Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2019 are :

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Any questions regarding the Governance Manual, or Board policies can be directed to the Board Chair, Leeann Watson

Meet the Board

Board Chair | Leeann Watson

Congratulations to Board Chair Leeann Watson. Leeann was elected Chair for a second term on the Board at the June meeting.

Leeann is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), the largest business support agency in the South Island with approximately 2,900 members.  Leeann is a strong voice for Canterbury business, and works with the Board of The Chamber to develop and deliver its strategic direction. Leeann interfaces with the business community at all levels and across all sectors and has many years’ experience in working in partnership with both Local and Central Government.

Leeann was on the Board at Ilam School for three years and has a son in Year 11.


Nic Hill | CBHS Headmaster

Nic has been Headmaster at Christchurch Boys’ High School since June of 2013. He is the school’s 11th Headmaster. Originally from the Hawkes Bay, Nic has taught at Wellington College and Waitaki Boys’ High School.

Nic is married to Liz and has two primary school aged children. Nic’s father-n-law Paul Hay (a former principal of Papanui High School) was an old boy of Christchurch Boys’ High School.

As well as Bachelor’s degrees in History and Business, Nic has a Master’s Degree in Management. Nic is passionate about boys education and especially the notion of building purposeful and meaningful relationships with boys to aid them in their development into fine (decent, caring and mentally resilient) young men.

Nic plays cricket for the Willows Club and coaches rugby at High School Old Boys and Cricket at Old Boys Collegians.


Mike Medlicott | Co-Deputy Chair

Mike is serving his second term on the Board and is currently Deputy Chairman.

He is seeking to continue providing leadership in regard to the School’s vision to develop men who can lead New Zealand and the world to be a better place, with an increased focus on consolidating the vision for learning and wellbeing, while balancing the strong sense of tradition with innovation. The Board’s desired outcomes for the school are to have successful learners, supported by staff as role models, an aspirational curriculum, quality leadership and an inclusive school community. 

Mike is a partner of Nexia New Zealand, an internationally affiliated Chartered Accounting and Business Advisory Firm. Mike is married to Robyn and they have two boys in Years 12 and 13 with their third son to start next year.


Andrew Haig | Co-Deputy Chair

Andrew is Director and a founding owner of The Project Office, Christchurch’s leading Project Management Consultancy. Andrew has been in the trenches and at the forefront during Canterbury’s Earthquakes providing strategic property advice, and leadership for project recovery to St Margaret’s, Villa Maria, St Bedes College’s, Medbury School, Christchurch International Airport and Canterbury University. He currently leads the culture and service delivery of The Project Office’s team within this successful company. As a seasoned Project Director Andrew is experience in establishing project management frameworks to manage capital project delivery including delivering against programme and budget.

Prior to Andrew’s 12 years in Project Management, he has spent 14 years in Architecture in Dunedin, London and Christchurch being involved in many prominent building projects. Andrew is passionate about strong project process to provide successful results toward exceeding his clients demands. Andrew is committed to offer his property expertise to the CBHS community through governance over the school redevelopment as set out by the Strategic and Master Plans. He would be available to work with the Ministry and project teams to ensure successful delivery of each master plan stage.

Through the second half of 2017 Andrew provided support to Nic and the Board of Trustees attending the Property Steering Committee overseeing the construction of the new school Hall – what will be a facility for generations to respect and enjoy.

Equally important to Andrew is the development of strong respectful men. Providing the ability for our boys to explore their future through as many opportunities as possible and to seek greater things while achieving their goals and being mindful of all those surrounding them on their journey.

Andrew has a daughter and two sons, the eldest boy is currently in Year 10 at CBHS.

Michael Singleton | Co-opted Trustee

Michael is General Manager Corporate Affairs at Christchurch International Airport and sits on its Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for the regulatory strategy and compliance, legal, government relations, company secretary, insurance, information and digital technology functions. The oldest of his three children is currently completing Year 13 at CBHS with another boy due to start in 2020. 

Tim Cookson  |  Parent Representative

Tim and his wife Lucy currently have two boys at CBHS and in 2020 will have all three. All are boarding at Adams House. Tim has worked in Farm Consultancy, Agronomy and in 2000 he and Lucy purchased their first farm. This has expanded and now incorporates the family property as well. Irrigation was introduced in 2015 which has subsequently allowed the farm to become diversified from its dryland origins. The property now grows a range of arable crops, beef and grazing dairy young stock. Tim currently has governance roles in North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, NZ Seed Industry, Forestry and Farming.

Tim is a an old boy of CBHS and Adams House. He appreciates and understands the traditions and history of CBHS. This is something Tim is passionate about, maintaining and continuing for future generations. Tim also wants to ensure the school continues to move forward and develop innovative  pathways for boys so that CBHS’s reputation of producing fine young men continues. Tim is looking forward to helping the school continue to provide the best possible education for all of the boys in its care.

Mark Zino  |  Parent Representative

Mark and his wife Rachael have two boys, both at CBHS and boarding at Adams House.

After graduating from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Management degree, Mark travelled extensively throughout the world where he gained an appreciation for the amazing country we call home.  Being born and raised on the land gave Mark a desire to return and farm the land.  Mark and his family are the second generation in a family farming business in Hawarden, North Canterbury.  The farming business is based on sheep, beef, venison, velvet and grazing dairy stock.  The key focus of the farm is animal performance and welfare, while looking after their environment.  Mark wants to ensure the next generation to farm this land have a productive and environmentally sustainable farm to work with.

Mark has governance roles in farming, lamb marketing and agricultural contracting, and a long association including governance of a Community Irrigation Scheme.

Mark really enjoys watching his boys sport and is a member of the CBHS rowing committee.

Mark strongly believes in single sex schools for boys and is an advocate for boys having the opportunity to board.  He is a supporter of maintaining traditions and school history through the education process.  Mark believes it is the board and the school’s role to provide the staff with the resources and facilities to enhance the boys academic standards in a positive learning environment. Mark wants to ensure the future success and sustainability of CBHS, so it can continue to provide our fine young men with lots of opportunities in the future.

Nigel Vernon | Staff Trustee

Nigel Vernon arrived at CBHS in April 2016 after working at Harrow School, Bangkok.  Nigel joined CBHS as acting Head of Geography and then went onto become Year 10 Dean and Assistant Principal. Born in the UK, Nigel was schooled in various countries around the world until settling in Whangarei in 1981 to complete his secondary education. Graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Social Science and a Diploma of Teaching from Auckland Teachers College, Nigel has since completed a Diploma of Sports Studies at Otago University and is currently studying at Canterbury for his Master’s in Educational Leadership. His teaching background includes over 20 years teaching experience both in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and International schools in Japan, Kuwait, Qatar and Thailand. Past positions of responsibility have included Head of Humanities, Head of Department and Head of Key Stage 3, Year 8 and 11. He has also been a Boarding Master at Palmerston North Boy’s High and New Plymouth Boy’s High School. Nigel is interested in sport having played at a national junior level at squash and since then has played football, rugby, and in recent years completed several full ironman and half ironman triathlons, marathons and other endurance type events.

“Unlocking a boys potential” is an area that Nigel is passionate about. He believes strongly that having that all-important “dream weaver” to recognize and nurture the boys throughout their schooling, will create lifelong learners.

 Nigel is married with two children. His son is currently in Year 12 at CBHS.


Ben Clarke Student Trustee
(currently a Year 13 student at CBHS)