The control, management and conduct of the affairs of our Foundation are vested in the Foundation Board of Management.

The Board of Management comprises:

  • Four persons, each being a member of the Foundation in any class of membership, appointed by the King’s College Board of Governors. The current Members are Shan Wilson, Liz Young, Carollyn Chaplin and Michael Harper.
  • Three persons who are members in any class of membership elected by the Members. Current Members are Peter Clarke, Murray Reid, Carrie Hobson.
  • The Headmaster of the College as an ex-officio member of the Board of Management.

The Foundation Board of Management meets formally every month to review overall progress on the goals of the Foundation. The Director of Commercial Services of the College also attends the Foundation Board meetings.

  • Michael Harper, President

    Michael Harper is an Old Collegian (Marsden 1984-88) and his son Jack is a current day boy. He is a Partner at Chapman Tripp and is one of New Zealand’s experienced restructuring and insolvency advisors and co-leads the law firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency team. He is a Board of Trustee member for the First Foundation and the Script to Screen and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is a lecturer for Commercial Transactions course at The University of Auckland Law School and served on the Chapman Tripp Board between 2012-2018. He has a BA, LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

  • Carollyn Chaplin

    Carollyn Chaplin has had two children attend King’s College; Max (Greenbank, 2017-21), and Stella (Taylor, 2021-23). Carollyn has an extensive background in brand and marketing in the Telecommunications industry as well as working with small and medium businesses. She is currently Executive in Residence for The IceHouse helping to turn ideas into start-ups and developing start-ups into profitable businesses.

  • Peter Clarke, Chair of Investment Committee

    Peter Clarke Peter has more than 25 years of financial markets experience, having worked in New Zealand, Spain, Australia and Singapore. He retired from full-time employment in 2010 after spending the previous 16 years with Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust. The last nine years of this time were spent with Deutsche Bank in Singapore where he focused on the Asian Fixed Income, Credit and Foreign Exchange markets. Peter is currently based in Auckland where he is a director of two investment vehicles. He also works as a sales consultant within the financial markets. Peter holds Bachelor degrees in Science and Commerce from the University of Auckland, and is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. Peter and his wife Veronica have two children. Their eldest, Sam, attended King’s College (Marsden) from 2010 to 2014.

  • Carrie Hobson

    Carrie Hobson

    Carrie has had two sons at King’s College — George (Marsden, 2008–12) and Harry (St John’s, 2011–15), who was Deputy Head Boy at the College in 2015. Her daughter Emelia also attended King's College (Middlemore, 2016-18). Carrie sits on the Investment Committee. 

    Carrie has more than 25 years’ corporate experience, initially in banking and finance, and latterly in executive search. She is a founder and owner of Hobson Leavy Ltd, a retained executive search firm. Carrie has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Otago, is an approved Certified Finance and Investment Professional (CFIP) and a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She has also completed the Advanced Course in Executive Search from Cornell University, New York.

    As a parent of Old Collegians, Carrie believes the College embraces the whole student in their pursuit to be the best that they can be — academically, on the sports field and in cultural activities — but it is more than this: King’s College provides the student with a greater understanding of the community in which they live while nurturing their personal well-being. It also helps them develop critical thinking and intellectual independence.

  • Simon Lamb, Headmaster

    Simon Lamb

    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.


  • Murray Reid

    Murray Reid

    Murray has been a Foundation Board Member since 2011 and is an Old Collegian (School, 1974–78). His two sons, Hamish and Johnny, attended the College between 2006 and 2013 (Peart).

    Murray holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Agricultural) from Lincoln University and has more than 25 years’ experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Currently the Group Engagement Director for SCG, Murray has also served on a number of industry-related boards.

    He was eager to become involved with King’s through the Foundation Board because of the importance of independent schools in the New Zealand education landscape, and the value, traditions and academic excellence which form the basis of a King’s College education.

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  • Shan Wilson, Chair, Board of Governors

    Shan Wilson Standing 4

    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. 

  • Liz Young

    Liz Young

    Liz joined the Foundation Board in 2016. She and her husband, Victor, have two children, Conrad (Peart, 2007–12) and Isabella.

    Liz has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Otago, and has owned a pharmacy for the past 23 years. She has been a director of a medical wholesaler and a natural New Zealand bodycare company. She is currently on the advisory board of Vantage, New Zealand’s largest group of independent pharmacies and has roles in various women’s advisory groups as well as being a member of New Zealand Asian Leaders.

    Liz feels very strongly about the power of students to influence and shape the world we live in and that given the right opportunity, every child can achieve. She is passionate about maintaining and improving what we have at King’s for future generations.