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:


Max GuptillBoard Chair - DipMin BSW PGDipProfSupv

Max has been involved in school governance for the last 14 years on the Bailey Road School Board; he has also been on the College board since 2015. Max is a carpenter by trade, social worker by profession and a pastor by choice. He has been coaching sport at One Tree Hill College since 1998. Max believes education is important and has a passion for young people achieving to their greatest potential and making good life choices. 

Rob McKnight - Deputy Board Chair

Rob believes that quality, appropriate, well-resourced and well delivered education by outstanding teachers is a cornerstone for kids to get the most out of life. Rob believes One Tree Hill College works hard to create the best possible outcomes for all students. Rob is an experienced director and board member, having run his own business for many years. Rob also has experience sitting on governance boards, and this combined experience will benefit One Tree Hill College. Rob has a daughter at One Tree Hill College.

Derek Anderson -  BE MNZIM

Derek is a graduate of University of Auckland and has an extensive background in manufacturing management in a variety of industries. Derek has been actively involved in Ellerslie School on a number of levels whilst his sons attended the school. Derek is involved in both college and club football as a referee and coach. Derek has a son at One Tree Hill College and another who has recently graduated.

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

Mark spent 19 years working for international accounting firms in London and Auckland encompassing training, technical and auditing roles and more recently running his own business. Mark was on the Bailey Road School Board for 8 years and has been on the One Tree Hill College Board for 3 years. Mark has a daughter at One Tree Hill College.

Edmond Fehoko  - MA (Hons), PhD Candidate

Edmond has extensive experience working in the youth sector, education and community development. Edmond has worked in the tertiary field for over 10 years and is currently a Pacific Academic Partner at MIT. His experiences in education have been life changing, they have not only helped shape his views and perceptions in life but have provided a platform of empowerment. He believes education is the biggest underutilised resource by our young people.

Alison Felton  - B.Tech 

Ali has been heavily involved in the community through volunteering with Plunket, Kindergarten, Girl Guides, Ellerslie School PTA and OTHC PTA. Ali is a strong believer in education, and understands this is a fluid concept as there is no one-size-fits-all approach.  Ali is an advocate for attending your local school, which allows a school to integrate with its local community.  Ali has 2 daughters – one currently attends One Tree Hill College, and the other will begin next year. 

Stan Whata  - BEd, Dip.Tchg 

Te Arawa te iwi; Te Arawa te waka; Ngati Pikiao te hapu; Ko toku ingoa; Ko Stan Whata. Stan has been a school principal for over 21 years, leading various and diverse communities, schools and education in a variety of roles and capacities. This experience has also included many years of service as a member of numerous school Board of Trustees and governance roles for marae and sporting clubs. His passion is about growing people, understanding the challenges people face, and finding practical solutions and outcomes. Stan has a son who attends One Tree Hill College.

Ann Crawford -  BA (Hons)

Ann is a graduate of the University of Ulster specialising in English and Religious Education. She has been teaching for over 30 years in a number of countries around Europe prior to immigrating to NZ in 2006. She has coached and managed a number of sports teams and is currently co-manager of the 1st XV. Having been Whānau Leader and Curriculum Leader she has a good understanding of how the school works and is passionate about student achievement.

Nick 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.

Judi Barnard - Student Trustee 

Newspaper Parent and Staff Election results

Board Meeting Dates 2020

All meetings occur on Monday and commence at 6pm in the Stewart Bell Boardroom located at One Tree Hill College (unless otherwise stated). Members of the public are welcome to attend. To ensure there is enough seating, we would appreciate members of the public who are attending to inform the Board Secretary, Heather Eustace

  • 24 February
  • 19 March - Thursday, 6pm due to developments with covid-19
  • 16 April - Thursday, 1:30pm via zoom due to covid-19 restrictions
  • 25 May - Monday, 4pm via zoom due to covid-19 restrictions
  • 22 June
  • 10 August
  • 21 September
  • 27 October - Tuesday, 6pm due to Labour Day
  • 30 November