Trust Board

St Cuthbert’s College is governed by a Trust Board whose major role is to oversee strategic planning for the College. The current five year strategy is available to view by clicking the link on the right. You can also view the College’s charitable status by clicking here and searching “St Cuthbert’s”.

The Trust Board is made up of the following members:

Simon Allen
 
Simon Allen – Chair
Company Director
 
 
 

Simon Allen was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2005, taking up the role of Deputy Chair in 2012. He was formally appointed as Chair in December 2014.

Simon has more than 30 years’ commercial experience in the New Zealand and Australian Capital Markets. He was Chief Executive of investment bank BZW and ABN AMRO in New Zealand for 21 years and has been actively involved in advising companies, Government and investors on matters relating to their strategy and capital market participation.

He is currently Chair of Crown Fibre Holdings Limited and NZ Refining Limited. Simon is also a director of IAG New Zealand Limited and to the IAG subsidiary boards (IAG New Zealand Limited, AMI Insurance, Lumley General Insurance (NZ), NZI Insurance and State Insurance) and a trustee of the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Past governance roles include Auckland Council Investments Limited (Director), Auckland Healthcare Services Limited (Director), Financial Markets Authority (Chair), NZSE (Director) NZX Limited (Chair), and Snowvision (Director) along with a number of other unlisted companies.

He ensures the Trust Board’s vision is aligned with the College’s mission statement – By Love Serve – and works to support Principal, Roz Mexted, in keeping St Cuthbert’s at the forefront of education in New Zealand. As Chair, Simon is an ex officio member of all Trust Board committees.

Simon has a Bachelor of Science from University of Otago and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland. He is a Fellow of Certified Securities Analyst Professionals.

His younger daughter Antonia is a current student in the Senior School at St Cuthbert’s. His other daughter, Claudia, was a student at St Cuthbert’s from 1998 to 2010.

Hayley Buckley
 
Hayley Buckley, Co-Deputy Chair
Partner, Wynn Williams
 
 
 

Hayley Buckley was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in February 2015 and was appointed Co-Deputy Chair in March 2017.

She is a member of the Discipline and Human Resources committees.

Hayley is a partner in the corporate advisory team of law firm Wynn Williams, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Hayley has considerable experience advising both public and private companies on all aspects of corporate governance including shareholder disputes, capital raising and corporate restructures.

Hayley has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Law (First Class Hons) degree from the University of Auckland.

Her daughter, Chloe, is a current student in the Junior School.
 

Rachel Walsh
 
Rachel Walsh, Deputy Co-Chair
Company Executive
 
 
 

Former student (1981 to 1987), Rachel Walsh, was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2011 and was appointed Co-Deputy Chair in March 2017.

She is Chief Financial Officer at Abano Healthcare Group. Her previous roles have included three years at Rank Group Limited a private investment firm with international investments and six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand as a Director in Audit and as a member of the that firm’s global network of accounting consulting services.

Rachel has always been a strong supporter of St Cuthbert’s and is passionate about quality single sex education for girls. She joined the St Cuthbert’s Old Girls’ Association committee in 2003 and was President from 2007 to 2008. During her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers Rachel was also the liaison with St Cuthbert’s for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship Programme.

Rachel has three children, Jack, Hugo and Claudia. Claudia is a current student in the Junior School at St Cuthbert’s.

Rachel is the Chair of the Audit and Risk committee and a member of the Human Resources committee. She brings to the Trust Board a strong financial background and focus on strategic direction as well as considerable commercial and legal acumen.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law from the University of Auckland.
 
Louise Binns
 
Louise Binns
Barrister
 
 
 

Louise Binns was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in 2016. A former student of the College from 1969 to 1974, Louise’s mother (Val Fraser nee Batts) and daughter are both Old Girls of St Cuthbert’s and her husband, Mark, was a Trust Board member from 2005 to 2012.

Louise has been a barrister for 33 years in family law, specialising in family violence; care and protection of children; and sits as an adjudicator in the Tenancy Tribunal. She was the Chair of the anti-family violence organisation “Shine” Board for 14 years; a Trustee on the Drug and Alcohol Addiction facility, Odyssey House Board for 14 years; an Advisory Council member of Bethany, the Salvation Army facility for unsupported mothers for 22 years; and is currently a trustee on the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand and the Blue Dragon Trust (New Zealand), an organisation working to get children off the streets in Hanoi.

Louise has three adult children Matthew, Joshua and Hannah. Hannah was a student at St Cuthbert’s from 1999 to 2005.

Louise brings a strong knowledge of the College through her experiences as a student, Old Girl and past parent.

Louise has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland

 
Shane Bradley
 
Shane Bradley
Company Director
 
 
 

Shane Bradley was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in June 2017.

Growing up in Rotorua, Shane left school after sixth form and started his first business a year later.  Since that time he has gone on to start some of NZ’s most widely used online businesses – namely Finda.co.nz, Grabone.co.nz, Pet.co.nz and Neighbourly.co.nz amongst others.  He is also an active investor across a wide variety of businesses.

Shane is married to Wendy. Their daughters Aimee and Samantha are current students in the Junior School at St Cuthbert’s.

Shane a member of the Education and Curriculum Subcommittee. He brings with him a broad spectrum of strategic, commercial and management expertise to the Trust Board of St Cuthbert’s.

Outside of work, Shane enjoys spending time with his family and undertaking various sporting endeavours.

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Andy Coster
Private Equity
 
 
 

Andy Coster was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2010.

Prior to joining the Board Andy has led strategy projects for a variety of industries, as part of a global management consultancy in London, Australia and New Zealand. He also has general management experience for a multi-national covering corporate strategy and managing a business unit.

In 2002, Andy established a new business and grew it to become New Zealand’s largest in its sector. In 2007 he sold the business to a global firm and now manages his own private investments.

Andy grew up in South Auckland where he attended Manurewa East Primary School which today is supported by the St Cuthbert’s Outreach programme. He is married to Samantha and their daughter Francesca is a current student in the Senior School at St Cuthbert’s. Their son Alexander is a student at King’s College.

Andy has a Master of Commerce (First Class Hons) in Corporate Strategy; a Diploma of Commerce in Operations Management and Marketing; and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance, all from the University of Auckland.
 
Charlotte Hellaby
 
Charlotte Hellaby
Company Executive, Wilson Hellaby Ltd
 
 
 

Charlotte Hellaby was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2007 and has been Deputy Chair from December 2014 to March 2017.

A former student of the College from 1966 to 1978, Charlotte served on the committee of the Old Girls’ Association from 2002 and was President from 2005 to 2007. Charlotte’s mother and daughter are both Old Girls of St Cuthbert’s and her father was a Trust Board member from 1962 to 1973.

Charlotte is involved in her family business, the Wilson Hellaby group of companies, which has family links back to 1873. This is an Auckland-based business which processes and provides fresh and frozen meat products to New Zealand and world markets.

Charlotte brings a strong knowledge of the College through her experiences as a student, Old Girl and past parent.

Charlotte is currently Chair of Auckland Decorative and Fine Arts Society which provides cultural and aesthetic education to its members and is also a Trustee of McCahon House Trust which was established in 1998 ”to recognize the life and art of Colin McCahon through a residency of international standing and to preserve the McCahon House as a place for the public to visit”.

Charlotte has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch Teachers College.

Her daughter Etiennette Jacobsen was a student at St Cuthbert’s from 1996 to 2004.

 
Michael Heron
 
Michael Heron QC
Barrister
 
 
 

Michael was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in June 2017.

He is married to Catherine, an old girl of the College. Their daughters Lucy and Anna are current students in the Senior School at St Cuthbert’s.

Michael has been a partner of law firms Russell McVeagh and Meredith Connell.  Following that, he was Solicitor-General of New Zealand from 2012 to 2016.

Michael has been a board member and Chair of Drug Free Sport NZ and a member of the Council of the Auckland Branch, New Zealand Law Society.  He is a judicial officer for SANZAAR (Super Rugby), Appeal Council member NZ Rugby and National Commissioner for New Zealand Cricket.  He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Michael is BCA, LLB (Hons) – Victoria, and LLM – Cambridge. He brings extensive governance and organisational experience to the Board.
 
Nina
 
Nina Hood
Social Entrepreneur and Lecturer
 
 
 

Nina was appointed to the Trust Board in 2015. Nina is an Old Girl of the College, attending from 1997 to 2003.

Nina is the founder of the Education Hub, an education charity, which aims to foster innovation and improvement in education and to drive better opportunities for students by bringing together people, resources and ideas, and translating and transforming research and innovation into future focused practice and policy.

Nina also works as a lecturer at the University of Auckland where she teaches and researches in the area of technology in education.

Nina is a trained secondary school teacher, and taught at Epsom Girls Grammar and Mt Roskill Grammar, before undertaking an MSc and DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford. While in England, Nina undertook a number of education consultancy projects, including working with Pearson and the Said Business School at Oxford on the strategic use of technology in teaching and learning. Nina also has a BA (First class Honours) from the University of London, a MA from NYU in Art History.

Nina is the Chair of the Education and Curriculum subcommittee and a member of the Human Resources committee.
 
Vas Lala
 
Vas Lala
Chartered Accountant –Lala & Associates
 
 
 

Vas Lala was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2011 and is a member of the Audit and Risk committee.

He has over 25 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and his practise serves a broad spectrum of business sector clients. His speciality lies in management accounting, business development and tax compliance.

Vas holds advisory board and trustee positions with a number of his clients, where he works alongside owners and management advising on finance, business structure and growth to improve business value and future performance.

Vas has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He is a past parent of two daughters, Shareena, who attended St Cuthbert’s from 1991 to 2005 and Nalika, from 1999 to 2012. His son Amriesh attended King’s College.

 
Leigh Melville
 
Leigh Melville
Director
 
 
 

Leigh Melville was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in 2017.

A former student of the College from 1984 to 1990, Leigh was Head Girl in her final year. Leigh’s mother and grand-mother both attended the College and her father Ian was a Trust Board member from 1984 to 2000. Leigh has served two terms on the Old Girls’ Committee, most recently as President during the College Centenary in 2013 to 2014.

Leigh is a Director of Art + Object, an art auction house in Auckland and is Chair of the New Zealand at Venice Biennale Patrons Trust, which fund-raises to support New Zealand’s participation at the Venice Biennale.

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology. Her daughter Frances is currently a student at St Cuthbert’s.

 
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James Miller
Company Director
 
 
 
James was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in August 2013, taking on roles as the Chair of the Human Resources subcommittee.

James has an impressive commercial background. He is an experienced company director and is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and on the Board of Auckland International Airport, Mercury Energy and ACC.

His daughter Sophie is a current student in the Senior School and his other daughters, Virginia and Jessica, are former students at St Cuthbert’s.

James has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University.

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Andrea Newland
Starship Foundation Executive
 
 
 

Andrea Newland was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2013. She was a student at the College from 1983 to 1989 and a member of the Old Girls’ Association Committee from 2006 to 2009.

Her current role is General Manager of Marketing, Communications & Partnerships for the Starship Foundation – a high profile charity tasked with raising up to $10 million annually for the national children’s hospital. Previous roles include Associate Editor of Management magazine, Editor of the National Business Review magazine and 10 years as public relations manager and then consultant for law firm Simpson Grierson.

Andrea has two daughters – Sophie and Hattie are current students in the Senior School.

Andrea is a member of the Education and Curriculum subcommittee. She brings to the Trust Board a strong background in public and media relations, brand management, marketing and fundraising.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland and is also a qualified and experienced journalist.
 
Paul Nickels
 
Paul Nickels
Partner, PwC
 
 
 

Paul has a fond association with St Cuthbert’s with his three daughters: Harriet in the Senior School, Grace in the Middle School, and Evie in the Junior School.

Paul, a partner at PwC for the past 15 years, works as a strategist and advisor to senior executives within commercial and public sector organisations, with a particular focus in the education, dairy, and finance sectors.

Paul has held a number of senior positions with the New Zealand firm, including being a member of the Financial Assurance business leadership team, the Managing Partner of Consulting business, and a member of the New Zealand Firm executive team for the past three years. He is also a member of PwC’s Asia Pacific Consulting business leadership team.

His various roles show Paul’s deep knowledge of leadership, business management, financial performance, and large scale programme execution.

Paul enjoys supporting his clients with growth-orientated strategies, helping to redefine their strategic positioning in the face of challenging or changing industry structures and dynamics. Paul has been privileged to bring this experience to St Cuthbert’s working with the Board and the school’s leadership team on a number of projects. He sits on the Audit and Risk and Strategy subcommittees.

Paul is a member of the Audit and Risk subcommittee. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management.

Outside of work, Paul enjoying spending time with his family, and as a passionate road cyclist and skier, loves to be in the outdoors – here and abroad.

 
Anil Sharma
 
Anil Sharma
Gynaecological Surgeon
 
 
 

Anil Sharma leads his women’s health practice at Ascot Hospital, specialising as a gynaecological surgeon. He is also a board director for Columba at Ascot, a leading day surgery unit.  Before this, Anil worked for 25 years in public hospitals in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  He is actively involved in teaching and lectures widely in women’s health. Anil’s vocation requires skilled communication, counselling, teaching and empathy.  He believes that good health and wellness in young people is paramount to building their future success and wellbeing.

Anil has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Elder Health from the Royal College of Physicians (London) and Diploma in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice from Cardiff University. He also holds fellowships from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London) and the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Melbourne).

Anil is married to Rachel and they have three daughters at St Cuthbert’s – Cate, Lauren and Jessica.