Leadership Team

Mr CJ Healey

The College’s Principal, CJ Healey began his teaching career in the United Kingdom, specialising in Physical Education. With a stint in the USA, followed by a move to New Zealand, marriage and three children, CJ has enjoyed a variety of senior management roles at some of Auckland’s largest schools before becoming Long Bay College’s leader in 2017.

With a passion of helping young people become the very best version of themselves, coupled with a strong knowledge base of what makes a great school tick, CJ has taken Long Bay College to the next level. He is proud to have helped lift students’ academic results to a record high, implemented the school’s new strategic plan, enhanced the College’s culture of care and overseen massive redevelopment of the school’s learning environments.

CJ was once a teenager too and describes himself at that time as dedicated, cheeky and loyal; Qualities that still remain.

Outside of school life, CJ enjoys eating a curry, playing Football and coaching and playing Cricket. He can also be found spending time with his family or pounding the pavements with his beloved rescue dog.

Mr Mike Lewis

“He is such a lovely guy,” are the words you will commonly hear used to describe Mike Lewis, our Deputy Principal responsible for Year 10 students as well as Technology and Pastoral care portfolios. He has an Engineering background and is a former I.T. teacher, Dean and Head of Technology. Mike enjoys his role of encouraging students to explore their strengths and supporting them to succeed. It’s fair to say he truly lives and breathes all aspects of College life because his wife and children also join him on campus every day. Mrs Sam Lewis is the Head of our Science Faculty. Word has it that Mike is a bit of D.I.Yer when he has spare time and he loves to take his family camping.

Mrs Jac Beasleigh

Ask Jac and she’ll tell you just how great the subject of Physics really is! As a passionate teacher with over 20 years’ experience in the science behind matter and motion, Jac has been with Long Bay College since 2007. Now, as our Deputy Principal for Year 11 students and Principal’s nominee for NZQA, Jac applies her awesome logistics brain to many aspects of school life, including the big ones like assessments, planning and timetables. There’s daily gratitude for this Excel gurus’ awesome skills. Jac lives with her family and cat Boris on the Shore. When it’s school holidays and the borders are open, you can be sure Jac will be travelling somewhere interesting.

Mrs Sarah Bicknell

As Deputy Principal of Year 12 students, Sarah also manages Long Bay College’s staff development and the school’s many and varied events. She is the friendly face for new students; helping them with the enrolment process and ensuring their transition is smooth from their former school or intermediate. Sarah also coordinates regular Whanau Hui, connecting with our Maori and Pasifika families. As a former professional artist, Sarah has one of those unique skill sets that magically blends creativity with practicality. She has taught for eight years at Long Bay College in the Visual Arts Faculty and her subject areas are sculpture and painting. She is a well-known figure around the College’s neighbourhood where she resides with her family. Her two children attend the school.

Mrs Jayne Jones

As Deputy Principal for International and as well as Year 13 students, Jayne embodies our school values of Creativity and Care. Within her role, she ensures our junior students thrive and our international students are well cared for, enjoying the best of New Zealand’s educational, social and travel experiences. Jayne, a former teacher of French and German, now teaches English for Academic Purposes and loves to see her students excel. She lives with her family rurally surrounded by their dogs, cats and horses.

Mr James Heneghan

Our Deputy Principal in charge of curriculum development and Year 9 students who started his career in 2003 as a Science teacher. James joined Long Bay College following roles as Head of Science and Assistant Principal at two prominent North Shore Schools.

He is an advocate for research informed practice and has sought to support it in curriculum, pedagogy and leadership spaces. This has included developing our approach to teaching and learning, Tino Akoranga. His love of nature sees him living rurally north of Puhoi with his young family and their vast array of pets.

Mrs Liese Strong

Liese is passionate about creativity and loves nurturing students to discover and express who they are. “What I get to do every day really is a privilege!” Her career in Secondary education started in 2002 after leaving the commercial design industry. Since then she has held a wide variety of leadership portfolios at a range of Auckland schools. Liese joined Long Bay College in 2015 and quickly took on the role of Head of Faculty for Visual Arts and Art History. She has now added the Assistant Principal portfolio to her list of responsibilities and is excited to have an integral part in shaping the future of Long Bay College. Liese enjoys living in the local community with her husband and two teenage sons, who also attend the school.

Mr Richard Beechey

Richard comes to Long Bay College as our Business Manager after many years running his own successful, Auckland-based business. Richard is all about people and systems so his job is to lead the school administration team and ensure efficiencies are maintained throughout the school. His work encompasses all aspects of school life which he understands pretty well as a former Long Bay College, Northcross Intermediate and Glamorgan Primary school Board of Trustee member. Richard lives locally and has children attending Long Bay College.