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: firstname.lastname@example.org and state BOT business in the message by-line.
Steph Drabble, Chairperson
“I am married to Kieren Drabble and have two daughters at Holy Family – Carly in Mt Burke (year 6) and Jessie in Mt Gold (year 4).
I have lived in Wanaka since March 2015 after we moved from Wellington to be closer to my wider family. I grew up in Gore and attended both St Mary’s and St Peter’s College.
After graduating from university I worked for KPMG Wellington as a chartered accountant with secondments to Canada and the USA. After a further three years in the USA I returned to NZ, and joined ONTRACK (which became KiwiRail). Just short of my 10 year anniversary with KiwiRail, we moved to Wanaka and I took the role of Group Financial Controller for Magic Memories, commuting over to Queenstown. At the end of January 2017, I changed jobs and am now the Head of Finance for Cardrona Alpine Resort.
My roles at Cardrona, Magic Memories and KiwiRail involve working with Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors around strategic leadership and direction.
I was elected to the Board as a Parent Representative in May 2016. I love how the values of the school are ever present, and am thoroughly enjoying living, and now working, in our special Wanaka community.
Outside of work, family life and school events I like to keep fit through fitness boot camp, netball, cycling and hiking. Plus trying new things and going to new places!”
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.
"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."
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.”
As a second-term board of trustee member, Greg’s goal is to “assist Jo and the rest of the Board to develop the school to meet the expectations of the diocese, the catholic community and the needs of the teaching staff with the end goal being the creation of a school which meets the needs of our children.”
Greg is well placed for this governance role with an extensive background in developing and running large organisations, in addition to planning and building experience.
Greg was schooled in Christchurch and then studied in the USA, graduating from California Poly San Lois, Obispo with BSc. in Landscape Architecture. He worked there as a landscape architect then came “home” to Arrowtown as Millbrook’s GM of Development for seven years before moving over the hill to Wanaka in 2000 to co-found Infinity Investment Group. Creating planning and landscape architecture company, Southern Design in 2006, Greg then became CEO of Gibbston Valley Winery and Gibbston Valley Station in 2009. He has also been Destination Queenstown Board Member for the past 6 years.
Children Lottie and Emily attend HFS and Greg says that he and wife Jules love “the sense of family and caring that the teachers create and have for the children, the support that the children have for each other, the enthusiasm and passion of the teachers, which the children pick up on.”
Greg enjoys travel, mountain biking and gardening in his spare time.
Dunedin born and bred, Deirdre moved to Wanaka with her husband Keith, four years ago. Her grandchildren, Isabel, Charlotte and Sam, are either current or future students of Holy Family.
An experienced former classroom teacher with post grad qualifications, she offers the Board knowledge of the education system, while as one of the Bishop’s Representatives her priority is “to ensure the Catholic Character of the school is maintained and developed.”
Deirdre is now embarking on her second career as a community librarian, moonlighting as a ballet teacher. She has held a lifelong interest in promoting Arts Education in schools, especially dance, “which is so good for everyone in so many ways.”
“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', totalling 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!”
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.
Proprietor’s representative Dom Sheehan and his wife, Christy’s, three daughters attend Holy Family School - Isabel, Alexi and Greta. They moved from Dunedin to Wanaka nearly three years ago and love the strong character and morals that are encouraged for all within our school environment.
Dom is a Senior Risk Advisor for Marsh, an insurance brokerage and has worked in this industry for 18 years. He brings independent and critical thinking to our board.
A graduate of University of Otago in Physiology and Physical Education, Dom is passionate about sport, especially coaching kids and you’re likely to see him on the sidelines at soccer and netball! He also holds a love of history and reading.
“My husband Nick and I are the proud parents of seven year-old twin daughters, Genevieve and Katrina, who are in the Year 3, Mt Roy classroom. We all feel extremely lucky to be members of this very special, close-knit school community and love its genuine family values. I was elected to the Board as a Parent Representative in May 2016.
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 nearly 10 years now and I’m enjoying being part of the team at kin2kin, a local start-up that has developed a photo sharing and messaging app for families.
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!”