Principal's Video
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Our Foundation Principal, Mr Paul Cockrem, MEdRel, BEd has had extensive experience in public and independent schools.

Mr Cockrem continues to be fully committed to ensuring that each and every RJ student succeeds under his care so they can become confident within themselves and serve society in a meaningful way.

When you meet Mr Cockrem, you will be impressed with how passionate he is about RJ. You will note his genuine affection for the students and his delight in watching them develop into mature young adults as they progress through the School.


Mr Cockrem is assisted by a highly talented and very experienced School Executive:

Mr Michael O'Hare, Deputy Principal
MEd(EdLead), BA, HDE, MACE
Mr O’Hare was previously Principal of a K-12 school in South Africa. He joined RJ in 2001 and has been instrumental in its development. Mr O’Hare is responsible for RJ’s day to day organisation and oversees student welfare and leadership development.

Mrs Jenny Clay, Head of Secondary/Assistant Principal
MEd, BA, DipEd

Mrs Clay has had extensive teaching experience across K-12 in both public and independent schools. Mrs Clay has been an integral part of the RJ community since 2002.

Mrs Narelle Taylor, Head of Primary

Mrs Taylor has been involved in Primary Education in Independent Schools since 2000. She joined the RJ community in 2012.

Mrs Stephanie Ghali, Operations Manager
MCom(ProfAcc), MIPA AFA, ADipTh, JP

Mrs Ghali has been involved in a number of Christian Schools as Bursar or Finance Manager and joined the RJ community late 2015 in the newly established role of Operations Manager.

 Richard Johnson Anglican School 2016 Executive


Our School is owned by the Anglican Schools Corporation which delegates some matters (including the strategic direction of RJ) to the Richard Johnson Anglican School Council made up of experienced and well qualified Christian volunteers:

Mr Steven Poucher
Mr Poucher has been a member of the School Council since 2001 and became the Council Chairperson in 2005. Mr Poucher is a well respected Financial Adviser.

Rev. Neil Ellis, BSc, BTh
Rev. Ellis is the Senior Minister at Oakhurst Anglican Church. Rev Ellis has been a Board Chairman of a Western Australian school and served as Head of the School Council in a NSW State school. He has been a member of the School Council since 2006.

Mr Rodney Cosier, BEc, FCA
Mr Cosier has been the Financial Controller of the Anglican Schools Corporation since 2007. Mr Cosier attends the Council as the "CEO Representative" to act as liaison between our School and ASC's shared-services office, called Group Office. Prior to this appointment Mr Cosier had extensive finance experience in international corporations as well as large public accounting firms.

Rev. David Mears, BSc, BD(Hons), MA
Rev. Mears has recently commenced as Senior Minister at Gladesville Anglican Church. His four sons attended RJ when they lived nearby. Rev. Mears has served on the School Council since 2010 and is a member of the Safe Ministry Board of the Sydney Diocese.

Mrs Ann South
Mrs South is a retired Secondary Teacher and has been heavily involved in pastoral ministry. Mrs South has served on the School Council for some time.

Mrs Chris McGregor, BA, DipEd
Mrs McGregor was a HR director with the ATO for 20 years and before that a Secondary Teacher. She currently manages an online recruitment advisory business and volunteers with refugee and immigrant groups. Mrs McGregor has been a School Council member since 2013.

Mr Stephen Longley
Mr Longley's four children have attended RJ and his family has been a part of the RJ community for a very long time. Mr Longley has worked in large retail and corporate organisations for over 30 years. He has served on the School Council since 2013.