aberd)
John Roxborogh (2008) is a retired church historian who served the College as a lecturer in the former School of Ministry (now the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership) from 1999 to 2008. He lives in Dunedin.
Professor Liam Angus McIlvanney MA(Hons)(Glas) DPhil(Oxf)
Liam McIlvanney (2009) is the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies, which is part of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies within the Humanities Division. Liam has made an enormous impact with a never-ending programme of visiting lectures, seminars and other activities since his arrival at Otago. As well as being a world-leading authority on the works of Robert Burns, he moonlights as a crime novelist. His “All the Colours of the Town” was published in 2009 and will hopefully soon be followed by another equally gripping and gritty release. He lives in Maori Hill.
Mr Stuart James McLauchlan BCom(Otago) FCA(PP) AFInstD
Stuart McLauchlan (2009) is a Dunedin accountant, company director and businessman who is currently the Pro-Chancellor of the University. He served on the Council of Knox College and Salmond College, and chaired the Finance committee.
The Reverend Professor Murray Alistair Rae BArch(Auck) BA BD(Otago) PhD(Lond) DipMin(PCANZ)
Professor Murray Rae (2009) is the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. He taught in the former Theological Hall (1992 – 93) and continues to be a strong supporter of the College. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.
Sir James Hay Wallace KNZM LLB(Auck)
Sir James Wallace (2009) was a resident in the College as a law student from 1956 to 1959. He is a generous benefactor to many causes, through his notable art collection and his magnificent support of music, theatre and opera in Auckland. He maintains a close interest in and support of the College and the University.
Dr Hamish John Campbell MSc(Auck) PhD(Cantab) CRSNZ
Hamish Campbell (2010) was resident of the College in 1971. He is a senior scientist with GNS Science (Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science Ltd) based at Avalon, Lower Hutt. He is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished geologists, and a well-known advocate and populariser of Science, in the media and through his high-profile public work at Te Papa. He lives in Wellington.
Mr John Alexander Matheson MBChB(Otago) MSc(Oxon) FRACS
John Matheson (2010) is a Dunedin-born orthopaedic surgeon, a former Rhodes Scholar and a strong supporter of the College. He is also a senior lecturer at the Medical School and a visiting surgeon at the Dunedin Public Hospital. He is a frequent attender at College events.
Mr Philip James Somerville BA(Hons)(Otago) GradDipJ(Cant)
Philip Somerville (2010) was Deputy Chairman of the Council of Knox College and Salmond College. He has had a lifelong connection with the College, since his days as the son of a former Master, when he took a full part in College life. He is a senior journalist at the Otago Daily Times and a strong supporter of College activities.
Professor Hugh Roberts Campbell MA (Otago) PhD(Charles Sturt)
Hugh Campbell (2011) is the Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work and heads the Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment. He is a strong supporter and is taking a close interest in everyday life at College.
Mr William John Henderson MNZM BE(Cant) FIPENZ
John Henderson (2011) is a retired City Council engineer, also well known for his many years of contribution to cricket. He has lived in Dunedin since his high school days, apart from his time at Canterbury University undertaking an engineering degree. In retirement he is active in many voluntary organisations, among them the College, where he has provided invaluable expertise in relation to buildings and maintenance.
Dr Elman William Poole MBChB(Otago) BSc(Oxf) MRCP DPM FRCP MRCPsych
Although resident for many years in the United Kingdom, Elman Poole (2011) has been one of the College’s most generous benefactors, and his name has become well-known in every corner of the College and the wider University. He was a resident 1944 – 47 while undertaking a medical degree. He subsequently went to Oxford, where he had a distinguished career. In retirement he still lives in Oxford and is a member of the Common Room of Green Templeton College. His endowments to Knox and the University focus mainly on support for music, and also recognise his Southland background.
Dr Colin Patrick Maurice Geary ED, BDS, PhD (Otago), FRACDS, FFOMP (RCPA)
Colin Geary (2014) retired in 2002 having served as Head of the Department of Pathology, 1988-2002, and Deputy Dean, Dunedin School of Medicine, 1998-2002. He was Assistant Director of the Medical and Health Research Councils of New Zealand, from 1984-1992. As Master of University College from 1994-97, he began a long association with residential colleges, including Knox and Salmond Colleges.
Mrs Jessica Palmer BCom/LLB(Hons) (Auck), LLM (Auck), LLM (Camb)
Jessica Palmer (2014) is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty, University of Otago, and teaches courses in Contract, Equity and Commercial Law. She is well known in New Zealand for her work on the law of trusts and restitution. She enjoys meeting students and is very happy to talk with students about studying and working in law.
Associate Professor John Stenhouse BA(Hons), PhD (Massey)
John Stenhouse (2014) is currently Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Otago, he teaches courses in New Zealand, European, intellectual, and religious history, and recently introduced a course in the history of science. He is currently involved in four research projects: a book exploring historical connections between Christian missions and the sciences from the early church to the present; a history of the New Zealand eugenics movement; an historical geography of religion in New Zealand; the role of the churches, especially Presbyterians, in the great social reform movements that transformed New Zealand society and politics between 1880 and 1940.