Board of Trustees

BOT Members

Roger Welsh Board Chair

Roger is our BOT Chairperson. He is a former pupil of Mairehau and his family has a long association with the school. He has two children who are past pupils, his daughter Natalie, and his son Mitchell.


Darrell Suaesi-Faamau Student Representative

Darrell is the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees.


Harry Romana Principal

Harry has been the Principal of Mairehau High School since 2004.


Margaret Robertson Staff Representative

Margaret is the Learning Team Leader of the Arts Faculty, Learning Team Leader of Careers and Dean of International Students.


Don MacDonald

Don's son and daughter attended Mairehau High School.


Heather Couch

Heather works as an Academic Administrator for the school of Law at the University of Canterbury. She has been a parent representative on the Board at Mairehau High School since 2012, following six years on the Board at Parkview Primary School. Heather has one child at Mairehau High School who is in Year 13.


Murray Ralfs Parent Trustee

Murray is proud to be on the Mairehau High School Board of Trustees. His sons have recently left school. Murray has a strong interest in the school's development and education. Murray works at Hewlett-Packard in the software development area. Murray is the Deputy Chairperson.


Elissa Smith Parent Trustee

Elissa has 4 children who will be at Mairehau for their secondary education. She has been working and volunteering in the education sector for 24 years with a strong focus on advocating for families and communities. She was keen to be on the Board to communicate the needs of current families and strengthen the school for the future.


Chris Caselton Parent Trustee

Chris has two children, one of which is a current Mairehau student. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and who has worked in construction for the last 23 years. He was born in the UK, grew up in Kent, studied in Manchester and then lived in Bristol, where he lived and worked until moving to NZ in 2013. Chris chose to be part of the BOT because he is a parent and wanted to be more involved with the school and because he wanted to contribute some of his experience to the proposed refurbishment project.