Rob McLeod (Chair)
Rob McLeod, Ngāti Porou, is a leading commercial advisor with over 35 years’ commercial experience. Rob was Chairman of Ernst & Young New Zealand for calendar 2015 and was CEO of Ernst & Young Australasia from June 2010 to the end of calendar 2014.
Rob has extensive governance experience, including as a member of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission, a Director of Telecom, Sky City, ANZ National Bank, Sealord, Tainui Group Holdings, and Aotearoa Fisheries, and was the longest-standing Chair of the NZ Business Roundtable. He is currently a Director of Sanford Ltd and Quayside Holdings Ltd.
Rob has served on many Government task forces and advisory groups covering education, Māori economic development, defence, infrastructure and taxation. He was Chair of the McLeod Tax Review, the most recent official government comprehensive review of the NZ tax system, and served on a government review of the company tax rate in Australia. In 2006 Rob received Auckland University’s Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award. He was Lead Negotiator for Ngāti Porou in its treaty settlement with the Crown in 2009.
Rob chairs each of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Appointments’ and ‘Audit, Finance & Risk’ sub-committees.
Dame Jenny Gibbs DNZM
Dame Jenny has had a lifelong involvement with education ranging from President of Play centre to Junior Lecturer in history at Victoria University, to twenty-five years in various capacities on the governing body of the University of Auckland.
Dame Jenny was founder and chairwoman of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery and the Auckland Contemporary Arts Trust, founding trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and foundation donor and board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is a long-time member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Dame Jenny was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998, and a Dame of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009. She was awarded the Auckland City Distinguished Citizen Award in 2004, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage in 2007, and an honorary doctorate by Auckland University in 2008.
Dame Jenny serves as a member of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Appointments’ sub-committee.
Sir La’auli Savae Michael Jones KNZM
Sir La’auli Michael Jones has worked extensively in education and Pacific economic development and is currently Director of Government and Community Relations at Matson South Pacific, a Pacific regional shipping company.
Sir Michael has established a number of youth and community programmes focused on Pasifika youth, including the Village Community services Trust, The Village Sports Academy and Pacific Advance Senior School, the latter a Partnership School that opened in 2015.
In 2003 Sir Michael was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame as recognition of his commitment and achievements in rugby as an All Black and as a coach and player for Samoa. In 1990 Sir Michael received a Queens Commemorative medal for services to the Pacific community, in 1997 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to his communities, and in 2017 he was awarded the honour of Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Sir Michael represents the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua sponsors on the Board, and serves as a member of the Board’s ‘Audit, Finance & Risk’ sub-committee.
Bruce Ritchie MNZM
Bruce is former principal of Massey High School in West Auckland , and has worked in a range of other schools in New Zealand. He led Massey High School from 1994 to 2014, during which time he grew the roll from 1,500 to 2,500 and the school was recognised by ERO as in the top 12% of New Zealand schools by performance. While leading Massey High School, Bruce engaged with a number of high impact programmes for raising the achievement of students, including Te Kohahitanga, Starpath, Pathways West and Vocational Academies.
Bruce is former chair of the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association and a past member of Auckland Secondary Schools’ Heads Association. In 2013 he was seconded to the Ministry of Education as a Senior Adviser to lead a strategy in Auckland and Northland raising Māori Achievement, and was a member of the University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s Community Consultative group for many years. He was awarded the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to education.
Bruce serves as a member of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Appointments’ sub-committee.
Ken was Principal of Mount Roskill Grammar School for 12 years from 1994 to 2006, in which time the school grew from 1500 to over 2300 pupils. Mount Roskill Grammar School was the Goodman Fielder School of the Year in 1998 and Secondary School of the Year in 2002.
Ken later served as Director of the Schools Partnership Office at The University of Auckland. He is currently a Trustee of the New Zealand Educational and Scholarship Trust (NZEST) and Chairman of the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp Trust.
Ken serves as a member of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Audit, Finance & Risk’ sub-committee.