Meet Our Trustees
Inspiring academic excellence, leadership and a love of learning
A trustee is part of a governance team. All boards include up to three school based trustees: the Principal, a representative elected by staff and, for schools with students in Year 9 and above, a representative elected by the students. The majority of boards have five trustees elected by parents and caregivers but the board can decide to decrease the number of parent elected seats to three or to increase them to a maximum of seven. Boards of state schools can also co-opt additional members, up to a maximum of one less than the number of elected parent seats on the board. Boards decide to co-opt for a variety of reasons, usually to ensure a good balance of skills, experience, gender or ethnicity. At Hillmorton High School we have five elected parent representatives, two co-opted representatives and three school based trustees and we would like you to meet the team.
Born and educated in Christchurh with a BA from Canterbury University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration (M.Ed.Admin) through Massey University. I have taught English and Japanese at Burnside High School with two years of studying at a university in Japan.
I became the Assistant Principal, then Deputy Principal then Principal here at Hillmorton from 1995. I am passionate about education and individuality. I also love skiing, swimming, walking on the beach with my dog and spending time with my family and friends.
Board of Trustees Chair
Hi my name is Suzie Sauer, I am married to Peter who Manages Auto-body, Automotive, Panel and Paint for Ara Institute of Canterbury. We have 3 daughters and have lived in Hoon Hay for over 13 years. I love our city and suburb and am dedicated to the health, wellbeing and connectedness of our local community.
I have a background in Organisational Development, Change Management, Training & Development and Human Resources. I am currently a staff supporter for Workplace Support, an EAP provider.
Deputy Chair & Parent Rep
Tena Koutou, I am a parent of 3 students at Hillmorton High School and soon to be 4. I have enjoyed being on the board of West Spreydon School for the last 12 years and on the board at Hillmorton for the last 3 years. I am finishing up at West Spreydon at the June election and if re-elected to Hillmorton I look forward to continuing to help make a contribution through the work of the board. I believe Hillmorton is a great school and I am excited to see our vision and values continuing to grow and our young people, families and communities thrive.
I have a background in sport, youth and community development, education, governance and leadership. For fun, I enjoy sports and outdoors, adventures, lively conversations and the odd community project. Nga Mihi
I am pleased to have been elected onto the Hillmorton High School Board of Trustees as I want to give back to the school and community that has given me so much to help me become the person I am today. I started at Hillmorton High School in 1983 and left in 1987 and while at the school I got a great education, made life time friends and met my wife of 27 years. I enjoy giving back to the community and currently co-coach the Hillmorton High School 1st 15 rugby team as well as coaching rugby and on the executive board at the Canterbury University Rugby Club. I have lived in the local area all my life and our son now goes to Hillmorton and we want him to learn the values of a safe and supportive learning environment Hillmorton High School gave to his family.
I have many years of experience within business development, operations and leadership management which I believe will support the board to achieve the goals, vision and culture of the school. I look forward to being an active member of the board and networking with the students and community to ensure we are all having a voice for the future of our school and its students.
I am married to Amanda and have three children; Leah (14 years old), Taine (13 years old) and Sophia (10 years old). Taine is attending Hillmorton in Year 9 and Sophia is due to start in Year 7 next year. I work for Air New Zealand as a Senior Aeronautical Engineer in the Liaison / Repair Design team.
I have had previous board experience at Somerfield Te Kura Wairepo primary school. My desire to be more greatly involved in my children’s education prompted me to first apply for board appointment and it was a natural progression to follow my children into their high school education. I am passionate about young people being given every opportunity to contribute to a healthy community and before having children was heavily involved in youth work at Southwest Baptist Church. I am an avid sport fan and shares my love for sport by being involved in coaching young people in cricket and rugby.
Kia ora, I’m Campbell and it’s an honour to serve on the board here at Hillmorton High School but also the wider community whānau. My background for the past 25 years has been in television and marketing. I currently own a company called Walkthrough that specialises in marketing for the real estate industry. My family and I live just a few streets over from the school and see ourselves as having a long future here. I’m passionate about what opportunities there are for our kids in art, music, drama and dance. I’ve joined the board to see how I can contribute in holistically building a stronger school but especially in the development of the Arts and Cultural aspects here at Hillmorton High School.
I’m just one part of an incredibly diverse and strong governance team, and together as a team we want the very best for our students, parents and school staff. So, if you see me around please come and kōrero (chat) with me and introduce yourself.
My name is Chad and I have two young daughters, one of whom will be starting at Hillmorton next year for Year 7.
I joined the Board of Trustees because I’m passionate about the school and want more people to see the amazing work being done here by teachers and students alike. I’m also on a few other boards, including the Tourette’s Association of NZ, Sydenham Rugby League Club and the Hoon Hay Community Association.
My name is Simon-Pierre Mbonyinshuti, I am married to Sonya Mbonyinshuti with 3 beautiful children. I have lived in Christchurch since 2002, originally from Rwanda. It is a great honour to be on the Board of Trustees for Hillmorton High School and I am looking forward to using my skills and experience to contribute to the future of the school
I have a background in finance, accounting, business advisory, governance and education. I am currently the Director of SPM Consulting Ltd.
I am the Hillmorton Staff Trustee. Born in England, I was raised between England, Ireland and France. Leaving school I spent ten years in the British Army, retraining to be a teacher at the age of 28. My specialist subject is Digital Technology with history as a second subject. I moved to New Zealand in 2007, teaching at Geraldine High School and then becoming an IT consultant in Christchurch. I have worked at Hillmorton High School for six and a half years.
I enjoy travelling and have visited 41 countries around the world so far and plan to visit lots more. I enjoy reading, photography and exploring New Zealand.
I started at Hillmorton High School as a Year 9 student in 2015. I am now a Year 13 student and was elected as the Board of Trustees Student Trustee for 2019. Through the time I’ve been at Hillmorton, I have been involved in many different activities such as the Stage Challenge, Student Council and the sports teams. My various involvements around the school have allowed me to see the school from many perspectives and interact with a range of people.
I applied to be the Student Trustee because I want to keep students in the loop of what is going on and ensure that the students’ voice is being represented. I hope to engage the student voice more and make my fellow students feel that their ideas and opinions are being listened to, passed on to the relevant people, and changes are made accordingly.
I joined Hillmorton High School in October 2018 and had my very first board meeting on the day that I started my new role as Personal Assistant to the Principal.
The Board of Trustees are very passionate about the students, staff and school and fully embrace our vision, mission and values. I enjoy supporting the Board of Trustees in the work it carries out on behalf of all parents, staff and students here at Hillmorton High School.