Board of Trustees

John Rolleston - Chairman

I was admitted to the Bar in 1983, and practised law in New Zealand before heading to London and France where I was involved in shipping and commodity trading, returning to New Zealand in 1988.  I am a founding shareholder and director of Timaru based biotechnology company, South Pacific Sera Ltd, which is run from our family farm at Blue Cliffs and from our production site in Timaru. 

I am a Fellow of the Board of Governors of College House, a Canterbury University Hall of Residence for first and second year students, and served as Chairman of their development committee from 2011 to 2017 successfully raising funds for a new dining hall and boarding house which were opened in 2017.  I hold a number of Directorships, including Genesis Private Equity, DC Turnbull Ltd and TracMap.  I was a Director of PrimePort Timaru from 1998 to 2013.

Having been appointed by the Waihi Association as an Old Boy Representative in 2008, I have been Chairman of the Waihi Trust Board since 2010.  My boys, Henry and Robert, who left in 2011 and 2013 were third generation Waihians.  My father, an old boy himself, was one of the original Trustees who bought the school from the then headmaster, Mr Stone-Wigg, and was Chairman of the Board when Mr Prosser was appointed.  Needless to say I am passionate about what Waihi can offer young minds.  Waihi gives boys the chance to find out what really excites them, whether that be in the classroom, on the sports field or in one of the many extra activities Waihi has to offer.  These experiences open the world for our boys and gives them the confidence to take on the challenges life has to offer.  As a board it is our job to ensure, through good governance and strong fiscal management, that the Headmaster has the resources he needs to provide such an education while maintaining a safe and family orientated environment.  Waihi really is a boy’s education for life.


Michael Tayler - Trustee

I joined the Waihi Board as a board appointee in early 2016 and am also an old boy of Waihi.

My two oldest boys Sam and William attended Waihi and our youngest Henry is due to start in a couple of years time.

After University I spent four years travelling and working abroad and now farm an arable business in South Canterbury in partnership with my brother.

With previous experience on a school board, I also currently sit on several agricultural boards, both locally and nationally.

As a parent and board member I understand the importance of a good education for our children and the need to prepare them for an ever changing world. The role of our Board is more than just providing strategy and managing finances, but enabling our staff to deliver a high-quality education.

There are always challenges in governing a school but overall I find the role very rewarding. Waihi offers an amazing education to our young men and is fortunate to have a very passionate group of board members, staff and parents who all contribute to make Waihi the very special school it is.


Anne Todhunter - Trustee

I am the mother of Maria, Alex and Oscar Todhunter. I joined the Board as a parent representative three years ago when our older son, Alex, was at Waihi.

My husband and I run a high country station and tourism business.

Being a Board Member brings challenge and reward. The issues we face are not unlike those of running any successful business – planning, core values, staffing, budgeting ... However, the over-riding theme in all of our meetings is in providing a safe and caring place to give our boys a high-quality education.

We are preparing our boys for a future we cannot foresee - all we know is that it will be different and challenging. To be involved in this process is a privilege.

To those who are considering time on the Board, I thoroughly recommend it.  We get out of it just as much as we put in!


Dave MacLeod - Trustee

Sarah and I are dairy farmers at Carew in Mid Canterbury and we have had two sons finish Waihi and one currently in Year 8.

Our boys have flourished at Waihi and this is most noticeable once they leave and embark on their secondary education, where they are fully prepared, organised, polite young men ready to excel in whatever field they choose.

As an active Waihi parent and a Trustee on the Board, I have a good understanding of how Waihi functions from not only a governance and financial perspective, but also a parent’s perspective.

I believe that we have to continue to attract the very best boys from supportive families, introduce them to dedicated experienced staff, and watch them develop into the best they can be.

I am currently Managing Director of two farming operations and I am a member of the Institute of Directors. I also have Rural Banking experience and have just completed the Companies Director Course through the Institute.

I am excited about being a parent representative on the Board, and excited about Waihi’s future.


Tom Pinckney - Trustee

I am a passionate supporter of Waihi, being the son of an Old Boy and an Old Boy myself, as well as the father of two recent students Nic and Sam.

I have farmed fine wool Merino sheep in Central Otago since 1993 where my wife and I also built up and subsequently sold a diversified Wine company.

I joined the Board in December 2017 and hope that I can help ensure Waihi maintains its high standards of education of young men in the broadest sense, while not losing its family ‘feel’.

My particular area of interest in the short to medium term is to help to progress the ‘Orchard Project’ on the northern boundary of the School.

I have served on our Family Farming Company board in both Executive and Non Executive roles, and had six years as chair of our local Cromwell Primary School Board. I am a current Trustee of the Otago Rural Support Trust, and have recently completed the Institute of Directors Companies Directors Course.

I enjoy the company of the other Trustees and find the Board environment both stimulating and challenging.


Andrea Donaldson - Trustee

I joined the Waihi School Trust Board as a Board Appointee mid way through 2017.  I currently have two boys at Waihi, Ben in Year 8 and Wil in Year 6, who are fourth generation Waihi boys, with my brother, father and grandfather all attending Waihi.

I completed a Bachelor of Nursing in Dunedin and then worked for a few years in Christchurch Hospital before travelling and working in the UK for four years.  I also have a Diploma in Occupational Health.  At present I work part time as a practice nurse for a GP in Timaru.  I am married to Nick with three children and live on our farm near Albury.  Nick has worked as the Chief Financial Officer at PrimePort Timaru for the past six years.

Being an active Waihi parent and Trustee of the Board, I am passionate about boys' education and their general wellbeing, and making sure the boys obtain a very well grounded education ready to start high school and beyond.  It has been a big learning curve for me but I feel very privileged to be able to contribute to the running of the school with dedicated staff.


Guy Sutherland - Trustee

I joined the Waihi School Trust Board as an Old Boy Representative in 2014.

I run the family farm in Albury with my wife Julianne, who is a Kindergarten Teacher in Fairlie.  Together we have two daughters, Eve and Caroline, and a son, Hugh, who also attended Waihi.

It is both a pleasure and an honour to serve on a cohesive and highly effective governing board where all representatives focus to support the Headmaster, Mr Allan Short, and his staff to continue delivering what is uniquely 'The Waihi Experience'.

What Waihi offers our boys is as relevant today as it was when it was founded.  Every boy benefits in a multitude of ways from a Waihi education.  Waihi is a special place evolved from the generous support it receives from its extended family.

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