Declaration of Parent and Staff Election Results 2016
The following were duly elected:
Fiona McCABE – Staff Trustee
I am the current Chairman of the College Board having been appointed to the board in 2012. I am also a Trustee of the Nelson College Trust Foundation. Nelson College has gone from strength to strength over recent years across all aspects of College life and I would like the opportunity to continue to be involved as we take the College to the next level. With three sons involved with the College I have a genuine passion to ensure that all students are provided with the best education and co curricular opportunities available. My boys have been involved with basketball, volleyball, underwater hockey and music. With a background in finance and marketing I have been able to contribute positively to the development of the school. I have several years of experience in both education and other Boards and understand the commitment required to serve on the Board. Being self employed I also have the necessary time to devote to the demands of the Board role. As well as Nelson College I have served on the Hampden Street School Board of Trustees and I am Chairman of an industry advisory group for NMIT. I also represent the tourism industry on the Targeted Review of Qualifications (TROQ) governance board. I am a member of the Institute of Directors and hold a Certificate in Company Direction. I am actively involved in the mentoring of a number of Year 12 Business Studies students. As an Old Boy of the College I have a good understanding of the culture, history and traditions of the school.
I was elected to the Nelson College Board of Trustees in 2013 and am the current Deputy Chairperson. In 2010 when my elder son started at Nelson College I joined the PTA in order to be involved in the College and I continue to be a committed member of this group. Since being elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014 I have been the Board of Trustees representative for the PTA and I am also the PTA representative on the Nelson College Trust Foundation. While my elder son is now a university student, my younger son is a current student of the College. I continue to work part time allowing me the time and energy necessary to devote to the work of the Board which I find both challenging and stimulating. I would like the opportunity to continue with the work started by the outgoing Board and to make further improvements to both the facilities and courses offered to the boys. I have nine years commercial property management experience, the majority based in London where I managed large shopping centres for a number of clients. This experience has already proved useful in my role on the Board. I believe that all students should have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability and Nelson College provides such an environment for boys to do this. Working in the education sector I see first hand that students’ needs are many and varied and to allow them to reach their potential requires skill and experience. Nelson College offers both and I would like to ensure we continue to do this and more.
For 6 years I served on the Board of Trustees of a local primary school. I was chairperson for the last 3 of those years. I enjoyed my involvement as a trustee and found the excellent training in governance available to school trustees directly transferrable to my business world. I am co-founder, and currently the Finance Director of an export-focused IT company which currently employs about 10 staff. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (Comparative Studies in Literature and History) from Griffith University in Brisbane and I am a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. I am a people person and a big picture strategic thinker – always keeping longer term goals and the endgame in mind. My internal compass is values-oriented. I believe in the intrinsic value of all people and I enjoy seeing people dreaming bigger and achieving more than they thought possible. I am a businesswoman, a wife and many different kinds of mother – adoptive mother, foster mother and stepmother. I am a firm believer in life-long learning and enjoy working on my own personal and professional development. I believe everyone wins when you find the right solution to any given problem, and laughter is always the best medicine. A dual citizen of New Zealand and Australia I have lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I made Nelson my home in January 1993 and have lived here continuously since then, apart from a stint of 8 months in Seattle in 2000. My association with Nelson College started at the beginning of 2015 when my husband and I became foster parents to a young man beginning Year 9. Our foster son has become a permanent member of our family and in 2017 my youngest child will start Year 9 at Nelson College. I grew up in Central Queensland where I changed schools 17 times, mostly during my primary school years. I went to a single sex boarding school for four of my college years and believe the experience of boarding school helped make up for the transient nature of my earlier life and the inconsistent schooling of my primary school years, I enjoyed being a boarder and credit the school with providing the foundation I needed for successful “adulating”. I will be honoured to serve Nelson College as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees should I be elected.
I am a Principal and Chartered Accountant with the firm Crowe Horwath. I am originally from Australia and moved to the Nelson region in 2001. I have three children and my youngest son, Morgan, is currently attending Nelson College Preparatory School. I am a current Trustee of the Nelson Bays Community Foundation, Trustee of the Nelson Gondola Lift Society, past Chairman of the Tama Asset Holding Company Limited, and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. I am running for a position on the Board of Trustees as I feel my specialist skills set in governance, strategic planning and financial acumen will add strength to the existing board. I understand the importance of good governance and its role in setting strategic direction, so the school can continue to be successful into the future.
I am passionate about nurturing and bring well rounded, motivated and educated young men into the community and I am keen to be more involved and contribute to the development of Nelson College in achieving this.
I would like to become a member of Nelson College’s Board of Trustees. We have recently moved to Nelson from Wellington and my son has just started in Year 9 at Nelson College. I am very keen to be involved and contribute to my son’s education and therefore the College and College community that he will be part of for the next 5 years. The Board needs a good team player and good people manager: Until recently I ran a team of over 100 people across Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch advising organisations on governance and strategic and operational risk management. I am a strong team player with a track record of great staff engagement, development and retention. Board members need to understand governance and strategy: As well as advising public and private sector clients on governance I was on the Board of PwC responsible for governance, strategy and performance monitoring across the firm. The firm, nationally, had over 1000 staff and so this involved doing much of what a BOT member would need to do but on a larger scale. Board members need to ask the hard questions: Following my passion for developing people and teams, I left PwC to become an Executive Coach. As a Certified Coach I am trained to approach challenges with a positive and open mind and to ask challenging and quality questions. After 19 years as a partner in senior roles, I am confident that I do not avoid the difficult but necessary questions. An understanding of the education sector is useful: I have a reasonable understanding of the education sector. My wife was a secondary school teacher for 20 years and was also on the Board of Trustees at our children’s primary school. At work my clients included the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission and New Zealand Qualifications Authority as well as a number of universities. As well as having this level of experience I continue to be keen to listen and learn from those around me and read and understand any relevant. Being financially literate is useful: As a chartered accountant and experienced business adviser I am financially literate.