Alex was born in Harare and was educated in Zimbabwe and at Dale College, King William’s Town. He returned to Dale College to teach for two years after graduating from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a B Prim Ed.
After his marriage to Rosemary, whom he met at university, Alex wanted to relocate to Port Elizabeth and accepted his first Independent School position at St George’s Preparatory in 1998 under the leadership of Jan Immelman (Headmaster 1980 – 2005), where he taught alongside Jonathan Liss (Headmaster 2006 – 2015) in Grade 5. This was the first year that there were two classes in Grade 5 and three years later St George’s had grown to two classes per grade throughout the Preparatory School.
Alex’s next teaching position was at Woodridge Preparatory School where he finished as Director of Sport after a ten year period. Alex, Rosemary and their two sons, James and Jonathan, who were now of school going age, moved to Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal following Alex’s appointment as the Housemaster at Cordwalles Preparatory School for Boys. During his four years there, Alex was instrumental in reviving the numbers at the boarding house. This was a period of profound professional growth for him and it led to his appointment as Deputy Headmaster at Uplands Preparatory School in White River, Mpumalanga. Whilst his time at Uplands was short, he could not ignore the lure of the Eastern Cape and was both excited and humbled to be appointed as the Campus Head of St George’s, a school he has always held in high regard.
Alex is passionate about contemporary and relevant education that best prepares pupils for a future where change seems to be the only constant. He strongly feels that education for the 21st century really does need to align to the skill sets required by the new work place, to add both value and purpose to the careers our pupils will one day be facing. Alex was involved in the integration and roll out of technology, in particular iPads and Google Apps for Education, in two of his previous schools.
His interest in the issue of hurtful behaviour and specifically cyber bullying, has led to a personal crusade to guide parents and pupils on how to best deal with these challenges. He is strongly committed to nurturing pupils’ ethics and values which will one day allow them to be the kind of leaders who will strive for positive change that will allow them to be the best for the world and not necessarily the best in the world!