We are delighted to welcome Mr Stuart Holliday to the school, who has recently taken on the role as the school Bursar. We were lucky enough to grab some time with Stuart to find out a little more about the newest member of the Core Management Team.
Where are you from?
I’m from a small town, about 40 miles outside of Christchurch, New Zealand. After spending time in both the north and south islands of New Zealand as a family, we moved to Perth in my forties.
Tell us about your career? Have you always worked as a Bursar?
No not always. I was brought up in a farming community and so agricultural work was my first love, moving on to become an Electrical Linesman – a labour-heavy job working with electric pylons – a role which I undertook for some time whilst living in Sydney for a while. I also worked in Retail Management before training to be a Chartered Accountant. After graduating with a Masters of Business Research, I took up the role of Bursar at Lake Joondalup Baptist College in Western Australia. This was followed by the Bursar role at St Stephen’s School, which is the largest independent school in Western Australia.
Why move to the UK?
I’ve always loved the UK – it’s got such a rich history. My wife is English and our daughter now lives in London. Also the UK is a great place to enable us to explore Europe.
Tell us about your role here at Bedford?
My role is to oversee all of the school’s operational activities including the school estate and all of the support staff.
What are your first impressions?
The moment I stepped through the gates, I was blown away with the quality of the school and attitude of the staff. The boys seemed genuinely pleased to be here with a great willingness to learn – the opportunities they have here are extraordinary. Everyone gets involved – teachers do way more than just teach which makes for more than a school – it’s a community.
Do you have any skills or talents that people might not be aware of?
I’m a practiced accountant, and this experience gives me the ability to see the bigger picture. I’m also studying a law degree in my spare time and so, conversely, I have an eye for the detail!
What else do you like doing in your spare time?
Being a New Zealander, of course I support the All Blacks! I also enjoy hiking, four-wheel driving, camping, biking – basically any pursuit in the great outdoors. Both my wife and I are also very interested in history.
What’s your personal motto?
Life’s too short so go out and enjoy it!