Board of Trustees

The One Tree Hill College Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the college. Day–to–day leadership decisions, however, are made by the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team.
The present board is:

Darryl Follows - Board Chair 


Darryl has significant banking and finance experience obtained over a 31 year career, the last 19 with BNZ, in a number of roles including business banking, credit, lease and asset financing. Darryl has been associated with One Tree Hill College for 7 years, his eldest son graduating in 2015 and Darryl has a daughter left at the school.  Darryl has a very strong interest in sport having held roles with both Swimming New Zealand and Auckland Rugby and is currently Manager for a premier team in the Auckland club rugby competition.

Max GuptillDeputy Board Chair - DipMin BSW PGDipProfSupv


Max has been involved in school governance for the last 12 years on a local Primary School board.  Max is a carpenter by trade, a Social Worker by profession and a pastor by choice.  Many students will recognise Mr Guptill from coaching sport at One Tree Hill College, an involvement that Max has had with the college since 1998.  Max has a passion for young people achieving to their greatest potential and making good life choices and currently has a daughter attending the college.

Derek Anderson -  BE MNZIM


Dagmar Dyck - PG Dip FA, Grad DipTchng

Dagmar's main expertise lies in the creative sector. A graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts she has maintained a professional artist practise spanning over 20 years. Since completing her Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2009 Dagmar has merged her skills and is passionate about empowering her students at Sylvia Park School in and through the platform of the arts. She also holds the Sport Co-ordinator role and enjoys coaching and managing various sports teams, including One Tree Hill College's girls rugby team. Dagmar has one daughter currently attending the school.


Mark Leadbetter -  BBS (Accg), Dip Bus Admin (Fin), CA, MInstD

Mark spent 18 years working for international accounting firms in London and Auckland encompassing training, technical and auditing roles and more recently running his own business.  Mark has been on the Bailey Road School Board for the past 6 years and has a daughter in Year 9 at One Tree Hill College.


Rob McKnight

Rob is an experienced company director, having worked with-in both the commercial and not for profit sectors.  Rob runs his own business specialising in project and contract management within the property sector.  Rob believes in quality, appropriate, well-resourced and will delivered education by outstanding teachers, as a cornerstone for kids to get the most out of life.  Rob has a daughter at One Tree Hill College.

Nick-Coughlan.jpgNick Coughlan BSc DipTchg — Principal

Nick was appointed Principal in March 2010. He was Deputy Principal from 2004—2010 and before that HOD Social Sciences at the college.

Desiree Hughes - Staff Trustee

Desiree is a well respected Social Sciences teacher at the college who is also Whanau Leader for Hinau. 

Ishwanka Sharma — Student Trustee

Ishwanka is a Year 13 student and college Prefect at One Tree Hill College.

The Board of Trustees meets monthly on a Monday evening at 6pm in the One Tree Hill College Boardroom. Please contact the Board Secretary, Heather Eustace for more information -