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Caroline Freeman College has a dedicated staff team who have the goal of providing an outstanding collegiate experience for everyone who lives here. Collectively, we have years of experience in collegiate life as well as life experience in many other areas.

It is our goal to make your year at CFC the best possible and to prepare you for future success in your studies and living situations.

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Management team

Chris Addington imageChris Addington

Warden – Tautiaki

As the Warden, Chris is responsible for overall resident welfare and college operations at Caroline Freeman. He has many years’ experience in educational leadership and residential college life including being a secondary school principal and 11 years as the Master of University College at Otago. The all-inclusive nature of collegiate life is extremely important for Chris and you will see him enthusiastically involved and engaged in all aspects of the college. He enjoys music, sport, fitness, bicycles, poetry and literature. Chris lives on-site at CFC with his wife, Julia.

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Amber RobertsonAmber Robertson

Deputy Warden

Amber is our Deputy Warden, who has the responsibility for the ongoing pastoral care, welfare and well-being of all of our residents. She also manages the Sub-Warden team to ensure the delivery of a great experience for everyone. Amber has a BA in anthropology from the University of Otago and she is also a fully certified and experienced professional chef. She lives at CFC East.

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Kieran Duncan

Assistant Warden

Kieran Duncan image 2019

Kieran is our Assistant Warden, and works alongside Chris and Amber with an overall aim of ensuring student wellbeing, great college events, and academic success. In his time at Otago he completed a BCom in Accounting with a minor in Finance and worked as a Residential Assistant.

He's been living in Dunedin since he was eight, and claims Dunedin has some of the best beaches in New Zealand, there's a café for everyone, and it's a pretty affordable place to live. When he's not sleeping, eating, or working, you can find him in the surf, cycling along the Peninsula, or up in the slopes near Wanaka/Queenstown.

If you see him around and want to know some cool spots to check out - just ask! Kieran lives at CFC East.

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Brent CowieBrent Cowie

Executive Chef

Brent is our hero in the kitchen leading a team who serve up a great variety of food on both a daily basis and for our special occasions.

Brent has a long-standing relationship with Caroline Freeman College stretching back to the early days of the college. Brent and has team can cater for almost any dietary need or requirement to ensure everyone is well-fed at CFC. As well as the day-to-day meals at the College, Brent and his team also do an amazing job with our theme dinners, formal dinners and special occasions.

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Robert Strang imageRobert Strang

Property Manager

Robert is responsible for all our fantastic buildings, grounds and services at Caroline Freeman College. He has a dedicated passion for the College with a goal of making sure CFC is well-maintained and comfortable for everyone who lives here. In his previous life Robert was a certified painting contractor. He has an absolute love for the “beautiful game” (football) as player, coach, manager and supporter.

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Fiona Russell imageFiona Russell


Fiona manages all the administrative affairs of the college from fees to maintenance requests, late dinners, parcels, mail, general queries about Otago life and anything else imaginable.

She is a born and raised Dunedinite, with three children, two grand-children and her dog Louie. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking, friends and family. She has 20 years of experience in college administration and is a wealth of knowledge about collegiate life.

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Caroline Freeman College has an amazing group of ten senior students who have the title of Sub-Warden. Each sub-warden is responsible for a “stairwell” at the College and keeps a close eye on everyone in their respective area. You can think of your sub-warden as a big brother / big sister, older mentor, etc.

The sub-wardens are your “go-to” people for day-to-day questions about College and Otago life. The Sub-Wardens also do rostered duty at the College, manage activities and events and assist the senior management staff with College matters.

Our Sub-Warden team are very diverse from a wide variety of backgrounds and academic pursuits.

Our 2021 Sub-Warden team are:

  • Tim Tracy
  • Ayla Naidoo
  • Alistair Machado
  • Katie Cooper
  • Bo Beaufill
  • Jackson Ranapiri
  • Jacob Rutherford
  • Tiarne Southon
  • Abby Spronken
  • Logan Stadnyk

View profiles for some of our Sub-Warden Team (PDF)

Ringo the Flamingo imageRingo the Flamingo

College Mascot

Caroline Freeman College has a quirky mascot which makes us quite unique amongst the Otago colleges. We are proud to be the Freeman Flamingos. Throughout the year we have some flamingo-themed events such as the annual “Pink Party” and the mid-year “Order of the Flamingo” awards ceremony and our sporting teams have a “Fighting Flamingos” theme.

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