Board of Trustees

Sara Gordon


I’m the Chair of the Hagley Board of Trustees. I’ve been a parent representative since 2010 and was elected Chair in February this year. Both my children have attended Hagley and have thrived in the flexible and diverse learning environments offered here. This, together with the positive and supportive guidance from the staff, has allowed them to focus on what excites and inspires them. I have always been interested in education and as a family we have been involved in Montessori education, home schooling and schooling overseas.
I feel hugely privileged to be able to support the excellent work of the College in my role as Chair. I am frequently amazed by the success stories I hear as students overcome barriers and embrace their own special passions to succeed and grow. In my opinion, these opportunities are worth gold.

Mike Fowler


As Principal I have the role as chief adviser to the Board of Trustees. I love the challenge and excitement of this unique institution and its talented staff and students. My key responsibilities include College operations and developments, as well as the Hagley rebuild. I’ve been at Hagley since 1987, initially teaching part time in the evening College programme, then as Head of English for 14 years and a Deputy Principal for the last seven years.
I look forward to realising the potential our College has as a designated character school – and to being part of a Board that helps that happen. Let’s continue to innovate, to create opportunities for secondary learners of all ages across our region. Let’s continue to look outwards to collaborate, invite community connections and connections with other educational institutions. It’s exciting to be involved in how Hagley’s mission statement “lifelong learning that is accessible to all” is played out every day in all that we do. Hagley’s values bring that mission statement to life. Those values are based on the relationships our teachers build with our students. It’s how our teachers value students as individuals that sets Hagley apart - that is the Hagley way.

Terri Gledhill

Parent and Maori Representative

Kia Ora!
Ko Terri Gledhill toku ingoa.
Ko Ngai Tuhoe toku iwi.
He kaiwhakarite haereere ahau.
Ko Jonty toku tama.
He akonga ia i a Te Puna Wai O Waipapa.

Hi, my name is Terri Gledhill.
Ngai Tuhoe is my tribe.
I am a travel agent.
Jonty is my son.
He is a student at Hagley College.

Tena koutou katoa!

I am very proud and honoured to be part of the Hagley College board of trustees as the Maori representative. My passion is inclusive education. I believe everyone should be involved in education. Especially, our youth who are our future and through education they will make change. But even you should be involved because as Mahatma Gandhi said, “Real education consists of drawing the best out of yourself”. With this belief in mind, I will be completing an Open Wananga Course in Maori tikanga (culture) and te reo (language) this year.

Furthermore, I will seek to represent you all with integrity, sensitivity and commitment. So do more than just exist! Get involved in education.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!

Michael Herman

Parent Representative

I’m originally from Cape Town, South Africa, by way of the Middle East, Great Britain, and Johannesburg. My family and I settled in Christchurch 13 years ago and two of my three children attend Hagley.
Most of my professional life has been spent in the media and community sectors on initiatives that help build effective organisations or which address suffering and the consequences of inequality, or both of these. The organisations I’ve worked for have focused largely on strengthening community and promoting social justice such as Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury, Father & Child Trust, Community Action Youth and Drugs, Creation Arts Space, and The eARThquake Therapy Initiative.
I’m currently the manager at Petersgate Counselling Centre and have served on several boards, including Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society Canterbury, Community Broadcasters Society, 198 Youth Health Trust, and Lyttelton Youth Council.

Andrew Swift

Parent Representative

Tena koutou katoa. I joined Hagley’s Board in 2016 and appreciate the opportunity to share in this governance role with my fellow trustees. Although a newcomer to our Board I have served as a school trustee elsewhere for the past 12 years. I am passionate about education, excited about the opportunities and challenges that our communities face in the wake of the quakes, and I am impressed by what I have seen of Hagley’s philosophy and practice in recognising and celebrating students as unique individuals.
My association with Hagley College began in mid-2010 when selecting an appropriate secondary education provider for our eldest son Tim who is on the autistic spectrum. While Hagley was not initially on the radar it quickly became apparent that there was not even a close contender for preference. The passion of the staff, the pastoral care, options and opportunities, robust set of values, and keen appreciation of individuality all contribute to the college’s very special character, and are attributes of which we can be very proud.
I have been happily married to Carolyn for 28 years and we have three sons, two of whom are students at Hagley (Years 9 and 13). I have 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry as a consultant and have ownership in two local offices, one of which I also manage. Prior to my corporate role I was a primary school teacher with senior management responsibilities.
Outside of the work environment I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my family, and I am active in community groups. I am a committee member of our neighbourhood Residents Association, church warden, Business Owners’ Association, and I participate in many local community initiatives.

Derek Benfield

Chair of Finance

I’m a chartered accountant and have worked in a number of businesses. I was on the Hagley Board from 1999 to 2008, being co-opted on when my daughter attended the College. I was chair of the finance committee during that time and deputy chair of the Board for three years, having previously been on the Boards at Christchurch Boys High, Papanui High and a North Island primary school while my children attended those schools.
I was co-opted on to the Hagley Board after the elections in 2013 primarily to chair the finance committee. Before that I spent three years on the Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology Council as a Ministerial appointment. In my employment role, I do a substantial amount of recruiting so I’m very familiar with those processes and the identification of the priorities.

Carmen Kenton

Staff Representative

Tēnā tātou e te whānau

It is a privilege to represent all our staff on our Board. I joined the teaching team at Hagley over 9 years ago as Head of Science and come from a strong science background of 7 years of research science at NIWA, followed by 6 years of teaching science at Rangiora High School. I love this school. I like the people, the way people interact and respect each other, and the way everyone who works here helps provide learning solutions that fit our student's needs. I have been on the Board of my boys' primary school as a parent rep, and look forward to working with our Board team through some exciting times to come.

Hei kōna mai

Luna-May Hart

Student Representative

Hello everyone!
This is my final year at Hagley and I am extremely privileged to be actively involved in evolving Hagley to meet the needs of the students, parents, staff and community. I would like to thank my fellow students who elected me as their representative on the board of trustees and giving me the opportunity to work along side people who share the same passion towards Hagley community college.

I am extremely enthusiastic about our environment and the creatures we share this world with. In my time as the student representative I hope to achieve a higher level of conservation in our school, in addition to interaction with our environment to better the wellbeing of Hagley's community. I wish to continue my admiration of our earth along with increasing conservation efforts into university, where I hope to study environmental science.