Guidance Counsellors

Hagley offers great support for those who need it. If you need someone to talk to, our Guidance Counsellors are there to help.

If you have worries about any issues facing you, family or friends such as money, stress, eating problems, alcohol and drugs, how to stay on at College, exam anxiety or anything else, our counsellors will be happy to talk with you.

Michael Gilchrist and Leanne Buchan are the College counsellor’s. If you wish to see a counsellor go to Simpson House between H2 and O Blocks. If a counsellor is available they can see you straight away, or you can request an appointment by filling in one of the appointment request slips.

Michael Gilchrist

Head of Guidance

Hagley College’s Head of Guidance comes to us with a wealth of experience in education, both as an English teacher and more recently as a counsellor. Michael welcomes students to come over to Simpson House and meet the team.

Leanne Buchan

Youth and Whānau Outreach

Leanne will be the Youth and Whanau Outreach worker who will serve as a connection between the school, families and students. She will assist students who are struggling to attend school, or no longer engaging in their education. Leanne will make a plan with them and implement agreed strategies to assist those students to promote change with a strengths-based approach.

Carolyn Heyward-Judd


Carolyn is a highly skilled practitioner and has made an immediate impact on her colleagues and the students she has worked with. Carolyn has worked in primary, intermediate and secondary schools as a visual arts teacher and more recently as a counsellor. She uses a range of modalities to help young people to identify, illuminate and grow their existing skills and strengths as well as supporting them to develop new strategies to move them towards their goals. We look forward to her contribution to the well-being of the Hagley community.

Suzanne Wood


If you have any issues or worries, Im happy to help you discover ways to resole these in a safe and confidential environment.

Illa Russell

Wellbeing Administrator

Illa is the friendly face behind the reception desk when you enter Simpson House. She will make an appointment with the counsellor, supervise time out spaces or just be there for students for a chat. Illa also manages the College attendance process which involves notifying caregivers, promoting and rewarding positive attendance and developing strategies for non attendance.