The Hornsby Pacific Education Trust - The Trustees
Rachel and Simon Tipping
Rachel and Simon began their voluntary work at St Andrew's High School in 2010, at the invitation of Bishop Winston Halapua. They have worked at the school every winter since then.
Simon retired in 2006 from the Massey University School of Music, Wellington, where he was Associate Professor of Music. As well as musical and organisational experience, he has been a keen amateur builder and renovator for much of his life, and has put these skills to good use at the school.
Rachel had a career as a teacher of music to all ages from pre-schoolers to adults, as a church administrator and as an events organiser. She was Wellington regional co-ordinator for the National Secondary Schools' Choral Festival ("The Big Sing") for 10 years, organising national finales and youth arts festivals.
David Brown has experience as Company Director and Chairman of many companies with broad industry range covering transport, property, finance, technology, consultancy and manufacturing. David is past Managing Director of public listed company Amuri Corporation, an NZIM Fellow and Institute of Directors member. He was for many years the Chairman of Middleton Grange School Board of Governors, Christchurch, and has been a Trustee of several community based trusts including Drug Arm Inc., Kingdom Resources Trust and Youth for Christ, Christchurch. He is a Past President of Coastguard Marlborough.
Currently he is a Director of Port Marlborough Limited, Board Member of Bishopdale Theological College in Nelson and Chairman of the Link Pathway Trust in Marlborough.
David and his wife Cathy volunteered at St Andrew's in 2012 and 2013, and were there again in 2014 leading a party from their church.
Dennis is Chartered Accountant with a NZ Certificate in Public Practice. His audit practice in Waikanae has about 95 clients.He joins us as a Trustee in 2017 to look after our accounts and Charities compliance.
He remembers that while he was at Christ's College, Reg Hornsby taught him English ("or tried to!").
Dennis is a Lay reader at St Michael's Church in Waikanae, and is the proud grandfather of six grandchildren.
Jonathan Austin is currently New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore. He was High Commissioner to Tonga from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy High Commissioner from 1997 to 2000. He is married to Salote, who grew up on Tongatapu. They have two daughters.
Prior to moving to Singapore Dr Austin was Director, Intelligence and Assessment (and head of the National Assessments Bureau) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Wellington. His previous diplomatic career included periods as Director-General of the Middle East and Africa Division, Senior Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Special Coordinator in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and assignments in South Africa and East Timor.
Before becoming a diplomat, Dr Austin taught at Sandroyd School in England. Dr Austin was educated in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.