Board of Trustees

St Mary's School Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of eleven people who govern the school.

The Board is made up of: Five people elected by the parent community, four people appointed by the Proprietor, one staff member elected by the staff and the Principal. The Board elections happen every three years.

From Left: Back Row – Julia Cooke, Nigel Mitchell (Chairperson), Andrew Stanley, Richard Vercoe, Bino Mathew, Ross Frater, Rodel Daquioag, Paddy Dowling (Principal).

Front Row: Tracy McCone (Teacher Representative), Megan Cameron

Board of Trustees Members

Parent Elected

Nigel Mitchell (Chairperson)

Kia Ora, I am a vineyard and property manager currently working in Rapaura, the golden mile of the Marlborough grape growing region, with a side hustle of 500 olive trees to maintain. I have three children at St Mary’s with the youngest being in yr2 and I have been the Presiding Member for almost 2 years. My wife Fiona is secretary of the School’s supporting parent group SMF and I am typically found on the BBQ of any fundraising event we hold in the weekends.

Julia Cooke

I am a parent representative and Deputy Presiding Member on the board and have 2 children at St Mary’s. My daughter is in year 4 and son is in year 2. I have worked as a Radiographer for 14 years, but I am now a part owner and the Safety Manager at Marlborough Helicopters. I grew up in Christchurch,but have lived in Marlborough for the last 16 years. I love watching the kid’s sports and spending time outdoors around Blenheim. We often try and get out and try various day hikes with the kids around the region.

Megan Cameron

I moved to Blenheim in 2015 to start a Chartered Accountancy Practice – Sidekick Tasman. My husband and I have two boys at St Mary’s in years 4 and 6, with our daughter due to start in June 2023. I have been an active volunteer, Treasurer and Executive Board Member of The Cancer Society – Marlborough Centre for over 5 years. I have recently joined the St Mary’s Board and the Finance Committee.

Ross Frater

I am a parent representative on the Board and have two sons attending St Mary’s in year 3 and year 9.  I work as a Financial Adviser and my wife Vicky and I own Core Advice. We have a long association with the Parish and School and we are often involved with any St Mary’s Friends fundraising events, running the Chocolate Wheel at the School Gala. Our boys are keen sportsmen and we enjoy getting outside and enjoying the Marlborough lifestyle.


Bino Mathew

I am a member of St Mary’s School board and also on the Finance Committee. I have two children at St. Mary’s School.  My daughter is in year 8 and son is in year 2. I work as an Engineer at Marlborough District Council and my wife Jeena works as RN at Wairau hospital. We are originally from Kerala, India and moved to New Zealand nearly 20 years ago. I have been in the leadership roles of various community and charitable organisations and I have volunteered for international sports events in New Zealand.


Proprietor Appointed              

Fr Michael McCabe

Andrew Stanley

Richard Vercoe

I am a Proprietor’s Representative on the Board. My connection to the school started as a student and both my, now adult, children attended. For over 30 years I have been employed in the financial services industry in Marlborough predominantly Banking and now as an Insurance Broker. I am also the Director of a Christchurch based Engineering firm. Outside work and family time my interests include football, listening to music and old cars.

Rodel Daquioag

Andrew Stanley

Staff Elected

Tracy McCone


Paddy Dowling