Meet our Board
St Cuthbert’s is governed by a Board of Trustees whose major role is to oversee strategic planning for the school.
The Board of Trustees is made up of the following members:
Hayley Buckley, Chair
Partner, Wynn Williams
Hayley Buckley was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees 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 our Principal 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, and she chairs its board. She 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 Senior School.
Paul Nickels, Deputy Chair
Paul has a strong association with St Cuthbert’s with three daughters as past and current students. 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 at PWC and is also a member of their Asia Pacific Consulting business leadership team. He supports his clients with growth-orientated strategies, helping to redefine their strategic positioning in the face of challenging or changing industry structures and dynamics, and brings this valuable experience to St Cuthbert’s. He sits on the Audit and Risk and Strategy subcommittees.
He 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 was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees 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 the Blue Dragon Trust (New Zealand), an organisation working to get children off the streets in Hanoi, for six years. She is currently a Trustee on the Ballet Foundation of New Zealand.
Louise brings a strong knowledge of the school through her experiences as a student, Old Girl and past parent.
Louise has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland.
She has three adult children Matthew, Joshua and Hannah, who was a student at St Cuthbert’s from 1999 to 2005.
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 notable online businesses including Finda, GrabOne, Pet.co.nz and Neighbourly. He is also an active investor across a wide variety of businesses.
Shane was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees in June 2017. He brings with him a broad spectrum of strategic, commercial and management expertise to the Trust Board of St Cuthbert’s.
Shane is married to Wendy and their daughters Aimee who is in the Junior School, and Samantha who is in the Senior School.
Outside of work, Shane enjoys spending time with his family and undertaking various sporting endeavours.
Social Entrepreneur and Senior Lecturer
Nina was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015. She is an Old Girl of the school, attending from 1997 to 2003.
Nina is the founder of the Education Hub, an education charity, which aims to bridge the gap between research and practice in education by making research easily accessible and relevant to teachers and supporting teachers’ ability to use research to drive innovation and improvement in schools and ECE centres. She also works as a senior 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, and a MA from NYU in Art History.
Nina is the Chair of the Education and Curriculum subcommittee.
Managing Director – Art + Object
Leigh Melville was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees 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 fundraises 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.
Anil has a strong association with St Cuthbert’s College with three daughters at the school. He worked for 25 years in public hospitals in the United Kingdom and New Zealand as an Obgyn having helped women deliver over 5000 babies. He is actively involved in postgraduate teaching in women’s health and runs a busy Gynae surgical practice in Auckland.
He has many years of experience in crisis and risk management and also planned services in the emergency and elective health sectors. He is passionate about compassionate care and lifelong learning and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017.
Anil has Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees 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 in the Senior School.
Head of Investment Banking at Forsyth Barr
Guy joined the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees in August 2019 and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Guy joined Forsyth Barr as Head of Investment Banking in 2010 and he specialises in advising clients (including in the education sector) on strategy, mergers, acquisitions, divestments, equity and debt raisings and IPOs. Prior to this he was Head of Investment Banking at Craigs Investment Partners and a Managing Director at ABN AMRO New Zealand.
Guy was educated in the United Kingdom and he started his career in London with Coopers & Lybrand where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Post qualification he moved into Investment Banking first with Barings and then ABN AMRO.
In 2002, Guy immigrated to New Zealand and the following year married Michelle. Their two daughters Hannah and Sienna are in the Senior School.
Guy has an Economics and Accounting degree from Bristol University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is a fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand.
Chief Operating Officer, Fonterra Co-operative
Fraser joined the Board in June 2020 and has two daughters in the Senior School.
A strong believer in the school’s kaupapa, Fraser is keen to support the school’s long-term prosperity through this governance role.
Fraser’s career has included large operational roles across a range of sectors in New Zealand and overseas, including Chief Executive of Mercury NZ Limited and as a non-executive Director of several listed companies. He holds qualifications in chemical engineering, dairy science and business from Canterbury, Massey and Cambridge universities.
If you wish to contact the Board, please email [email protected]