Governance Board


Te Kupenga Board

Our Board is appointed by the Bishops of New Zealand and is made up of senior leaders from across the country.


Mr John Gallaher AFA CFInstD FCA ANZIM BCom (Otago)

John is Executive Director at Forsyth Barr and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry in funds and investment management, commercial and chartered accounting, management and banking. He is Chairman of City Forests Ltd, Mercy Hospital Ltd, and Fund Managers Otago Ltd, Deputy Chairman of NZCEO Ltd/NZCEO Finance Ltd, a Director of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust Ltd, Forsyth Barr Group Limited and Grow Dunedin Partners. He also has an active involvement in the non-profit and sporting sectors as Chairman of United Way NZ Inc.

Board Directors

Professor Kate Kearins Dip Tchg, BEd, MA (Hons), MMS, PhD

Kate began her career teaching in Catholic primary schools in New Zealand and has twice spent time teaching at tertiary level in France. In 2003, she took up the position as Professor of Management at Auckland University of Technology, and has had roles as Head of the Management Department, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Associate Dean Research, and Deputy Dean. Kate has been on the Marsden Social Sciences Panel, the Fulbright Awards Panel and the Business and Economics Panel for the 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF). She sat on the Board of Governors for the US-based Academy of Management and was a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Kate is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Business, Economics and Law at AUT, leading a Faculty of 250 staff with more than 5000 students.

Rev Dr Timothy Costello SM BA (VUW), PsychD (Rome), Registered Psychologist (NZ)

Father Timothy is a priest of the Society of Mary. After some years of parish ministry, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome for the Licentiate (1985) and Doctorate (1998) in psychology. He was a full-time lecturer at the Gregorian University from 2002-2013 attached to the Institute of Psychology, the Centre for the Preparation of Seminary Educators and the Faculty of Canon Law (Jurisprudence). In recent years he contributed to the professional training of staff at the National Seminary of the Catholic Church in China (Beijing). He is currently lecturer in pastoral theology and ministry at Te Kupenga – Catholic Theological College.

Matua Turi Ngatai MNZM QSM, Ngaiterangi /Ngāti Ranginui, Tauranga Moana

Turi is trained at Loreto Hall and is a former Principal who has leadership experience in both Catholic schools and State schools. Turi has 40 years’ experience in the Kiwifruit Industry and was instrumental in establishing the Māori Kiwifruit Growers Association. He is a director of the 100% Māori owned and operated Te Awanui Huka Pak and Chairman of its investment company, Te Awanui Capital Limited. His experience in governance includes membership of the Rotorua Energy Trust, Chairing the Fordland’s Community Trust, and involvement in the Tangitu Whānau Trust, Ohuki Trust, and Te Haumāruru Trust. He is Deputy Chairman of the Ngaiterangi iwi post settlement governance entity and the Runanga. He is a representative for Ngaiterangi at the Iwi Chairs Forum. Turi has also held executive management positions at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. He is a member of the the Interim Establishment Workforce Development Council for the Primary Industries.

Mrs Sandy Pasley BSc, PGDipSc (Otago), MEd (Massey)

Sandy is Principal of Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Auckland having previously held senior leadership positions in a number of schools, including as Principal of St Mary’s College in Auckland for almost a decade, Deputy Principal of Birkenhead College on the North Shore, and Head of Science at Waitaki Girls’ High School in Otago. Sandy is a former President of the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand, and in that role was involved in a number of major projects at a national level, including the Ministry of Education’s Review of Funding Systems Advisory Group.

Most Rev Archbishop Paul Martin SM DD, Dip Tchg, STB, BA, BTh

Archbishop Paul was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington and succeeded Cardinal John Dew as Archbishop of Wellington on 5 May 2023. He was installed as Archbishop at St Theresa’s Pro-Cathedral, Karori, Wellington, on 17 June 2023. He was the 10th Bishop of Christchurch and prior to this was the Bursar General for the Society of Mary in Rome. Archbishop Paul has held a number of leadership roles in schools including as Rector of St Patrick’s College in Wellington, and Deputy Rector of St Bede’s College in Christchurch. He was a teacher of English and Religious Education, including at Pompallier College in Whangarei, and spent time at Hato Paora College in Feilding as a member of the Marist Ministry team. Bishop Paul has served as a member of a number of Boards of Trustees and Boards of Proprietors of Catholic schools, and was President of the Wellington Secondary Schools Principals’ Association.

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