The 2019 Board Of Trustees

Board of Trustees Election Information

Mr Mike Shaw


Mr Shaw has broad experience in science, education, public relations and business.  He is currently the Director of Student Communications for Auckland University of Technology, where he plays an active role in student support.  Mr Shaw is due to complete his MBA in 2018 and is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Mr Shaw has lived on the North Shore since 2005 and together with his wife Katrina has four children; including a daughter who graduated Rangitoto College in 2017 and a son in Year 13 for 2019

Mr Rodney Knight


Mr Knight is currently the Head of Compliance and Risk at Public Trust. His career has been in the Finance sector, working at The Treasury and then BNZ before joining Public Trust. His experience includes treasury, risk management, corporate banking and various forms of specialised finance. He also mentors young professionals through industry bodies.

Mr Knight and his wife Lynley have three children, two of which are current pupils at Rangitoto College. He strongly believes in the importance of both academic and co-curricular achievement. His desire to serve on the Board of Trustees is best illustrated by his own school's motto: "Accept the light and pass it on".

Mr Charles Roos

(Parent Representative)

Mr Roos was elected to the Board in 2010. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 25 years' experience, both locally and overseas. Mr Roos was born on the North Shore and other than four years spent living in the United Kingdom, has always lived here. He and his wife Helen have two children, who both attended Rangitoto College.

Dr Naseem Ameer Ali

(Parent Representative)

Dr Ameer Ali is a construction industry professional qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, Accredited Mediator, Adjudicator and Arbitrator. He has worked in the construction industries in the United Kingdom and Malaysia and is now a Senior Lecturer at Massey University.

His wife, Nazimah, lectures in Food Science at AUT University, and they have four children. They are all two years apart at school with two attending Rangitoto College and one still to come. Trying to keep up with his children, he swims every day.

Ms Sylvia Heywood

(Parent Representative)

Ms Heywood is the Academic Manager at Professional IQ College. She has worked in the New Zealand tertiary education sector for the last 16 years. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from Massey University and a Diploma in Training Management gained in the UK. She has a strong quality assurance background and is passionate about education and training.

Ms Heywood's daughter is married and lives in Australia. Ms Heywood is married to James who is an Electrician at Downer New Zealand. They have lived on the North Shore for the last 13 years and enjoy hosting international students.

Mr John Fowler

(Co-opted Member)

Mr Fowler is a lawyer and currently works as legal counsel at Northpower Limited.  He and his wife recently relocated to Whangarei.  Both of them recognise the support they have received in the past and are therefore passionate about contributing to the community.  Mr Fowler appreciates the influence which schools have in shaping Auckland's community and culture.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball, surfing and gardening.

Mr James Searle

(Staff Representative)

Mr Searle is the Curriculum Leader of History at Rangitoto College and Assistant Head of the Social Science Department. He is an avid supporter of Rangitoto sport and coach of rugby in the college. He is keen to see the staff and student experience at Rangitoto College continue to grow over the coming years

Mr David Choi

(Student Representative)

Mr Choi is a Year 13 student at Rangitoto College. Along with his role on on the Board of Trustees, he has also been appointed as Deputy Head Boy in 2019. Mr Choi is a heavily academic focused student.  He is a Rotary science and technology forum alumni. He is involved with Amnesty International, Unicef and Liberty in North Korea.  In 2018 he was selected as an outstanding scholar.

Mr Patrick Gale


Mr Gale joined the College as Principal in July 2017.  Before joining us he was Principal of Kaipara College, having previously been Associate Headmaster at Rosmini College.  Mr Gale completed a Masters in Educational Leadership at AUT following his initial studies in Geography at University College, London.  Mr Gale and his family have lived in Mairangi Bay for the past 16 years.  His wife Kate is also a teacher and their two daughters attend local schools.

Ms Debbie Kennedy

(Board Secretary)

Ms Kennedy joined the College in 2003 and works in the IT Department. She took on the role of BoT Secretary at the start of 2019.  She has lived on the North Shore with her family for the past 18 years.

Board meetings are public meetings which anyone is entitled to attend with prior arrangement through the Board Secretary. Members of the public can also request a copy of the meeting minutes by emailing Ms Kennedy.

For all enquiries in regards to the Board of Trustees please contact Ms Kennedy or phone (64-9) 477-0150.