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Board of Governors

Read more about all of our Board Members, including what they hope to achieve by supporting the school, why they chose to become a board member and their connection with Rangi Ruru.

Nicki Carter

Chairperson

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.

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Paul Bryden

B.Com. (Canterbury) – Vice Chair

Paul was born and bred in Christchurch and, other than a 3-year period living overseas, he has lived all his life in Christchurch.  Paul went to Christchurch Boys High School and Canterbury University, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  He is currently a partner in Deloitte (Accountants and Business Advisors).  Paul’s interests include most sports (particularly cricket, rugby and golf), and travelling.  He also loves a good book!

Pauls connection with Rangi goes back to his mother (then Jennifer Whitehead) who attended the school in the 1950’s, and through his sister (Jane Bryden) who was a pupil from 1975 to 1979.  He also has cousins who have attended Rangi, and their daughters also.  Paul and his wife Charlotte have two daughters; Amelia who completed her time at Rangi in 2017, and Lucy who is still at Rangi in Year 12.

Paul thinks Rangi has a culture and philosophy that is very complementary to what he and Charlotte want for their daughters; They want them to grow up to be strong, confident, resilient and independent young women ready to take their place in society.  They want them to understand that anything worthwhile takes hard work and commitment.  They also want them to be humble, authentic, and good all-round community citizens. Therefore, what Paul wants to achieve is to help the School achieve its vision for educating this kind of young woman – the Rangi Girl.

Paul thought a governance role at his children’s school would be a good way for him to stay involved in their day to day life and keep him current with today’s education but also, he wanted to play a small part in helping Rangi to achieve its goals. Paul believes in this School, and as noted above, he thinks Rangi has a point of difference in the kind of young woman that graduates from it.

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Dr James Blake

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 and Interventional Cardiologist at Christchurch Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Christchurch Medical School, University of Otago. He also has a private practice based at St George’s Hospital.

James is currently Chair of the NZ Advanced Training Committee which supervises Cardiology training and a member of the New Zealand Cardiac Society Executive Committee.

James joined the Board to help maintain Rangi Ruru as a leading independent educator of young women.

James has a passion for education and feel that girls’ schools don’t always get the same amount of support as boys’ schools.

James and his wife Emma have a daughter in Year 10, and Emma is an old girl.

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Paul Davis

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 start-ups in Australia including the first ISP, the first online stockbroker, and a global equity fund manager.

He is a Board director of three ASX listed entities and diverse private companies. Paul is now living in Port Levy with Karyn, and his children, Suzanna and Ben. Currently, he’s involved in raising children, growing truffles, building a plane, mentoring start-ups, investing and providing advice while sitting on four commercial and two volunteer boards.

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 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 improve the future world that they will inhabit.

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Charlotte Gray

B.Com. LLB

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.

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Georgina Hunter

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 held positions in Sales, Marketing and Communication both internationally and in New Zealand within the healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology industries. Georgina is currently based at Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Marketing and Communications Manager. An aspiring Company Director, Georgina is currently completing training courses at the Institute of Directors.

Georgina is a passionate old girl and advocate of the school and is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the school’s governance. Georgina wants to play a part in helping to ensure the ongoing success and sustainability of Rangi so that girls for many years to come can have the same exceptional experience at high school as those that have gone before. The culture, spirit and family that is Rangi Ruru is truly unique and she believes this is due to the outstanding leadership and community support of the school 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. She also has a strong interest in technology and the pace at which this is changing the educational landscape and would like to be a part of shaping this for the students and teachers at Rangi.

Georgina’s grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister, nieces and cousin’s children are all past and present students of Rangi and her daughter will be starting in 2019.

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Richard King

B.Sc. Business Administration (Hons) (University of Bath)

Richard grew up in the UK and met his 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 11 at Rangi Ruru and Ollie in Year 9 at St Andrew’s College.

Richard noted that Rangi has been through a huge transition following the earthquakes and is now on a fantastic path for the future. He is delighted to have the opportunity to join the Board of Governors and help the school in its next stage of the journey.

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.

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Andrew McSweeney

Andrew and Kate live in Tai Tapu and have four children, three who are daughters – Claire who attended Rangi up to 2015 and current students Rachel (in Year 12) and Charlotte (in Year 9).

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, and latterly AgResearch.

He also Chairs the 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.

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Bob Penter

BSc, BA(Hons), MSc (Canterbury)

Bob grew up in Christchurch and lives in rural North Canterbury with his wife Adeline. They have three children; Bella is boarding in Year 12, while sons Harry and Jack are boarders at Christ’s College and Medbury School.

Bob joined the Rangi Board at the start of 2017. He chairs its Campus Development Committee, and is the boarding representative for the Rangi Board. 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. 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 the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and chaired its sub-committee focussed on raising awareness among primary and secondary school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Bob has also been a guest lecturer on resource management and māori values 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.

Bob Penter - Board Member

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Stuart Hall

B.Com/PGDip (Otago)

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.

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