Board Members

Parent Elected Board Members

Rua Murray   (Chairperson)
Mark Callaghan (Appraisal Committee)
Julian Cone (Appraisal Committee)
Keryn Davis (Assurance Committee)
Dave Harrison (Appraisal Committee)
Craig Reynolds (Assurance Committee)
Rachel Westaway (Appraisal Committee)

Staff Elected Board Member
Melody McCombe (Assurance Committee)

Ross Hastings

Members of the school Senior Leadership Team, Polly Hutchinson, Cade Englefield and Rebecca Marryatt, often also attend Board meetings.

About the Board Members

Rua Murray (Chairperson) - Michelle and I have two children, with our youngest in Year 8 at South. As a former student of South (mid-80s)  and  child  of  this  neighbourhood,  I've  jumped  back  into  the  school  community  with  co-option  to  the board.  In  between,  we  lived  in  the  UK,  Canada  and  Kirikiriroa.  I  bring  to  the  board  a  passion  for  the transformative  power  of  education  and  success  for  every  student  (which  also  drives  my  daily  work  as  a research mathematician and teacher).

Mark Callaghan (Board Member) -

Julian Cone (Board Member) - I am passionate about my family, my community, information technology and the intersection of them all. I am proud to be a two term trustee at South, involved in governance and sports coaching while my two sons have enjoyed their time here. I am a graduate of Canterbury Uni, and have worked at Landcare Research, had roles as a co-founder/early contributor at a number of local startups (YikeBike, Ministry of Awesome) and am currently an engineer at SLI Systems.

Keryn Davis (Board Member) - I  was  co-opted  to  the  Board  in  March  2015.  I  have  two  sons - Tom (Year 9) and Harry who is in Year 7 at South. I’m married to Tony, and we live in Somerfield. I’m a classroom  researcher  and  education  consultant  and have  been  on  a  number  of  not-for-profit  boards  and committees over the past 20 years.

Dave Harrison  (Board Member) - I  am  employed  as  a  teacher  at  Somerfield  Te  Kura  Wairepo.  I  believe  schools  are  an  essential  hub  in  a thriving  community.  As  an  intermediate  school,  South  plays  a  special  part  in  the  lives  of  our  tamariki, providing a wonderful connection between its contributing schools and Cashmere HS. Having been a trustee since 2012, I am passionate about the quality public education that South provides.

Craig Reynolds (Board Member) - Commercial  Pilot,  Missionary  in  Papua  New  Guinea,  IT  Manager – all  things  that  have  stemmed  from  a passion to live a fulfilled life, serving and developing people around me. Now board member at South, I’m  keenly  aware  of  multiculturalism  and  the  challenges  that  brings  for  our society, how technology is a tool, not a reason and how dreams are possible with sacrifice and commitment. I love my one wife, three school age kids, two old kids, two cats, two chickens and a schnauzer.

Rachel Westaway (Board Member) - I  was  co-opted  to  the  Board  of  Trustees  in  June  2017.  I  have  two children, Callum who was in Year 8 at Christchurch South last year and Leah who is currently in Year 7 at South. I currently work as a Project Manager for CORE education and have also spent a number of years working in local  government,  public  health  and  IT.  I  have  a  long  association  with  Christchurch  South  (attending  as  a student  myself)  and  am  very  excited  to  able  to  make  a  contribution  to  my  children's  education  and  the community South serves.

Melody McCombe (Staff Elected Trustee) - I am a Team Leader at Christchurch South Intermediate School and the staff elected member of the Board. Being passionate about public education, I am honoured to contribute to the governance of the school. As a staff member, I am actively involved in the life of the school, as Head of Mathematics, organising and coaching a sport, co-producing our school's Major Production and Showcase, and running clubs, other activities, and teaching.