Our Board of Trustees is made up of 12 experienced people who are passionate about leading Marian College. Significant work undertaken by the Board recently includes:
The carefully planned Forde Block (Social Sciences and Careers), which combines the best of traditional and open-plan classrooms within a multi-functional and sound-proof learning environment
The Rauru project, launched to create a community for past students and staff of Marian College, and parent schools McKillop College and St Mary's College Christchurch
Communication with the Bishop’s office regarding the new Marian College site in Papanui.
Back row (left-right): Jan Paterson (Deputy Chair), Debby Rosevear, Jonathan McKenzie, Danny Nicholls, Maria van der Plas, Anne Dick
Front row: Mary-Lou Davidson, Carmel Gregan-Ford (Chair), Sr Eleanor Capper, Beautienna Gamble, Terry Naylor
Meet the Board
Carmel Gregan-Ford - Chair Carmel is a leader in the fields of healthcare, strategic planning, and healthcare management. She is Nurse Manager at Can Breathe (Canterbury Asthma Society) and Chairperson of Smokefree Canterbury. Carmel has a son and two daughters, her youngest daughter is in her final year at Marian College. Carmel has served five years on the Marian Board.
Jan Paterson - Deputy Chair As Head of Education at Equico (Flexigroup), Jan has a wealth of sales expertise and extensive experience in both IT and Education. Jan is a past student of McKillop College and her daughter is a graduate of Marian. Jan has been a Board member for over five years and is also a member of the Marian Foundation Board.
Sr Eleanor Capper rsj Sr Eleanor has been a Proprietor's Representative on the Marian College Board of Trustees since 2007. She has been Assistant Congregational Leader, Sisters of St Joseph in Sydney and has a long association with the Catholic Education Office. Sr Eleanor was McKillop College Principal for three years and Marian College Principal from 1982-1995.
Terry Naylor Terry is a registered valuer and has been a director of FordBaker Valuation for more than 25 years. He is a trustee on the Valuers Education and Integrity Foundation and sits on the New Zealand High Court Land Valuation Tribunal. Terry’s daughter is a graduate of Marian College.
Danny is the Principal of Te Matauru Primary in Rangiora and is in his 17th year of Principalship, 12 of these being in Catholic education in the North Island. He also serves as a Proprietor's Representative on the St Patrick's Kaiapoi board. Danny brings a strong background of educational experience alongside a genuine commitment to Catholic Special Character. Danny and his wife have three children.
Maria van der Plas Maria is Plunket’s South Island Clinical Services Manager. She is a past student of Marian College and Maria’s daughter is a graduate.
Debby Rosevear Debby is an administration manager for Kōtuku investments and has one son and two daughters – one graduated and another currently at Marian College.
Jonathan McKenzie Jonathan has more than ten years of experience as a trustee on Catholic school boards in Canterbury, serving on Special Character and Finance committees. He has been a secondary school teacher and has experience in Information Technology systems implementation and business analysis. Jonathan and his wife have one daughter currently at Marian College, and two graduates.
Staff Trustee - Anne Dick Anne has taught at Marian College for 17 years. She is Head of Commerce, Head of House activities and she coaches a range of sports at Marian College.
Student Trustee - Brie Benns Brie has been elected for 2022. Brie is in Year 12 this year.
Principal - Mary-Lou Davidson Mary-Lou has taught at Marian College for 23 years and has been Principal for six years. As Principal of our College, Mary-Lou acts as the Board's chief executive and manages the school according to the Board's direction and policies.
The Board of Trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and control of school management. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
The Marian College Board of Trustees includes elected members, parents, a staff and student representative, the Principal, and appointed members representing the Bishop, who is our school’s Proprietor.
The Board Secretary is Kath Murray who is also the Principal’s PA.