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



I am the current Presiding Member of New Plymouth Boys’ High School. My experience and knowledge as a long-serving board member, mother of five sons and many years in the education profession enable me to add value in supporting the school’s strong and stable governance and strategic direction.

I am passionate about boys’ education and well-being and am currently employed as the Associate Principal in a contributing primary school. My area of interest is developing the capabilities and skills that 21st-century students need. I hold a Master’s in Contemporary Education, a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice and a Bachelor of Education degree.

Before moving to dry stock farming in Northland, my husband and I were dairy farmers in Central Taranaki. We returned to Taranaki for all our sons to attend school in New Plymouth and enjoy the city’s lifestyle.

I am committed to ensuring New Plymouth Boys’ High School is future-focused and equipped to meet the diverse needs of all boys and continues its outstanding reputation as a leading boys’ school.


Married to Colleen, father of three living in New Plymouth since 2001.

Originally from Ireland, my career in New Plymouth started at The Devon Hotel before spending 10 years teaching at Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS). I Joined TSB in 2014 and have been the Lending Support Team Manager since 2016.

I have been an active member of the Taranaki Rugby Referees Association and currently serve on the Executive Committee as President. As a family we love being involved together with the New Plymouth Operatic Society.

I joined the NPBHS board in 2019 to grow my own understanding of School Governance and also to take up the opportunity to serve a school that has served out town so well since 1882. I believe good governance in our school involves best practice in stewardship and setting strategic goals that are attainable and attractive for the senior leaders of the school.


I’m Rebecca McCullough, and I have been a parent representative on the NPBHS Board of Trustees since 2022.

I am a Chartered Accountant and work for Tandem Group Chartered Accountants, where I have been employed for almost 15 years. Outside of work, I live with my husband John, and kids, Tyler and Dillon – Tyler is a current student at NPBHS.

We are a very sport-orientated family – between the four of us, our days are generally jam packed with indoor netball, hockey, football, cricket, and dance.

I was a BOT member at Woodleigh Primary School for four and a half years – in addition to volunteering for the Home and School Committee. I enjoy my time on the BOT and feel that my strong background in Accounting provides a useful skill set to the Board. I am also a current committee member of the Taranaki Fancy Dancing Association, who organise and run biannual dance competitions in the region.

I am passionate about the environment that our children are growing up in – particularly in relation to education and sport, which are often intertwined. I believe that NPBHS’s values and achievements in this area are particularly strong, and am honoured to be a part of this going forward.

INNES, Natalie

I am passionate about everything I do.  I have been a Board of Trustee Parent Rep for NPBHS Board for the last 4 years. In doing so, I understand the operational elements of the school, and the requirements of the MOE.  This has enabled me to understand how to add value to the School Board.  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.  Whilst continuing to be a school that has built a trusted, loyal, caring and successful reputation.

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

I have spent 20+ years in senior executive roles in medium and large sized NZ owned and multi-national food companies in CEO/Director roles both in NZ and Australia. It is a privilege to serve the school and the community.


I have a proud association with NPBHS having attended school from 1989-1993, playing in the 1st XV and 1st XI and serving as a prefect.  My wife Tineka taught at NPBHS for 12 years and over the coming years I will have five nephews attending the school including two in the hostel.  This continues to provide me with a vested interest in ensuring the continued success of our school.  From 2024 I will also have two daughters attending NPGHS.

I am a director at BTW Company and we currently sponsor the 1st XV and other events.  Over the past 10 years I have served in several governance roles including the boards of Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Central School Te Kura Waenga o Ngāmotu and BTW. I am a strategic thinker, a good communicator and believe in respect for different perspectives and the importance of working together for a common purpose.  I look forward to adding value to the school in my role as a board member.

SHARROCK, Annalese

After finishing school in Taranaki, I headed to Victoria University in Wellington and funded my studies in Law, HR, and Criminology by working in the hospitality sector, and then went on to spend 13 years with Inland Revenue as a Specialist Investigator where I added my accounting and forensic review skills. Always partial to having multiple jobs and roles on the go, I now lead the Macfarlane Hospitality Group and consulting firm, Strategy Collective with business interests across New Zealand.

With 3 young children, and a shift-working husband, some would say a fairly crazy busy schedule. It’s all about organisation and being effective when you’re in something. When not at work, I try and manage a few games of squash each week, and love getting out and about on a hike be it in Taranaki, or further afield. 

HYDE, Justin

Justin Hyde is the staff representative on the Board Of Trustees.

I live in New Plymouth. I’m an old boy from the school in the 1980s. 

I went on to Massey University, to complete degrees in Education and eventually became a teacher back at NPBHS.

I have been teaching at NPBHS since 1995, and I am currently  TIC of Earth Space, and Science.


I love skiing, debating and I am privileged to have been elected student representative. Being the student representative for the NPBHS Board of Trustees means that I have to be a strong student voice and ensure that the opinions of every student, no matter who they may be, are heard at the board table. I am tasked with representing the student body here at NPBHS and doing what is right for the school. The role of a student representative requires effective communication, responsibility and maturity.