Announcement : 

Board of Trustees

The Board is accountable for student progress and achievement and has a duty to show to its parents, community, and the government that students are being well prepared for life beyond school.

The Board’s role is to oversee the governance of the school and to ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.  The legal responsibilities of boards of trustees are determined by the Education and Training Act 2020.

The Board is the employer of all staff, including the Principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school.  The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the day-to-day operations of the school in line with the board’s direction and policies.

The Board is elected every three years as per the Education and Training Act 2020.  The Board consists of:

  • five parent representatives elected by the community;
  • the principal;
  • and a staff-elected representative;

Section 127 of the Education and Training Act 2020 describes the board’s responsibilities, which include:

  • setting the strategic direction and targets for the school
  • planning towards and reporting on achieving those targets
  • curriculum management
  • financial and property management
  • policies and procedures
  • health and safety
  • employment of staff at the school

Every state and stage-integrated school in New Zealand has a board that governs it.

The Board has the overall responsibility and accountability for the school.

Meetings 2024

  • Tuesday 20 February
  • Tuesday 19 March
  • Tuesday 21 May
  • Tuesday 18 June
  • Tuesday 13 August
  • Tuesday 10 September
  • Tuesday 29 October
  • Tuesday 03 December

Meet Your Current Board of Trustees Parent Representatives:

Nick Chapman – Board Chair

Nick Chapman’s my name and I’ve got three kids enrolled at St Thomas’s. I’ve been a member of the Board since August 2022.

I’m a former language teacher and now work as a project and change manager helping large organisations deliver their strategic initiatives.

My main focus for the Board is on maintaining strong governance, promoting academic achievement, and maximising the wellbeing of the students.

I look forward to continuing to work with the other Board members and the school leadership team to help achieve the best outcomes for you, your kids and the wider St Thomas’s community.


Annika Lim

Tēnā koutou.  It has been an exciting (and interesting) few years watching my girls start school and become part of the St Thomas’s community.  I am happy to add my experience and voice to the STS Board.  My background is in law and corporate governance.  I am also the Deputy Chair for Bowel Cancer NZ, an arts & crafts enthusiast, and lover of all things winter.  I want to see all students at St Thomas’s have every opportunity to achieve their full potential, push new horizons and contribute meaningfully to our wider community.  I am looking forward to supporting the mahi of the STS team in delivering a quality education that is well-rounded, equitable and growth-minded.


Alistair Monk

I have sat on many boards throughout my educational and working career including sitting on the student advisory board whilst at Auckland University of Technology and more recently sitting on and eventually chairing the NZ Members Advisory Board for the Australian and NZ Institute of Insurance and Finance (the educational body for the insurance industry). 

I have a long family connection to education with great grandparents, grandparents and most recently my mother, sister and cousins all working within schools. 


Megan Wheeler

Our family has three children in St Thomas’s School. I am passionate about every child in our school community getting an excellent start to their education journey.

I am a chartered civil engineer and often work with a diverse range of stakeholders and clients in the public and private sector on key infrastructure projects. I love solving problems and am told that I’m pragmatic, efficient and ready to listen. I have governance experience as part of executive leadership teams in NZ and overseas.

I look forward to representing you all and provide a voice for our kids’ future.

Arapeta Albert

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā

Kia orana koutau katoa, 

Ko Arapeta taku ingoa, 

Nō Te Whānau-ā- Apanui, Whakatōhea, Aitutaki ahau. 

I am the father of two young girls at St Thomas’s. I am excited to help drive sustainable growth through the STS Board. With over 25 years of experience in banking and finance, I pursued my dreams and established my own Financial Advice Business in 2016. I am passionate about sports, travelling, new experiences, and educating my community on financial literacy. What I love about STS is its diverse culture, close-knit community, and the range of opportunities it provides. 

I hope every student, staff member, and family at STS can fill their cups with passion, drive, dreams, and core memories.

Nō reira, tēnā tātau katoa.


Minutes are available here.

2024 Minutes

Board Minutes – 2024 05 21

Board Minutes – 2024 03 19

Board Minutes 2024 02 20

2023 Minutes
Board Minutes 2023 12 05
Board Minutes 2023 10 24
Board Minutes 2023 09 19
Board Minutes 2023 08 15
Board Minutes 2023 06 20
Board Minutes 2023 05 15
Board Minutes 2023 03 21 Board minutes 2023 02 21


Agendas are available before the meeting either by email from or from the School Office.

Board Members

  • Mr Michael Maher  (Principal)
  • Mr Nick Chapman (Chair) 
  • Mrs Annika Lim 
  • Mr Alistair Monk 
  • Mrs Megan Wheeler
  • Mr Arapeta Albert
  • Miss Claire Fromow (Staff Representative)
  • Mrs Helen Vercoelen (Board Secretary)

​If you need to contact a member of the Board of Trustees you can do so by emailing 

2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan

St Thomas’s School Strategic Plan 2023 – 2025

2022 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

Governance Policies