Mr Wayne Erickson MBA GradDipLegStud DipPE JP FAIM
Mr Erickson joined St Andrew's in March 2004 in the role of Secretary to the Council and College Manager. In March 2008, on the retirement of Dr William Porges, Mr Erickson was appointed Principal, having been selected from a field of highly qualified candidates of both national and international origin.
In the four years that Mr Erickson was Secretary to Council and College Manager the College witnessed a significant expansion of its facilities and undertook major changes in the provision of services for students in residence. The completion of the Carillon Wing – a project which saw the first major addition to residential capacity in over forty years and for which Mr Erickson acted as Superintendent – and major renovations to tennis courts, all bathrooms and the historic Main Building are highlights of a lengthy list of achievements.
Early in his teaching career he taught at The Scots College in Sydney where he was a member of the College Executive and the Housemaster of Deane House. Prior to joining St Andrew’s Mr Erickson held various executive management positions with Australian Rugby. He was the General Manager of Operations, and became world rugby's first full time professional referee. From 1994 until his retirement at the end of the 2002 season, he refereed over 150 first class matches, including 27 Internationals and 40 Super 12 matches. He represented Australia at the Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1995 and 1999, and was part of the Wallabies’ management team during the 2003 tournament in Australia. He is currently the Chairman of Australian Rugby’s National Referee Selection Committee, and he continues to apply his refereeing skills here at the College, though there are nowhere near the same number of yellow cards issued as in his former life!
His interests include a passion (but no talent) for the music of the Classical period, and particularly for opera of the Enlightenment.
He keeps wicket for the Old Men of Briars, is Chairman of Rotary's Outback Education Scholarship program, and still enjoys telling audiences of anyone who'll listen about the delights of touring the world penalising people.