Our Trustees




Steve Collier


Steve was co-opted on to the Board as a parent trustee, and has been part of the current Board for 18 months. He has enjoyed his time on the board, which started with appointing a new principal.

Steve works at the Youth Hostel Association as a manager of the Auckland hostel, and with oversight of other hostels around the upper North Island.  This work has enabled him to bring valuable professional advice to the Board.

Steve and his wife moved back to New Zealand ten years ago, after working overseas for a while. They have three children who attend the college. His daughter left the college last year and his twin boys are in year 12.

He looks forward to being able to continue to contribute to the development of the college, its students and the community.



Garry Ivill

Deputy Chairperson

Garry was elected as a parent trustee in 2016.  He was previously on the St Heliers School Board where he was Chairperson for six years. 

Garry is the General Manager of Metrix, an importer and distributor of high-end European bathroom brands. He is a past chairperson of the Plumbing Industry Charitable Trust, an industry initiative that raised money for organisations involved in helping Youth at Risk. Recently, he was appointed as a director of a company that provides innovative apprenticeship training in the plumbing sector.

Garry has two children, one still at Glendowie College in Year 11 and one left last year.  He is a keen cricketer and co-coaches the GDC Junior A cricket team.  He is working with a group of like-minded parents and teachers to improve the standard of boys and girls cricket at GDC in the future.

Garry strongly believes that improving student achievement, experiences and opportunities through the GDC environment will benefit our wider communities in the future.


 Richard Dykes


Richard has been a member of the board since the start of 2015, when he joined the college as Principal.

Richard started teaching in 1998 at Burnside High School in Christchurch, where he taught economics and accounting. He has expertise in eLearning and a Masters in Education Administration.

He has since worked at various schools through New Zealand in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. Most recently, Richard worked at Pakuranga College where he was the Associate or second Principal.

Richard has a passion for education and growing young people into our future citizens and leaders, people who are positively and actively engaged in our community. 

As the primary education advisor to the Board, Richard brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees.

Richard is married and has three children, two at school and one at university. 



Anne van der Straaten 

Parent Trustee 

Anne has been on the school board since 2015 and is a member of the Finance and Property Committee.  Her involvement in the college began when she joined the Parents Association, helping as the Treasurer, before joining the Board. 

She is passionate about education and having a forward thinking environment for our future generations to flourish, develop in and reach their full potential. 

In addition to board work, Anne manages the Boys' 2nd XI hockey team and also part of the Whānau Taurere group. 

Anne has many years of experience with various accounting packages and as an MYOB and Xero consultant, and is constantly upskilling.  She has been impressed with the management of the school and especially their striving to continuously improve and provide opportunities for both staff and students. 

Anne and her husband are raising their two grandchildren, with one at the College and the eldest finished in 2016.





Moana Oh

Parent Trustee

Moana is Ngati Rarua, and a born and bred Cantabrian. Her canny understanding of people is a theme throughout her career. She has a background in healthcare and has worked for the airline industry in a customer service role.

She currently is a Student Development and Engagement Manager at the University of Auckland. Her primary role is making a difference in student academic life through enhancing the student experience. She is a master at creating positive work cultures with an emphasis on equity, well-being and relationship building.  

She has a thorough knowledge of the tertiary education sector, and has particular interest in communities of learning. Moana has a Masters in Political Science and a pile of diplomas that come with a lifelong love of learning. 

Moana is married, with two children and a beehive. 




 Matthew Veal

Parent Trustee

Matt has been a parent Trustee since mid-2016, and a member of the Finance and Property Committee.

He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in various financial managerial and governance roles, largely within the insurance sector, including roles with Southern Cross Health Society and Fidelity Life Assurance. He has experience in the not-for-profit sector and uses these skills to contribute to the ongoing success of Glendowie College.

As a history graduate, Matt considers it vital to continue to support the arts and humanities, as well as technical and scientific education, to ensure students can achieve a rounded education.

Previously a keen sportsman, Matt is now actively involved with his children’s many sporting activities, including regularly umpiring for the College 1st XI cricket team.

Matt grew up in England, before heading to Auckland with his wife in 1992. He has a son in year 13 and a daughter due to start at the College in 2019.



 Cherise Stone

Staff Trustee

Cherise has been the staff representative on the board since the start of 2016.

Cherise started teaching at Mt Roskill Grammar School as an English teacher in 1990.  She moved to Waitakere College in 1993 as Head of Drama, followed by Takapuna Grammar, and Southern Cross Campus. She has been Head of Department Drama at Glendowie for 10 years.

Helping every student to meet his or her potential by delivering an innovative programme grounded in sound pedagogy is her passion.

Beside Drama, her strengths are in ICT facilitation, she has participated in the Kia Eke Panuku staff development group.

She runs many staff and co-curricular activities such as the school musical, Shakespeare competition, Theatre Sports, costume and lighting groups. She is the Auckland representative for Drama NZ. Cherise has a post-graduate certificate in theatre directing from NIDA.

Cherise is married with two children, one currently at the school, and one recently graduated from it.




 Fletcher Milne-Ulrich

Student Trustee

Fletcher is a year 12 student at Glendowie College and Board of Trustees student representative for 2018.




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