Our Board of Trustees
Chilton is governed by a Board of Trustees. In its governance role the Board is responsible for the on-going financial viability of the School. It develops and maintains a vision for the School and is responsible for the policies and strategies that will attain that vision.
The Board is responsible for the appointment of the Principal, to whom they delegate the management of the School. Together in partnership, the Board and the Principal are responsible for the leadership of the School.
The Chilton Board is a skills-based Board, not a representative Board. As and when vacancies arise, potential Trustees are nominated who possess the skills and experience required by the Board at that time. Board members are appointed to serve a three year term and may be invited to serve a second three year term. The maximum term of office is normally six years.
The work of the Board is supported by the following sub-committees: Finance, Human Resources and Strategy and Operations.
Our current Board members:
Michelle LupingBoard of Trustees Chair
A management consultant, with a focus on business architecture, change and transformation coupled with a legal background, Michelle joined the Chilton Board in September 2008.
Appointed as Deputy Chair in 2010 she took on the role of Chair in May 2011. Michelle has experience and skills that span the corporate, finance, commercial and legal domains. She has practiced in areas of project and programme management, strategic partnering and outsourcing relationship management in her roles at Contact Energy and was formerly Legal Counsel and Assistant Company Secretary for Westpac Banking Corporation.
Married to Patrick Quirke and mother of one current and one past Chilton student, Michelle is a Chilton Old Girl and former Head Girl herself. She is also a past President of the Chilton Old Girls’ Association.
A Chilton girl through and through – Michelle is a firm advocate of the Fitz belief system that founded the school almost 100 years ago and a firm believer in the school’s motto ‘Possumus’ We are able.
Scott ThorneDeputy Chair, Chair of the Finance Committee
Scott is the General Manager Strategy at NZ Bus, and is responsible for the core commercial and stakeholder relationships, property portfolio and strategic programme. Prior to this role Scott was Chief Financial Officer at NZ Bus, responsible for financial management, governance and risk management, IT and contribution to leadership and strategic direction of the business. NZ Bus is the largest public transport operator in New Zealand, running over 1,000 buses, employing 2,000 staff and earning revenues in excess of $200 million.
Prior to NZ Bus, Scott worked in many other commercial enterprises in both commercial and financial positions, starting his career with PwC in audit and advisory.
Scott is currently chairman of the SwimZone Racing Club, the Hutt Valley’s largest competitive swimming club and one of the top 15 clubs in the country. He has a keen interest in sport, participating and coaching football and cricket for many years.
Married to Karen, Scott has two daughters who attended Chilton and a son.
For the past five years Greg has focused on the establishment of forests either for inclusion in the NZ government carbon compliance scheme or for voluntary offsetting purposes for large NZ based entities. A background in financial markets along with development projects in electricity and carbon ensures Greg brings a unique skill set to the Chilton board.
Greg’s involvement with Chilton started in 1999 when the first of his three daughters started at the school and currently his youngest daughter is in Year 13. Since that time, he has been an avid supporter of the school and in particular the school sporting teams – having refereed and coached basketball for a number of years.
A keen sportsman himself, Greg is President of a local kayak club and coaches kayaking as well as enjoying multisport when time allows. He believes he has another Coast to Coast left in him – and maybe even more than one.
Jennie HoadleyChair HR Committee
MIntSy (Distinction), MPlanPrac (Hons), BA, Dip Tchg, VRD
Jennie was appointed to the Chilton Board of Trustees in early 2015. She has a breadth of experience across a range of fields including local government, the arts, sports, resource management, project work, administration and the military. She is a former elected member of the Auckland Regional Council and former Commanding Officer of HMNZS NGAPONA, the Naval Reserve unit in Auckland. She is currently the senior instructor of Command, Leadership and Management at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College. Jennie is a family focussed military officer who is passionate about education and is delighted to have the opportunity to utilise her experience on the Chilton Board to help fulfil the school’s vision.
Jennie is married to Wayne Andrew and they have three children, two of whom are at Chilton in years 11 and 9, and one who is attending Hutt International Boys School in year 7. She enjoys participating in and attending musical, cultural and sporting events with her family and is looking forward to learning more about and serving the Chilton school community.
A proud Chilton Old Girl, Kaylee Butters (nee Donald) attended Chilton from 1998 – 2004, and became Head Girl in her final year. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Marketing and Management and a Management Honours degree at Victoria University. While studying, Kaylee was the Deputy Chairman of a youth led Charitable Leadership Trust, ON THE EDGE, which provides networking opportunities and training for Wellington Secondary School leaders. She joined the Chilton Board in 2012.
Kaylee is passionate about all things brand and marketing. She has held several marketing positions including Global Brand Marketing Project Manager at Icebreaker, Brand Manager at Chilli Marketing and more recently International Brand Manager at Education New Zealand. She also sits on the Board of Trustees at Ronald McDonald House Wellington.
She enjoys travelling, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Currently employed as the Head of Operational Marketing for a large multinational company based in Wellington, Brendan has a proven track record in developing and implementing marketing and communications plans and strategies to achieve positive commercial outcomes. With extensive management experience, Brendan has held a number of senior roles with a wide variety of leading organisations, including DB Breweries, McDonald’s New Zealand and Guthrie Bowron.
Brendan currently has two daughters at Chilton and is a firm believer in the school’s philosophy. He is personally committed to spreading the word about Chilton and ensuring that as many students as possible benefit from the unique Chilton experience.
In addition to work and spending time with his wife Lilian and daughters, Brendan enjoys running around the hills of Eastbourne.
Richard BourneMember, Bishop's Representative
Richard is Chief Technology Officer for Lucent Technology, a Wellington-based technology business he co-founded in 2000 to provide technically innovative software products to New Zealand government, local and international businesses. He is a long-term resident in Wellington having grown up and worked in the region.
Richard joined the Chilton Board in 2015 as Bishop’s representative. He is an active member of St James’ Church where he is a pianist for the Sunday morning service music group. He has served on a number of music and technology related boards including past chair of the Wellington Youth Orchestra board. He has two children; his daughter was a past Chilton student and is now at university and his son attends Hutt International Boys’ School.
Richard is passionate about technology, how it can be used for education and to improve everyday life. He enjoys most forms of music, technical innovations and spending time with friends and family.
Chris is co-owner of Video Communication company – Sauce.
Married to Jo, they have four children and have been Chilton parents since 2006. Allegra graduated from CPIT in Christchurch with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2016 and Tara is currently in Year 9.
Nathan is a past pupil and Elliot is currently studying at HIBS.
Chris is passionate about both Sport (football) and the Performing Arts.
He is a life member of Capital Football where he spent 9 years on the Board including two as Chair. He is a life member of Stop Out Sports Club and has been President for nine years.
Chris joins the Chilton Board at what he sees an exciting, but crucial time in the school’s renaissance..
With the upcoming centenary and positive initiatives such as the Ballet Academy it’s a perfect opportunity to grow and develop Chilton further as one of the region’s and country’s top schools.
Richard MacmanusMemberRichard is an author and the founder of technology blog ReadWriteWeb. He led the site from 2003-2012, during which time he built it into one of the top ten blogs in the world at its peak. ReadWriteWeb was syndicated to the New York Times website from 2008-2011. The business had over twenty people working for it, nearly all of whom were based in the US. Richard managed the business from his home office in Lower Hutt, until its sale to a San Francisco media company at the end of 2011. During the years he ran the site, Richard developed a global reputation for articulating what’s next in technology and what it means for society.
Richard is currently working on his second science fiction novel about the future of technology.He is also an angel investor and startup advisor.Richard is married to Vic and his daughter is currently in Year 11 at Chilton.