BOT Chair Mike Lay
I was co opted onto the Board in February 2013 and later that year became Chairman following the BOT elections. I have had two daughters attend Christchurch Girls' High and Acland House, with one daughter moving onto University this year and the other in Year 11.
I am a Chartered Accountant and own a rural based practice in Selwyn where we currently live. Aside from my involvement in business and Girls High, I am also a passionate sports follower and Chair the Selwyn Sports Trust and am an independent Director on the Canterbury Rugby Football Union.
Deputy Chair Paul Commons
My wife, Averill and I have current and past connections with the school, and our daughter is in the Senior School. I was raised and educated locally.
I have worked professionally in the UK, US, and Australia. My family have enjoyed their experiences of education systems both locally and internationally.
I have many years of experience leading large construction projects in both private and public sectors, and national businesses, including large work forces, many locations and diverse customers.
My current challenge is leading the repair and repair of 6000 earthquake damaged houses, the homes for 20,000 social housing tenants in Christchurch.
CGHS is a school of many fine traditions and has a reputation of excellence. I strongly value education both in personal development and in professional life.
A quality high school education represents both good academic success and the development of well rounded, mature and engaging personalities.
CGHS has a fine teaching staff, the Board’s role is to support the teaching team and school management to maintain high standards.
Louise is married to Richard Smith and has 2 daughters, Maddie is at Otago University and Kate is at CGHS in Year 12. Her past roles include Secondary Teacher, Regional Manager Sport Canterbury, Training Manager Christchurch Casino, Organisational Development Manager for City Care and she was the Centre Manager for Westfield Riccarton Mall, including managing the $80m redevelopment in 2008/09. Currently, Louise is a Human Resources and Recruitment Consultant at Sheffield SI Ltd. Louise’s approach is very practical, professional and down to earth and she brings to her work a sound understanding of the principles of leadership, human resources and business operations. Louise enjoys cycling in her spare time.
I was elected onto the board following the 2016 elections, after being co-opted in 2015 to provide specialist support, as a registered architect, on our Rebuild Program. I have two daughters at CGHS, my eldest began in 2014 and my youngest begun her CGHS journey in 2016.
I have gained much governance experience from various positions on boards in both an educational setting and in a professional capacity in the past, and am currently the owner and director of a successful full service Architectural Practice.
I consider my professional knowledge and specialist skillset to be an asset that can be utilized whilst serving on the BOT and look forward to the opportunities that may arise where I can provide a unique insight.
Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, dining out and watching sport, especially cricket in the summer.
Staff Trustee Rob Frier
I have been a member of staff at Christchurch Girls' High School since January 2011 and am the Head of Department for Graphics and Product Design. I have been teaching since 1997 in a variety of secondary schools in Auckland, Christchurch and overseas in the UK.
As well as a passionate interest in architecture and product design education, outside the school I am an outdoor activity enthusiast and try to enjoy our wonderful New Zealand back country as much as possible. Much of my time is also taken up in sporting activities from endurance events to volleyball.
I was elected into the role of Staff Representative on the BOT in June 2016.
Student Trustee Emma Wotherspoon
I’m the Student Representative for the Board of Trustees. I’m in my final year of high school and I can therefore accurately represent the student body due to my years of experience in many areas at Girls’ High.
I have an interest in improving school life for all and I want this school to be a fun and safe place where students feel they have an active voice in all aspects of their education. My goal is to ensure that each student has a rewarding and holistic experience here as I truly believe that the opportunities that are offered to our students are unique and make our school so special.
I look forward to working on the future plan for Girls’ High in terms of the rebuild of its buildings and our continual improvements in student achievement.
Principal Pauline Duthie