Our People

Board of Trustees

Sean Casey

Parent Representative

Years of Service on BOT: August 2012-present
Co-opted: 2012 – June 2013
Oct 2013
Chair 5th November 2014
Why you decided to become a BOT: With having four children attend St Canice’s I felt that that I could offer my knowledge and experience in looking at our future needs, especially in the areas of property and building.
Skills/experience you bring to the BOT: Construction and employment and financial management
Personal Statement: Being on the BOT is a wonderful way of being involved in the outcomes of your child’s education, and I would encourage people to consider standing at our next elections.

Leah Marris

Staff Representative

Reasons for being on the board:
I like to fully immerse myself in all aspects of the school and see it as a place where I can further contribute to the education of our tamariki.

Relevant skills:
I am the Deputy Principal here at St Canice’s with 14 years of teaching experience. I bring a range of experiences and skills that will help support our teachers, learners and whanau.

Personal statement:
As a teacher within the school and also a parent of children at the school, I feel privileged to be given this opportunity and I am looking forward to contributing to the continued development of our school.

Fr David Gruschow

Proprietor’s Representative

Years of Service on BOT: 2 years
1986/87 Sacred Heart School, Thorndon
1999-2006 Sacred Heart School, Petone (chair 2004-2006)
2006-2016 St Paul’s School, Richmond (chair 2006)
Why you decided to become a BOT: ex officio
Skills/experience you bring to the BOT: ex teacher; Parish Priest, a number of years on BOT

Claire Hart

Parish Rep

Years of service on the BOT: 5 years
Why you decided to become a BOT: I was invited to join the board by the parish priest and saw it as an opportunity to contribute to the school.
Personal Statement:
I have had three children attend St Canice’s, joining the board was a way to show support for the principal, staff, students and parish. Being on the board is rewarding and I would recommend becoming a trustee.

Gareth Allen

Parent Elected

Years of Service on BOT: 6 years
Why you decided to become a BOT: I have the relevant skills to make a valued contribution to the school.
Skills/experience you bring to the BOT: Governance and financial knowledge and skills
Personal Statement: I have enjoyed seeing the school development process; the ongoing curriculum and culture changes and the modern learning environments.

Marie Ryan

Parent Representative

Years of service: Co-opted May 2018

Elected: June 2019

Why you decided to be a Trustee: I feel strongly about our children’s education and want to help in any way to shape and support their pathway at St. Canices’s. I am looking forward to continuing to work within the school Board of Trustees.

Skills /experience you bring to the BOT of St. Canices’s: I have been employed mainly with the West Coast DHB, and so I am extremely organised,a good listener and able work well in a group setting.I have a strong work ethic. I am committed to helping maximise education outcomes for our students.

Personal statement:
I am Mum to Caelan, an Irish Physiotherapist and have been living in Westport for the past 16 years. I have been part of the Parish community/family since then. I have been involved with St. Canice’s School since my son started school over 6 years ago.