Board of Trustees
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:
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. 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 Junior 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 and Samantha are current students in the Junior School at St Cuthbert’s.
Outside of work, Shane enjoys spending time with his family and undertaking various sporting endeavours.
Michael Heron QC
Michael was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees in June 2017.
He has been a partner of law firms Russell McVeagh and Meredith Connell and was Solicitor-General of New Zealand from 2012 to 2016. Michael has also 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.
He is married to Catherine, an old girl of the school, and has two daughters, one in the Senior School and one who has recently graduated.
Social Entrepreneur and 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 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. She 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.
Chartered Accountant – Lala & Associates
Vas was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees 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.
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.
James was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees in August 2013 and has an extensive commercial background. He is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and is on the Board of the New Zealand Refining Company, Mercury Energy and ACC.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University.
His daughters Jessica, Sophie and Virginia are former students at St Cuthbert’s.
Chief Executive, Melanoma NZ
Andrea Newland was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees 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.
She is the Chief Executive of Melanoma New Zealand – a charity dedicated to preventing avoidable deaths and suffering from melanoma.
Previous roles include General Manager of Marketing, Communications and Partnerships for the Starship Foundation, 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 contributes strong skills in public and media relations, brand management, marketing and fundraising.
Andrea has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland and is also a qualified and experienced journalist.
Andrea’s two daughters Sophie and Hattie are current students in the Senior School.
Anil was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees in June 2017 and 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 also a board director for Columba at Ascot, a leading day surgery unit at Mercy Ascot Hospital, and is actively involved in teaching and lectures widely in women’s health.
He has a wealth of experience in crisis management and planned services in the emergency and elective health sectors. These skills, along with his empathetic nature and belief in lifelong learning have transferred seamlessly into the St Cuthbert’s boardroom.
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.
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