Our Members

 

 

Matthew Veal

Chairperson

Matt has been a Board member (Parent) for the past five years. Matt has a daughter in year 12, and a son who finished college in 2018.

In particular, Matt is keen to ensure that the programme of property projects now in progress comes to a successful completion, after all the challenges and hard work.

Matt has found his first term as a Board member really rewarding. With the dedication of staff, students and parents see the ongoing success of the College, both academically and in a range of extra-curricular activities.

Matt is an experienced financial manager and Chartered Accountant. He believes his background of financial management, financial planning, governance, risk management, budgeting and commercial decision-making is beneficial in the role of Trustee. Matt has worked as Head of Finance or Financial Controller for several organizations, including Southern Cross Health Society, the leading not-for-profit health insurer. Matt has originally worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Matt is currently working for Evolve Education Group in the early childhood education sector, and has worked in the health sector for a number of years. This experience is very relevant for a College Trustee, in particular the challenge of trying to balance ever-growing demands with finite resourcing.

Matt was a keen sportsman, and now takes an active role in supporting his children’s numerous sports. He has umpired both boys and girls College cricket 1st XIs, and has been part of a group seeking to boost the quality of cricket at the College. Matt enjoys Saturday mornings watching the various teams competing and enjoying their sports.

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 achieve a rounded education.

 

Campbell Gough

Deputy Chairperson

Campbell was elected as a Board Member (Parent) in 2019.

Campbell is an experienced General Manager. He has worked across a number of different industries in various accounting, sales and marketing roles and is a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ. Campbell is confident that his broad commercial experience and determination to drive positive outcomes will be of benefit in his School Trustee role.

Originally haling from the Hutt Valley, and following nine years in Melbourne, Campbell has been a resident of St Heliers for over a decade.  He is married to Tracy and has a daughter who finished college in 2020 and a son in year 13 at Glendowie College.  Campbell has a variety of interests, particularly adventure travel which has led to some thrilling experiences, including self drive 4WD safariing thru the Gobi, Africa and India.  In recent years, he has enjoyed being involved in kids sport in a number of voluntary capacities and assisting early career Accountants via the CAANZ Mentoring program.

Campbell firmly believes that education is the 'best' investment we can make towards a strong community with positive values and a prosperous future. He looks forward to the challenge of leveraging his experience to help Glendowie College shape an environment where students can excel whatever their talents.

 

 Gordon Robertson

Principal

Gordon is a long-serving staff member of Glendowie College and has been appointed as Principal in August 2020.

Gordon started teaching in 1983 at Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North. Since arriving at Glendowie College in 1986, he has had a range of responsibilities being a Dean and the Head of Social Sciences Faculty. Gordon has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the college since 1997.

Gordon started teaching as a Geography and History teacher. His qualifications include an M.A (Hons) Auckland and a Diploma in School Management. He was fortunate to be awarded the Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 2007 and used the opportunity to study Professional Learning practices in Canada, the United States and Britain.

Gordon is passionate about providing a quality holistic education for the students of Glendowie College. Gordon considers that the college has a responsibility to prepare young people for whatever career or educational direction they want to pursue as well as giving them the skills to be positive, caring and engaged members of society.

Gordon and his partner, Jo, have two adult children, both of whom work in education. As both a parent and teacher, Gordon has been actively coaching, managing, refereeing and scoring a wide range of sports. Occasionally he is able to make it out onto the golf course.

 

 

 

 

 

Warwick Beadle 

Board Member - Parent

Warwick was elected as a Board Member (Parent) in 2019.  He was previously on the Glendowie School Board for six years and frequently held the Chair position during the absence of the elected Chairperson.

Warwick is a stay-at-home Dad having retired after 33 years with a major International Airline. He is a Volunteer with the New Zealand Police, however all Volunteer duties are currently on hold pending a Safety and Security review.  He is currently President of the Canadian Club of New Zealand.

Warwick is married and has one child in year 12 with the College.  He participates wherever possible to support the College’s Junior Boys Underwater Hockey Team.

He looks forward to the opportunity, wherever applicable, to bring his previous experience to Glendowie College.  He is passionate about the need to provide a First Class education to all students and hopes his involvement with the College’s Board will contribute to that end.

 

Belinda Sutherland 

Board Member - Parent

Belinda has been appointed as a Board Member (parent) in 2021.

Belinda is a Glendowie College Alum (1983 – 1987) and has been a part of the Glendowie/St Heliers community for most of her life.

Following gaining a BA (Geography) she held many roles in Customer Services for a homewares and printer importer, Retail of homewares in London, Personal Assistant at a design practice in London, Office Administrator, Event Manager, Business Development & Marketing Manager for an Auckland design practice then Resource Planning Advisor and currently a Finance Coordinator for Jasmax where she has worked for over 13years. It is interesting to see how each opportunity taken has led to more opportunities that interrelate.

Whilst at GDC with her two siblings, her mother was an active member of the PTA and her father was on the Eastern Schools Board, which covered Selwyn College, Penrose College (now One Tree Hill College), Metropolitan College (closed) and Glendowie College. So she observed and understands the roles of governance vs management – as board members we are there to set clear policy to guide our teaching staff so they can focus on creating the very best learning environment for our children. And she’s keen to attend Professional Development courses to improve her effectiveness in this area.

Belinda has two daughters, one in year 6 at St Heliers School and one in year 12 at GDC. She’s actively involved in the rowing squad by way of the Fundraising and Catering committees, having been a Rower for GDC too.

Belinda is also a member of the Glendowie College Development Foundation Trust and hopes that through her skills of financial acumen, strong organisation and process, HR experience, volunteer management, is a good listener and able to ask good questions, will be strong attributes to assist the Board reach its goals.

Belinda strongly believes in providing a variety of learning opportunities to enable developing well rounded individuals who can find their place in our community and the wider world.

 

   

Megan Hollister 

Board Member - Parent

Megan is a former GDC student and has a daughter in Year 13, and 2 sons who graduated in 2017 and 2018.

Megan has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry, working predominantly as a Producer of Commercials and Music Videos. She studied Advertising and Marketing at ATI (now AUT) before joining the Television Production Department at Colenso Communications in Wellington, spending 4 years there and then making the move to London, where she spent the next 20 years.

Megan was GM of a film production company in London and contracted for several others in the UK and USA. 

The arrival of 3 children determined it was time for change, and she and her family made the move to NZ in 2011 to reconnect with family and friends here and to learn to be kiwis!

In the last few years, Megan has been contracting for two food importing companies, providing admin and logistics support.

Megan loves supporting her kids in their sporting and arts endeavours, and is a regular on the sporting sidelines, or providing transport.

She is also a very keen reader, and is a voting member of BAFTA, which means many hours of obligatory film watching in the months leading up to Film Awards season.

Megan has a keen interest in design and landscaping, and has been involved in the renovation and ongoing maintenance of the Quad gardens over the last 6 months, and is looking forward to assisting with the current and planned property and landscaping projects at GDC.  She believes an attractive environment is very helpful in engendering pride in the school community.

 

 

Bridget Rothbart

Board Member - Staff

Bridget has both primary and secondary school training and experience.  As well as lecturing business management at a tertiary institution. This means that she has an understanding of the educational flow and some of the challenges faced by students at each level.

She has taught at Grosvenor Girls’ High School (South Africa), Technikon Natal (South Africa), Howick Primary, Kadimah College and has been part of the Glendowie College staff since 2007.  She teaches Economics and Enterprise and is the Teacher in Charge of Year 13.

She is married with two daughters who also attended the school.

 

  

 

 Charlotte Smith

Board Member - Student

Charlotte is a Year 13 student at Glendowie College and was elected as the Student Representative on the Glendowie College Board in March 2022. She is the voice of the student body and ensures that the student voice is heard and that the students can share their experiences at school.

Charlotte enjoys participating in the school community through activities such as co-curricular dance, peer-support and girls hockey. In the past, Charlotte completed the Spirit of Adventure 5-day voyage with 9 other GDC students, she thinks this voyage gave her lots of transferable skills she can apply to the role of Student Board member.

Charlotte is also a member of the ‘Youth of Orakei’, a group funded by the Orakei local board that provides engaging projects for students and young people in the Orakei community.  In her spare time, she enjoys doing ballet and jazz outside of school, as well as hanging out with her friends in the weekends. She is looking forward to having the opportunity to contribute to the Glendowie College community through being a member of the Board this year.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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