Meet The Team
Logistics and Mentor Team Leader
Meet Clayton Thompson, our Logistics and Mentor Leader at the School of Hard Knocks. Clayton’s remarkable capacity to work with young people shines through in his role.
He provides a steadfast and reliable presence by personally picking up rangatahi every day from their homes and accompanying them to work. As a dedicated mentor, Clayton offers crucial support, seamlessly bridging rangatahi into work environments.
His passion lies in empowering these youth, ensuring they not only secure employment but also thrive in their new work environments.
Clayton is the rock for our team and rangatahi, providing unwavering support, guidance, and coaching to youth sports teams.
Program Coordinator and Social Worker
DIRECTOR, BCOM, BA
In 2016, Hugo embarked on a pioneering journey by founding and launching the School of Hard Knocks education course and Television series in New Zealand.
His vision brought together various government and corporate entities, including ACC, NZ Rugby, and NZ Police, to support this transformative initiative. Notably, in late 2018, SOHK secured funding from MBIE’s He Poutama Rangatahi fund, extending the program’s impact for five successful years in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Jonty, a passionate coach and community advocate, joined the School of Hard Knocks team in 2019.
With a global perspective gained from extensive travel, Jonty remains deeply connected to his roots in rural New Zealand, specifically Pukeatua, Waikato. His unwavering commitment drives program and coaching developments, continuously improving the support offered to rangatahi.
Jonty also plays a pivotal role in liaising with government agencies and contributes to the leadership of the team, ensuring the program’s success in empowering young individuals on their path to employment and a purposeful life.
Sir John Kirwan