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 – Chair
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.
Company Executive, Wilson Hellaby Ltd
Charlotte Hellaby was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2007 and became Deputy Chair in December 2014.
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 is a member of the Education and Curriculum committee. She 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.
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
Hayley Buckley, Co-Deputy Chair
Partner, Wynn Williams
Hayley Buckley was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in February 2015. She is a member of the Discipline and Human Resources subcommittees.
Hayley is a partner in the corporate and commercial team of law firm Wynn Williams specialising in the sale and purchases of businesses and helping companies raise funds. Hayley has considerable experience advising both public and private companies on all aspects of corporate governance including shareholder disputes, securities and listing requirements.
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.
Andy Coster was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2010, serving as a member of the Human Resources, Strategy and Sports committees.
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 Middle 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.
The Hon. Justice Christine Gordon
The Hon. Justice Christine Gordon was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 1994 and became Deputy Chair in 2006. She was Chair from July 2009 to December 2014.
Christine is a member of the Discipline and Audit and Risk committees.
A student and Boarder at the College from 1966 to 1970, Christine has in-depth knowledge of the workings of the school.
Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Otago and studied law at the University of Auckland Law School. Christine was appointed as a High Court Judge in December 2016.
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.
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 practice 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.
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 and is a member of the Audit and Risk committee.
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.
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 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 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.
Rachel Walsh, Deputy Co-Chair
Former student (1981 to 1987), Rachel Walsh, was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Trust Board in 2011.
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.