Board of Trustees


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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 our new Board Chair Leeann Watson. Leeann was elected Chair at the January 30 meeting after John Osborne stood down after four years in the role. The school thanks John for his service which is symbolised by the new School Hall.

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.



CBHS Headmaster  |   Nic Hill

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.

Welcome from the Headmaster




John Osborne

John has served on various Boards for over 10 years starting at St Albans Primary and Heaton Intermediate before taking a position on the Board at Christchurch Boys’ High School. His son who is the third generation to attend the school is in Year 11 this year. John has a Batchelor of Science in Psychology and is working towards completing a diploma in Tertiary Training. John has a professional background in computing with over 25 years experience in design and creative media industries. John is involved in tertiary training both at CPIT and the University of Canterbury (through UCIC), in the areas of visual design and communication. He has a strong interest in education and values both student academic achievement and the opportunity to develop through sporting, cultural and artistic endeavour.



undefinedLilias Brown

Lilias has been a part of the CBHS community for the last 5 years; her youngest child is in Year 12 this year.  Lilias has  been involved in education for the past 29 years, as a teacher, parent, PTA and BOT member.  She originally trained as a secondary English teacher and has worked primarily in tertiary education, currently as lecturer in Communication for the Department of Business at CPIT. 




undefinedPaul Nichols

Paul is a Senior Partner at the Bank of New Zealand with responsibility for sales management and leadership of a team of business bankers. Paul is also involved with Russley primary school where he is the Board of Trustees Chairperson. Paul has 3 children, 2 of which currently attend CBHS in Year 12 and 9. He is a keen CBHS rugby and athletics supporter. Paul chairs the Christchurch Boys' High Resources sub committee.



undefinedMark Walls

Mark has been a Board member since June 2013 and he is also the chair of the Adams House committee. Mark has a farming property at Lagmhor, Ashburton and also runs a business, with his wife, servicing the dairy industry throughout Canterbury. Their son Ben is Year 11 at Boys' High and a boarder at Adams House. Mark enjoys the challenge of being on the Board and he believes the school has an exciting future with the planned rebuild and modernisation backed by the new strategic plan. Mark believes the strategic plan provides a clear pathway for the running of the school for our committed Headmaster and Staff. He is impressed by the resilience of the pupils as they continue to achieve academically and maintain the loyal school spirit of Boys' High.



undefinedMike Medlicott

Mike is the joint managing partner of Nexia NZ, a Christchurch chartered accounting firm, recently formed from the merger of two accounting firms Marriotts and HKF. Much of his role involves working with clients providing financial advice on matters relating to the management of their businesses and leading a firm of over 80 professional staff. The recent adoption of the School's Strategic Plan and the proposed rebuild of the school over the ensuing years will be crucial in ensuring the school continues to be at the forefront of secondary education in New Zealand. Mike served 6 years on the Board of Trustees at Paparoa Street School and chaired the finance committee. Mike has two boys at school in years 9 and 10 with a third son starting in 2020.


undefinedDavid Caldwell

David is a barrister at Bridgeside Chambers, practicing in Employment, Health and Safety, Resource Management, Local Government and Civil litigation. He has four children ranging in ages from 15 down to 3. His oldest boy is currently in Year 11. David and his family value education in its widest sense and he looks forward to working through the challenges and opportunities the next few years will bring for the school.



Hugh Dacre
Hugh is the staff trustee on the Board of Trustees. Hugh was appointed to a permanent position on the staff in 1979. Since then he has variously been Teacher Responsible for Library, ICT Co-ordinator, PR Gifted and Talented, and HOD History and Classics. As well as serving on the Staff Finance and Property Committees for a number of years, Hugh was the Staff Representative on Te Kura Trust for 13 years, and was previously the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2001.



    Student RepresentativeRichard Liu is currently a Year 13 student at CBHS