The 2016 Board Of Trustees

Mr Charles Roos

(Chairman)

Mr Roos was elected to the Board in 2010. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 25 years’ experience, both locally and overseas. Mr Roos was born on the North Shore and other than four years spent living in the United Kingdom, has always lived here. He and his wife Helen have two children, one in Year 13 at Rangitoto College, and one who graduated from the College in 2014.

Mr Mike Shaw

(Vice Chairman)

Mr Shaw has experience in science, education, public relations and marketing. He is currently the Communications Manager for Plant & Food Research and studying part-time towards his MBA at AUT University. Mr Shaw was also the recipient of a 2016 NZSTA Study Award and will be completing the Institute of Directors Essentials of Governance Programme.

Mr Shaw has lived on the North Shore since 2005 and together with his wife Katrina has four children. Two of which are currently attending Rangitoto College, a son in Year 10, and daughter in Year 12.

Dr Naseem Ameer Ali

(Parent Representative)

Dr Ameer Ali is a construction industry professional qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, Accredited Mediator, Adjudicator and Arbitrator. He has worked in the construction industries in the United Kingdom and Malaysia and is now a Senior Lecturer at Massey University.

His wife, Nazimah, lectures in Food Science at AUT University, and they have four children. They are all two years apart at school with three attending Rangitoto College and one still to come. Trying to keep up with his children, he swims every day.

Ms Sylvia Heywood

(Parent Representative)

Ms Heywood is the Academic Manager at Professional IQ College. She has worked in the New Zealand tertiary education sector for the last 16 years. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from Massey University and a Diploma in Training Management gained in the UK. She has a strong quality assurance background and is passionate about education and training.

Ms Heywood’s daughter is married and lives in Australia. Ms Heywood is married to James who is an Electrician at Downer New Zealand. They have lived on the North Shore for the last 12 years and enjoy hosting international students.

Mr Rodney Knight

(Parent Representative)

Mr Knight is currently the Head of Compliance and Risk at Public Trust. His career has been in the Finance sector, working at The Treasury and then BNZ before joining Public Trust. His experience includes treasury, risk management, corporate banking and various forms of specialised finance. He is also mentors young professionals through industry bodies.

Mr Knight and his wife Lynley have three children, two of which are current pupils at Rangitoto College. He strongly believes in the importance of both academic and co-curricular achievement. His desire to serve on the Board of Trustees is best illustrated by his own school’s motto: “Accept the light and pass it on".

Mr John Fowler

(Co-opted Member)

Mr Fowler is a Senior Solicitor specialising in dispute resolution at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.  He and his fiance recently returned from a two year stint of work and travel overseas to settle in Auckland.  Both of them recognise the support they have received in the past and are passionate about giving back to the community.  Mr Fowler appreciated the influence schools have in shaping Auckland's community and culture.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball and gardening.

Mr James Searle

(Staff Representative)

Mr Searle is currently in his forth year as a teacher at Rangitoto College.  He previously taught History for three years and was a Dean at Rangitoto College before a four year hiatus in the United Kingdom.  Whilst abroad he continued to teach History in central London while traveling throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.  Upon his return to the College he has taken up the role of Curriculum Leader of History and is once again coaching rugby, which he is very passionate about.

He grew up on the North Shore and currently resides in Kumeu with his partner Kara.  He is currently training for the upcoming triathlon season.

Mr Joon Im

(Student Representative)

Mr Im is a Year 12 student at Rangitoto College, involved in a number of groups at the College including Orchestra, the Fundamentals Choir, Debating, Duke of Edinburgh and the school production.  In September he traveled to Cambodia as part of the 2016 house building group.  As an aspiring and enthusiastic individual, he also occupies a number of leadership positions such as being one of the Year 12 student leaders, Amnesty International leader and 2016 student representative on the Health and Safety Committee.  As well as heavily contributing to the College community, he individually strives to maintain good academic results such as being one of the Top 20 Academic Scholars for 2015 NCEA results.

Mr David Hodge

(Principal)

Mr Hodge was appointed Principal of Rangitoto College with effect from 1 February 2006. He was previously Principal at Tamaki College for seven years, where he was recipient of a Woolf Fisher Fellowship. Mr Hodge is a board member of the AUT Millennium Operating Trust and a member of the Education NZ Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Global Connections International Principals Group. Mr Hodge has been a presenter, facilitator and mentor in the New Zealand First Time Principals training programme, part of the Reference Group for the Ministry of Education's e-learning policy, and the University of Auckland's research into school leadership.

Mrs Caroline Thomas

(Board Secretary)

Mrs Thomas joined the College as Principals PA and BOT Secretary in August 2016.  Prior to this, she was at Scots College in Wellington for 3 years as the Headmasters PA and BOT Secretary, after returning home from 12 years in London where she worked in the Investment Banking sector as a PA and Business Manager.  Mrs Thomas is married and has 2 children.

Board meetings are public meetings which anyone is entitled to attend with prior arrangement through the Board Secretary. Members of the public can also request a copy of the meeting minutes by emailing Mrs Thomas.

For all enquiries in regards to the Board of Trustees please contact Mrs Thomas or phone (64-9) 477-0150.