School Board

The school is governed by the School Board, which sets the strategic direction for the School, and ensures compliance with legal and policy requirements.

Our current School Board comprises a group of elected parent and community representatives, an elected staff representative, an elected student representative, and the principal. We are very fortunate that our Trustees bring a wide range of professional and life skills to their governance role. 

Mrs Virginia Bishop - Board member

Originally a trained and registered secondary school teacher, my career journey to date has seen me gain significant experience in senior and executive operational and strategic leadership roles across private and public enterprises.

I am an energetic individual who thrives in dynamic, complex environments where I have the opportunity to offer leadership to people and projects that impact the lives of others and strengthen communities. I have a commitment to excellence and a desire to work hard to achieve the best outcomes. I am passionate about learning and development, actively contributing in paid and voluntary positions within the education sector. This includes being a member of the Old Girls Association where I am currently the committee secretary and a trustee on the EGGS Foundation - an incorporated charitable trust with the purpose of serving the school in the advancement of education.

My husband, Brett, and I have 2 daughters at ANI. I am delighted that both girls are keen to continue their education journeys through Epsom Girls Grammar.

As a representative of the parents of the EGGS community I bring broad general management skills in leadership, finance, strategy and property and an ability to problem solve while focusing on innovation with a strong sense for the future and big picture. Combined with being an active Old Girl immersed within the fabric of the school I have awareness and understanding to support EGGS to continue to respond to emerging shifts and trends in education.

Outside work you will find me enjoying the outdoors with our family or you will see me courtside or poolside supporting school sports or fundraising for events across our wider Epsom community of learning. 

Mr Philip Bradley - Board member

My wife, Suzanne and I are parents to three daughters, Rebekah, Summer and Georgia who cover the range of student life at Epsom Girls; two have finished Year 13 in 2015 and 2018 respectively, while the youngest continues doing her NCEA levels. I count it a privilege to serve the school community with a background that includes teaching, architecture, graphic design and business. I have a strong interest in the role of parents as partners in education and on school/community engagement.

As you read through these trustee profiles, think back to your own school days. Who was the teacher you will never forget? What would you do different then, knowing what you know now? Where would you like to our children to be in the future? Questions like these underly my thinking as we draft governance policy, set the vision and ensure compliance.  Turou Hawaiki 

Ms Julie Goodyer - Board member

I am a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. I attended EGGS in the 1970s and my two daughters attended EGGS from 2009 - 2013.

I am the Treasurer of the EGGS Old Girls Association and I was President from 2010 - 2014.

I chair the Board of Trustees’ Epsom House Committee and am also on the Finance and Property, and Curriculum sub committees. 

Ms Rachel Heeney - Staff representative

I have been teaching biology and science at Epsom Girls for the past 20 years. Needlesstosay I love it here and during my time here I have been involved with rowing, underwater hockey, organising trips to Vanuatu and Samoa as well as being on various committees over the years. I have co-written textbooks and helped deliver biology professional development to biology teachers throughout NZ. 

I had thought about how I could contribute to the wider school and in 2015 become the staff representative on the Board. I am certainly impressed by the Board here at EGGS and can see the school from a different angle. We have a fabulous caring and innovative staff here, terrific students and a great management team - I hope my daughter who is now only 11 would like to come here for her education too.

Mr Chris Iles - Chairperson

I am the current Chair of the EGGS School Board. Both of my daughters are now EGGS Old Girls with Sophie leaving last year. They both loved their EGGS experience and are now enjoying life as University Students in Wellington.

EGGS continues to be a high performing educational institution and as a board we are extremely proud of the achievements of all the EGGS students. A high performing culture is not possible without a dedicated team focused on continually driving and aspiring to deliver an all-round quality educational experience. The ERO report from 2018 further highlighted the high quality of education both inside and outside the classroom.

As a board we need to ensure the school has all at its disposal to continue to push boundaries and strive to continually outperform our expectations. There are a number of key property projects on our masterplan designed to enhance the educational experience and will require the support of our wide community network to realise these ambitious projects. 

EGGS is also very fortunate to have a very strong skill set amongst the current trustees and it has also made me appreciate the passion, pride and dedication from all whom strive to make EGGS the successful school it is.

Ms Wendy Kerr - Board member

My youngest child is in Year 11 and I have enjoyed the privilege of working on the Board and getting to know the school more intimately. I am passionate about enabling young people to realise their potential and until recently I was the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland, where we aimed to grow business savvy, entrepreneurially minded students. Through this experience I have been able to work with leading edge pedagogy and experiential approaches.

Over my career I have been drawn to developing new ventures, and have global experience in leading technology and media start-ups. I was also an Executive Coach in London for 10 years, and believe that we all have the ability to achieve our goals when given the right tools at the right time. 

Being on the Board at EGGs has allowed me to bring my experiences and passion together.  

Mrs Mere Rangihuna - Whanau Representative

Ko Mere Rangihuna ahau. Nō Te Taitokerau ahau.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata!

I am bold, outgoing, and value relationships. I live in Epsom with my husband and three children. We have a son in Form 6 at Auckland Grammar School and our daughter is in Year 11 at EGGS. Our eldest son left school at the end of Year 12 to pursue his passion for Civil & Earthworks. My husband, Wayne Rangihuna, is the Head of Boarding at InZone Education Foundation where we currently reside.

I have over 30 years of experience in the world of sports leadership and management as a sports admininistrator, coach, team services manager, and organisational governance at school, club, regional and national levels. I thrive in environments that are fun, challenging, and mana enhancing!

To best represent Whānau Māori as their elected member on the Board, we must provide kaupapa Māori environments for whānau and tauira presence and engagement as Māori. We’re all about relationships, connections, and people.

How do our strategic priorities and policies guarantee Māori success as Māori? We know what’s good for Māori is good for all!

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more about me Mauri Ora!

Miss Waikemania Seve - Student Representative

Kia Ora and Talofa O lo’u igoa o Waikamania Seve. My name is Waikamania, I am currently in my fourth year at EGGS striving to attain NCEA level 2. My younger sister and I were born and raised in Whangarei. We board at InZone Education Foundation, a hostel with the sole purpose of giving Māori and Pasifika access to top performing schools. Fortunately, I am grateful to have the opportunity of attending Epsom Girls Grammar School and the privilege to be the student voice on the School Board.

My aim is to represent the student body superbly and bring a student lens to board discussions. That way we as a school can continue to provide a unified learning space while promoting growth in student achievement in and out of the classroom. As rangatahi (youth), I promote Tuakana Teina Manaakitanga, seniors and juniors looking after one another. My aspiration is to advocate Taha Hinengaro Tautoko, mental health support for students. I finish with a whakatauki, a proverb.

“He aha te kai ō te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero. What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.”

Ms Kate Smith - Board member

My daughter Chloe finished Year 13 at EGGS in 2020 and I am an old girl of EGGS finishing my 7th form in 1991. I am proud to be an elected Board member and to represent the interests of the entire school community. I am currently on the Personnel Committee and chairperson of the Enrolment Committee.

I have been in the NZ Police for nearly 23 years and am currently a Detective Sergeant, for the North Island, training new detectives. I am a facilitator for the Police High Performance Framework and am a firm believer that leadership and performance are the basis for a strong career in whatever vocation our kids choose to follow in their adult lives.  I continue to amass varied and unusual skills that I bring to the EGGS Board.

I am a great believer in empowering young people to make the right decisions to help them grow into the people they want to become. I am thrilled to be able to give-back to the school that gave me the opportunities and support to strive for high performance in all aspects of life.

Mr Tovia Va'aelua - Board member

Mrs Lorraine Pound - Principal

TBC - School Board Secretary