"I have been involved with George when he has directed and written productions for stage both at high schools and in the community. I have also witnessed his artistic talents, photography skills and his ability to mentor and foster those skills in others has seen the community and school benefit from events that he has organised.
George's events, whether they be musicals, shows or film festivals, are always extremely well thought out, well organised and well executed. Most importantly, George can and does get the best out of others. He is a naturally gifted teacher and has an innate way of knowing how to relate to and communicate ideas to others in an incredibly non-threatening way that puts people at ease.
George assisted me with the design and development of a website for my business and I am delighted with it. He is very good at consulting and ensuring that, as a client, you get exactly what you want.
George has very good verbal and written skills and was able to write and edit from the brief that I gave him. He was also able to assist me with posters, business cards, social media and advertising.
George is a great asset and a team player who will do anything to help those around him.
Within any of the wide variety of areas that he works, I recommend him unreservedly to you."
Katie O'Connor Counsellor & Mindfulness Teacher Mindfulness for Wellbeing
"George writes and directs material of a high calibre and is able to extract the best out from his cast. He does this by informing and inspiring people so that they want to do their best in their roles. George does not settle for ‘good enough’. Instead he models his vision to his cast ensures that the outcome is of a very high standard. George has many skills to offer any Society or school that would engage his Directing services.
"George has clear vision and manages people and timetables well. He is punctual and hard-working and makes the most of all available time. He is very able in the areas of publicity, design and media. The quality of our posters, advertising, programme and social media content was very professional due to George’s skill and input."
Our 2017 season of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ was extremely successful due to the script that George created, and his skill and dedication.
The cast really enjoyed the experience, and this was largely due to George's attention to detail, clear expectations, and the way that the show and back stage aspects evolved and knitted together to achieve a complete package."
"George would be an excellent asset to any group that he chose to work with, bringing many skills to the table and that would contribute to success for all concerned."
Vicki Crawford Past President West Otago Theatrical Society
"A Film Festival seemed like such a natural conclusion to the Media Studies assignment, but the thought processes George used would not have been natural to the many who would only have only seen the project as a lot of work. George provided an opportunity for the talent and creativity of his students to be publicly acknowledged, applauded, and celebrated, and the success was witnessed and shared by every member of the audience."
"George's authentic desire to experience his full potential as a teacher gives his students permission to experience their full potential as creators."
"George provides students with quality support materials and incorporates a range of student-centred learning strategies to engage his learners and maintain their interest."
Karyn Fielding Provisional Supervision Lecturer University of Otago
"George's Introduction to Photography course has been very informative and at a sensible pace for a beginner. George is very patient and puts information across in a manageable and enjoyable way."
Vicki Crawford Head of Arts Department Blue Mountain College
George is innovative, intelligent, compassionate and dedicated. He has created an extremely efficient and exciting department, introducing new subjects to [St Peter's College], like Media Studies and Senior Drama and overhauling programmes in both Music and Art, which are exciting to teach and highly engaging for students.
George is preemptive in his organisation. He always looks for solutions and has made courses and administration manageable and interesting for his staff. His meetings are always practical, helpful and focused. He offers his teachers support in the delivery of the course and assessment and is always approachable.
Not only is George fantastic teacher and Head of Department, he also works tirelessly on extracurricular Arts activities. He writes, directs and produces fantastic Senior Productions, which are of an extremely high standard. He is also always looking for creative ways to promote Arts courses at our school, holding evenings for Senior Musicians to perform and showcasing Senior Art work. He has taken students on a multitude of trips to foster their interests in Art, Music, Drama and Media Studies and has created for our school an annual Film Festival, showcasing short films created by Media Studies students at the local cinema.
I am incredibly grateful to George for the ongoing support that he has given me. to teach Music, Art and Media Studies for the first time, and these subjects are now my favourites. He will be sincerely missed at St Peter's College for his innovation, hard work and generosity.
George is a fantastic combination of practicality and creativity and will be an asset to any future employer."