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 the Board since the start of 2018. He has had 2 daughters at the school, Sophie who has now headed to university and Emily in year 13. 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 Equestrian Sports New Zealand 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 Sally Nicholas
I was elected to the board at the recent 2019 elections as a parent representative. I am also serving as a member on the Acland committee. My daughter Hannah is currently in year 12 and is a boarder at Acland-the school’s boarding hostel and we have a son in year 7. My wife and I are very involved with the Acland House Parents association. After serving on the Hororata primary school BOT for 10 years of which I was chair for 9, I decided to stand for the board of CGHS.
After graduating from Lincoln University where I studied Agricultural science and farm management I pursued a career in agriculture. I am a farmer and managing director of Dunfield Farming Ltd, a large specialist beef and lamb finishing operation focussing on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of high quality beef and lamb to the world.
I really enjoy following our kids sport whether it be coaching, administration or just as a supporter. In my spare time I enjoy numerous different outdoor activities.
As an old boy of OBHS I have a very good understanding and appreciation of the history, traditions and benefits of single sex schools. I think that it is vital that we continue to encourage and foster strongly these traditions and the pride that the young women already express in brand CGHS. It is the board and the school’s responsibility to provide the platform, resources and opportunities to facilitate the best possible outcomes for all students in the school. I am committed to working within a team to continue to provide and enhance the already high academic standards that the girls of CGHS achieve and to ensure that we continue to provide outstanding opportunities for all student in a positive and inclusive learning environment.
Co-opted Trustee Yo Gulliver
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Ke Yohanna Merito Gulliver taku ingoaYo was co-opted on to the board as the whanau representative in 2019. Yo has 4 children, 2 daughters at CGHS, currently in year 11 and 12. Yo has been involved in her childrens' schools supporting things Maori. Yo has a family business with her husband and previously managed multiple businesses. She values manaakitanga and whanaunatanga for all students at CGHS.
Co-opted Trustee Rosalind (Ros) Robertson
I have been co-opted onto the board of trustees from the "Old Girls Association"where I have been a committee member for over 10 years.
I have had an association with the school for over fifty years, in my dual roles of being a past pupil and also a parent.I was a boarder at Acland House ( along with my 3 sisters) when the school was located in Cranmer Square, while my daughters attended the school at its present site.My occupation is a registered nurse and currently I am a Children's outreach nurse, which involves seeing children with ongoing health problems in their home environment.The reason I have accepted this appointment is that I would like to assist the school to continue to grow and further develop in the coming years.
Co-opted Trustee David King
David was appointed to the board in August 2021. Married to a CGHS old girl, he has been involved with the school since 2016 when his eldest daughter started in year 9, and he has two daughters in year 10. He has been a member of the CGHS rowing committee for four years, and is a passionate supporter of the school and the opportunities it offers its students. David's background is in journalism and public relations in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and he is Corporate Affairs Manager at Ryman Healthcare. He is also a board member of Alzheimers New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Co-opted Trustee Lesley Vehekite
Lesley was elected to the board in August 2021 as a parent representative. Lesley was born and raised in Tonga, then migrated to New Zealand at the age of 15 to 1987 for better life. Lesley became a New Zealand Citizen in Oct 1992. Currently Lesley is a Business Advisor for Pacific Island Businesses. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Applied Management Majoring in Accounting and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprises. Lesley advocates passionately for her people, she sees gaps in many areas. Her areas of focus are education, employment, healthy, and equity. Lesley has two daughters at CGHS, and she believes in equity, fairness, and partnership between parents and the school. Lesley also sits in the CDHB Tamariki Ora Well Child Steering Group and the SDBH After Hours Care Board representing the Consumers.
Staff Trustee Alastair Blyth
Student Trustee - Hawwa Niyaz
As the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees, my main objective is to ensure that I am representing the entire student body within school governance. This means that I will represent and channel the opinions of all year levels to make sure that the students have a voice so that the outcomes can benefit the entire school community. Being able to contribute to the livelihood of the school by representing the students is an honour I will diligently uphold, and one where I hope to make CGHS flourish into the best place it can be.
Principal Christine O'Neill