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]
Georgina Robertson (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 the school for 8 years and one of Georgina’s nieces is a current student. 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.
Penelope Peebles (Immediate Past President): Penelope has been on the Old Girls’ Association Committee since 2016 and is the immediate Past President. She attended St Cuthbert’s between 1975–1985 and her two daughters are current St Cuthbert’s students. An experienced executive search consultant, she is Partner with international search firm Caldwell Partners, working on CEO, C-suite and Board searches. She holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) in Human Resources and Labour Relations and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and HR from University of Auckland and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Management (Governance) from the University of Waikato. As well as giving back to St Cuthbert’s, she has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Mobility Dogs Foundation and First Foundation. Find Penelope here.
Steph Peploe (Vice President): Steph started St Cuthbert’s in New Entrants and finished in 2013. She went on to attend the University of Otago, completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing. She still remembers Selwyn College and her time at Otago fondly. Once graduated, Steph was offered a role at Heinz Wattie’s in the marketing team and has since moved to an advertising agency as a Senior Account Manager for TRACK NZ, a customer experience agency, which is part of DDB group. Steph has recently joined the Old Girls’ Committee to encourage younger Old Girls to get involved and reconnect earlier with the school. Find Steph here.
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.
Brittany Stewart (Treasurer): Britt remembers her time at St Cuthbert’s fondly from 2000 to 2010 – she enjoys a special bond to the school as a fourth generation student with her great great grandfather founding the College. Britt went on to graduate from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, Finance and Commercial Law before completing her qualification to be a Chartered Accountant. Britt currently works with multinational clients, predominantly in relation to transfer pricing matters, in the Global Tax team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Britt joined the Old Girls Committee in 2017 to reconnect with school and the Old Girl’s community. Find Brittany 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 are currently attending 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 currently attend St Cuthbert’s.
Eleanor Gregan: Eleanor started St Cuthbert’s in 2005 at the age of 11, as a third-generation St Cuthbert’s student. Eleanor graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2016 with an LLB/BA (Media Studies). Eleanor has worked as solicitor at Davenports Harbour Lawyers since graduating. She now specialises in employment law and relationship property law, because she loves helping people solve the challenges they face in their personal lives. Eleanor is proud to be on the Old Girls’ Association Committee and is committed to being part of the positive contribution that it makes to society. Find Eleanor here.
Kirsten McKenzie: 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 published five novels behind her, and a sixth 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.
Stephanie Meech: Stephanie attended St Cuthberts from 2000 to 2012, as a second-generation student, followed by her sister Nicole. Steph graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019. After graduating, she joined KPMG working in New Zealand and Luxembourg. After four years at KPMG, Steph left financial services for commercial finance at My Food Bag in 2019. Steph joined the Old Girls’ Association Committee in 2017 with friends Brittany and Kate to reconnect with the College and the Old Girls network. Find Stephanie here.
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: 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.
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.
Nina Seja (Alumnae Experience Manager): Nina joined the St Cuthbert’s team in 2019 having worked extensively in the education sector. She has lectured at institutions both in New Zealand and the United States, including the University of California, San Diego, the University of Auckland, and others. Most recently, she was a senior lecturer in Communications at Unitec. She has a PhD from New York University, an MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BA from the University of Auckland. Nina has an editing, writing, and research background and has worked with clients such as Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the Auckland Memorial Museum, and many others. As the school’s Alumnae Experience Manager, Nina is often your first point of contact as an Old Girl. She looks after everything from tracking down old friends to delivering reunion events, finding mentors for our students and writing articles about amazing Old Girls for Evergreen Ties.