Committee Members

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 presidentoga@stcuthberts.school.nz

Kate Bacchus (Kennedy-Grant) – President: Kate attended St Cuthbert’s from 1980 – 1992. After school, she took off a gap year and worked, before commencing a career and study of Hotel Management. However, after a number of years in Hotel Management in AU and NZ, she took a sidestep into HR and returned to study with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business, majoring in HR Management from The University of Auckland. Over the last 20 + years, Kate has worked for large corporates, professional services firms and smaller commercial businesses in London, Australia, and NZ. In 2022, founded her own business, hr butter, specialising in HR Consulting for small to medium sized Kiwi businesses, along with coaching and leadership facilitation. Kate’s daughter is a current student at the College; and Kate is thrilled to be reconnecting and connecting with many Old Girls and making a contribution to the school that she contributes to having many incredibly strong lifelong friends and developing an unwavering confidence in being.

Find Kate here.

Kirsten McKenzie (Brettell) – Immediate Past President: Kirsten 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 before returning to New Zealand and leading the National Detector Dog Unit. Kirsten is now a full-time author with eight published novels behind her, and a ninth on the way. Her two daughters attended St Cuthbert’s. Kirsten joined the OGA to give back to a community which gave her so much.

Find Kirsten here.

Minta Holton (Smith) – Vice President: 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.

Lizzie Judd – Secretary: Lizzie attended St Cuthbert’s from 1995 – 2008. She went on to graduate from the University of Auckland with a Masters of Science majoring in Psychology. Lizzie has worked for Mainfreight since graduating university and has progressed through the business in their Development Programme from coordinating Ocean Freight deliveries to now looking after the New Zealand Training & Development team, supporting the business in all People related functions from Leadership Development to Health & Safety. She has a close-knit group of friends from her 13 years at St Cuthberts, which she holds dear. Her purpose for being on the Committee is to give back to the College which gave her incredible experiences and friends for life.

Find Lizzie here.

Sonya Ha – Committee member: Sonya graduated from St Cuthbert’s in 2022. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Property & Commerce at the University of Auckland – aspiring to have a successful career in property development and to dabble in the fashion and high jewellery industry. Her time at St Cuthbert’s had a great impact on shaping her character today, especially loving the 4-week experience at the remote Kahunui campus. She aims to give back to the College and to help graduates nurture their connection with the school after leaving. 

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Stacey Little (Parkins) – Committee member: Stacey attended St Cuthbert’s from 1994 – 2006. Following school, she studied law and marketing at Otago University. After practising law for a few years, she made the move to marketing, working in professional services in London. She returned to Auckland in 2019 and is married with a young daughter. Stacey is the Marketing Manager for Precinct Properties, mainly working with the property and development teams on client engagement and new projects. She absolutely loved her time at St Cuths and finds there is always such a strong connection between all old girls regardless of whether they attended at the same time. 

Find Stacey here.

Maire Sands (Worth) – Committee member:

No Kūki Āirani ahau
Ko Rarotonga, te Moutere
Ko Raemaru te Maunga
Ko Vaitoko te Awa
Ko Avaiki nui te Moana
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Puiakura te Oire
Ko Avarua te Marae i vai o kura
Ko Maire (Worth) Sands toku ingoa 

Born in the Cook Islands, though raised here in Tāmaki Makaurau in a small country town. Maire has a background in Education, when she’s not working alongside tamariki in you will see her heavily involved in Sport. She is a proud mum of five amazing tamariki, alongside her husband she raised them in partnership, and they are of huge value to her. Sports is Maire’s happy place, and she can often be found on the sports field playing a code or in the background serving sporting communities – all because she was brought up like that to lead by example and provide to her community. As you can tell Maire is physically driven and being active is in her blood. 

Culturally she loves every aspect, for example, drama, speeches, dance, art. Maire has been involved in so many things over the years. She believes to know her is to know her family and extended family. “We are all the same. Loving, kind and patient. I thank my mother and father who provided me this opportunity to come to St Cuthberts.”

Find Maire here.

Hedy Sheck – Committee member: Hedy is from peer group 2002, attending St Cuthbert’s from 1997 in Year 9. In the years since St Cuthbert’s, she has honed her expertise in financial services across a range of industries from lending, insurance, property, and vehicle sales. She is now the proud owner of NZ Home Loans Auckland City, specialising in helping clients achieve financial freedom faster and developing risk management plans to protect their hard-earned assets. The older (and wiser) Hedy gets, the more she realises that the greatest constants in her life are the core group of friends she made during her St Cuthbert’s years, and the impact of the school’s guiding principle “By Love Serve” on both her customer centric career and personal life. Hedy also learned the importance of people, connections, and network in career progression, and she joined the Old Girls’ Association to encourage fellow Old Girls to tap into the vast network of the STCC alumni and reconnect with their peers. 

Find Hedy here.

Sarah Vokes (Keeley) – Committee member: Sarah attended St Cuthbert’s from 1986 – 1990. After school Sarah got a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from AUT. Sarah has worked in a variety of industries mainly in the area of Internal communications. Currently on a career break, she is in the final stages of a Masters of Public Policy. Sarah is married with three children and Mollie, the youngest, is now at St Cuthberts. Sarah loved her time at St Cuths and is looking forward to working with the Old Girls Committee and getting to know a new group of talented and interesting women.

Find Sarah here.

Rosanna Wu – Committee member: A 2018 St Cuthbert’s College graduate, Rosanna graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (Psychology) conjoint degree. She 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.

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Susan Hays (1984) – Treasurer

 

Lauren Jeffares (Neilson, 2011) – Committee member

College roles

Leigh Melville (Patron) – OGA 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 is currently the Chair of the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board. 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 also an Old Girl of St Cuthbert’s.

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