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The Board meets formally once a month during term time and has sub committees on an adhoc basis to ensure appropriate lines of governance are in place to support the running of the school, its staff and students.
Within the group are specific responsibilities for areas such as finance, education and child well-being, health and safety, property, funding and foundation development and marketing and communications. Also attending the meetings are the following key stakeholders: Michael Bain (Wellesley’s Principal), Veronica Stevens (Wellesley’s Deputy Principal), Robert Cross, (Wellesley’s Business Manager), the Staff Representative, Glen Jorna (Head of Arts), the Chair of the Parents’ Association, Rebecca Fitzpatrick.
Below is some information on each Board member. They were asked to answer the following questions: What is your whakapapa? What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley? What are you most passionate about outside of school? Read what they said:
I grew up on the Isle of Man and moved to NZ 15 years ago. I enjoy my role as a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities available within our local region.
As a newcomer to the Board of Trustees, I’m keen to join the established team, and use any knowledge or expertise I have with child development to best support the future of the school ensuring it is a place which produces the best of young men.
We have two sons currently at Wellesley. I’m deeply appreciative of the numerous learning opportunities available at the school and the close individual attention that children receive.
I am married to Christine and have two boys, Jonathan and Samuel, both now Wellesley Old Boys.
As an Old Boy myself, I wanted both my boys to experience and learn what I did as a youngster at Wellesley many years ago.
What made the school fantastic then, still stands today: The amazing learning environment that the teachers and staff provide in Wellesley’s idyllic location. As a result, both Jonathan and Samuel have enjoyed Wellesley tremendously.
I am the proud father of two boys, one now an old boy and one still at the school. My wife, Mary and I hugely value what the boys get from being part of the Wellesley whanau, and the significant opportunities provided to the boys to expand their learning opportunities and horizons.
The school is a special environment in an amazing location. I look forward to being part of the board, working to continue the school’s success and enable to staff to keep doing their great work.
Outside of work I love watching both our boys play sport, rugby, football, basketball and cricket, as a family we enjoy travelling (at least we used to!), and when time allows I enjoy getting out on a road bike and also getting to the stadium to support the Hurricanes and All Blacks.
Being one of six children, including 3 boys, it was only recently that I understood how typically Irish Catholic we were! Taking up almost a whole pew at church, like the other large families with Irish roots, it was rather unconventional for mum and dad to send Richard, Andrew and me all to ‘that Anglican school across the harbour’. However, we can look back now and recognise how lucky we were. I am so grateful that our son, Gethyn, has also been able to enjoy much of the same Wellesley spirit and environment.
Although it was way back in 1981 when I finished at Wellesley, every time I come back to visit now, I still feel that vibe and spirit that is Wellesley. A beautiful setting for such a fun and supportive place for the boys to learn and grow. And equally important that we all try and preserve the taonga that we have.
Continuing to keep learning from my Wellesley days: whether that is another level of traditional karate, more consistency and lower scores on the golf course, learning more about ACC, NZ’s unique accident compensation scheme where I work, learning from my family or getting better at whatever I try my hand at.
I hope to bring the memories and experience of being a Wellesley old boy, financial experience from my work background and a good dose of fun and energy!
I was born and raised in Dunedin, with diverse ancestry from England, Ireland, Scotland and Croatia. After returning to New Zealand in 2003 after time in the UK we decided to call Wellington home as it has such an amazing atmosphere and vibe with so many opportunities for all of the family.
I feel that Wellesley offers a unique, individual style of learning, recognising and encouraging the natural talents of each boy and gently helping them identify any gaps and building the skills to close these. This ensures that the boys have confidence and resilience as they grow through the school. Energetic boys will be boys (as they should be), but I love that Wellesley has strong values that encourage respect and inclusion, which is normalised by being constantly modelled by the principal, staff and other students throughout the school.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with the family including skiing, tramping and mountain biking as well as regularly playing netball.
As an accountant and business owner I’m keen to contribute to the school to ensure that Wellesley remains financially secure and relevant today and in the future.
I’m originally from Melbourne, and this is my second (and permanent) stint in New Zealand. My wife and I have one son at Wellesley, and I have two older children at university.
Education is a crucial part of everyone’s life, and the ethos and passion of the Wellesley community is inspirational. I hope to use my background as a journalist and communicator to support that community in any way I can.