Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Jeff BlackburnJeff Blackburn '67 joined the Board in 2007 and was elected Chair in December 2009.

In his role as Chair, he sits on all the Board Committees and attends meetings of the Foundation Trust and Headmaster's Council. Previously he was President of the Old Boys' Association from 2006 to 2008.

Jeff has had two sons graduate from the School (Christopher, class of '03 and James, class of '05). He is a consultant in Customs and trade law.




Mark SandelinMark Sandelin '75 is a senior partner in the law firm of Minter Ellison and returns for his third term on the Board.

Mark chairs the Development Committee, which has successfully raised significant sums of money for the School in recent years, and is a member of the Discipline Committee.

Mark's son Jamie '11 is a recent leaver and was named Head Prefect in 2015.




Tom BassettTom Bassett, a Principal of the environmental and engineering consulting firm of Tonkin + Taylor, is Chair of the Property Committee.

Tom works closely with School staff on Property matters, including recently the completion of the New Classroom Block, and the new artificial turf for the lower Number 3 field. He also sits on the 150th Celebration Working Group.

Tom's son Sam completed Form 7 at Auckland Grammar School in 2015. Tom will also be familiar to a number of the Grammar community as a past Junior Chair and Treasurer of the Parnell Cricket Club.



John ChishlomJohn Chisholm '74 is the immediate past President of the Old Boys' Association and also returns to the Board for a third term.

John is the Managing Director and shareholder of Academy Books, a leading New Zealand educational resource provider, and in addition to his OBA responsibilities, he also chairs the Tibbs House Committee.

His brother David is an Old Boy (class of '76) and both of John's sons Harry and Angus are current students of the School (classes of 2012 and 2015 respectively).




Adrienne ClelandAdrienne Cleland was appointed to the Board as the University of Auckland representative in 2012.

She brings to the Board a wealth of expertise in the administrative, IT and property areas as the Director of Administration at the University.





Ken Lotu IigaKen Lotu-I'iga '83 is a former Head Prefect and captain of the 1st XV, and is currently General Manager of Fletcher Residential.

He joined the Board this year 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, Bronson '12, Theodore '15 and Konrad '16, are current students of Auckland Grammar School.




Grant GrahamGrant Graham '75 joined the Board in 2015, sitting on the Finance Committee. Grant is a partner in accountancy firm KordaMentha, with over 25 years' experience as a Chartered Accountant.

Grant specialises in corporate finance and advisory assignments, notably in the areas of valuation, acquisition, restructuring and dispute resolution.

His son Ben will start in Form 3 at Auckland Grammar School in 2018.




Rob Hamilton newRob Hamilton '81 joined the Board in 2015 and is involved in the Property and Finance, Education, Internationalisation and Zone sub-committees.

Rob is the Chief Financial Officer at SKYCITY Entertainment Group and was previously an investment banker at First NZ Capital.

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




Stuart LobbStuart Lobb '84 is a former Grammar Prefect, member of the Senior Eight Rowing and 1st XI Football. He joined the Board in 2014 and is a member of the Tibbs House and Finance committees.

Stuart is a KPMG-trained Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the Old Boys Association Executive since 2013. His brothers Blair '87 and Gareth '88 are also Old Boys, former prefects, rowers and London trained chartered accountants.

Stuart's son Jack is a current student, in Form 5 and also a keen rower, continuing the family tradition.




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

Gita has a Human Resources management background and is a Director of Diversitas Consulting Limited. She has over twenty years' experience in senior HR leadership roles, working and consulting in multi-nationals and state owned enterprises.

Gita's two sons, Tejas and Arun, will start at Auckland Grammar School in 2017.




Mark MalpassMark Malpass was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Property, Education and Development Committees.

Mark is Group Executive (Strategy and Corporate Development) at Fulton Hogan.

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




Frances Hay MackenzieFrances Hay-Mackenzie 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 BOT experience, including a period as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of St Mary's College, Ponsonby, the school she herself attended.


Headmaster Tim O'ConnorTim O'Connor became the eleventh Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School in Term 4, 2012. Educated at Palmerston North Boys' High School, Mr O'Connor went on to obtain 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 and youngest son Jack has just started his journey at the School.

The administrative functions of the Board are professionally carried out by Patrick Gargiulo, the Board Secretary and Operations Manager of the School.

All the members bring to the Board 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.