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Back Row (L-R): Paul Davis, Dr James Blake, Charlotte Gray, Stuart Hall, Richard King, Paul Bryden (Honorary)
Front Row (L-R): Georgina Hunter, Nicki Carter (Chair), Bob Penter
Absent - Andrew McSweeney and Murray Dickinson
Read more about all of our Board Members below, including what they hope to achieve by supporting the school,
why they chose to become a board member and their connection with Rangi Ruru.
LLB (Hons), B.Com.(Canterbury), MS in Management (Stanford)
Nicki is a Rangi Ruru Old Girl, a Lawyer, has lived and worked in Christchurch and London, and since 2014 has been working for a Christchurch property development company. She is part of the team that was dedicated to developing The Crossing in central Christchurch, which was a very challenging but equally rewarding project. She is also a Southbase Construction Director.
Nicki believes in the importance of girls’ education and sees the Board’s role as providing guidance and support to the Principal and the school so that Rangi Ruru continues to be a leading educator of girls. As a Governor, Nicki would like to encourage alumnae and the Rangi community to embrace the Rangi value of Generosity of Spirit and give to the school. Giving to Rangi supports ongoing investment in the school and enables Rangi Ruru to continue the tradition of providing the very best opportunities for its girls.
BSc, BA(Hons), MSc (Canterbury)
Bob lives in rural North Canterbury with his wife Adeline. They have three children; Bella is a past Rangi boarder and is now studying at Victoria University, while sons Harry and Jack are boarders at Christ’s College. Bob joined the Rangi Board at the start of 2017. He chairs its Campus Development Committee.
He has an executive leadership background in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Bob is the Chief Executive of the Waikato River Authority, and an advisor to the Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He is also a trustee of Enterprise North Canterbury and sits on a farming consultancy advisory board. Prior to these roles he was the NZ/Pacific Business Leader for Environment and Water Resources with GHD Limited where he also mentored GHD’s Young Professionals Group. He served several years on the Canterbury Branch Committee of Engineering New Zealand and chaired its sub-committee focused on raising awareness among primary and secondary school students to pursue careers in science, technology, and engineering. Bob has also been a guest lecturer in resource management at Canterbury University, Lincoln University, and the Christchurch School of Medicine.
Bob is delighted that through Board service he can make a contribution back to the school’s community and support Rangi embracing future opportunities while respecting its history and traditions
MBChB (Otago), FRACP, FCSANZ
James graduated from Otago University Medical School before working and training in Napier, Auckland, Christchurch, London, and Michigan. James is a Consultant General, Interventional, and Structural Cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital where he is the Director of the Cardiology Catheterisation Laboratories. He is a Senior Lecturer at Christchurch Medical School, University of Otago. He also has a private practice based at St George’s Hospital. James is past Chair of the NZ Advanced Training Committee which supervises Cardiology training and a member of the New Zealand Cardiac Society Executive Committee.
James has observed the fantastic all round educational experience that Rangi provides. He has a passion for education and joined the board to help maintain Rangi as a leading independent educator of young women.
James and his wife Emma, who is a Rangi old girl, have a daughter in Year 12 and two older boys, one studying in the UK and the other in Dunedin.
B.Sc., MBA, CFA
Paul is an entrepreneur, investor and company director with global experience in engineering, software, venture capital, and investment management. He was awarded a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) from Stanford and an MBA (Finance) from Otago as well as the C.F.A. charter. Paul founded several start-ups in Australia; including the first ISP, the first online stockbroker, and a global equity fund manager.
He has served as a Board director of three ASX listed entities and diverse private companies. Paul is now living in Port Levy with Karyn, and his children, Cam and Ben. Currently, he’s involved in raising children, growing truffles, building a plane, mentoring start-ups, investing and providing board governance.
Paul thinks a good education is one of the most valuable assets one can obtain for oneself, or help provide to someone else. Paul stated, “Rangi Ruru has been a fantastic resource for us in providing a superb secondary education for our daughter, and I would like to support their continuing to do that for many others”.
Paul hopes to bring a perspective to the Rangi Ruru Board that will help them chart a course for the school which anticipates and takes full advantage of future developments in education, as well as best prepare their students to navigate and create the future world that they would inhabit.
Charlotte studied Law and Commerce at Otago University and then specialised in criminal and civil litigation at various New Zealand and London firms for 15 years. She is currently focusing on governance roles for entities that have a philanthropic purpose and is a Board member of the Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation.
An Old Girl of the School, Charlotte resides in Christchurch with her husband and three primary school aged children, two of whom are girls on their way to Rangi Ruru. Always mindful of the exceptional start Rangi gave her, Charlotte is passionate about supporting the school for the next generation.
B.Com. (Hons), B. PhEd. (Otago)
Georgina is an old girl of the school attending from 1986 – 1992. Upon leaving Rangi, Georgina completed a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing at Otago University. She has since worked in sales, marketing and communications both internationally and locally within the healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology industries. Georgina is currently Managing Director of a brand, communications and strategy consultancy, More Than Words Ltd and as an aspiring Company Director, is an active member of the Institute of Directors.
As a passionate old girl and advocate of the school, Georgina is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the school’s governance and help to ensure the ongoing success and sustainability of Rangi. She believes the culture, spirit and family that is Rangi Ruru is truly unique due to outstanding leadership, a consistent vision and culture and the ongoing involvement of the wider school community over the years.
Georgina would like to use the skills and experience she has gained in governance and organisational leadership to give back to the school that prepared her so well for tertiary education, the workplace and life in general.
Georgina’s grandmother, sister, nieces, aunt, cousin, and cousin’s children are all past and present students and her daughter Alice started Rangi in 2019.
B.Sc. Business Administration (Hons) (University of Bath)
Richard grew up in the UK and met his Kiwi wife in London whilst she was on her OE (overseas experience). Their daughter was born in the UK and then they began the return journey to Christchurch via a six-year spell in Singapore where their son was born. Richard spent seventeen years working in the oil industry, predominantly as a commodity trader, until the family finally made it back to Christchurch in 2010 – just in time for the earthquakes! After six years living in Wanaka they have returned to Christchurch again for their children to complete their secondary education, Lily now in Year 13 at Rangi Ruru and Ollie in Year 11 at St Andrew’s College.
Richard states, the school has given my daughter so many amazing opportunities and I hope that by joining the Board I can contribute something in return to ensure that other girls can also benefit from a Rangi education.
In addition to Lily, Richard has seen his three nieces attend Rangi Ruru and he comments that, each and every one of them has loved their time at the school.
Andrew and Kate live in Tai Tapu and have four children, three who are daughters – Claire who attended Rangi up to 2015, Rachel who attended up to 2019, and current student Charlotte (in Year 11). Being on the Rangi Ruru Board provides an excellent opportunity to “give back” to the Rangi Ruru school community in terms of time and knowledge, and to contribute in a small way to its ongoing success in developing young women so well to take on their world when they leave Rangi.
Andrew has held a number of general management roles in large diverse organisations including the National Bank of New Zealand, ANZ Bank, PGG Wrightson, AgResearch, and is currently Chief Executive of ServiceIQ, the service sector’s Industry Training Organisation.
He is also on the Board of Central South Island Youthline organsiation. Youthline is a nationwide organsiation providing assistance for young people and ensuring they know where to get help and can access support when they need it.
Stuart grew up in Hawkes Bay, is an old boy of Napier Boys High School and attended Otago University completing a Bachelor Of Commerce & Post Graduate Diploma.
Stuart has held Commercial General Management positions with several large New Zealand organisations, including international experience with responsibility for offices in the UK, Europe and North America.
Stuart is currently Commercial Director for AgResearch, and is a Director for a significant Agri-Business and an innovation start up. Stuart also sits on the Investment Committee for the Government funded science incubator Kiwinet.
Stuart’s eldest daughter is in Year 9 at Rangi Ruru, with another to follow.
Stuart’s joined the Board so he could make a contribution back to the school, and to play a part in ensuring that future families enjoy the same experience and opportunities that his daughter has enjoyed to date.
Stuart is passionate about the critical role of education, and believes strongly in the philosophy of understanding every girl as an individual, and providing opportunities and experiences at Rangi Ruru that will allow each girl to develop the love of learning, confidence and resilience to maximise their potential and make the most of an ever evolving world.
Murray is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Naylor Love Construction, one of New Zealand’s largest construction companies, and has held senior finance roles with a number of prominent Christchurch entities (Lyttelton Port Company and Red Bus Ltd).
Murray has previously held governance roles in the education sector, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at his daughters Primary School.
Murray’s connection with Rangi Ruru is through his daughter Anna who started Rangi in 2019. However, there is a deeper connection via his Mother, Jill Dickinson (nee Minson) who attended Rangi in the 1960’s, and his grandmother Jean Minson (nee Stevenson) who attended in the 1920’s.
Murray and his wife Rachel have happily lived in Christchurch since 2001. Murray and Rachel were drawn to Rangi by its focus on girls and ensuring they reach their potential. ‘We know girls’ resonates strongly and Murray looks forward to continuing the work of previous Boards and supporting the staff in striving for this vision.