Board of Trustees

Board Members

  • Principal

    Martin McAllen

  • Board Chairperson

    Randal Southee

    Randal Southee

    I was elected onto the Whanganui High School Board in 2013, having previously been on the Board of Trustees for St John’s Hill School. Currently, I have my eldest son at Whanganui High School in Year 12 and another starting next year, so I am keen to continue to contribute to the School community.

    We have some exciting projects ahead over the next three years, with a successful ERO visit in late 2015, the Board is now about to embark on a wider community engagement programme this school term to develop both our vision for WHS, and importantly what the community would like to see our graduate students develop into.

    I have had successful management and leadership experience across both private and not-for-profit sectors. My strengths are in governance, strategy and leadership. We are fortunate to have a great team of dedicated and passionate teachers, and a diverse and culturally rich community that afford our children the very best opportunity and environment to succeed in their educational endeavours. It is a great privilege to serve on the Board for another term and see completion of the work that has been started over the last term.

  • Property

    Murray Woodhouse

    Murray Woodhouse

    I stood for re-election to the Whanganui High School Board of Trustees as a Trustee with 16 years Board of Trustees experience, serving on the Board of Aotea College, Cullinane College, Churton Primary School and Whanganui High School. I have chaired two Boards for a total of six years, and with twelve years in Local Government as a Porirua City Councillor, bring a wealth of meeting experience to the Board.

    My wife, Lisa and I have three children at Whanganui High School and our youngest will start in 2017. I am self-employed and my work experience includes banking, accounting and business management. I am also a Justice of the Peace.

    I have been a conscientious member of the Board over the past three years, with responsibility for a Board watching brief on Property matters and latterly Health and Safety. The upgrade and refurbishment of the School’s classrooms have continued over the past three years and we have also seen the long awaiting completion of the new Hard Court surfaces.

    The Board of Trustees and Whanganui High School continue to face a number of challenges over the next three years and beyond, and I believe that I can continue to contribute to resolving those issues.

    I look forward to being able to continue to play a part in the ongoing development of our High School for the betterment of Students, Staff and Parents.

  • Richard Chapman

    Richard Chapman

    My wife, Leanne and I have three children. Our two daughters completed their secondary education at Whanganui High School (WHS) and our son is currently enjoying Year 10 at WHS.

    For the majority of my career I have been involved in the Motor Industry - from leaving school and completing my Trade Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering to now working as a National Moderator for an Industry Training Organisation. With working in the tertiary education sector for the past 12 years I understand the importance of a good education.

    For the last three years I have been a member of the Whanganui High School Board of Trustees and have enjoyed the challenges and responsibilities of the role. It has been a privilege and I look forward to serving in this role for another three years.

  • Hayden Potaka

    Hayden Potaka

    I am from Whanganui and of Ngā Rauru, Ati Haunui a Paparangi Iwi. I have four beautiful children, one a former pupil and one currently attending Whanganui High School (WHS). I have been a co-opted member of the WHS Board of Trustees for the past two years and have enjoyed working with other trustees on the Board.

    I have a number of governance roles, Chairperson of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho for the last 6 years. I am Chairperson of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority who employee about 140 staff that deliver great social and health services and lead agent of Whanau Ora in the Whanganui District. Also a member of our Te Kāhui o Rauru which is a post settlement Iwi entity for Ngā Rauru Kītahi.

    I am currently employed by Te Puni Kokiri as a senior advisor; we are committed to providing wellinformed and strategic advice to address the needs and aspirations Māori hold: as hapū and iwi partners to the Treaty of Waitangi; as culturally distinct peoples; and as whānau members and citizens.

    I am passionate about education and Whanganui High School, I believe Whanganui High School offers an excellent education experience. The School has great values of which are displayed in the sporting arena and also the many academics fields that are offered by Whanganui High School.

    The School has a number of challenges facing it, going into the future. I am excited by the opportunity, that if elected, to be working with other board members, staff, students and the Whanganui community in making Whanganui High School a centre of education excellence.

  • Jo Maguire

    Jo Maguire

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    My name is Jo Maguire and I have lived in Whanganui for most of my life. My family is of great importance to me and I enjoy spending time with them. I am married to Paul, who is a former pupil of the school, and we have two daughters.

    I am a Team Leader at St John’s Hill School and have been a teacher for 20 years working in both low and high decile schools. I work with families and whanau, transitioning to school every day and I am very approachable.

    I have the health and well-being of the learners as a high priority. I have a professional manner and want the best education for our learners at Whanganui High School. I work with and understand the New Zealand Curriculum, School Policies and Educational Guidelines. I will be able to ask appropriate questions for you and on your behalf. I am forward thinking and am wondering what future learning will look like and how e-learning will support our learners into the next decade.

    I am very proud and privileged to be a new member of the Board of Trustees in 2016 and look forward to being a part of this fantastic school.

    Ngā mihi nui

  • Deirdra McMenamin

    Deirdra McMenamin

    My family and I have been fortunate to live here for the last 10 years. We love it and feel that being a Trustee would be a good way to give back to this great community. My husband, Mark and our three children are just starting on the High School journey with our eldest Aoife who started in Year 9 this year, at Whanganui High School.

    Student and staff well-being is important to me. This year’s cohort will be the first to sit all their exams on an electronic device in 2020. This will have massive implications for their learning and our community. I want to help with that transition in a balanced way that supports the diverse needs of every student, whatever their unique strengths are - Dyslexic, Dyspraxia, Pakeha, Maori, Immigrant, Differently Abled etc. As well as my own children, I listen to a lot of young people through my work as Art teacher and an Equine and Art Therapist.

    Previously I have been a senior welfare tutor and lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Birmingham for seven years, President of Loughborough Students Union and been re-elected to many local, national and international committees, which gives me an unique insight into and around the realities of education today.

    I am interested in permaculture, sustainability, culture and joy. I hope to see you around school and that students, parents and staff will say, hi, and share some of what's going on for them at WHS.

  • David MacMillan

    David MacMillan

    Having had three terms of experience as an elected Board of Trustees representative, and many more years of experience in Health & Safety, Human Resources and Quality Assurance, I am certain I will provide a valuable addition to the Whanganui High School Board.

    I am passionate about the value of education and strongly believe in transparency and teacher/parent partnerships in achieving great outcomes for our children. I have ambition to contribute to the great learning environment at the School, which enables staff and children to succeed.

    Serving on a Board is very rewarding, and even more so in the current education environment of new goals, priorities and directions.

    I believe Whanganui High School has a proud tradition of excellence in not only academia, but also in sports, cultural and arts endeavours, but this is a journey and requires foresight and diligence from the whole School community to maintain such achievements.

  • Staff Trustee

    Lisa Anderson

    I have been employed as a full time teacher of English and Social Studies at WHS for the past 10 years. I am currently in charge of the Year 11 English courses. My teacher inquiry is focused on literacy for our at risk students as they enter Year 11. I have had one of my children educated at WHS, and I have coached basketball and hockey during this time.

    As the Staff Trustee on the Board I want to ensure that there is open and transparent communication from the Board to the Staff, and vice versa. Over the last six years I have watched lots of positive change occur but often at the expense of the good will and morale of the Staff. I would like to work with the Board to ensure that Staff have an avenue to express their views without prejudice. I believe there is a need for Staff to have a better understanding of the Board’s processes and decisionmaking.

    I am approachable, open minded and ready to assist Staff in a confidential and supportive way. I believe that in the past there has been an unnecessary distance in the relationship between the Staff and the Board. We both have the interest of the students and the wider community at the forefront of our minds. I believe if we work together using a positive framework we can achieve much more. I will be a strong advocate for you and welcome the opportunity to represent the Staff as part of this process.

  • Student Trustee

    Nusr Ghamri

    Kia Ora 

    It is an honour to be voted as the student representative on the Whanganui High School Board of Trustees for 2016/17.  To me, the role of a student representative is an important role for both students and staff.  A successful student trustee is a person who acts as a bridge between the student body and the High School administrative body.  Having been a part of the Whanganui High School student body for four years, I believe that the system can better accommodate our needs as students. 

    I have seen many student representatives through my time in High School, and I have learned something from every one of them.  The common message from past representatives is that we, the students, are a priority of Whanganui High School, and our voice matters. 

    I am a peer mentor and active in many team sports and therefore, I am approachable.  Further, I have many ideas to put forward as the School’s student representative, and I am always open to hearing all student voices in this School. 

Also in Attendance at Board Meetings

  • Associate Principal

    Elizabeth Spooner

  • Bursar

    Noeline Kennedy

    I have held the position of Bursar at Wanganui High School since 1997. I am responsible for the financial management services of the school, including financial reporting and budgeting. In addition, a component of my role is payroll management and overall responsibility for the school’s support staff.

    Over a number of years the Board has opted not to have a Finance Sub-committee, and therefore I attend Board meeting in a support role, to present monthly financial reports.

    I hold a Diploma of Business from Wanganui UCOL. I have a number of interests but enjoy first and foremost, my family, friends and holidaying.

  • Secretary

    Shaaron Benefield