St John's College

Steve Raney (Nash, 1974)

Chairperson

Steve was appointed to Council in October 2013 and became Chairman of the St John’s College Foundation in 2018. He has practiced law in Johannesburg since his 1985 admission,m and is a qualified attorney, notary and conveyancer. He is a named partner at D’Arcy-Herrman Raney and was previously the executive partner at White & Case LLP in Johannesburg. Steve holds numerous private company directorships and trusteeships. His son Andrew has been at St John’s since 2005 and is a third generation Johannian.

Melvyn Lubega (Hodgson, Head of School, 2007)

Vice-Chairperson

Melvyn is a business person and entrepreneur. Following his graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he co-founded an international software company which currently serves clients in more than 20 countries. Prior to that Melvyn worked for the Boston Consulting Group and for Goldman Sachs in the UK and was a founding principal of an investment management and finance firm.

Dr Jon Patricos (Clayton, 1986)

Jon is the Chairman of the St John’s College Council, has served on Council for six years and has previously been a member of the Old Johannian Association governing body. He has been in sports medicine practice for more than 20 years and is currently Director of Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery in Johannesburg and is founder and director of Sports Concussion South Africa. Jon served two terms as the president of the South African Sports Medicine Association, services on Advisory Boards of World Rugby Rugby, South African Rugby and the University of Washington, Seattle Sports Health and Safety Institute. He is a senior associate editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Current Sports Medicine Reports in the USA. John has been team physician to school, club, provincial and international sports teams in rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics and basketball.

Alistair Dry (Alston, 1979)

Alistair is the representative of the Diocesan Trustees and the longest-serving Trustee – now in his 16th year. Alistair is Executive Head of Bishop Bavin School, Bedfordview. Before that he was Business Manager as well as Head of Department for Economic & Management Sciences at St John’s College; Head of Customer Value Management & Marketing Intelligence at Liberty Life; and senior manager at Nedcor Bank. He was formerly vice-chairman of the Pharos Medical Scheme board of trustees and a member of its audit committee, and a trustee of TopMed Medical Scheme. Alistair is a Lay Minister and Lay Preacher at St George’s Anglican Church, Parktown. His son Cameron and stepson Jean-Andre Deenik are also Old Johannians.

John McPherson (Hill, Head of School, 1986)

John is a practicing commercial attorney and an entrepreneur. He is a named partner of McPherson Kruger Attorneys, where he focuses on outsourcing and information technology law. He is the co-founder of Chattan Escrow, a source code escrow agency, and Nymbiz, a business focused on harnessing the potential of automation, artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning for the legal and other professions. John also co-founded Parksec, the Parkhurst and Parktown North Security Association and served as its chairman for eight years. His sons Timothy and Gavin both attended the College as third-generation Johannnians.

Paul Edey

Paul is the Executive Headmaster at St John’s College, appointed in 2015. He was previously headmaster of St Andrew’s College Grahamstown, executive headmaster at St David’s Marist, Inanda, director of Executive Education and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and vice-principal of King Edward VII School. He has served on the boards of The Ridge School, the International School of South Africa, Dainfern College, The Hope School, The Good Shepherd School, Holy Cross School and Masibambane College. Paul is a previous chairman of the Southern African Heads of Independent Schools Association.

Neil Surgery

Neil is currently the Group Chief Risk Officer at Standard Bank where is has worked for the past 15 years. Following his studies at UCT he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, after which he played a variety of finance roles with Southern Sun Hotels Group, Rembrandt Group, Rosehaugh Group (London( and Sun International Hotels Ltd. He joined Standard Bank in 2002 where he held several senior positions within the Corporate and Investment Banking division prior to taking up his current role. Hs sons Nick and James attended St John’s College and James was Head of School in 2012.

David Vermeulen

Dave has been the business manager at St John’s College since May 2013. He served articles at Deloitte & Touche and thereafter spent nearly 20 years in the investment banking and financial consulting sectors in both the UK and South Africa. Dav’s son Brandon matriculated from St John’s in 2018

Graeme Montgomery

Graeme is an Independent Business Advisor and non-executive director, having spent nine years as a Senior Industrial Adviser at Financial Investment Group Brait. He has been a Trustee since 2009 and served as Chairman of the St John’s College Foundation from January 2016 to May 2018. He has been a member of the St John’ College Council since 2010, during which time he served on the Sports Council, the Board of Masibambane, and Chaired the Building Committee. His elder son Thomas was Head of School in 2015 and his young son Jack is the 2019 Head of School.

Andrew Duvenage (Alston 1999)

Andrew is the Old Johannian Association representative. He is a past Chairman of the Old Johannian Association and has been a council member and Trustee since 2012. Andrew is the Managing Director of NFB Private Wealth Management and has extensive experience in the wealth management and financial services industry. Andrew was Head of Alston. He has two children and his son Ethan has been at St john’s since 2018.

Patrick Lees

Patrick is a passionate educator with more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher. He has been headmaster of St John’s Preparatory School for the past nine years and has a heartfelt desire to develop teachers in the holistic interest of children. He is excited about transformation and 21st century education and its relevance to the South African context. Patrick has four children and his son Jack has been at St John’s since 2006.

Brooks Mparutsa

Brooks is the Chief Financial Officer of Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) at Standard Bank and has over 20 years’ experience primarily in the financial services industry. Previously, Brooks was CEO of Hollard International, responsible for the group’s operations in 10 countries. Brooks has been involved at St John’s For more than 10 - his first son Phillip matriculated from St John’s in 2018 and his younger son Motheo as been at St John’s since 2015.