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  • David Moore – President

    Juliet and I moved to Auckland from London in January 2016, in time for Oscar to start in Year 9 in Major House. I am French/American and Juliet is a New Zealander. We currently have two sons at the College, Nathaniel in Year 10 and Oscar in Year 12. Our daughter Amelie is in Year 8 at Diocesan School for Girls. 

    My background is in finance - investment banking and corporate financial management). I am currently working on several projects including an e-commerce business and wealth management.

    Moving to New Zealand after having lived in London for 25 years has been a huge change for us, making new friendships and joining new communities. The College has been fantastic for Oscar in providing a nurturing environment, making close friends and taking part in sports, primarily football. 

    Being active on the Committee is a great way for me to contribute to the College community and participate in our children’s education.

    I have taken on the role of President of the Friends Association since 2019.

    Email David Moore

  • Mel Yates – Vice President

    I joined The Friends as a new parent to the College in 2013. I have had two sons graduate from St John's House; Tom (2013-17) and  Will (2014-18). Our third son, Ollie, is currently in Year 10 in St John's House. 

    My husband, Al is an old boy and we both have a long family association with King's College going back four generations.

    I am a Company Director and also work in marketing. Much of our family time is spent supporting our boys' sporting endeavours. We have keen rugby, football and tennis players.

    I am in my fourth year as Vice President of the Friends. 

    Email Mel Yates

  • Lily Sha – Vice President

    My husband, Geoff Dunne, and I immigrated from Zimbabwe and China respectively to New Zealand 14 years ago. We met in New Zealand and are all-well settled into the Kiwi lifestyle now. We have been parents at King’s College since 2013. My son George was in Major House, and graduated from the College in 2017.

    As parents, we have no regrets sending George to King’s to get a very well-rounded education and prepare him well for life after school. We appreciated every opportunity that King’s has offered George and encouraged him to get out of his comfort zone and try new things.

    I joined the Friends at the beginning of 2013 and have been involved in organising the Art Sale since. It has been a very rewarding and enjoyable journey. I love what The Friends bring to King's and I am very excited to be a part of it and contributing to the College in this way.

    In my professional life, I run a Tax Agent business. In my spare time, I manage a Chinese Parents Club with the vision of being a better and more supportive parent to our children who are growing and living in New Zealand.

    I have been a Vice President of the Friends since 2019

    Email Lily Sha

  • 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 Uniform 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, a son currently at the College, and a daughter who has recently graduated from King's

    Email Paul Chapman

  • Dougal Francis - Executive Committee member

    My wife Susan and I have four children, the eldest of whom is Jack (Major 2012-16), we have two girls, Sophia and Isobella at Diocesan School for Girls, and Michael who is Year 12 at King’s College.

    I am originally from Australia and attended The King’s School in 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.

    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

  • Anne Gaze - Executive Committee member

    David and I have lived in London for a decade, returning late 2011. Our two older children attended King's, both Major House, but elected to switch to International Baccalaureate for external examination years - Tait attends the university of Canterbury and Carter is completing his Masters at Melbourne University. We also had twins Hunter and Grayson boarding at the College in Selwyn house betwen 2014-18.

    David is heavily involved in property, construction, design and development with Gaze Commercial. I am heavily involved in education and neuroplasticity – the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research.

    Both twins were 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 children anywhere else in New Zealand. 

    Email Anne Gaze

  • Tom Hunt - Executive Committee member

    Mary and I have two children, Louise who attended Diocesan School and King's College (Taylor 2016-17) and who is now at Otago University and Aubrey who is a Year 12 student in Major House. I am also an Old Collegian (Major 1977-80).


    I have a background in law and education and am currently a French and Maths teacher at King's School. Being on the Friends Committee is a great way to get involved in the school, to help with fundraising efforts and to meet other members of the King's community.

  • Kate Davenport – Executive Committee member

    I am the mother of Jamie Christmas who is in Averill in Year 10. My daughters Elena and Julia Davenport were in Taylor in 2008-9 and 2011-12. My extended family have a long association with the College. Both my brothers attended the College. My brother Simon Greenwood has three children and all three children have attended the College. Jamie’s great great grandfather was Archbishop Averill so he is in Averill House continuing a long line of Averill’s at Kings.

    I am looking forward to being further involved in College life with my last child and to assisting the committee with all its great work for the College.

    My day job is as a Queen’s Counsel (a barrister) practising in the areas of civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on equity and trusts. I am currently the Chair of Bankside Chambers (my chambers) and President-Elect of the New Zealand Bar Association. I am married to Tim Christmas who is a physician.

    I have no spare time and therefore no hobbies except shopping, eating and sleeping!

    Email Kate Davenport

  • Rick Ellis - Executive Committee member

    My wife Maria and I have two Grandchildren boarding at Kings. Ryder in Year 9 Te Putake and Crue in Year 10 Parnell. The boys are loving life at Kings with Rowing and Rugby their present passions.

    Our family has a long association with Kings over five generations and being involved with The Friends Executive Committee is a great way to support their fundraising and events and also, to interact with the wider College community.

    I was a corporate for 20 years and am now involved with our own business activities as well as acting as Company Director, Trustee, Mentor or Consultant for others.

    Email Rick Ellis.

  • Jo Eddington - Executive Committee member

    I am a parent at King’s College with my daughter Lexi joining in Year 11 as a day girl in Taylor House, she is loving being part of the Kings Premier netball team and active member of Parnell House. I have enjoyed watching Lexi flourish both academically and in her sports this year at Kings and seeing her make lifelong friends.

    Joining the Friends at the beginning of 2019 I was involved in organising the Lunch in the City networking event kicked off this year.  In 2020 will head up the KC Ladies Lunch Committee. I am also working on a new project - an online portal for Kings parents- a place for all parents past and new to actively engage socially within the Kings community.  I love what The Friends bring to King's and I am very excited to be a part of it and contributing to the College in this way.

    In my professional life, I owned Coastal Design Co in Parnell for more than ten years and am now taking my love of design and property into a brand new role at Ray White Parnell as a residential specialist.  In my down time, I love to paddleboard and I also do pilates badly. I love connecting people and I also host a women's entrepreneur networking series monthly. In the holidays Lexi and I love to go on exciting travel adventures overseas, Vietnam next on our list.

    Email Jo Eddington

We encourage you to consider becoming a member of the Friends Executive Committee. This meets once a month at the College to review annual activities, discusses allocation of funds raised to various student and school programmes and receives updates from the College. 

The Friends' Executive also enjoys the support of: 

  • Simon Lamb - Headmaster
  • John McKay - Co-opted Board Representative
  • Jeanette Paine – Director of Marketing and Development
  • Rt Revd Ross Bay - Patron

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