About the ISNZ Board

ISNZ Board Chair

Heather McRae

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Heather has been Principal at Diocesan School for Girls since April 2009. She is originally a biochemist, graduating from Massey University with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry followed by a Diploma in Teaching (with distinction). She has also completed a Masters in Educational Administration with first class honours and received a Sir Woolf Fisher Trust Scholarship, graduating from the Hillary Leadership Programme facilitated by the NZ Leadership Institute at the University of Auckland.

Before her appointment to Diocesan, Heather was Principal at Pakuranga College (a co-educational school with 2,100 students) and was prior to that Principal and Director of Curriculum at the Western Academy of Beijing – a co-educational International Baccalaureate School of 1,600 students from Kindergarten to Year 13.

Heather gained extensive international experience as Director of Educational Operations at Multi Serve Education Trust from 1996-2002 (a leading exporter of education). This included the establishment of an International School for the Sultan of Brunei and a range of educational projects in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and China.

Widely respected as one of New Zealand’s leading Principals, Heather was selected as a member of the Experts Panel to judge the ‘Prime Minister’s Excellence in Education Awards 2014’ and was reappointed for the 2015 and 2016 awards.

Heather believes that education is about the art of human learning – a venture involving creativity, imagination and discovery. She believes every person has leadership potential within and that the role of School is to help graduates place their feet firmly in life by developing spiritual strength, discipline and resilience. She aims to achieve this by creating a team of leaders with a passion for teaching and learning in a world class educational environment.

 

Deputy Chair 

Ingrid Taylor

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Ingrid is a partner at Taylor Shaw Solicitors in Christchurch and has spent over 25 years specialising in Trusts, Property, Commercial law and Estate Planning.

Ingrid is involved in many different community initiatives along with charitable societies and events. She is passionate about Education and believes that it is critical for all children to have the benefit of a great education. She sits as Trustee on the Youth Hub and was recently involved in Bayleys Plate up for a Challenge, which helped raise over $200,000 for the Christchurch City Mission’s Back to School initiative.

Ingrid has a strong governance background. She is currently an appointed member of the Christchurch District Health Board. She was a Board Member and Deputy Chair of St Margaret’s College for 6 years.

 

Members

 

Richard Francis

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Richard is founder and CEO of Spotlight Reporting, a global business intelligence software company for leading accounting firms and entities.  Spotlight Reporting was founded in 2010, and now has 45 staff in Australia, the UK, the US and New Zealand.

Spotlight Reporting was Xero’s App Partner of the Year in both 2015 and 2016,  a finalist in the Hi Tech Awards, and recognised for its growth trajectory in the Deloitte Fast 50 and Asia Pacific Tech 500.  Spotlight also partners with Intuit, MYOB and Sage.

Outside of business, Richard contributes his time and expertise as Chair of Chilton Saint James School in Lower Hutt.  Richard has been a Board member at this school since 2017.  Education and empowerment of children and educational choice are areas of passion.

Richard has also been a Board member of software company SilverStripe since 2013 and worked for Xero as a General Manager following the acquisition in 2012 of a software business that Richard had founded.   

Richard was in public practice as a Chartered Accountant until 2010, starting his career with Horwath Wellington (now BDO) in the early 1990s, before moving to the UK for 4 years.  On his return in 2001, Richard founded ‘boutique’ advisory practice Francis Consulting, focusing on Virtual CFO and strategic services.

Other areas of interest where Richard has advised include sustainability and the development of sport (most particularly, cricket).

 

Bruce Goodfellow

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Bruce is the third of three generations of the Goodfellow family to serve on the Saint Kentigern Trust Board. He has been a Trustee for 35 years, and was Chairman from 2000-2017.

In addition to his trust board commitments, Bruce is a Director of Nufarm Finance Limited, Sulkem Company Limited and other private companies. He was a Director of Nufarm Ltd, Sanford Ltd and Refrigeration Engineering Company Limited and other private companies. He has a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering and broad corporate management and financial experience. He is also a trustee of a number of charitable organisations.

The Goodfellow family’s generous contribution of time, involvement and philanthropy has nurtured many organisations across Auckland.

Bruce has served on the Independent Schools of New Zealand Charitable Trust Board since 2016.

 

Barrie Keenan

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Barrie has been a member of the Scots College Board of Governors since 2013, where he chairs the Governance and Strategy Committee, and has been on the Board of ISNZ since 2016. He is a member of the Institute of Directors. 

Following extensive involvement with the management of agricultural science in the Public Service since 1992, Barrie has consulted nationally and internationally with a range of scientific and community organisations on vision, strategy, governance, and management systems.

 

Christine Leighton

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Christine is Rector of St Andrew’s College, the only independent co-educational school offering boarding in the South Island. When she was appointed to the role in 2007, Christine became the first female Rector at the College, which was founded in 1917. Three years ago, St Andrew’s College enjoyed a wonderful year of Centenary celebrations under her leadership.

Since graduating from Auckland University with a BA in English and History in 1979, Christine has enjoyed a varied career, having taught in Nelson, England, and Tauranga Boys’ College, where she became Head of English. A return to Nelson saw Christine become Assistant Principal at Nelson College for Girls before becoming Principal at St Hilda’s Collegiate School in Dunedin at the beginning of 1999.

Christine is a passionate educator who is also committed to ongoing Professional Learning. In 2014 she was accepted into a Harvard University Business Programme, and in 2000 completed a Strategic Leadership Programme, which has many top performing businesspeople from New Zealand among its alumni.

Christine is a member of several professional associations, and is a regular presenter at ISNZ conferences and meetings. She has also addressed several community groups in recent years. During her long career, she has developed professional relationships with many schools across New Zealand and around the world, and enjoys professional friendships with Heads of a number of schools in New Zealand, Australia and Scotland.

Christine believes in young people and the potential of everyone to succeed in their own way when they are understood, nurtured, encouraged and believed in. She fosters a happy, inclusive school environment where relationships are positive and supportive. As a highly motivated educator and leader, Christine is committed to her own learning journey, and to enabling others to be the best they can be.