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School Board

Mark Sandelin ’75

Mark became Chairman of the Board in 2019, replacing Jeff Blackburn ’76.

Mark is a barrister practicing at Mills Lane Chambers. His area of expertise is commercial and contract litigation, and has specialist knowledge in relationship property disputes. He also holds a number of other company directorships including Chair of Sleepyhead Group ltd, Board member of the Electricity Authority, and Chair of Trinity Hill Wines Ltd.

As Chair of the Board Mark is a member of each of the Board’s committees and has had an ongoing interest in the School’s Development programme as a previous Chair of this group.

Mark’s two sons have followed in his footsteps, with Jamie ’11 having completed his studies at the University of Sydney and Jack ’17 in his final year at the School.

Rob Hamilton ’81

Rob joined the Board in 2015 and is involved in the Property and Finance, Education, Internationalisation and Zone sub-committees. He was also nominated as the Deputy Chairman of the Board, working closely with Mark Sandelin.

Rob has been the Chief Financial Officer at SKYCITY Entertainment Group since 2014. He is responsible for the financial performance of the company, including risk minimisation and reporting, as well as helping to form the strategic direction of SKYCITY Group. He was previously an investment banker at First NZ Capital.

Rob has four children (Matt, Ben, Josh and Emma) and all three sons are former students of Auckland Grammar School – classes of ’11, ’12 and ’14 respectively.

Kerin Russell-Smith

Kerin serves on the Russell Group Board as an Executive Director and Shareholder, and has over 25 years domestic and international experience in finance, construction and property related activities.

In her role she works closely with executive teams in areas of Strategy, Finance, Compliance and Human Resources.

Kerin is a chartered accountant, a trustee of the Keystone Trust, and previously was chair of the Kohia Terrace School Board.

Kerin has three children, and her two boys William and George currently attend Auckland Grammar (in Forms 6 and 7 respectively). Her brother Brett is an Old Boy from the class of 1980.

Ken Lotu-Iiga ’83

Ken is a former Head Prefect and captain of the 1st XV, and is currently General Manager of Fletcher Residential, a role he has been in since 2013.

He joined the Board in 2016, following a very strong showing in the Election and is providing specific expertise as a member of the Property and Finance Committee and the Enrolment Committee.

All three of Ken’s sons have gone to Grammar: Bronson ’12, Theodore ’14 and Konrad ’15.

Grant Graham ’75

Grant joined the Board in 2015, sitting on the Finance Committee. Grant is a partner at Calibre Partners, with over 25 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, and is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Grant specialises in corporate finance and advisory assignments, notably in the areas of valuation, acquisition, restructuring and dispute resolution. He has also written a number of Independent Advisors’ reports as well as the New Zealand Takeovers’ Code.

His son Ben will finish his five-year journey at Grammar in 2022.

Gita Jayaram 

Gita joined the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Education and Internationalisation Committees.

Gita has a Human Resources background and is Principal of Gita Jayaram Consulting. She has over twenty years’ experience in senior HR leadership roles, working and consulting in multi-nationals and state owned enterprises.

Gita’s sons, Arun and Tejas, are recent leavers. Arun was in the Big Band and Jazz Combo as a bass guitarist, and Tejas was a School Prefect and a photographer in the School’s media group.

Mark Malpass 

Mark was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Property, Education and Development Committees, and chairs the Risk & Assurance Committee.

Mark is CEO at Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd. He has previously held senior executive roles at Fulton Hogan, Fletcher Building and had a 19 year career with ExxonMobil Corporation both overseas and in New Zealand including Managing Director of Mobil Oil New Zealand.

Mark has three sons who are current students or recent leavers of Auckland Grammar School: Max ’14, Oscar ’16 and Felix ’19.

Frances Hay-Mackenzie 

Frances has taught Latin and Classics at Auckland Grammar School since 2004. She began her teaching career at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, where she was Teacher in Charge of Latin and Classics for some years until she took a break from teaching to train as a lawyer.

Frances subsequently practiced Litigation and Employment Law for 15 years at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. However, her love of both the classroom and the ancient world, neither of which had fully subsided, together with an opportunity to teach at Auckland Grammar School brought her back to teaching, a decision she has never regretted.

Frances has had previous Board of Trustees experience, including a period as Chairperson of the Board of St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, the school she herself attended.

Braden Dickson ’78 

Braden has been selected to sit on the Board of Trustees as one of the Old Boys’ Association representatives. Braden attended the School from 1978 to 1982 and was a student at Tibbs House.

Braden is a Partner at EY (Ernst & Young) and currently serves as Chairman of the New Zealand firm. He has worked in professional services for the last 20 years helping organisations across New Zealand and Australia, deliver large scale commercial projects.

Braden’s son, Lachlan, was a Senior Prefect in the School’s 150th year in 2019.

Professor Simon Holdaway

Simon is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Auckland where his current role is Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor Research.

He was educated at the University of Otago (obtaining both a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Master of Arts) before taking up a Fulbright Travel Scholarship to study for a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

He first lectured in Archaeology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, before returning to take up a lecturing position at the University of Auckland in 1999. He has research interests that cover the archaeology of Australia, Egypt, and Aotearoa.

Simon is the University of Auckland representative on the School Board.

Jodie King

Jodie joined the Board in 2022 and is a member of the Development and Education Committees.

Jodie has a management consulting background at KPMG in London and Europe. She was at Air NZ where she was Chief People Office from 2014-2020. She is currently the Chief People Officer at Vodafone, her remit includes Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Property and Health and Safety.

Jodie whakapapas to Ngai Tahu, is a Trustee of the Te RouRou (Vodafone) Foundation, is a member of Global Women and a member of the Auckland University Business School Advisory Council.

Jodie has three children, daughter Francesca, and sons Louis and Freddie who are in Forms 4 and 6 respectively at Auckland Grammar School.

Nelson Wang ’90

Nelson is an Auckland Grammar Old Boy, who attended the School from 1990 to 1993.

He is the CEO of Zino Ventures, an investment fund focuses on combining capital along with specific Asian market expertise to help New Zealand technology companies expand and scale into Asia.

As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Nelson has over 20 years’ experience in helping multinational businesses from Asia successfully establishing their investment and operation in NZ.

Nelson has two children (Matthew and Hayley), with Matthew currently in Form 4 at Auckland Grammar and Hayley in year 6 at Remuera Primary.

Grant Trethewey ’76

Grant joined the School Board in May 2022 as one of the Old Boys’ Association representatives. Grant was President of the Association during the School’s 150th year in 2019 and is involved in the fundraising for the Te Ara Capital Project (the new library and outdoor pool). He has also been a member of the Headmaster’s Council.

Grant and his wife Ginny have owned and operated Early Learning Centres in West Auckland for the last 15 years.  Prior to his involvement in the Early Childhood sector, he worked as a town planner and solicitor.

Grant’s son, Hamish ’15, is a recent leaver of Auckland Grammar School, finishing in 2019.

Student Representative – Angus Stevens

Angus is currently completing his final year at Auckland Grammar School, with his subjects focusing on English and Business Studies.

During his time at Grammar, Angus has fully participated in a variety of school activities, from many seasons with the Rowing team, to Debating, Rugby, and Band.

Angus has also been a working actor, who knows that a well educated actor is a good actor. At age 15, he was told by prominent New Zealand producer Robin Scholes (who produced such classics as Once Were Warriors, Mahana, Mr Pip and Black Hands,) that in order to be a successful actor you must work hard, find your joy and be educated.

Angus is proud to be the student representative on the Board for the School, following in the footsteps of 2021 student representative Isaac Mellis-Glynn.

Tim O’Connor

Tim became the 11th Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School in Term 4, 2012.

Educated at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Tim obtained a Diploma of Teaching at Palmerston North Teachers’ College and graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Education.

Tim was previously Rector of Palmerston North Boys’ High School for 10 years, starting his tenure in 2002.

He was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 2007 and in the same year was made a Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader. Further details are available here.

Tim’s eldest son Finn was a Senior Prefect in 2015 and was Captain of the 1st XI Hockey team, while his youngest son Jack is a recent leaver from 2021.

The administrative functions of the Board are professionally carried out by Helen Hall Reidy, the Board Secretary and mum to Patrick ’15, Finn ’17 and Robson who is currently in Form 6.

All Board members bring a wide range of skills and disciplines that gives assurance to the Grammar community that the governance of the School is in very capable hands. But above and beyond this, each of them has a huge passion for Grammar and a desire to ensure that we achieve and maintain our vision of pre-eminence in boys’ secondary education.

The School is privileged and honoured to have a group of such talented and committed people making such a huge contribution to our School.