Board of Trustees

Appointed by the Diocese of Wellington for five-year terms, the Wellesley College Board of Trustees meets once a month during term time, ensuring that the appropriate lines of governance are in place to support both staff and students. Within the group are specific responsibilities for areas such as Finance, Education Liaison, Health and Safety, Funding and Development, and Marketing.

Introducing our Board Members:

Geof.jpg     Geof Shirtcliffe is a partner in the Wellington office of national law firm Chapman Tripp, specialising in corporate and securities law. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a board member of the Orpheus Choir, a previous president of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand and honorary solicitor to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.  Geof and his family have a long connection with the school: his grandfather and father were both pupils, as were Geof (1972-76) and his son, TJ (2011-14).   He has been a board member since 2013, becoming chair at the end of 2016.  Outside of professional, governance and family roles, Geof is a keen mountain biker and skier, an enthusiastic barbecuer, an eclectic reader and a poor but stubbornly committed student of blues and jazz guitar. 
 James C ed.jpg     James Coleman is a tax barrister practising in Wellington. He is on the boards of a number of small and mid-sized charities. He and his wife run St Mary's Silverstream which is an Anglican church in Silverstream.”
Jason.jpg     Jason Green has two sons at Wellesley. He is an Associate Director in the ANZ Debt Capital markets team. He has a finance and accounting background and is a chartered accountant.
Jeff.jpg     Jeff Healy is a Public Sector Director 

Kit Jackson has been on the Board of Trustees since September 2013 and has Oscar (OJ) and Charlie (CJ).  Oscar moved on to College at the end of 2017 and Charlie is currently in 6S.  Originally from England, he moved over to New Zealand in 2003 after serving as a British Army Officer for 10 years. He now owns and operates Capital Advice, a mortgage and insurance broking business on Lambton Quay. A keen sportsman (albeit now mainly an observer!) he is also the chair of the Wellesley College Foundation and is always open and available to discuss with parents about how they may be able to help with Foundation matters. 

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Matthew Allen is a director and owner of public policy consultancy, Allen + Clarke.  His company specialises in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy, regulation and programmes.  Matthew’s career has included a role in local government as an environmental health officer, liquor licensing inspector and enforcement officer, and policy and management roles in central government.  He has considerable experience in health policy and has a particular interest and continuing involvement in international tobacco control policy, and domestic alcohol and illicit drug policy.

 Matthew and Sally have three children: Emma, Harriet and Joshua who is in Year 6 at Wellesley.

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Matthew Mallett, our Deputy Chair, is a former old boy of Wellesley and currently has two sons attending the School. Matthew lives in Eastbourne and is a partner in law firm Morrison Mallett. In addition to his Board role, he is also a trustee of the Wellesley College Foundation.


Sharyn Mitchell is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ experience in the corporate sector.  She has one son at Wellesley and aside from being a taxi driver for him after school and on weekends enjoys triathlon and travel. 

Also attending BoT meetings are the following valued participants:

  • Brendan Pitman, Wellesley's Principal
  • Robert Cross, Wellesley's Business Manager
  • Staff Representative, Veronica Stevens (Year 5 teacher) Her depth of experience and common sense contributions are a definite asset in building links between the BoT and its employees.

Any parent interested in serving some time as a Board member at Wellesley is cordially invited to informally approach the Chair on