2019 Common Election results

For 5 parent representatives

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Successful representatives
Stephanie Aquilina-Little
Anthony (Tony) Chapman
Christopher Duncan
Sylvia Langridge
Rhian Louise Thompson

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Ms Stephanie Aquilina-Little, Mr Anthony (Tony) Chapman, Dr Christopher Duncan, Mrs Sylvia Langridge and Mrs Rhian Louise Thompson.

Tristan Coakley
Kimberley Waters
Invalid Votes: 0

Meet your representatives

Stephanie Aquilina-Little

I have enjoyed a long association with St Ignatius, my eldest child started in 2007 and my youngest, Charlotte, is currently in Year 5. Over this time, I have seen the school change and develop in a positive and encouraging way, and I am proud to be a part of the St Ignatius community. I have participated in previous stints on the PTA (in 2010) and have always relished being a parent helper when required during the various fundraising activities organised by them. My background includes various roles in tourism and secondary school teaching, which saw me living with my husband, Jean-Michel, in France for a number of years. After Charlotte was born I returned to university to study law and was admitted as a solicitor in November 2017 - I currently work in a boutique law firm specialising in property and commercial law. I believe this provides me with a valuable skill set for the role of trustee, particularly in relation to the property management of the school and understanding and implementing policies and legislative requirements. I have undertaken a number of roles within charitable organisations, I am the current treasurer of the Auckland Women Lawyers Association, and believe that this governance experience would translate well to the board of trustees environment. Teaching French and English at secondary school level has given me a unique insight to the inner workings of a school and an understanding of the role and responsibilities that our teachers have towards the school and our children. I have excellent communication skills, work well in a team and am not afraid of asking challenging and relevant questions to ensure that our young people are being prepared for life at and beyond school, and that the board is providing great leadership for the principal and staff. If elected, I look forward to playing an important role in the educational achievement of our children and young people.

Anthony (Tony) Chapman

Hi there,

My name is Anthony Chapman (although I go by Tony informally) and I’m standing for the Board of Trustees for St Ignatius Catholic School, St Heliers.

My wife Katie and I are both originally from the South Island and upon returning to New Zealand from overseas adventures we decided to settle in our beautiful suburb, as we felt it was the perfect place to raise a family, while being right on the doorstep of Auckland’s CDB.

Together we have 3 children, Baxter who is 7, Lachlan who is 4 and Ava who is 18 months. Baxter moved to St Ignatius earlier this year and is absolutely loving life and all his new friends. Lachlan will start in Term 4 and is excited to be following in the footsteps of his big brother.

My background is in broadcasting and I’ve held a wide range of positions over the years working across many operational management, project management and business transformation roles. I’m experienced in project and business governance, planning, delivery and reporting. I believe these skills and experience would be of great value to the Board of Trustees.

A highlight of my career, while extremely challenging at the time, was working and living in the Middle East as part of the team running Al Jazeera International which is headquartered in Qatar. I currently manage TVNZ’s studio and events operations and am responsible for much of the technology and the people that deliver some of New Zealand’s highest profile programmes and events.

With our 3 little ones now up and away it’s time for me give some focus to and support the community that we are all proud to be a part of. If elected, I believe my professional experience and passion for doing the right thing will serve the St Ignatius School Board of Trustees and community well.

Regards, Tony


Christopher Duncan

Hello, my name is Chris Duncan and I am father to Euan (Year 1) at St Ignatius and Ivy (only 3 at the moment so year 0 still a little way off!). My wife Stacey and I have lived in Auckland on and off for the last 12 years. I am originally from the UK and met Stacey when I moved to NZ for work. I come from a family full of teachers with my Dad, Mum, Sister and Brother in law all working in education; the importance of excellence in education has always been high on the family discussion agenda!

I currently work as an Emergency medicine consultant at Middlemore hospital and a pre-hospital specialist with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust. I have the privilege of communicating and interacting with patients and their families on a daily basis. I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic team to deliver multi-disciplinary care. I am required to manage the logistics of running an emergency department seeing over 400 patients a day. I analyze and problem solve patient’s health needs so I can identify their pathology and then deliver the care required in a compassionate way. Communication, teamwork, logistical skills, problems solving and compassion are vital attributes that I have developed whilst working as a doctor that I think are hugely transferable to the school board.

The passion for education instilled in me from my family has rubbed off on me as well. I undertook a fellowship in clinical education gaining a post graduate certificate from the University of Auckland. I am actively involved in providing education for trainee doctors both in hospital and in the air. I am frequently involved in the interview and appointment process. I am a member of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and serve as a member of the Accreditation Sub Committee – this role sees me visit hospital sites and decide if they meet the necessary standards to provide training to Emergency Medicine specialists of the future.

If elected, it would be a privilege to serve on the Board of trustees and I would hope to ensure that the school continues to flourish and provide the best environment possible for our children to develop and learn.

Sylvia Langridge

My name is Sylvia Langridge and I am a mum of Kiera (Year 5) and Elysia (Year 2). I have been part of the school community for almost 5 years and have been on the Board of Trustees for St Ignatius School since October last year. I understand the vision and values of the school and the challenges it might be facing.

My husband, Conrad and I moved into the area nine years ago, when he returned home and I embarked on the adventure of starting a new life in Auckland. I have previously lived in Poland, Sweden, and the UK and completed two university exchange programmes in the Netherlands and Australia. Having lived in multiple countries and experienced different cultures, I have learned a great level of tolerance and the ability to see things from another’s perspective.

I work full time at Westpac as a Commercial Manager looking after IT contracts. Working for a corporate in the digital technology space, I am aware of the challenges our kids will be facing in the future and the importance of staying relevant and future-ready. I am analytically-minded, an excellent problem solver, and skilled in extracting important information from complex documents. Working for a bank I am no stranger to policy reviews and compliance. I have the ability to apply out-of-the-box thinking to problems and I work well in a team. I believe that my personal values and professional experience would add a lot of benefits to the Board of Trustees at St Ignatius School.



Rhian Louise Thompson

My name is Rhian Thompson. I am married to Michael and we have two children - 5 year old Audrey (Year 0) and 3 year old Gethin.

I have been impressed by the warm welcome our family has received into the school community. While we are new to St Ignatius, our family has strong links to the Catholic school system. My husband is a past pupil of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Epsom and an Old Boy of Sacred Heart College. My father-in-law spent almost 30 years as a principal of a number of Catholic primary schools. Our family think Catholic schools are awesome!

I would like to help lead St Ignatius to future success and ensure pupils and staff are well looked after and can thrive in and enjoy the school environment. I am particularly interested in how education adapts to respond to the pace of technological change and to meet the diverse learning needs of our children.

I am originally from Wales and met my husband whilst living in Australia. We then moved to the UK, got married and had our daughter before relocating permanently to Auckland in 2014. Before I became a full-time mum I was a lawyer and worked in both Sydney and London. I am dual qualified in the UK (since 2003) and New South Wales (since 2008) and have held a number of different legal roles in law firms, financial institutions and publicly listed companies. Initially I specialised in banking and finance law and then broader corporate commercial law.

As a result, I have experience in project management, governance, policy making and compliance. My previous roles have required me to be proactive, inquisitive, challenging, supportive and flexible. I believe these skills would serve the St Ignatius community well if I were to be elected to the Board of Trustees.

In terms of community involvement, in recent years, I have enjoyed being on the committee for St Heliers Focus Playgroup and our family is also an active supporter of The Hearing House - a charity for the hearing impaired.

I would value the opportunity to serve the St Ignatius community and to help shape the school's strategic direction.

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