Pinehurst School is registered as an Incorporated Society. It is governed by the Board of Governors. Governors are elected by the society's members and offer a range of skills in support of the School. Elections take place in conjunction with an Annual General Meeting each March. Parents of children enrolled, and staff of the School, are strongly encouraged to join the society.
The Governors meet monthly and are responsible for protecting the purpose and policies of the School and for financial planning, the provision of resources and ensuring that the School meets all statutory and regulatory requirements.
The Board fully delegates the management and day to day operation of the school to the Executive Principal.
Board of Governors
Peter is a consulting actuary and principal of his own consulting practice based in Auckland. He is the Appointed Actuary to a number of New Zealand insurance companies, is a Past President of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries, and is a member of its Education, General Insurance, and Health Insurance committees. He is also on the Board of the Independent Schools of New Zealand Charitable Trust. Peter was a founding member of the Board when the school opened in 1991, serving from 1991 until 1997, and then again from 2009 through to the present.
Steve is a Town Planner and full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute employed by Auckland Council with over 20 years of experience. He is also a Rotarian. Steve and Sharyn have been associated with Pinehurst School since 2005 and have a daughter in Year 13. Steve has served on the Pinehurst Board for 7 years and is currently the Deputy Chairperson.
Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 years’ experience in Business Advisory. Throughout his career he primarily worked in areas of Strategic and Business Advisory Services, including restructuring, valuations, feasibility studies, bank presentations, governance, succession planning and strategic review of business performance.
He is actively involved in contributing to the betterment of both the accounting profession and the business community. He sits on several client advisory boards, such as the Institute of Directors, the North Harbour Club, and the myDroplet Charitable Trust, to name a few. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Pinehurst for 3 years, and is currently the Treasurer.
Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with wife Andree and two young daughters Madisyn and Makenzie, both of whom attend Pinehurst School.
Samantha was born in the UK but raised and educated in South Africa. Having met and married a kiwi in Johannesburg, the family immigrated to NZ in 2008. Sam practised law for her own account in South Africa for 12 years. Having been admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2016, she currently heads up the Operations and Finance team of the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland. Sam and her husband Anthony currently have one child in year 12 (Devon) and a daughter (Paige) aged 7. Sam has served on the Pinehurst Board since March 2016.
Rob attended Primary and Secondary school in Canada, Tertiary school in the United States and completed Post graduate work in New Zealand. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction and property industries. Currently Rob works for AMP Capital as a Development Project Manager to deliver successful retail and office projects for various stakeholders.
Bruce is a chartered accountant and a lawyer with over 20 years of professional experience as a taxation adviser in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. He is currently a partner with the accounting firm KPMG. Bruce and his wife Sally have two daughters at Pinehurst (in Years 8 and 10).
Amy Zhang was born and educated in China. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and also speaks Cantonese. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nanjing University and MBA from the joint programme from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Webster University (USA). She is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).
Amy has worked in China and globally for major international companies. She spent twelve years at Philips Electronics where she rose to CFO of their IT division in China. Amy spent four years as CFO and COO of Deloitte Consulting China. Amy then worked for twelve years for the renewable energy industry. She was CFO of the world's largest solar panel manufacturing which she took public on NYSE and CEO of a global developer of renewable projects which she floated on NASDAQ.
Amy is Executive Vice President and CFO of Vered Holdings Corporation Ltd. She is Special Adviser to the Chairman and has responsibility for a US$2bn fund investing in international schools (K-12) in the UK and China for both IGCSE and IB curricula.
Amy is the mother of Andy Stone, who is a Year 11 student at Pinehurst.
Alastair Nisbet is a University lecturer and currently leads the Master of Information Security & Digital Forensics Programme at the Auckland University of Technology. Alastair was involved in law enforcement for 14 years before attending university full time and gaining 6 university degrees in the areas of business, education, law and computer science. This include Masters degrees in law and educational leadership and a PhD in Computer Science.
Alastair & Ruthy have 2 children at Pinehurst who started as new entrants and are now in years 9 and 10. Alastair has a passion for education and computing and is committed to the Cambridge System and Pinehurst School. He brings with him many years of educational and computing experience and wishes to contribute to the Board particularly in these areas.
Pinehurst Trust was formed in 1996 by Pinehurst School Incorporated. The Trust consists of up to a maximum of six trustees, led by Maureen Ross, one of the founders of the school.
The purposes of the Trust are to:
- Administer the proceeds of the school’s life insurance plan on the lives of parents/legal guardians.
- To be the guardian of all parent capital and loans to the School.
- Where it is efficient to do so, to be channels for some fund-raising activities.
- To provide a group familiar with the background and principles of the School who can assist future boards with ensuring continuity of thought and purpose in the growth of the School.
Patrons and Vice Patrons
The Society recognises exceptional contributions by members of its community by appointing them as Patrons or Vice-Patrons of the Society. Contributions could be financial, the provision of goods or services, and / or an exceptional level of personal input over an extended period. Their names are recorded on a plaque in the school entrance lobby. We remain in contact with many of our Patrons and Vice-Patrons, and include them in major school events.
- Peter Davies
- Daphne Davies
- Roly Ellis
- Edith Ellis
- Kingsley Moody
- Erna Moss
- Nick Page
- Bernadette Page
- Ian Ross
- Maureen Ross
- Reno Wijnstok
- Dennise Wijnstok
- Mark Cole
- Paula Cole
- Stephen Brock
- Pui-Har Cheung
- Geoff Cope
- James & Sandy Cornell
- Chris & Heather Greenhill
- Jamie Hall
- Sue & Gavin Hamer
- Steve Hick
- Richard & Marcia Lumsden
- Di & Stewart McKenzie
- Mark & Jacky McManus
- Christine & Mick Mittiga
- Vivienne & Terry Morrison
- David & Margaret O’Neill
- Richard Stevens
- Mark Watt
- Eve & Ray Weston
- Derek & Helen Wight
- Sue & Peter Wright
- Karen & Graham Yukich
- Stephen Patterson
- Bruce & Rose Cotterill
- Mary-Rose Hall
- Robyn Dalzell