Our People

Board of Trustees

Claire Hart

Parish Rep

Years of service on the BOT: 3 years
Why you decided to become a BOT: I was invited to join the board by Father Raymond and saw it as an opportunity to contribute to the school.
Skills/ experience you bring to the BOT: I am a stay at home mother of three and long term committee member of the Westport Plunket Society. I believe my involvement in the parish is beneficial to the school and provides a link between the two.

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.

Gareth Allen

Parent Elected

Years of Service on BOT: 4 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.

Johno O’Connor

Proprietor’s Rep

Length of service on board: 10 years
Reason for being on it: I was asked by parish priest
Skills/experience you bring to the BOT: Been a district Councillor for 12 years.
Director of my own business. Father of 4 children. Church goer.
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.

Russell Garing

Parent Representative Trustee

Years of Service on BOT: 2 years
Why you decided to become a BOT: To contribute to the school, as all three of children have attended St Canice’s.
Skills/experience you bring to the BOT: Previous Board experience, problem solving and planning skills.
Personal Statement: Being a board member is a great chance to develop and plan for the future of the school and the students.

Fr David Gruschow

Proprietor’s Representative

Years of Service on BOT:
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