Are you ready to begin your Rangi journey?

The Rangi Ruru Board of Governors is an Incorporated Society and has charitable status. Unlike a public school board, the Board members are not elected but are interviewed and go through a recruitment process. Board members are chosen to represent a cross-section of competencies. Our Board has a number of sub-committees including Engagement, Campus, Appointments & Remuneration, Future Thinking in Education and Finance and Audit.

Strategic Goals

  • To recognise, value and develop the wellbeing and capabilities of each girl.
  • To provide a world class personalised, all-round education.
  • To have staff who are passionate about delivering the Rangi Ruru Promise.
  • To embrace the heritage, values and culture that make Rangi Ruru unique.
  • To understand local and global community and environment, and act as a future focused and community minded school.
  • To build a culture of engagement and giving that supports the aspirations of Rangi Ruru.
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Board Members

Nicki Carter (LLB (Hons), B.Com.(Canterbury), MS in Management (Stanford)

Nicki is a Rangi Ruru Old Girl, a Lawyer, has lived and worked in Christchurch and London, and since 2014 has been working for a Christchurch property development company. She is part of the team that was dedicated to developing The Crossing in central Christchurch, which was a very challenging but equally rewarding project.

Nicki believes in the importance of girls’ education and sees the Board’s role as providing guidance and support to the Principal and the school so that Rangi Ruru continues to be a leading educator of girls. As a Governor, Nicki would like to encourage alumnae and the Rangi community to embrace the Rangi value of Generosity of Spirit and give to the school. Giving to Rangi supports ongoing investment in the school and enables Rangi Ruru to continue the tradition of providing the very best opportunities for its girls.

Bob Penter BSc, BA(Hons), MSc (Canterbury)
Vice Chairperson

Bob lives in rural North Canterbury with his wife Adeline. They have three children; Bella is a past Rangi Ruru boarder and is now studying at Victoria University. He joined the Board of Governoers at the start of 2017 and chairs its Campus Development Committee.

Bob has an executive leadership background in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is a graduate of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (Saïd Business School, Oxford University) and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is the Chief Executive of the Waikato River Authority, Executive Director of the Whakamana te Waituna Trust and an advisor to the Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He is also a trustee of Enterprise North Canterbury and chair of a farming consultancy advisory board. Prior to these roles he was the NZ/Pacific Business Leader for Environment and Water Resources with GHD Limited where he also mentored GHD’s Young Professionals Group. He served several years on the Canterbury Branch Committee of Engineering New Zealand and chaired its sub-committee focused on raising awareness among primary and secondary school students to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering. Bob has also been a guest lecturer in resource management at the University of Canterbury, Lincoln Universit, and the University of Otago Medical School in Christchurch.

Bob is delighted that through Board service he can make a contribution back to the school’s community and support Rangi embracing future opportunities while respecting its history and traditions.

Charlotte Gray B.Com. LLB

Charlotte studied Law and Commerce at Otago University and then specialised in criminal and civil litigation at various New Zealand and London firms for 15 years. She is currently focusing on governance roles for entities that have a philanthropic purpose and is a Board member of the Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation.

An Old Girl of the School, Charlotte resides in Christchurch with her husband and three school aged children. Always mindful of the exceptional start Rangi gave her, Charlotte is passionate about supporting the school for the next generation.

Georgina Hunter B.Com. (Hons), B. PhEd. (Otago)

Georgina is an old girl of the school attending from 1986 to 1992. Upon leaving Rangi Ruru, Georgina completed a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing at Otago University. She has since worked in sales, marketing and communications both internationally and locally within the healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology industries. Georgina is currently Managing Director of a brand, communications and strategy consultancy, More Than Words Ltd and as an aspiring Company Director, is an active member of the Institute of Directors.

As a passionate old girl and advocate of the school, Georgina is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the school’s governance and help to ensure the ongoing success and sustainability of the school. She believes the culture, spirit and family that is Rangi Ruru is truly unique due to outstanding leadership, a consistent vision and culture and the ongoing involvement of the wider school community over the years.

Georgina would like to use the skills and experience she has gained in governance and organisational leadership to give back to the school that prepared her so well for tertiary education, the workplace and life in general.

Georgina’s grandmother, sister, nieces, aunt, cousin and cousin’s children are all past and present students and her daughter Alice started at Rangi Ruru in 2019.

Andrew McSweeney

Andrew and Kate live in Tai Tapu and have four children, three who are daughters – Claire who attended Rangi Ruru up to 2015, Rachel who attended up to 2019, and current student Charlotte (in Year 13). Being on the Rangi Ruru Board of Governors provides an excellent opportunity to “give back” to the Rangi Ruru school community in terms of time and knowledge, and to contribute in a small way to its ongoing success in developing young women so well to take on their world when they leave Rangi Ruru.

Andrew has held a number of general management roles in large diverse organisations including the National Bank of New Zealand, ANZ Bank, PGG Wrightson, AgResearch and is currently Chief Executive of ServiceIQ, the service sector’s Industry Training Organisation.

He is also on the Board of Central South Island Youthline organisation. Youthline is a nationwide organisation providing assistance for young people and ensuring they know where to get help and can access support when they need it.

Stuart Hall B.Com/PGDip (Otago)

Stuart grew up in Hawkes Bay, is an old boy of Napier Boys High School and attended Otago University completing a Bachelor Of Commerce & Post Graduate Diploma.

Stuart has held Commercial General Management positions with several large New Zealand organisations, including international experience with responsibility for offices in the UK, Europe and North America.

Stuart is currently Commercial Director for AgResearch, and is a Director for a significant Agri-Business and an innovation start up. Stuart also sits on the Investment Committee for the Government funded science incubator Kiwinet.

Stuart’s daughters attend Rangi Ruru; Kiera is in Year 12 and Sofia in Year 7 this year.

Stuart joined the Board so he could make a contribution back to the school, and to play a part in ensuring that future families enjoy the same experience and opportunities that his daughter has enjoyed to date.

Stuart is passionate about the critical role of education, and believes strongly in the philosophy of understanding every girl as an individual, and providing opportunities and experiences at Rangi Ruru that will allow each girl to develop the love of learning, confidence and resilience to maximise their potential and make the most of an ever evolving world.

Murray Dickinson (B.Com, C.A)

Murray is the Chief Financial Officer of Naylor Love Construction, one of New Zealand’s largest construction companies, and has held senior finance roles with a number of prominent Christchurch entities (Lyttelton Port Company and Red Bus Ltd).

Murray has held significant governance roles for over 15 years and is currently the Chair of Te Matatiki Toi Ora | The Arts Centre.

Murray’s connection with Rangi Ruru is through his daughters Anna and Holly. However, there is a deeper connection via his mother, Jill Dickinson (nee Minson) who attended Rangi in the 1960s, and his grandmother Jean Minson (nee Stevenson) who attended in the 1920s.

Murray and his wife Rachel have happily lived in Christchurch since 2001. Murray and Rachel were drawn to Rangi Ruru by its focus on girls and ensuring they reach their potential. Rangi Ruru’s values resonate strongly, and Murray looks forward to continuing the work of previous Boards and supporting the staff in striving for this vision.

Chris Porter MbChB (Otago), FRACS (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)

Chris was raised and educated in Christchurch before attending Otago Medical School. After completion of his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical specialist training in NZ, he worked in Oxford, UK and Los Angeles, USA. In both, he was affiliated with the universities to teach undergraduates as well as post-graduate doctors. These contrasting cities provided a diverse student blend with specific needs not always met by traditional teaching. Soon after arriving at the University of Southern California, he was offered a professorial role to revise the teaching programme to contemporary requirements.

Chris returned to Christchurch in 2006 and has since been in combined public and private practice. Currently he is the Clinical Director for the Canterbury District Health Board Plastic Surgery Department and a Clinical Lecturer for the University of Otago School of Medicine in Christchurch. He has been an educator and facilitator for the development of Plastic Surgery within the South Pacific. He held a clinical governance role for the CDHB hospital rebuild project post earthquake leading to the opening of the new hospital.

Chris and his wife Kate, a Rangi Ruru Old Girl and boarder, have daughters Primrose in Year 12 and Tabitha in Year 8, as well as Jemima a Rangi Ruru 2018 leaver who is at Otago University, and an older son Angus who has just graduated from the University of Auckland. Chris appreciates the education, sport, culture and community he and his family have been privileged to receive and wishes to help instil similar experiences for the upcoming generations.

Brendan Anstiss BA Hons, MA, PhD, PGDipClinPsych

Brendan lives with his wife, Sally, and daughters Lexie and Madison, on small farm near West Welton. Lexie has started at Rangi Ruru in Year 9 in 2022, and Madison will be joining from Cathedral Grammar School in a couple of years.  Trained as a clinical psychologist, Brendan has worked in public service most of his career. He has worked at executive level in both central and local government and is currently Director for the 2023 Census for StatsNZ. Brendan has served on previous school boards and NGO organisations.

Brendan is honoured to be able to contribute to the Rangi Ruru school community via his Board service. He is excited to support the school as it continues to offer the best opportunity for girls to be the best versions of themselves in all areas of their life.

Phil Newton Dip.POL

Phil is from the UK but became a Kiwi in 1988. His wife Tara is a Rangi Ruru Old Girl, and they have a daughter Connie in Year 8 and a niece in Year 12 as current students. They also have a son, Paddy, who is currently at Christ’s College.

After working in the London Metropolitan Police for eight years he moved to New Zealand and worked various roles before joining the New Zealand Police in 1991.

Phil is currently the Youth Services Manager for Canterbury. His role includes the strategic overview of all child and youth services provided by police including care and protection, youth offending and all interactions with schools. He liaises with other government and non-government organisations to provide the best services for children and youth. He represents the New Zealand Police on multi-agency governance groups and steering committees.

Phil has been impressed by the level of education and support that Rangi Ruru has given his family. He states that by joining the Board he aims to help the continued evolution of the school to provide the best environment for the girls to reach their full potential.