Board of Trustees (BOT)

Board of Trustees (BOT)

All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

The Holy Family Catholic School Board of Trustees is made up of proprietors’ representatives and parent elected members. The parent elected trustees are elected by the parent community and staff members. The proprietors’ representatives are appointed by the Bishop of the Dunedin diocese. The principal is also a member of the board. The board can also co-opt additional trustees.

Our school has 12 trustees comprising of 4 proprietors’ reps, 5 parent elected reps, the principal and a staff rep. To contact the BOT please email the secretary Gráinne Power: and state BOT business in the message by-line.

Jo McKay, Principal

Principal Jo McKay has enjoyed 17 years as an educator, 16 of these in Senior Management.

Building on her B. Ed in Teaching and certificate in Catechetical Studies from Otago University, Jo commenced her teaching career in Whakatane at St Joseph’s. She taught there for three years before moving into the role of Deputy Principal of Saint Paul’s Catholic School in Nelson, where she was subsequently appointed Acting Principal for a period of time.

After nearly a decade in Nelson, Jo and her husband Grant and two daughters, moved down to Wanaka at the beginning of 2014 when she took up the role of Principal at Holy Family.

Jo has recently been awarded leadership level in Catholic Education, is the current President of the Otago Southland Catholic Primary Principals’ Association and an Executive member of Central Otago Principals' Association. Jo is also sharing her expertise as a Mentor to First Time Principal's.

Jo grew up in Otematata and boarded at St. Kevin's College for her secondary education.

Rebecca McElrea, Chairperson

Growing up in Milton, I have been coming to Wanaka and the surrounds for family holidays most of my life and always thought it would be a great place to live permanently. Twelve years ago, my husband Kent and I realised this dream when we moved to Tarras. We have two boys, Sam and Tom who are in Year 1 and Year 2 at Holy Family.

After high school, I went to University of Otago leaving with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Politics and History.

I have been working for local government most of my working career in the areas of community development, economic development and tourism development and continue to contract back to councils and regional tourism organisations in these areas with my own business.

We love the school community and the values that are being taught to our children on a daily basis at Holy Family. I am excited to be able to contribute to our school governance and assist in supporting our children to achieve the best they can while providing as many opportunities as possible for them.

Tim Brewster

"Originally from Dunedin I've been in Wanaka permanently since 2002. Prior to that I spent a couple of decades chasing the snow as a ski instructor, first starting at Cardrona in the late 1980's. I still work there over winter and combine that with freelance writing work for digital marketing projects and publications.

I originally trained as a journalist at AUT and have worked in various community news roles in the Wanaka area and elsewhere. Outside of work I've been involved in a number of community activities helping with sporting and fundraising events, acting in local drama productions, mountain biking and paddle boarding.

My children, Jake and Estelle, both benefit in a number of ways from the fantastic community that is HFW and I'm glad I have an opportunity to help contribute to the school's ongoing development and governance."

Tim Davis

After growing up on a farm in Tarras, Tim was educated in Christchurch, leaving university with a Degree and PG Dip in Commerce.

His international career as an interest rate derivative and foreign exchange trader then took him to Sydney, Singapore, London and New York, and he has now returned back to his hometown.Tim has three children with wife Julieanne - Hugh (8), Samuel (6) and Ellie (2) and has enjoyed his community board involvement for Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre, where he is the past chairperson and current treasurer.

When not on the farm, he enjoys boating, sports and travelling.

Father Martin Flannery

“I'm originally from Poolburn in the Ida Valley and was one of six children. My Mother now lives in Alexandra and I have 11 nieces and nephews - the youngest currently finishing high school in Invercargill.

I attended Poolburn School then St Kevin’s College in Oamaru, before farming for five years in the Ida Valley and representing Otago for rugby and Central Otago in cricket. From there, I went on to work and play rugby in the Counties region (I still love sport today, and play golf in my spare time).

After travelling overseas for two years, I started my studies for the Priesthood at Holy Cross College, Mosgiel in 1987, and was ordained in Alexandra in 1992. Since then I’ve worked in parishes and schools in Dunedin, Oamaru, Queenstown and Invercargill before coming to Cromwell/Wanaka in April 2016.

I am a Bishop’s Representative on the Board, with my role to support the Special Character and to support and encourage students, teachers and families in whatever way I can.”

Jane Hamilton

“I am a newly appointed Proprietor Representative and I look forward to liaising between our supportive Catholic parish and our great school.

Born and raised in Invercargill, I gained an Honours Degree in History before returning to Invercargill to teach. I came to Wanaka in July 1989 to take up the position of Assistant Principal at Mount Aspiring College.

I met and married Alister, a builder, here in Wanaka. Our son Andrew grew up in this community and is now doing his building apprenticeship in Dunedin, having previously tried teaching.

Retired now, I love biking (on my e-bike!), walking, playing bridge and boating. At a stage in my life with more time available, I am really pleased to continue my involvement with education in supporting the students and staff of Holy Family.”

Colette Kelly

“I was appointed as a Proprietor Representative in 2009 and I'm married to Allan. We have lived in Wanaka for nearly 10 years having come from Brisbane but with strong Southern roots.

We have 5 adult 'children', totaling 22 all together with their respective partners and children. We are delighted and privileged to also have two grandchildren, Romy and Carter, attending Holy Family School.

I worked in the social services area for over 30 years and have a degree in Psychology. I was on the Board and chairperson of Verdon College in Invercargill.

As a Board member I am committed to ensuring we continue to provide a safe, challenging and faith-filled environment for our Holy Family community. The continuing growth of our school means that strategic planning is a high priority also.

Family interests, following the share market, gardening and spending time on the golf course seem to keep me otherwise occupied!”

Angela Scoullar

Holy Family School’s Deputy Principal, Angela is the Staff Representative on the Board, and with previous BOT experience she “brings a voice for the staff and passion for students and their learning.” Her goal is “to continue to support the vision of the school and to support the growth in all areas of the school.”

Angela has been teaching for 15 years, and in management roles for the last 11. She says “I love the family feel of HFS; the care that staff and students have for each other right across the school. We are a great team and everyone has the child's best interest at heart. I love the opportunities that we provide for our students and the very supportive parent community.”

Raised in Dunedin, Angela moved to Cromwell 12 years ago. She is married to Blair and they have two daughters, Scarlett (five) and Greta (two). In her free time she plays squash, gets out walking and delights in spending time with her young family.

Matt Taylor

“I grew up on a Dunback sheep and beef farm and attended St Kevin’s College before doing my electrical apprenticeship at Oceana Golds, Macraes Mine Operation.

After a stint working overseas I started my own company based near Dunedin. As the business grew throughout Otago, my wife Laura and I and our three children, Lachie, William and Harriet, relocated to Wanaka full time four years ago.

When not busy with work I enjoy boating, fishing and spending time with my family.

Being new to a BOT role, I look forward to helping out where I can and learning how the school goes about its business.”

Carrie Wallis

“My daughters, Genevieve & Katrina, are nine and are enjoying Year 5 in the Mt Armstrong classroom. We are all very proud to be members of this close-knit school community and recently experienced first-hand the amazing strength and powerful support created by our school’s special character and genuine family values.

Originally a farm girl from Methven, I hold a B.Com (Management) from Canterbury University and have corporate experience in the IT and property sectors. I’ve worked in a range of sales, marketing and change-management roles in both New Zealand and Australia.

Wanaka has been home for over 11 years now and I’m a member of the team at kin2kin, a local start-up that has developed a private photo sharing app for families.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first term on HFCS’s Board of Trustees, actively contributing to various projects including the development of the current strategic plan and more recently, the school van purchase and snow sports scholarship fund. It is a privilege to assist Holy Family Catholic School at the governance level, helping to ensure that every child at our school is able to attain their highest possible standard of educational achievement.

Besides being with my family, you’ll find me at my happiest immersed in a good book, or out in the boat on the lake!”

Lani Arnott

As a former BOT chairperson at St Joseph's School in Queenstown and 14 years practising law in the Central Lakes region, Lani is well positioned to add strong governance and strategic value to our Board of Trustees.

A Southlander born and bred, Lani studied at Otago University where she gained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB). She and husband, Toby Arnott, lived in Queenstown for 15 years before moving to Wanaka just over a year ago when he accepted the role of General Manager of Treble Cone. They have one daughter, Nova who is Year 5 in Mt Armstrong.

Lani’s spare time activities include skiing, boating and judging at wool handling and shearing competitions around the country.

Financial Report

Our school's financial report for the year ended 31 December 2019 can be found by clicking on the attachment below.

Financial Report