Meet the Advancement Team

John Allpress

John Allpress

Deputy Head - Email John
Raised and educated in the South Island of New Zealand, I have degrees in science and commerce from the University of Canterbury. After playing representative rugby for Canterbury and teaching mathematics for three years in Christchurch, the lure of powder skiing brought me to Canada. Since joining the faculty in 1980, I have served as Houseparent of Rogers, Head of the Mathematics Department, coach of the 1st XV rugby team, coach of the colt rowing squad, and Director of Admissions. I was appointed Deputy Head of School in 2000 with particular responsibility for establishing an advancement team to raise funds to finance the Bunch Centre for Performing Arts, the Maeda Health Centre, Allard House, a new Dining Room and Student Services Centre, and a classroom block to replace the ten teaching spaces and four visual arts studios presently located to the north of the Boat House/Founders Plaza. With equal priority I have worked to build Brentwood’s endowment which provides financial assistance for worthy students, and hope to see it reach the $20 million mark before I retire. A passion for the outdoors prevails when I am away from Brentwood; I find time to ski and fly fish with my son, Jack (Class of 2004), and enjoy roaming the foothills of the Rockies on horseback with my wife, Celia, at her family's ranch in the Kananaskis, southwest of Calgary.

Lara McDonald

Lara McDonald

Manager, Annual Giving - Email Lara
It is a privilege to work on this magnificent campus, in this enriched environment and as part of this close-knit community. As a Brentwood parent myself, I see first-hand the stimulating learning opportunities Brentwood students enjoy, and the strength of the relationships they form with their teachers, coaches and peers. Seeing young people benefiting from the Brentwood program makes my work so meaningful.

My love of language and literature, fostered during my time at UBC, combined with my business background and interest in people, led me to Brentwood, initially as editor of the Brentonian magazine, as well as co-ordinator of alumni events and advancement, and now as Manager of the Annual Giving campaign. During my seventeen years here, I have greatly enjoyed meeting many of our alumni and families and hearing their stories.

I count myself very fortunate to be helping to expand opportunities and develop this campus for Brentonians.

Reesa Hinks

Alumni Relations Coordinator - Email Reesa

I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up on beautiful Vancouver Island, alongside my amazing family who still live in Maple Bay and Victoria.  Although not a graduate of Brentwood, I reflect warmly on memories of attending the Brentwood Regatta during my high school rowing career, and feel lucky to once again experience this event, but now from the perspective of an Alumni Relations Coordinator here at Brentwood.  My passion for athletics took me to the University of Texas at Austin, where I competed on a full rowing scholarship and completed my bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology.  I have an extensive background in event planning, communications, and program management, and I’m thrilled to be the point person for all alumni events, activities, and inquiries.  I warmly welcome you to connect with me about upcoming initiatives, new ideas, or just to say hello.    

Chris Spicer

Advancement Associate - Email Chris

I have had the great good fortune to live the majority of my life in Victoria. I attended independent school where my lifelong love for sport, fitness and active health – particularly rugby – was sparked. I played the game in school, at the University of Victoria and for my club, now Castaway Wanderers where I have served as President and continue on as a board member.

I am married. Alex and I have three wonderful sons, two daughters in law and, so far, one granddaughter.  I am a kayaker, a recreational cyclist, a hiker, a neophyte but enthusiastic fisherman and deeply committed to family, friends and to my community.

I feel extremely fortunate to be working with Brentwood College and their superb Advancement staff. I have worked in Advancement  for over 22 years and look forward to doing all I can to engage the support of members of the Brentwood College School community in continuing to strengthen this outstanding school while building on the legacy of giving that has been established by all those who have given and created this magnificent legacy.

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