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 at the bottom of the page. You can also view the College’s charitable status by clicking here and searching “St Cuthbert’s”. If you wish to contact the Board, please email its Chair

The Trust Board is made up of the following members:

Hayley Buckley

Hayley Buckley, Chair
Partner, Wynn Williams

Hayley Buckley was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in February 2015 and became Chair in October 2017.

Hayley ensures the Trust Board’s vision is aligned with the College’s mission statement – By Love Serve – and works to support Principal, Ms Justine Mahon, in keeping St Cuthbert’s at the forefront of education in New Zealand.

As Chair, Hayley is an ex officio member of all Trust Board 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.

Paul Nickels, Deputy Chair
Partner, PWC

Paul has a fond association with St Cuthbert’s with his three daughters: Grace in the Middle School, Evie in the Junior School and Harriet as a former student. He joined the Board in June 2016 and was appointed Deputy Chair in October 2017.

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 enjoys spending time with his family, and as a passionate road cyclist and skier, he loves to be in the outdoors – here and abroad.

Louise Binns

Louise Binns

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 was a barrister for 36 years in family law, specialising in family violence; care and protection of children; and an adjudicator in the Tenancy Tribunal for 20 years. 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
Company Director

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,, and amongst others.

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

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. His daughter Francesca is a current student in the Senior School at St Cuthbert’s. His 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.

Michael Heron QC

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 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.

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 30 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 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.

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 daughters Jessica, Sophie and Virginia 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.

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.

Anil Sharma
Gynaecological Surgeon

Anil was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board in June 2017 and so far, has a 10-year association with the school.

Anil worked for 25 years in public hospitals in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand as an Obgyn. He is actively involved in teaching and lectures widely in women’s health at local and national meetings. Anil’s vocation requires zeal, communication, counselling, teaching and empathy. He believes that good health and wellness along with broad skills in young people is paramount to building their future success and wellbeing. He has a wealth of experience in crisis management and planned services in the emergency and elective health sectors. These skills, along with his empathic nature and belief in lifelong learning have transferred seamlessly into the boardroom of our most excellent school.

He is also a board director for Columba at Ascot, a leading day surgery unit at Mercy Ascot Hospital.

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 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

Rachel Walsh
Company Executive

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

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. 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.