Meet our Board of Governors
Chairman - Hon Simon Power - General Manager Consumer Banking & Wealth, Westpac New Zealand
Simon Power has a son at King’s College and another at King’s School. He was educated at St Peter’s College in Palmerston North and holds degrees in both Law and Politics from Victoria University.
Subsequently, he has completed courses at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Melbourne Business School and Harvard Business School.
Simon is the General Manager of Consumer Banking & Wealth for Westpac New Zealand, having joined in 2012 following a 12-year career as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Between 2008–2011, he served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Commerce and Minister of State Owned Enterprises, among other designations. During that period he led significant reform and change in financial market oversight and regulation in New Zealand.
Simon has previously sat on the board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and chaired the NZUS Council. He is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Management and is currently an honorary advisor for the Asia New Zealand Foundation and a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand.
The Right Reverend Ross Bay - Bishop of Auckland
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.
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.
Lachie Johnstone - Director, Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd
Current parent Lachie Johnstone was educated at Southwell School, Wanganui Collegiate School and the University of Auckland.
Lachie was a director of the rural retail co-operative, Farmlands Trading Society (FTS), from 2000-2013 and chairman from 2003-2013. FTS merged with South Island based Combined Rural Traders (CRT) Ltd in 2014 to form New Zealand’s largest rural retail co-operative, Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd. Lachie is currently chairman of this new entity. He is a director of subsidiary, Farmlands Fuel Ltd, and chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Lachie is married to Martha and they have two sons.
Vanessa Stoddart - Independent Director
BCom/LLB (Hons), PGDip Professional Ethics, GAICP, MZNICD
Vanessa is currently an Independent Director for NZ Refinery, Heartland Bank and OneFortyOne Plantations Holdings Pty Limited and a member of the Tertiary Education Commission and Financial Markets Authority. She previously held governance roles with The Warehouse, Paymark, Alliance Group Limited, 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.
Scott Johnson - Group CEO, GO Healthy New Zealand
Scott Johnson is an Old Collegian (St John's) and is the parent of one previous King's College student. At King's, Scott was Head Prefect in 1984 and a member of the First XV rugby team in 1983-1984. He was also involved in First VIII rowing, senior athletics, senior orienteering, and choir.
His previous roles include CEO International and general manager of Frucor Brands International, Danone Sales and Logistics Director of Frucor Beverages Ltd, and GM Sales and Distribution of Mainland Products. Before joining Mainland, Scott was with MeadowLea Foods, Heinz Wattie's and New Zealand Dairy. He began his career with IBM New Zealand.
Greg Lowe - Group CEO, Beca
MEng, BE (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Greg Lowe is the parent of two previous King's College students and his commercial experience includes being managing director of Beca Pty Ltd, Wellington Regional Manager of Beca NZ, GM Performance Solutions of Infinity Solutions and CEO of RDT Pacific.
Earlier in his career, Greg held senior posts in the Royal New Zealand Navy. As a Navy Commander and Director of Marine Engineering, Greg led a number of strategic change projects.
Greg was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998 and is a Fellow of (IPENZ).
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.
David McConnell - Managing Director, McConnell Limited
MBA, BE (Hons)
David McConnell is an Old Collegian (School) and current parent at King’s College. David and his wife, Sonia have three children - Jake, Maddison, and Jamie. Jake is an Old Collegian, Maddison and Jamie are current students at the College.
With a background in business development - specialising in property, construction and infrastructure - David has been a key influence in the direction and leadership of the McConnell Family’s business activities.
David is also chairman of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, a council-controlled organisation for Auckland Council, and chairman of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board.
In 2006, David received the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award and in 2008 a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship.
David has a BE in Engineering (Hons) and an MBA from Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University in Chicago.
John McKay - CEO, AsureQuality Ltd
John McKay is an Old Collegian (Parnell) who was Head Prefect in his final year. He and his wife Krista have three sons, two 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 AsureQuality Ltd, a state-owned enterprise that provides food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors. 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.
Shan Wilson - Partner, Simpson Grierson
Shan Wilson is an Old Collegian (Middlemore) and current parent at King’s College.
Shan is a partner for Simpson Grierson specialising in employment, health and safety and education law. 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 New Zealand 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) conjoint degree from the University of Auckland. She also serves on the board of trustees of Te Matauranga School, a decile one school in south Auckland.
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
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.