Governance

Ficino School is owned by the Ficino Educational Trust, established in 1998 and governed by seven appointed trustees. The Board of Trustees meets every month and is primarily responsible for the strategic and financial governance of the school and management of school assets.

As guardians of the school, the Board is committed to ensuring that the unique qualities of the founding charter are maintained and that the pupils and staff have the best possible environment in which to realise their greatest potential.

The Board sets the purpose and policies of the school, including establishing and monitoring the strategic development needed for school growth; and each year agrees the annual plan and objectives in consultation with the Principal for the following year. They receive progress reports throughout the year.

Board sub committees, sometimes with co-opted non-board members, are established from time-to-time to attend to specific projects. Board members can be contacted via the School Manager.

The present trustees are:

Doug Matthews, Chairman

Doug’s daughter recently graduated from Ficino School and he is a long-time member of the School of Philosophy. He has spent the last 34 years in the New Zealand IT industry, the last 18 in management roles. He is currently Chief Information Officer for New Zealand’s largest waste management company and has held that position for the last eight years. This involves managing multimillion dollar budgets and a significant team of IT staff.

Rosemary Auld, MA, Dip Ed

Rosemary is a longstanding supporter of Ficino School and the School of Philosophy. Her two daughters were both educated at Ficino School. Rosemary is a qualified primary school teacher and dance teacher and was responsible for the development and teaching of the Ficino School dance curriculum for eleven years. Her qualifications and career history have included town planning and local government administration as well as dance and choreography at a variety of schools. She is currently part owner of a long established Auckland family company.

Louis Boulanger, BSc. Laval University, Canada

Louis is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is also an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Prior to coming to New Zealand in 1986, Louis worked for nine years with a global consulting firm in Montreal, Canada. In New Zealand, he worked for another global consulting firm for 18 years, including as Chief Executive of New Zealand operations for five years. In 2005, Louis launched his private practice where he provides strategic investment advice to private and institutional clients. His firm is also an authorised bullion dealer for clients on the London market. Louis sits on a number of governance boards as an independent expert and speaks regularly at international conferences. He is married and has two sons.

Mark Rassie, BE, BCom

Mark has held various management positions within major New Zealand corporates and recently retired from employment with Fletcher Building Limited. His work has focused on manufacturing and he particularly enjoys the organisational change and HR aspects of this. Mark offers mentoring support to small business organisations through Business in the Community and to students through the University of Auckland’s Alumni Careers Network. He enjoys cycling and an active family life.

Bruce Watson, BE, NZCE, MInstD

Bruce has held various senior management roles including Managing Director of Kent Heating and Group GM of Hume Industries. For the last 20 years he has been consulting to boards and management on strategy, business development and product development. Bruce has been a member of Rotary for 15 years, is currently a volunteer Business Mentor and has represented NZ in yachting. He has three adult children and has worked closely with Ficino School since its inception, managing the design and construction projects on the property.

Anna Winter, MSc (Chem Eng), Dip Bus

Anna is a past parent and highly supportive of Ficino School, and also a member of the School of Philosophy. She is the parent liaison for the Ficino School Board. Her affiliation to Ficino School began in 2003 when her first son started school. She runs four investment and hospitality companies together with her husband, in the property and marine fields. Her previous work experience was within a leading NZ food industry organisation in project management and research and development. She enjoys running projects and taking a systematic approach to tasks; and also enjoys spending time with family and friends.