Our Board of Trustees

Meet our trusted decision makers

Ted Benton – Chairman

After 17 years as a High School Principal on the North Shore, Ted currently works for the Ministry of Education.  He was the Principal of Northcote College for 11 years before taking up his current position at Glenfield College. Ted has enjoyed the challenge of rebuilding schools that had been struggling, chaired the Trusts (which run Project K on the North Shore, Auckland Central and South Auckland) for 12 years and served in a number of educational leadership positions. Ted was a keen sportsman in his youth, playing rugby and cricket at school. He became the NZU20 Men’s 800m Champion and 1500m record holder in Athletics and played basketball for 10 years. He has always coached sports as a teacher. He sees the importance of sport to the healthy lives of teenagers. He currently walks, jogs, rides and plays golf to keep fit and relax.

Bevan Catley – Board Member

Bevan is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University (Albany). He is co-director of the Healthy Work Group based in the School of Management, and has published a number of research articles on the topics of sports marketing, workplace bullying and workplace violence. Bevan has previously served on the Boards of Netball Otago, Netball North and United Soccer ONE

Tim Holdgate – Board Member

Tim has an extensive rural financial background, is a Registered Valuer and a Senior Member of The New Zealand Institute of Primary Sector Management. His client relationship management job role focuses on rural farming clients throughout the Rodney and Kaipara Districts, providing financial and business support.
An active sports person himself, his sporting involvement since the late 1980’s has been focused in support of his families four children’s sporting endeavours. He has held various coaching and administrative roles within the clubs his children have played for.
Organisational and strategic management skills, together with financial planning, are pivotal in his current job role. His present job role also involves property and related business asset valuations.

Helen Varney – Board Member

Helen has been the principal of Target Road School since 2012 and is actively involved with the North Shore Principal Association having been the president since 2016.  She is also an executive of the NZ Pacifica Principals Association.  Prior to that, she was involved with the AUT Primary Advisory Council and on the NZ Waterwise National Committee.

Scott Arrol – Board Member

Scott Arrol, currently the CEO of the New Zealand Health IT Cluster, is a highly experienced health leader in New Zealand with over 15 years working in senior health management positions particularly across the home-based, aged residential care and primary care sectors.  In his most previous role, Scott was responsible for a nationwide staff of 5,000+ providing care and support services delivered to many thousands of people living in their own homes throughout the country.   Scott holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Waikato and is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management.  A keen sports person, Scott is a strong advocate for the benefits of recreational activities and the positive impact this can have on our health and lifestyles. Scott and his family have lived on the North Shore for the past 10 years and he also holds board positions as chair of Health Link North and Treasurer of the North Harbour Basketball Association.

Vicki Skill – Board Member

Vicki has a solid background in a wide variety of business industries with multiple business interests.  Her current role as Group Accountant for Ngati Whatua Orakei Corporate Limited sees her reporting on all financial matters, risk, audit and investments.  Previously an assistant accountant for Lion Foundation and she has also been involved in reviewing systems and processes concerning inventory control for Cadmus Technologies.  Liaising with various industry managers, CEO’s, and presenting at board meetings, she has strong, yet flexible, communication skills and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

On a personal note, Vicki is an active member of the Northcote Birkenhead Junior Rugby club and she enjoys trail running, plays social touch and is a keen snow boarder.

Patrick Gale – Board Member

Currently the Principal at Kaipara College since January 2016.  Associate Headmaster at Rosmini College for 13 years prior to that has proved his role as an educational leader specialising in curriculum design, delivery and review. 

He has a Master’s Degree, Educational Leadership and Administration from AUT ontop of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons).

Patrick has played Masters Hockey for North Harbour and coached a range of teams.

Malcolm Allan – Board Member

Malcolm is a highly motivated, energetic, passionate and well-rounded Leader with specialised Sales & Marketing skills.
He has an absolute passion for success and development through best practice and constant improvement.
A proven achiever with a great sense of humour and loads of enthusiasm, he is excited to be working on a board level where it is all about sport and giving back to the community – something he is passionate about!

He is currently the General Manager Sales and Marketing at OCS (Global Facilities Management Company and NZ’s largest and number 1 cleaning company), his major challenge being to develop and execute a customer led strategy to grow the business of an exceptional operationally led organisation which has the opportunity to improve its customer focus.  Previous recent roles included Head of business Development at Turners & Growers where he developed entirely new revenue streams and initiatives, Contract Sales Director for The Shopping Channel, initiating systems, processes, offerings or tools from a blank canvas.

Paul Seo – Board Member

Paul graduated with MSc at the University of Waikato and is passionate about health in the community. after which he worked for Armstrong and Spring Hall.

He worked for Armstrong and Spring Hall after which he started his own business in Trust accounting software for law firms in 1988.

In 2016 he joined Usana Health Science as an independent associate. Usana is an MLM business promoting nutritional supplements (which are produced in an FDA registered facility with personal guarantee for potency) and macro nutrition (weight loss products which are certified by Glycemic Index Foundation as Low GI)

He has taken a junior rugby team to Rarotonga and been involved with coaching, managing and fund raising for Northcote Rugby for about 14 years and College Rugby for the last 3 years. 

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