BOT Chair Julian Bowden
Julian was elected to the board following the 2016 elections as a Parent Representative and has been on the Resources Committee since then. Julian has also Chaired this committee since the start of 2018. He has 2 daughters at the school, Sophie in year 12 and Emily in year 10. Julian has been involved in several private commercial businesses and brings the knowledge and skill set gained during this time to his new role.
Currently the CEO of Mainland Football, he is also able to draw on the many experiences and insights from the sports sector to see how the concepts and processes cross over into the Education sector. He values the ability of the school to empower young women through academic, sporting, and cultural activities that will help prepare them for life after Christchurch Girls’ High School – Te Kura o Hine Waiora.
Deputy Chair Jennifer Goldsmith
I was invited to join the school board in 2017 and am also a member of the resources committee.
My daughter, Gabby, started at CGHS in 2016, and through her involvement with this school I sought out the opportunity to serve as a trustee.
I was lucky enough to attend a state girls school, as an out of zone student, and have always been grateful for the excellent education I received there, but more importantly for the inspiration and confidence the school and its teachers gave to me as a young woman.
Now, as a company lawyer and director, I understand the importance of good governance and see this role as an opportunity to share my experience with the board and support the achievement of the school's vision for our girls. On a personal level I want my daughter to be part of a school which she can be proud of, and to be able to look back at her time here and appreciate the opportunities and strength this school and its teachers gave to her.
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.
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.
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 Isla Clarkson
Having been a student at CGHS for 3 years now and being lucky enough to be elected as the student representative on the board for 2018-2019, I am excited to fulfil my role in the upcoming year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my CGHS experience and I am optimistic about the next 2 years and hope to make a positive difference on the Board of Trustees.
Acting Principal Peter Sawyer