Richard Austin BBS, FCA, AETI

Richard Austin BBS, FCA, AETI

Chair

Richard was a member of the Medbury School Trust Board from 2013 to 2020, joining again in 2023. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and was awarded a Fellowship by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). He holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance from Massey University, is an Associate of the Executor and Trustee Institute and holds several governance roles. Richard is a born and bred Southlander and lives in Christchurch with his wife Maria.

Nick Fogarty B.A. LL.B

Nick Fogarty B.A. LL.B

A qualified solicitor, Nick has worked across a number of industries spending time with leading UK law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before moving into trade development roles with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Spain and then New Zealand. Nick joined Seequent, a global geosciences software company headquartered in Christchurch, in 2013 and now holds the role of Executive Vice President Asia Pacific.

Michelle Cathcart MBA

Michelle Cathcart MBA

Michelle is the Group Health, Safety, & Wellbeing Manager at PGG Wrightson Ltd. In addition to her knowledge and skills in these areas, Michelle brings to the Board her governance experience in the not-for-profit sector and her wide project management and general commercial experience in various industries. Michelle and Richard are the parents of Tom in Year 8.

Andrew Wyllie BCom, AFA

Andrew Wyllie BCom, AFA

Graduating from Lincoln University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Andrew has over 20 years experience in the finance industry and has been with Forsyth Barr as an Investment Advisor for over 16 years, prior to this working for a major New Zealand bank. Andrew is an Authorised Financial Adviser (2011) and is accredited as an NZX Adviser. He specialises in managing personalised investment portfolios for a wide range of clients including individuals, family trusts and community organisations. Andrew is the father of three children, one of whom is at Medbury. Andrew is an appointed member of the Trust Board.

Andrew Leete LLB (Hons), BA

Andrew Leete LLB (Hons), BA

Andrew has been a commercial and corporate lawyer for over 20 years specialising in company establishment and restructuring, acquisition, disposing of companies, commercial undertakings, forming commercial joint ventures, banking and finance. He is a Medbury Old boy and recently had a son at Medbury. Andrew spent 6 years on the Board of a state school including 3 years as a Chair. He is involved in various governance roles, including his own business, and providing ongoing education on governance matters for entities such as the Law Society and the Institute of Directors. He is an appointed member of the Trust Board.

Gillian Smith JP, BMS, Grad Dip Tchg

Gillian Smith JP, BMS, Grad Dip Tchg

Gillian is an educator, a parent and a life-long learner. After completing her BMS she worked in banking and advertising in NZ, Australia and the UK. She retrained as a teacher and has taught at primary level in state schools and worked at a Senior Management level. She is currently the Team Leader Te Ratonga Whaikaha/Student Accessibility Service at the University of Canterbury. Her children both went through St Andrew's College and are now adults – one a winemaker and one a lawyer. Gillian is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling. She believes in volunteering and contributing back to society. Gillian is an appointed member of the Trust Board.

Jonathan Laird NZCC

Jonathan Laird NZCC

Jonathan is a construction industry advisor and strategist. He has a strong focus on organisational culture, project establishment, governance and delivery and offers significant project experience in roles both Client-side and Contractor-side. He provides Independent Construction advice and observation throughout Project Delivery, including planning, programme management, design & pre-construction advice, site observation and QA support through to project completion & occupation.

James Hill CA

James Hill CA

James is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience in senior management roles both in New Zealand and overseas. His 40-year career has been primarily spent in the service sector, with the last 10 years based in Singapore with overview responsibility for Finance, HR, IT and Governance matters across 19 Asian countries. Having returned to Christchurch, James now enjoys time with his children and grandchildren. James is a strong believer in the benefits offered to parents and students through having an independent school option. James is also a member of the Medbury School Foundation Board and a Trustee at Selwyn House. He is also a director of several private companies. James is a Medbury School Old Boy.

Sam Wheelans CA

Sam Wheelans CA

Sam has significant experience in Management Accounting and Corporate Finance and has always had a strong interest in financial technology and automation. He spent 3 years in Hong Kong working for a niche consulting firm which allows him to bring a different approach to the businesses he works with. Sam has extensive experience in budgeting, forecasting, project management and business strategy. He is a Qualified Chartered Accountant in New Zealand and a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong. Sam is a committee member of the Medbury School Old Boys' Association.