The main aims of The Friends' Association are to fund and friend-raise for the College. The Friends' Committee organise a number of events during the year for parents, friends and students.

Friends events include the Fine Art Sale, the Ladies Lunch, the Headmaster's Garden Party (the night before sports day in February), and the Saturday winter Sports Café amongst many others. Profits raised from Friends' events are used to support a wide range of both long and short-term projects, which benefit current and future students.

Help and assistance from parents in implementing activities is always greatly appreciated and is as simple as contacting them and letting them know you would like to assist.


2016 Executive Committee


Sue Caddie - President

We re-located from Melbourne to Auckland in April 2008, returning to my husband David's home city. Our son Max started at King's College in 2013 and is in Major House. Both Max's father and grandfather attended King's College and Max's great grandmother, Molly Caddie, was a nurse at the school in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

My background is in accounting, human resources and recruitment. I enjoy gardening, playing tennis and occasionally golf. Having joined The Friends early in 2013, I have been kept busy running the Sports Café. Part of my role on The Friends’ Committee is to co-ordinate all the volunteers across the College. If you are keen to help out in any way, please contact me.

Email Sue Caddie or phone 021 186 8007 

 

Vikki Maclean - Past President

I have been a parent at King’s College since 2007. I am married to Andrew and have two sons; Angus, who left King's College in 2011 and Oliver, who joined Selwyn House in 2011. I have been involved with the Friends since 2008. 

In my professional life I am a Partner with Leadership Consultancy, Kerridge and Partners, and I manage the executive search practice. I am passionate about King’s College and the rounded education it provides its students. I also believe that The Friends is an integral part of the King’s College community in bringing the parent body together for social events. It has been instrumental in establishing my social community in Auckland since moving from my native country, Scotland.

Email Vikki Maclean

 

Rebecca Buckley - Vice-President 

I am married to Simon and we have been King's College parents since 2009, when our eldest son William started in Year 9 in Marsden House. He completed his final year as a Boarder in Averill House in 2013. We have two other sons; Jonathan, who is currently in Year 13 in Marsden House, and Tom, Year 9 Marsden.  We also have family connections to King’s with my father and late uncle both being Old Boys of the College.

I joined The Friends at the beginning of 2013 and have taken on the role of jointly organising the annual Ladies’ Lunch and assisting in the area of  communications.  I am also The Friends’ representative for both Averill and Marsden Houses.  I believe The Friends is an important part of the school and feel honoured to be able to help make a positive contribution to the College.

Email Rebecca Buckley

 

Mel Yates - Vice-President

I joined The Friends as a new parent to the school in 2013. I have two sons currently at the College; Tom in St John's House and Will in Marsden House. Our third son, Ollie is due to start in few years time.

My husband, Al is an old boy and we both have a long family association with King's College. I currently work part-time in marketing. Much of our family time is spent supporting our boys' sports endeavours. We have keen cricketers, rugby and football players. I am pleased to co-organise the annual Ladies Lunch and to be The Friends' representative to St John's and Parnell House.

Email Mel Yates

 

Susan Jones - Hon. Secretary

I have been a parent at King’s College since 2015. I am married to Nigel and have a son, Hamish who started at King's in 2015 in Marsden House. Our daughter Alexandria attends St Cuthbert’s College. In my professional life I am a Partner with Ernst & Young.

I am passionate about my son’s education and believe attending King’s College will provide him with a well-rounded education, and prepare him well for life after school. I look forward to contributing to the school through my involvement with The Friends.

Email Susan Jones

 

Paul Chapman - Hon. Treasurer

I am the Director of Commercial Services at King’s College. In this role, I am responsible for the overview and management of all the service support required by the College and its affiliated Trusts. This role also includes The Friends' Shop. I greatly enjoy being a part of The Friends' team as they work to support the development of the College. I have two children at independent schools; my daughter at Diocesan and my son at King's School.

Email Paul Chapman

Wilco Pronk - Executive Committee Member

My family started its journey with King’s through our son Grayson, who attended King’s School and entered King's College as a Year 9 in Peart House in 2014. I am married to Donna and we also have a daughter who currently attends Diocesan.

Very early in our time at King’s, we have seen the benefits of how being involved can enhance the family’s journey through the College. Seeing the commitment and dedication of former students and how they have continued to give back to the College during their adult years, shows the pride and indelible imprint the school leaves on its students.

Outside of the College, I am the General Manager for Hewlett Packard’s Financial Services in New Zealand. I have contributed over 10 years to the Diocesan Parents and Friends Committee and I am pleased to now be able to offer my services to The Friends at King’s College.

Email Wilco Pronk

 

Sara Weatherall - Executive Committee Member

I am the mother of George and Tom, both in Greenbank House, and my daughter Mary attends Diocesan. Originally from Christchurch, my husband Michael and I have lived in Auckland for the past 17 years after returning to New Zealand from a five year stint travelling and living in the United Kingdom.

I am a primary school teacher and have taught in Wellington, Auckland and London. Currently I am a relief teacher at Victoria Avenue School. I am The Friends' representative for Greenbank House, and look forward to being able to support and contribute to the College through my involvement with parents and friends.  

Email Sara Weatherall

 

Sharon Buckland - Executive Committee Member

My son started King’s College in 2015 as a Year 9 in Major House and I joined the Friends' Committee to support the school. I'm a corporate affairs professional and run my own public relations company.

When I'm not working, volunteering in the King's library or helping in the Friends' winter cafe, I send "thank you" home baking to community heroes through the Good Sorts Appreciation Society.  My family is the most important thing in my world and includes my husband of 36 years, my 13 and 17 year old sons and our 3-legged dog.

Email Sharon Buckland

 

Yvette Hall - Executive Committee Member

I am married to Richard Hall, who attended Kings College and was in Major House.  We have two sons at the school and they are also members of Major. My younger brother was lucky enough to also attend King’s College both as a Day Boy and latterly as a Boarder. I believe the school provides a well-rounded education for the boys, with excellent facilities and opportunities.

I am currently involved with the rowing community and provide food for the boys at regattas.  I completed a diploma in Hospitality Management and went on to work in the wine industry.  My passion is with food and I have helped out in the past with food-related projects at both King’s School and Diocesan.

Email Yvette Hall

 

Dougal Francis - Executive Committee Member

My wife Susan and I have four children, the eldest of whom is Jack (Year 12 – Major), we have two girls, Sophia and Isobella at Diocesan, (Years 10 and 6) and Michael who is Year 8 at King’s School and starts College in 2016.

I am originally from Australia and attended The King’s School Parramatta, Sydney, which whilst it has no connections with King’s College, certainly espouses many similar values and long-standing traditions.  I am the contact representative for Major House and look forward to making a positive impact on the school, through my involvement with The Friends’ Association.

In my professional career I am a Mining Engineer, with several decades working within New Zealand’s mining, civil and steel manufacturing industries, in senior operational and general management roles.  I am currently working with Fulton Hogan.

Email Dougal Francis

 

Andrew Maclean - Executive Committee Member

On returning to New Zealand with Scottish wife Vikki, our two sons attended Scots College, King’s School, subsequently moving on to King’s College. Angus attended King’s College 2007 – 2011, and Oliver will graduate in 2016.  Both have been residents of Selwyn House.

Over the last two years I have been actively involved with the outstanding team setting up the King’s College Fine Art Sale. It is hard but highly rewarding work for the team involved. The standard of presentation, student performance, and commercial results are testament to The Friends and their exceptional demonstration of professionalism and commitment from a fantastically diverse group of parents and volunteers. I look forward to contributing to it and other highly enjoyable Friends initiatives in the future.

Amongst various projects, I am involved with Remuera Rackets Club as Chairman, and on the Auckland Executive of Federated Farmers. My background includes agribusiness, management, marketing and business development. I am very passionate about helping to forge successful links and relationships between King’s College, the wider parents and supporter’s network, and complementary commercial partners.

Email Andrew Maclean

 

Jane Lowe  - Executive Committee Member

Our family have been associated with the College since our return from Melbourne in 2013 when our daughter Emma, started Year 12 in Middlemore House and our son, Sam, Year 9 in St John’s House.  My father, Bob Atkinson, and brother, Steve Atkinson, are both old boys of the College.  

I love what The Friends bring to King's and am very excited about the opportunity to be part of it.  I believe The Friends is an integral part of the fabric of the College and provides fantastic opportunities for the parent community to meet, socialise, build friendships and sponsor projects that aid the educational experience of our children.  I am a Pharmacist and also spend time in the community volunteering with Youthline, Refugee Services and Starship Hospital.  

Email Jane Lowe

 

Jo Johnstone - Executive Committee Member

We are really excited to be part of the King's community. I have three children, Emelia who went to Dio who is now at Otago Univeristy, Angus who went to King's Prep who is now in his final year at at Grammar and Zara who has just started King's College Year 12 in Taylor House and Selwyn for athletics. My fiancee Andrew Swan and his brother Richard went to King's College and Andrew has three sons who attended King's. Between us we have many friends who went to the school and who also have children at King's currently.

I have been involved in fundraising over the years with Starship, The Hearing House and Barnardos and I look forward to working with the ‘Friends’ to help with fundraising and help the school. Professionally I am a Real Estate Agent working for UP Real Estate in Remuera. I enjoy boating, fishing, snow skiing and time at the beach with friends and family.

Email Jo Johnstone

 

Anne Gaze - Executive Committee Member

David and I have Year 11 twins Grayson and Hunter in Selwyn House, both recently leaving their Day Houses of Major (Grayson) and Greenbank (Hunter). Our family lived in London for a decade, returning late 2011. Our two older children also attended King's, both Major House, but elected to switch to International Baccalaureate for external examination years - Tait attends Canterbury University and Carter is completing his Masters at Melbourne University.

David is heavily involved in property, construction, design and development with Gaze Commercial. I am heavily involved in education and neuroplasticity - UoA’s Centre for Brain Research.

Both twins are in King's rugby teams and rowing squads. Rowing has introduced the family to early morning alarms, huge food demands and a fabulous community of parents and coaches - King's delivering a brilliant head coach has mitigated stress! David and I represented New Zealand in cycling, track and netball - so rowing is new ground!

Having experienced multiple schools overseas, King's College is up with the best we have experienced - we would not have our twins anywhere else in New Zealand.  

Email Anne Gaze

 

Liz Barnett - Executive Committee Member

Married to Pete, we have one son Will who is in Selwyn House. We enjoy a super life in New Zealand having moved from the United Kingdom in 2005. We are all very settled and enjoy fully immersing ourselves in all aspects of our life.

Born and raised in England, both Pete and I were fortunate to have enjoyed an education at full-time boarding schools, so are huge advocates of a rounded education which gives you lifelong friends and all the necessary skills for a fulfilling life.

In my professional life I have a consultancy business, offering business and marketing advice to stakeholders and shareholders across multiple markets. As part of the Friends' team I plan to build on their success to date and deliver activities and events that will benefit boys today and future generations to come.

Email Liz Barnett

 

The Friends' Executive also enjoys the support of:

Simon Lamb - Headmaster

Scott Johnson - Co-opted Board Representative

Rt Revd Ross Bay - Patron