The King’s College Board of Governors has 10 members who look after the governance of the College. The Board is headed by Chair Shan Wilson.

Together, the members bring a wealth of experience from a range of industries: education, leadership, finance, business, legal, human resources, marketing, farming, commercial real estate, not-for-profit, and theology. 

Headmaster Simon Lamb attends the meetings along with Board Secretary Paul Chapman.

Meet our Board of Governors

  • Chair - Shan Wilson - Partner, Simpson Grierson

    Shan Wilson is an Old Collegian (Middlemore) and current parent at King’s College.

    Shan is the pro bono practice Partner for law firm, Simpson Grierson.  Before taking up that role she was a Partner specialising in employment and education law within Simpson Grierson.  Previously, she worked at Allen & Overy in London. 

    Shan has been an advisor on employment and education law issues to a number of schools in both the state school and independent school sectors.  She has also worked with the Independent Schools of NZ Association (ISNZ) on occasion, presenting seminars and advising on legal matters and policies for ISNZ.

    Shan has a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Auckland. 

  • Vice-Chair - Vanessa Stoddart - Independent Director

    BCom/LLB (Hons), PGDip Professional Ethics, GAICP, MZNICD

    Vanessa is currently an Independent Director for NZ Refinery and OneFortyOne Plantations Holdings Pty Limited and a member of the Financial Markets Authority. She previously held governance roles with The Warehouse, Heartland Bank, Paymark, Alliance Group Limited, Tertiary Education Commission, Global Women and Champions for Change. 

    Prior to her governance career Vanessa was Group General Manager of Technical Operations and People at Air New Zealand and Chief Executive Packaging Australia for Carter Holt Harvey – having started her career in the legal profession.

    Vanessa is an honorary fellow of HRINZ and a Companion of Engineering NZ.  


  • The Right Reverend Ross Bay - Bishop of Auckland

    BTh, PGDipTheol

    Bishop Ross Bay joined the board in 2007 while serving as Dean of Auckland.

    He was ordained and installed as Bishop of Auckland on 17 April 2010. Ross was raised in Auckland and grew up attending local schools in Papatoetoe. He worked for the Bank of New Zealand until beginning study and training for ordination. The Anglican Church has been his spiritual home since his teenage years, and most of his ministry has been in the Auckland Diocese.

    He was Vicar of the parishes of Ellerslie and St Mark’s Remuera, before becoming Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

    He holds a Bachelor of Theology from the Australian College of Theology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology from London University. Ross is married to Jacquie, who is Director of the Liggins Education Network for Science at The University of Auckland. Prior to that she was Head of the Science Department at Diocesan School for Girls.

    For relaxation Ross plays squash and is an occasional tramper.

  • Fiona Roydhouse - Corporate Tax Director at Ernst & Young (EY)


    Fiona  Roydhouse is an Old Collegian (Middlemore) and is married to another Old Collegian, Tom Roydhouse (Marsden). She has two young daughters, who were both baptised in the King College lady chapel.

    Fiona is a corporate tax director at Ernst & Young (EY) in Auckland. She has 12 years tax experience working in professional service firms, having worked at KPMG in New Zealand before joining EY and also spending several years working in London where she also obtained her Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) qualification.  Prior to joining the Board, Fiona was the treasurer of the Kings College Old Collegians Association (KCOCA).

     Fiona has a Bachelor of Commerce and Law from Auckland University.


  • Roween Higgie - Director and Educational Consultant, The Education Group Ltd

    MEdMgmt (Hons), Dip Tchr Ed, Dip Tchg, TTCert

    Roween Higgie has a strong background in teaching and school leadership and has been a Director of The Education Group since 2009.  Prior to that, she was the Principal at Remuera and Bayfield Primary Schools.

    As a recent leader, she has experience and expertise in all areas of school governance, leadership and management and works in a wide range of capacities in education throughout New Zealand. She is also an accredited educational coach. She was awarded the ASB/APPA Travelling Fellowship and during this time focused on teacher professional learning and development, and as an extension of this attended a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Roween is married to Gavin and has three adult children, two of whom attended King’s College.

  • John Coop - Managing Director, Warren and Mahoney

    BArch (Hons) FNZIA Reg Arch PDINZ

    John Coop joined the Board of Directors in April 2023. 

    John is Group Managing Director of Warren and Mahoney, and with his wife Catherine is a current and past parent of Walter, Ted (Year 11 - Selwyn), and Sam (Year 9 - Peart). He brings with him his experience as an Architect along with his creative and analytical thinking skills, and governance experience.  

    John is a current board director of Eke Panuku Auckland, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), and a former Chair of the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.

    John grew up in rural Canterbury, attending Christs College between 1985 and 1989.

  • John McKay - CEO, Mainland Poultry

    MBA, BCom

    John McKay is an Old Collegian (Parnell) who was Head Prefect in his final year. He and his wife Krista have three sons, all of whom currently attend King’s College.

    John has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from the London Business School.

    He is an experienced business executive having worked in an array of roles in New Zealand and internationally. John is currently the CEO of Mainland Poultry, New Zealand's largest egg producer. He is also an active investor in New Zealand dairy farming and chairman of Waitonui Holdings Ltd, a company with three dairy farms in North Otago.

    John is a rugby enthusiast, coaching College Rifles Junior and Touch Rugby.

  • Stacey Morrison - Broadcaster and Author

    Stacey Morrison (Te Arawa/Ngāi Tahu) brings with her a huge amount of knowledge and experience in media and communications, governance experience in both education (having been member and Chair of Pasadena Board of Trustees) and the not-for-profit sector (as a Trustee of the Spark Foundation).  

    Very importantly Stacey has a depth of wisdom and cultural advice which will support and enhance the education experience for our Māori students and whānau.  Stacey is a leading voice in Aotearoa for learning and using te reo Māori.  She is a published author of several books and works as an ambassador for several New Zealand charities.  

    Stacey also is a King’s parent - she has a son who currently attends King’s College.


  • Hugh Cotterill - Director at Direct Capital

    MBA, BCom 

    Hugh Cotterill is an Old Collegian (Parnell) who was Head of House and Captain of the 1st XI in his final year. He and his wife Olivia have two sons who currently attend King’s College, and a daughter.

    Hugh has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from Cambridge University.

    He has 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand financial markets, and currently works at private investment company Direct Capital overseeing new investment opportunities. He was previously a Partner at Cameron Partners Investment Bank and worked in the global markets team at Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank. He is a co-founder of 3 Wisemen and is on the board of the Waitangi National Trust.

  • Tristram van der Meijden - Director at Westend Consulting

    Tristram has held various roles over the past 25 years primarily in the Financial and Accounting disciplines of business and his areas of expertise are Retirement, Financial, Management, Property and Public Markets. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and The Institute of Directors.

    Currently he is focused on applying his 25 plus years of learning to various Directorships, Consulting to various private businesses and managing his own business interests. His experiences at retirement village operator Metlifecare between 2011 and 2017 provide expertise in the sector which is being applied to several directorships and advisory roles.

    Current Directorships include:     

    • Retirement Australia – Brisbane based retirement village operator
    • Cuesko Limited – Quantity Surveyors
    • Sudserella Laundry & Drycleaning – Business to business commercial laundry operator
    • Black & White Trustee Services – Trustee management business

    Over his 20 plus years of experience he has been exposed to Retirement, Finance, Life Insurance, Property Development, Property Management, Professional Services, Hotels, Business Valuation, Consultancy and Retail.

  • The Very Reverend Anne Mills - Dean of Auckland

    Dip.Tchg; B.Ed.; B.Theol.; M.Theol. (Hons)

    Anne was Installed as the Tenth Dean of Auckland on 6 July 2017.

    Anne was born in Papua New Guinea where her father was involved in education.  She and her family returned to New Zealand when independence was declared.  They moved to Katikati where she completed her schooling.

    After gaining her Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato, Anne worked as a primary school teacher, including roles in senior management.

    After a spell as Lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Waikato, Anne gained her B. Theol and M.Theol (Hons) from the University of Auckland. She was Priested in 2002, and worked in the parishes of Saint Mark’s, Remuera, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton, and as Co-Vicar of Chartwell Cooperating Parish, Hamilton before returning to Saint Mark’s as Vicar. Anne has held several Diocesan positions, including being Archdeacon of Waikato. She has been on the Board of Trustees of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, and is Chair of their Proprietors Board. She also Chairs the Council for Ecumenism and is on the Executive of the National Dialogue for Christian Unity. She has served two terms on General Synod.

    Anne enjoys cooking and gardening, spending time with family and friends and walking her Shetland Sheep dog. Anne is married to Chris who is a teacher at Dilworth School, and together they have two teenage daughters.


  • Simon Lamb - Head of King's College

    BA, DipTchg, LTCL, SMMCert

    Simon drives our vision and direction to safeguard our educational, spiritual, cultural and financial well-being, and ensuring our top performance.

    As previous principal of Takapuna Grammar School, he brings much experience in leading high decile traditional schools.

    Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts with Mathematics and English to Stage III, a Secondary Teaching Diploma and an LTCL for Trumpet.

    His passion for King’s College is palpable as he furthers our great reputation for delivering a traditional education while preparing our students for a dynamic future.

  • Paul Chapman - Board Secretary

    BMS, CA

    As the director of Commercial Services, Paul also serves as secretary for both our Board of Trustees and our Board of Governors.

    He is responsible managing the service support required by two of our operating divisions - the College and the King’s Institute, as well as our affiliated trusts.

    He also manages annual and longer term budget development and plays a key role in property and commercial development strategies.