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.
Richard BourneDeputy Chair, 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.
Scott ThorneChair 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 also 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 studying at Victoria University.
A proud Chilton Old Girl, having attended Chilton from 1998 – 2004, Kaylee 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. Kaylee enjoys travelling, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Chris is co-owner of Video Communication company – sauce. 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.
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 nine 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.
Richard is founder and CEO of Spotlight Reporting, a fast-growth business intelligence software company for leading accounting firms globally. Spotlight Reporting has 50 staff in Australia, the UK, Canada, the US and New Zealand and was Xero’s App Partner of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.
Richard has also worked as a General Manager for Xero (2012-14), having had a software business acquired in 2012. Prior to founding Spotlight, Richard was in public practice as a Chartered Accountant, starting his career with BDO in the early 1990’s and running their Consultancy Services function, before moving to the UK for 4 years. On returning to NZ in 2001, Richard and Julie founded ‘boutique’ advisory practice Francis Consulting, focusing on Virtual CFO and strategic services.
Richard has been an active Board Member of other organisations, including SilverStripe (a successful software company that has major customers including the New Zealand Government and Westpac), as Chairman of Peoples Coffee (Wellington’s pioneer Fair Trade roastery), and the Sustainable Business Network (Central). Richard is also an angel investor in a number of NZ-based start-ups.
Hannah Francis (Year 7) has been a Chilton girl since pre-school and was the inaugural Head Girl of the Primary school. The Francis family is passionate about Chilton, it’s current trajectory and future potential.
Richard 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 a part-time angel investor and startup advisor. Richard has a daughter, Rosabelle currently in Year 11 at Chilton.
Catherine is a practicing barrister and solicitor currently employed in the litigation team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.
Catherine is an experienced advocate primarily specialising in criminal law. After graduation, she initially worked as an auditor gaining her Chartered Accountant designation before moving to the law.
Catherine believes in a rounded education which reflects the individual needs and talents of our young people, whilst instilling values of kindness and confidence, and celebrating success. Catherine lives locally and has two children in the Primary School who have both been at Chilton since starting at Preschool.
A Chilton old girl, Fleur holds a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, alongside a certificate in Journalism from Wellington Polytechnic and certificates in Marketing and Nutrition.
As a former award-winning journalist and now award-winning PR practitioner, Fleur is recognised as one of the country’s most in-demand and successful public relations consultants. She launched her business Impact PR in 2006, representing numerous blue-chip clients. Fleur is also a former Board member for Variety the Children’s Charity.
Fleur lives in Auckland with her husband Mark and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, entertaining friends, travel and spending time with her family.
BEd, Dip Tchg
Kathy commenced her teaching as a Primary school teacher having completed teacher training and spending an extra year to finish her Bachelors degree. During that time, she completed a double major in order to foster her love of English literature and drama.Three years of teaching Primary students and with the honour of a year with New Entrants, Kathy realised that her plan of moving up the levels to secondary having gained a firm pedagogical base of other levels, was never going to happen and thus she jumped overnight to secondary teaching at Hilcrest High School. Three years later, she received her first promotion and became a Head of Drama at Cambridge High School where she also developed an interest in film and ran a small studio. Having worked extensively with teacher trainees in her classrooms, Kathy was seconded to the University of Waikato to lecture in English, Drama and Film and was fortunate to gain tenure after one year. For six years, Kathy was incredibly motivated to provide the best teacher training that she could and even broke protocol by going into schools to demonstrate for her trainees. During those six years, Kathy returned to another area of interest and performed in dozens of shows that ranged from drama to musicals.A new partnership led to Kathy moving to Auckland and going back into a school as a Head of Drama at Kristin. It was around this time that Senior College was set up in Auckland Central and the lure of a senior secondary school was too hard to resist. In the ensuing 19 years, she became a Dean, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and then served as Principal for eleven years. She had always been someone who made timely educational changes and usually this was after about six years. However, in order to leave Senior College there had to be a school that fulfilled her values and had the right ethos. It took a long time to find the perfect place and she is delighted to be a member of the Chilton Saint James family. Kathy has a genuine passion for the education of young women and looks forward to the challenges ahead. Equally, she looks forward to meeting the students and their respective families.
Mark BoydBusiness Director
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