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 Guptill - Board Chair - DipMin BSW PGDipProfSupv
Max has been involved in school governance for the last 15 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. Max had a daughter at One Tree Hill College who now attends University of Auckland.
Alison Felton - Deputy Board Chair - 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 currently attending One Tree Hill College.
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 5 years. Mark has a daughter at One Tree Hill College.
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 22 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 recently graduated One Tree Hill College.
Ann Crawford - Staff Trustee - 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. In 2020, Nick was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA) for Leadership.
Mary Abiad - Student Trustee
Board of Trustees Election