The Old Girls’ Committee meet every month during term time to plan events, fundraisers, and other activities to support and engage the Old Girls’ community.
Committee Members are voted in at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in March. If you would like to discuss the Committee activities and get involved, contact the President of the Old Girls’ Committee [email protected]
Kirsten McKenzie (President): attended St Cuthbert’s between 1986 and 1992. After studying computer programming, she joined the New Zealand Customs Service. She spent a year working for UK Customs & Excise at Heathrow Airport in 1996 before returning to NZ Customs, and leading the National Detector Dog Unit. Kirsten is now a full-time author with six published novels behind her, and a seventh on the way. Her two daughters are current St Cuthbert’s students, and by joining the Old Girl’s Association Committee, Kirsten hopes to help give back to a community, which gave her so much. Find Kirsten here.
Georgina Gilbert Robertson (Immediate Past President): Georgina attended St Cuthbert’s from 1981 to 1986 and is a 3rd generation St Cuthbert’s family with 12 girls who have gone through the school. Her daughter Eva attended St Cuthbert’s. She holds a BSc from the University of Auckland and has a background in business development and marketing. Georgina has been on the Old Girls’ Committee since 2011 and was VP between 2015 and 2017, taking a break for 3 years before returning as President in 2020. She has been a Director at Prescription Skin Care Ltd for the last 11 years, an Appearance Medicine company that works in association with the New Zealand Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Prior to that she was in senior business development and marketing roles with British Sky Broadcasting Ltd in London for nine years and Fisher and Paykel Ltd as Direct Marketing Manager.
Simran Saseve-Dale (Vice President): Simran attended St Cuthbert’s from 1999 to 2003. She remembers her time at St Cuthbert’s fondly and many of her dearest friends today are the same ones she had through high school. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture at UoA, Simran gained a Master of Fine Art at RMIT Melbourne and now specialises in marketing and PR within the contemporary art and design industries. She has two young boys, loves to travel with them in tow, visit galleries, cook and write. Simran is particularly looking forward to being involved with growing the Old Girls’ Association scholarship funds. Find Simran here.
Vianne Avery (Secretary): Vianne attended St Cuthberts from 1981 to 1987. After studying at university and working in the corporate world, she started her own landscape design and build business. 20 years later, her business has grown significantly and now also provides interior design services and web-based business support. Vianne believes that starting a business is a great way to engage with all aspects of running a company and keeps you up-to-date with technology and the huge changes in the way we operate in the world. Vianne joined the Committee in 2019 as an opportunity to reconnect with the school and be a part of what the Old Girls do for students and the Old Girl community. Her two daughters both attended St Cuthbert’s.
Philippa Barrett (Black): Philippa attended St Cuthbert’s from 1981 to 1987. She graduated from University of Auckland in 1994 with an MA (Hons)/LLB and took up a position with law firm Bell Gully in the competition team of their corporate department. In 1998, Philippa moved to London to join the competition team of UK law firm Herbert Smith. Philippa then made a career change, moving into legal recruitment in the UK. After having their first two daughters, Amelia and Madeleine in London, Philippa and her husband Randal moved back to New Zealand in 2004, where their third daughter, Georgia, was born in 2006. All three of Philippa’s daughters attended St Cuthbert’s.
Minta Smith: After leaving St Cuthbert’s in 2008, Minta attended Canterbury University and graduated with a BSc, Environmental Science before heading overseas to work and live in both Australia and London. After returning from the UK, Minta is now a recruiter at Home Recruitment, specialising in property, development, technology, and start-ups. She is delighted to be home in NZ with family and friends, which encouraged her to reconnect with the Old Girls of St Cuthbert’s. Find Minta here.
Ashvini Soysa (Treasurer): Ashvini attended the College from 2002 to 2009 and is grateful for her time in Black Watch tartan. Ashvini went on to graduate from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation. She is currently working in the Accounting/Finance team for an insurance broking company specialising in acquisitions and completing her qualification to be a Chartered Accountant.
Kim Williams: Kim attended St Cuthbert’s from 1981-1987, her daughters Crystal and Samantha were and are (respectively) fourth generation students. Kim is grateful to be part of the Old Girls’ Association Committee and to have the opportunity to give back to the school that gave her a wonderful education, so many great memories, and precious friends. Kim spent her early years after school studying and travelling. She finally settled back in New Zealand and spent the most part of the last 23 years working at Sky Television as a Technology Manager, she recently made a career move to ASB. Kim is supported in all endeavours by her wonderful partner of nearly 20 years, Brian. Her mum Sandy, also an Old Girl, is very active in their lives. Find Kim here.
Laura Madden: Laura is a second generation St Cuthbert’s student, completing the entirety of her schooling at St Cuthbert’s, leaving in 2006. She attended Auckland University, graduation with a BCom, double majoring in Marketing and Management, and a BA in Sociology. Laura is the Senior Brand Manager for Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, the parent company of Ellerslie Racecourse, Pukekohe Park, and Ellerslie Convention Centre. Laura has a young daughter and lives rurally with her family so she can continue to have and compete horses of her own. Laura counts her school friends as some of her nearest and dearest, and looks forward to celebrating the achievements of St Cuthbert’s alumni through her work with the committee.
Rosanna Wu: A 2018 St Cuthbert’s College graduate, Rosanna is a fourth-year student studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science (Psychology) conjoint degree at the The University of Auckland, and works as a law clerk in the Family and Relationship Property Team at McVeagh Fleming. Rosanna volunteers as a counsellor with Lifeline Aotearoa, and is a member of the Auckland District Law Society, Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association, Legal Research Foundation, Equal Justice Project, Asian Legal Network, and NZ Asian Lawyers.
Lizzie Judd: Lizzie is the Training & Development Manager at Mainfreight, and holds a Masters of Science (First Class Honours) in Psychology from the University of Auckland.
Justine Mahon (Patron): Justine is the Principal of St Cuthbert’s and as Principal, is an Honorary Member and Patron of the Association. Justine’s Blackwatch tartan credentials are strong having served on the staff at the school for 17 years. She and her daughter, Celia Mahon-Heap (’04), are both St Cuthbert’s Old Girls. Justine holds an MA Hons and qualified as a teacher of German, English and Classics. Prior to joining St Cuthbert’s as Deputy Principal, she was a Head of Department Languages and a Dean in co-ed secondary schools and served on the executive of the New Zealand Association of Language Teachers. After taking time out of education to work in Germany in Foreign Affairs as Registrar and Librarian at the NZ Embassy, and as an actor and interpreter for television and film, Justine returned to education and spent seven years as a senior lecturer at the Auckland College of Education lecturing in the undergraduate degree, post-graduate diploma and masters courses.
Leigh Melville (Old Girl Board Liaison): Leigh Melville was appointed to the St Cuthbert’s Board of Trustees in 2017 and was President of the Old Girls’ Association during the College Centenary in 2013 to 2014. Leigh, her mother and her grandmother all attended the College and her father, Ian, was a Trust Board member from 1984 to 2000. Leigh is the Managing Director of Art+Object, an art auction house in Auckland and is Chair of the New Zealand at Venice Biennale Patrons Trust, which fundraises to support New Zealand’s participation at the Venice Biennale. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology. Her daughter, Frances, is currently a student at St Cuthbert’s.