Chilton Honour Roll
Chilton Honour Roll Members
The Chilton Honour Roll was introduced in 2012 to honour past Chilton Saint James School alumnae or members of the Chilton community who have gone on to make a significant contribution to society at a national or international level in one of five categories:
Chilton Honour Roll Inductees
- Judith Hanratty for her contribution to Business
- Molly Haydn (née Macalister) for her contribution to the Arts (posthumous award)
- Penny Hunt (née Haworth) for her contribution to Sport
- Gwen Ryan for her contribution to Civic Service (posthumous award)
- Louise Ryan (née Stewart) for her contribution to the Academic field (posthumous award)
- Kerrin Vautier (née Christie) for her contribution to Business
- Chelsea Payne for outstanding Academic achievement and contribution to the global community
Both Judith Hanratty and Kerrin Vautier were inducted into the Chilton Honour Roll in 2013 at a special alumnae function for other women who attended the School during the 1950s and 1960s. Chelsea Payne received her award at an end of term function in Term One 2014.
Judith HanrattyOBE, CVO
Student from 1950 – 1960. Awarded in 2012 for her contribution to Business
From 1963 – 1986 Judith was a Wellington provincial women’s golf representative and 1970 national representative
In 1960’s when started LLB at VUW she was one of five women in an intake of about 90
Member of VUW Council 1977-86
2004 Retired as company secretary (1994-2004) and counsel to the board of BP in London. She played a key role in overhauling the organisation’s corporate governance and was involved in or led major acquisitions
2005 awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from VUW recognising her role in international business, education and law
Nominee of the Bank of England on the Council of Lloyd’s of London
Judith also served as both a Chilton and Employers Federation Board Member
In 2002 she was awarded an OBE for services to the oil and gas industry. In 2008 she was awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2008 New Year’s Honours, an award made personally by the Queen for service to the Monarchy
In 2005 the Dominion Post listed her as being “perhaps the highest achieving Kiwi woman in international business”
Currently chair of the Commonwealth Education Trust
Won the 2013 World Class New Zealand award for investment and business.
Molly Haydn (née Macalister)
Student from 1935 – 1937. Awarded posthumously in 2012 for her contribution to the Arts
Molly Chilton as a boarder in 1935 and was described by Principal, Miss FitzGerald as having remarkable natural ability in Drawing
She won several awards as a teenager and her work was exhibited in the Tate Gallery in London
Molly had several significant public sculpture commissions most notably the Maori Warrior on Auckland’s Queen Street (1964) and Little Bull’ (1967) in Hamilton Gardens ‘Sleeping Child’ statue has been a feature at Chilton for many years. It was her first work after Art School and was donated to Chilton in 1977
As a passionate advocate for sculpture at a time when very little was made or exhibited in New Zealand she became a founding member of the New Zealand Society of Sculptors and Associates (1961) and an honorary life member from 1979.
Penny Hunt (née Haworth)
Staff member from 1976 – 1999. Awarded in 2012 for her contribution to Sport
Penny is best known as a Commonwealth Games and Olympic Athlete representing New Zealand in the 1970, 1974, 1978 Commonwealth Games and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich
As a sprinter she ran in the 100, 200, 400, 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 events but it was the 400m race that was her specialist event
Her personal best for 400m was 52.66 and the 4x400m Relay record of 3m 37.5s that was set at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch remains unbroken
She has been the chairperson of the Wellington Committee of the Olympian Club
She has been instrumental in a project to record and number all New Zealand Olympians
She continues to work as a senior teacher of Social Studies and Geography at the Correspondence School, where she has worked since 1999. She is described as being passionate about encouraging and supporting kids to achieve and is actively involved within the school.
Student from 1985 – 1998, Deputy Head Girl and Dux. Awarded for her outstanding Academic Achievement and Contribution to the Global Community
Awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford where she completed a Masters in Law in African Studies.
Named best speaker at the national schools debating tournament before going on to represent New Zealand at the 1999 Debating World Championships in London. Represented Victoria University at World Universities Debating Championships on three further occasions.
She has worked as the Country Representative of The Carter Center in Liberia where she led a programme on access to justice. Chelsea has worked in the Ministry of Justice in Liberia and in the Serious Crimes Unit in Timor-Leste.
Working as a Rule of Law Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations based in New York.
Principal from 1956 – 1961. Awarded posthumously in 2012 for her contribution to Civic Service
Miss Ryan came to Chilton as Principal in May 1956 where she undertook a huge building programme to upgrade both existing buildings and boarding/staff/dining quarters.
She gave the School Houses their current names. Houses were named after women who had made a significant contribution to the School’s history.
Louise was the Founding President of the Wellington branch of the Federation of University Women
She was also heavily involved with the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) serving 15 years on the executive with three years as its first female president from 1975 – 1978. She was made a Life Member in 1987
After Chilton she went on to do voluntary work teaching English in China for many years for which she was awarded a QSO for her services to the United Nations Association and New Zealand/China relations.
Louise Ryan (née Stewart)
Student from 1937 – 1947. Awarded posthumously in 2012 for her contribution to the Academic Field
Dr Louise Ryan made a significant contribution to academic research into osteoporosis
At school she was awarded the coveted White Triangle on her heraldic shield – awarded for “Thoroughness, Accuracy and Reliability”. She later became the President and then Treasurer of the Chilton Old Girls’ Association during the 1970s-‘80s
After completing her B.Sc. majoring in Chemistry, and M.Sc.(Hons.) majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at Canterbury University College Louise moved to London where she undertook a PhD at University of London into the Microradiographic study of the mineral content of bone tissue
Louise served on a number of community committees including the Eastbourne Branch of Red Cross where she served as Branch Treasurer and Meals and Wheels co-ordinator for nearly 19 years. This work led to her being awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Red Cross in 2008
As a long-term supporter for the Women’s Electoral lobby she became deeply involved in the campaign for electoral reform and was a staunch proponent of MMP for which she was a joint recipient of The Wallace Award, in recognition of her significant contribution to public understanding of electoral matters
Her strong social conscience led her to be a Founding member and Treasurer of the SHE Trust, an organisation that helps disadvantaged women in the Hutt Valley into tertiary education by providing scholarships
As part of the National Council of Women of New Zealand’s Parliamentary Watch Committee she was involved in writing and presenting many submissions on women’s issues to Select Committees over 15 years.
Kerrin Vautier (née Christie)
Student from 1953 – 1962. Awarded in 2012 for her contribution to Business
Kerrin Vautier’s professional roles have spanned the public and private sectors as well as academia and charitable organizations. Kerrin began her career on the research staff of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, before becoming an independent consulting research economist based in Auckland. At that time she also started a 35 year relationship with the University of Auckland in various roles including inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Asia Institute and senior part-time lecturer in both the Department of Commercial Law and the Law School, teaching competition law and policy at Masters and undergraduate levels
She spent five years as a member of the Commerce Commission and in 2001 was appointed a Lay Member of the High Court under the Commerce Act, a role she continues to hold
She has published widely, including two books co-authored with her Stage I Economics Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, on international trade and competition policy in the Asia Pacific Region
Kerrin has been on Boards of Fletcher Challenge; Fletcher Building; News & Media NZ; Norwich Union; State Insurance; and Deloitte. She was a foundation member of the Asia 2000 Foundation and for many years a member of the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), the only non-government international organization with ex officio membership of APEC
In addition to chairing the NZ Committee of PECC for many years, she has chaired the Board of Trustees of the NZ Institute of Economic Research and currently chairs the Auckland City Mission and the Musica Sacra Trust, as well as being a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
In 1993 she was awarded the Queen’s honour of CMG, for services to business and Economics.