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:
Richard FrancisBoard of Trustees Chair
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 8) 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 BourneDeputy Chair, Bishop's Representative
Richard is Chief Executive for Liverton Security Limited, a Wellington-based cyber security business he co-founded in 2000. Liverton Security provides technically innovative software products into New Zealand government as well as local and international businesses. He is a long-term resident of 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 one of the pianist for the Sunday morning All Saints Belmont service. He has served on a number of music and technology related boards including past chair of the Wellington Youth Orchestra board. He has two step- daughters at Chilton, an older daughter studying Music at university, his son and step-son both 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.
Kaylee joined the Chilton St James Board in 2012. She is a proud Chilton Old Girl and Head Girl, having attended Chilton from 1998 – 2004. After graduating Kaylee went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management with Honours at Victoria University. While studying, Kaylee was the Deputy Chair of a youth-led Charitable Leadership Trust, ON THE EDGE, which provides networking opportunities and training for Wellington Secondary School leaders. Kaylee has also served on the Ronald McDonald House Wellington Board.
Kaylee is passionate about all things brand and marketing and has worked with and for some of New Zealand’s top brands. Kaylee currently holds the position of Director, Brand and Design at Education New Zealand; a Government Agency responsible for the growth of international education in New Zealand.
Kaylee is excited to recently join the Chilton preschool music programme with her one year old son.
Chris is co-owner of Video communication specialists – sauce.
After two years as a Chilton St James trustee he’s excited about the school’s potential and continued growth in the Arts, Sport and Academic areas.
Married to Jo they have 4 children and have been Chilton parents since 2006. Allegra graduated from CPIT in Christchurch with a Performing Arts degree in 2016. Tara is currently in year 12. Nathan is a past pupil and Elliot is in Year 10 at HIBS.
Chris is passionate about Sports (football) and the 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 and President of Stop Out Sports Club where he has been President for ten years.
“Chilton St James School is and will remain one of the country’s top private schools. Our school has strong leadership and a positive, inclusive culture. It’s incredibly humbling to be given the responsibility and trust to help plot the course for the Chilton’s future direction”.
Catherine is a practicing barrister and solicitor currently managing 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 daughters who have both been at Chilton since starting at Preschool.
MSc, BSc (Hons), IEng
Ben currently works as Group Manager Strategic Development in the New Zealand Aviation Security Service (Avsec). Within his role Ben is responsible for setting and developing the organisational strategic direction for Avsec. This includes identifying strategic and operational technology developments from around the World and the subsequent implement of these in a way that fits a New Zealand context. In conjunction with his strategic portfolio, Ben manages Avsec capital expenditure budget as part of overseeing new technology projects and programmes.
Ben’s previous role was Manager Safety Investigation Unit at Civil Aviation Authority, a role he held from August 2012 until October 2014. In this role he was responsible for aircraft crash and safety investigations throughout New Zealand. Prior to this he served with distinction as an Engineering Officer in numerous roles with the Royal Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
He has a Masters of Science (Merit) specialising in Engineering Management, from Portsmouth University and a Batchelor of Science (1st Class Honours) specialising in Engineering Management, from Lincoln University, United Kingdom.
Ben is married to Jo and they have been Chilton parents since 2016, with both of their daughters currently enrolled. Jessica-May in year 8 within the Middle School and Matilda “Tilly”, in year 4 of the Primary School. Ben and Jo have been impressed by the opportunities and support afforded to Jessica-May and Tilly since their time at Chilton and are looking forward to being able to continue to positively contribute towards Chilton’s exciting future ahead.
Juanita Te KaniMember
Juanita is Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga and her children have whakapapa to Ngati Porou. Juanita is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and has spent the last 20 years as a public servant. She has recently started a new role leading the Ministry of Youth Development. An exciting role that brings together her passion for unlocking the potential of our youth with her strength of partnering with others to achieve the best outcomes for our communities. Being on the Board at Chilton really speaks to her strengths and she offers enormous value through her experience in this sector.
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
Bcom, GradDip Professional Accounting