Marian College Board of Trustees​​​​​​​

Board Update May 2023

It has been a busy time for the Marian College Board, with the new school build nearing completion there are several decisions to make regarding the equipment required to ensure the school is up and running for staff and students from day one, and of course, the supporting the staff as they plan for the big move.

Having recently been to the site I can confirm it is amazing finally not having to imagine what it will be like, to be able to visualise the staff and students in their new home.  The work that has gone on (and is ongoing) behind the scenes has been extensive, the Senior Leadership Team spends hours ensuring everything will be in place to ensure a smooth transition to the new Marian College site.  A big shout out to Ms Victoria Spencer who has been working closely with the project team, she is often seen with high vis and a hardhat pouring over the building plans to make sure the placement of such things as plugs, and audio-visual equipment, are all where they need to be.  We look forward to being able to announce details of the move to the new site soon.

The Board wants to acknowledge the excellent NCEA results for 2022, which were presented at our recent Board meeting.  Given the disruption of Covid for the last three years it is encouraging to see that Marian College student achievement remains well above the national average, these results cannot be achieved without the dedication of the staff who have had to adapt to different ways of delivering classes during this time.

As we work towards moving to the new school site in the coming months there is much to be done, we are blessed to have such a committed staff and Senior Leadership Team dedicated to ensuring our students are achieving their potential and providing an environment that makes Marian College the special place it is.

"It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change."  Queen Elizabeth II

Noho ora mai​​​​​​​

Carmel Gregan-Ford


Marian College Board of Trustees

Meeting Dates 2023

The Board meets monthly, 5.30pm, on the following dates in the Marian College library.  Anyone who is interested in Marian College is welcome to attend.

Tuesday 28 February

Tuesday 28 March

Wednesday 26 April

Tuesday 23 May

Tuesday 20 June

Tuesday 25 July

Tuesday 22 August

Tuesday 19 September

Tuesday 17 October

Tuesday 21 November  

​​Meet the Board 

Chair Carmel Gregan-Ford | Carmel is a registered nurse and has spent many years working in a variety of educational and leadership positions in healthcare and NGOs.  Carmel has a son and two daughters, her youngest daughter is in her final year at Marian College.  Carmel has more than ten years of governance experience and has been on the Marian College Board for six years. 

Proprietor's Representatives                          

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.

Deputy Chair Danny Nicholls | 
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. 

Parent Trustees

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.


Chelsea Houghton | Chelsea has a wealth of governance experience, serving on the Board of Directors for Kidsfirst Kindergartens and as the chair of the Takahē Collective Trust. She runs a communications company, Grow Creative, specialisng in education, arts, business and technology sectors and is particularly passionate about encouraging women in these sectors. Chelsea has five children, including three daughters whom she is excited to see come through Marian College within the next decade.

Louise MacKay | Louise is a teacher and DRS at St Francis of Assisi Catholic School where her three children attend. She has served on boards at both the preschool and primary school levels and is committed to ensuring Marian College is a supportive, inclusive, challenging, and happy school environment where students can achieve their full potential.

Matthew Malone | Matthew is the deputy principal at St Joseph’s School in Rangiora after spending 15 years as a teacher and head of faculty at St Bede’s College. Matthew has previous board experience as the proprietor’s representative and as a board chair. He is committed to the mission of Catholic education to provide every student with the opportunity to know Christ and achieve their true potential.

Staff Trustee Clare Kelly | Clare has taught at Marian College for six years.  She teaches Mathematics and Commerce and is the Year 13 Dean.

Student Trustee Tessa Jamieson-Timo | Tessa has been elected for 2022-23, and is in Year 11 this year.

Principal Mary-Lou Davidson | Mary-Lou has taught at Marian College for 24 years and has been Principal for seven 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.​​​​​​​

Our Board

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.

Contact us

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.Email for inquiries and information.