Board of Trustees

Representation on Boards of Trustees

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 of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school and is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff, and students, and for ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all of its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance, and administration.

For more information go to Becoming a Trustee


A Parent’s Guide to the Role of the Board of Trustees

NZSTA has developed “A Parent’s Guide to the Role of the Board of Trustees”, to provide information and advice for parents and caregivers on what they can expect from the board of trustees.

For more information and to download the guide, go to Parent’s Place


The New Plymouth Boys’ High School Board Of Trustees

2019 Board of Trustees

DEEGAN, Joe

I have been a parent at NPBHS since 2016 and will continue until 2025.

My First impressions and involvement with the school began in 2002 when I started refereeing rugby. It quickly became apparent what a special place this school is. In Many ways NPBHS symbolised our town and region with an attitude of ‘Nothing is impossible’ and we truly live in a special place.

When deciding a school for our boys I recall a conversation with a parent at the time and an NOId boy” himself where he commented that the name should be New Plymouth Men’s’ High School because of the work achieved in developing our boys into men.

I have worked for 3 different and iconic Taranaki business (The Devon Hotel, PIHMS and TSB) and my roles within these successful organisations have helped me grow a deep appreciation for the part played by Governance in providing the best direction to any organisation.

At Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) I was a member of the Schools Academic board for 5 years. The boards significant achievement was being able to provide the school management with the framework to develop a totally inclusive environment for domestic and international students by fostering a student centric learning journey and with the appropriate assessment and measures.

Once that was embedded, we were able to continue to provide best practice guidelines to sustain these changes.

Our boys and school are facing some significant challenges and two in particular are areas that I believe my contribution to the school’s governance would be an advantage. Staying current and in touch with how our boys are communicating and ensuring that as a school, the management is provided with every requirement to stay ‘real’ and ‘connected’ with our sons.

The second area as outlined in the news recently will see changes to how our students are involved in their own learning journey and assessed. A strong and agile school management will deliver these changes to help the organisation and I hope to be part of a board that is there to support these changes and ensure that the best resources are available to Mr Moore and his team.

I look forward to the opportunity to challenge the management and teachers in protecting the reputation of the school while creating new pathways and contributions to enrich the lives of our young men and the wider community.

SHEARER, Paul

I am a lawyer at Govett Quilliam and specialise in family law. I am a proud old boy, having been at school in the mid-late 1980’s, and my oldest son is now in year 13. My youngest son is currently in year 7 at Highlands, and will therefore start in 2021, I am the current chairperson of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Taranaki and also chair another charitable trust called Te Puna which runs the “Nurture Taranaki” programme that mentors first-time mums.

I have been on the NPBHS Board of Trustees for the last three years and am the current deputy chair. I have learned a lot about the inner workings of the school the last three years, and would love to use that knowledge and experience and continue on the Board for the next term.

The school is in a very healthy position at the moment. The roll this year is as high as it has ever been (approximately 1300 including international students) and the hostel is full. We are employing five staff over and above what the Ministry of Education fund and the school is now able to offer a large and varied range of subjects, giving boys more options and opportunities than ever before. New subjects like armed forces and police, agribusiness, business for trades, Maori performing arts, drama and sound & lighting.

There are a number of significant and exciting projects already underway, for example, a trial of a new junior curriculum, a new whare and multi-purpose room in the old library and a brand new multi-million dollar art and technology block.

There is always a lot happening in a school this size, but with a new Headmaster this term and a new Board of Trustees being elected, it is in my view a time for stability and consolidation, in preference to a whole lot of change. Having said that, there is inevitable change coming because the Government is currently reviewing “Tomorrow’s Schools” and the whole NCEA system.

Boys’ High is in a great place but we must continue to focus on and improve our student achievement and “be the example” of what a really good school should be. I believe that a good

Board of Trustees (ie governance) is an important cog in the wheel.

VICKERS, Juliet

My name is Juliet Vickers and I have been a New Plymouth Boys’ High board member and the chairman of the Boarding Hostel since 2016.  I have found this a highly rewarding experience and would like to continue being part of this team ensuring the school is well prepared and equipped to meet the diverse needs of all boys’. 

I am passionate about boys’ wellbeing and education.  My experience and knowledge as a mother of five sons and 25 years in the education profession enables me to add value in supporting the strategic direction and decisions made at governance level.  I am the Associate Principal at Central School, Te Kura Waenga O Ngāmotu in New Plymouth. 

A specific area of interest I have is in contemporary teaching practices to develop the capabilities and skills in the new generation of students. I have a Bachelor of Education degree, a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning and I am a third of the way through a Masters in Contemporary Education. 

Murray and I have five sons aged 20, 18, 13, 11 and 8. Sam and George are now old boys of NPBHS.  We have a son, Oliver in Year 9 and two younger boys, Max and Edward, to follow.

BAIGENT-RITCHIE, Annie

Originally from the Waikato, we permanently made New Plymouth our home in 2009.  I am married to Rob and mother of Harry who began as a year nine student at Boy’s High this February. 

My professional background combines being a health professional with Ministry.  I have participated in Church and community governance, off and on, for the past twenty years.  I recognise that mental wellbeing in young people is of the utmost importance. This is informed through my work as a secondary school chaplain as well as in inpatient and community mental health teams and in child development services. 

Having recently completed a master’s degree, I value the high quality of education provided by NPBHS.  I also believe that a good education should be freely accessible to all. I particularly applaud the willingness of the school leadership to have their culture shaped through authentic engagement with tangata whenua. 

INNES, Natalie

Parent & CEO Van Dyck Fine Foods

I am passionate about everything I do. So in order to put myself forward as a Board of Trustee Parent I have attended NPBHS Board meetings since January 2019. In doing so, I have had the opportunity to determine that my skills would be of value to the School Board. That I do have a passion for the school and how it will need to work to be able to meet the needs of our students now and in the future.

As a parent I am considering how my children will need to be prepared for a very different job market and work life. I believe NPBHS can play a role in being part of this process and have strategies and resources that enable it’s young men to be able to successfully achieve their aspirations.

I understand governance, and the need to plan for both today and the future of NPBHS. A school that has built a trusted, loyal, caring and successful reputation. It would be a privilege to serve the school and the community, whilst bringing my depth of experience to the table. I have spent 20+ years in senior executive roles in $10m $1b sized companies in GM, Marketing Director, and CEO roles both In NZ and Australia, for both NZ owned and multi-national food companies.

BLOXHAM, Kim

I am a current member of the board having attended board meetings for the past year and been co­ opted last December.

I have lived in New Plymouth for the past 32 years and with my wife Anne have 4 children, the youngest of which is currently in Yea,r 10 at Boys High.

Although born and educated in the UK I attended a boys school with similar long-standing history and values as Boys High.

I am a Chartered Structural Engineer and work for a local consultancy. I believe my professional experience will provide a positive contribution to the Board of Trustees, particularly within the area of property maintenance and management.Having seen our eldest 3 children successfully pass through secondary and tertiary education and now watching the challenges our youngest faces, I am keen to support an education environment that caters for all academic and non-academic abilities and encourages all students to succeed.

Graham, Michael

Michael Graham is the Executive Officer and Board Secretary.

DICKSON, Linda

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Linda Dickson is the staff representative on the Board Of Trustees.

PARKES, Heath

2018/2019 Board of Trustees Student Representative.