Welcoming James Widders Leece to IGS 

I’m delighted to let you know that I have appointed James Widders Leece to the role of Assistant Academic Mentor – Indigenous students.

Jimmy’s main role will be to work with Mrs Jade Carr to continue providing our Indigenous Scholars with high quality mentoring. He will also provide our HSC Aboriginal Studies students with valuable insights into their coursework. 

Let me tell you about Jimmy. He is a proud Anaiwan man, born and raised in the regional town of Armidale in northern New South Wales. He has extensive leadership experience and a passion for helping others to develop through education. As a former Australian Indigenous Education Foundation’s educational scholarship recipient at Knox Grammar School for Years 11 and 12, Jimmy brings a depth of relevant experience to this role.


Jimmy is also an elite athlete. After completing his HSC and captaining the Knox 1st XV where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Competitor Award, he spent two years with the South Sydney Rabbitohs where he played rugby league as part of the National Under 20’s team while working as a boarding supervisor at Knox. Not surprisingly, he is a frequent guest speaker at AIEF corporate partner events and three years on, as his star continues to rise, Jimmy has been promoted to the role of Assistant Head of Boarding for Years 11 and 12 at Knox. He and his wife have also just become parents for the first time, welcoming their little girl Molly into the world. So it’s an exciting time right now for Jimmy and his family. 

Jimmy joins us this term two days a week as he completes his university studies in politics and international studies at the University of New England.

I have no doubt that this fine young man will be a powerful and inspiring role model to our students and a great addition to the IGS community as we continue to strengthen our commitment to the IGS Indigenous Scholarship Program and to educating all of our students about the beauty and richness of the world’s oldest living culture. 

I’m sure you will join me in welcoming Jimmy to IGS. 

Shauna Colnan