Cara Gregan - Trustee
I believe the greatest gift we can give our children is one of offering them a learning environment which gives them every opportunity to reach their full potential.
This belief is my main motivation for being a Trustee on the Waihi Board.
One of the challenging aspects of this role is balancing the implementation of our strategic goals with the need to operate a financially sustainable operation. I currently hold the position of Chair of the Board Finance Committee.
My background to this role is I worked in the banking industry for a number of years. I currently operate a dairy operation with my husband.
I have held a number of Board of Trustee roles at local schools. Currently I am undertaking professional development in Leadership and Governance through the Agri-Women’s Development Trust Escalator Programme. My intention is for this programme to help me be more effective in my various leadership roles.
As a parent I can honestly say that our decision to send our son to Waihi is the best one we have ever made. I am in awe of advancement Scott has made academically, socially, and with his sport during the time he has been at Waihi.
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 7.
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.