Originally from Auckland, Karen and her family moved down to Queenstown in 2020 to enjoy a different pace of life. Karen and John's son Jack is a student at WHS.
Karen has over 24 years experience in Auckland Real Estate before semi-retiring two years ago and we are very fortunate that she will be sharing her wealth of knowledge, business acumen and passion for philanthropy and community to the WHS community.
Karen says " I have a shared passion with my fellow Wakatipu High School Foundation trustees and look forward to continuing the hard work already present within the Foundation to making a difference to the lives of our teenagers, parents, staff and our Wakatipu Basin community."
Charlie Phillips is CEO and a Director of Queenstown Resort College. Prior to this he spent 12 years in the Tourism Industry where he was General Manager of Europcar New Zealand. He moved to the education sector as he understood the ‘depth’ issues within the tourism workforce, and QRC helps address this. Charlie is currently Chairperson for Wakatipu High School, on the Board of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce (past Chair), and Chairman of Study Queenstown.
Wayne and his wife Julia have lived in the Wakatipu Basin for over 25 years, with all four of their children attending WHS. Wayne served on the WHS Board of Trustees from 2010 and left to establish the WHSF in 2013. He served on the WHSF board until 2016. He was recently reappointed the Chairman of the WHSF.
Wayne is a director/shareholder of Trinity group of companies which cover property development and bespoke residential construction. Wayne and Trinity have been active in supporting the Wakatipu community throughout the years including the local rowing club, sponsoring other local activity, previous chairman of the Historic Places Trust local branch and served on QLDC committees.
Richie is a Partner in local Accounting Superheroes, Affleck O’Meara. Originally hailing from rural Southland, Richie has a varied background including working as a CFO of a multi-national tourism business and holding senior finance roles at several large media organisations in London.
Richie has been a Queenstown resident since 2003 and with his wife Becky have two primary-aged boys (8 and 6 years). Richie has a clear vision that the Wakatipu needs to have exemplary levels of secondary education in order to retain and reward the bountiful young talents that we have coming through our education system.
Dave Bulling is Managing Director of Cook Brothers Construction, established in Otago, with
offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Southern Lakes. Integral to its growth from a fledgling
venture to the national construction establishment today, Dave leads his team with passion and
dedication, achieving superior results in a supportive and enjoyable working culture for the
whole Cook Brothers Construction team.
After his family moved to the region in 1987, Dave and siblings Ben and Sally attended
Wakatipu High School. During this time, Dave was House Captain of McKenzie and represented
Queenstown on the International Ice Hockey circuit with the NZ Juniors.
Wakatipu High School provided Dave with a real sense of community which he has never lost,
and after returning to the region after a stint up North in 2015, Dave and wife Harriet have
established Queenstown as their home.
With the opportunities present in the Queenstown Region, Dave believes that the Wakatipu High
School will continue to excel, with the students and staff achieve exceptional results. Cook
Brothers are proud to have come on board as the Principal Sponsor of the Alumni program and
hope that through their participation, connections, growth and that unique sense of community
will only become stronger.
An experienced tourism operator, Adrian is a former Shotover Jet Group (now Ngai Tahu Tourism) CEO. His company, Adventure Group, owns Canyon Explorers and Snow Rentals in Queenstown. He is also chairman of Canyon Swing and a director of Fox Glacier Gliding and Mt Cook Glacier Guiding.
Adrian has been a resident of the Wakatipu Basin twice, first moving to Queenstown in 2000 and after some time away, returning with his family in 2013. Adrian and his wife have two primary aged children with the oldest set to attend WHS from 2021. A key driver in the decision to return to Queenstown was having confidence that his children would receive an excellent high school education. He believes the Foundation’s work, to ensure all Queenstown kids have access to a broad and high quality education, is critical to the future prosperity of Queenstown.
Originally from America, Marc and his wife Kristen have chosen to live and raise their four children (preschool - year 7) in the Wakatipu Basin.Marc is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Kigali, Rwanda’s largest financial institution. He is also Chairman of CBZ Holdings, the largest financial institution in Zimbabwe. Marc was President of the University of Denver from 2003 - 2005.
The Holtzman family are passionate philanthropists. Marc was co-founder of the Denver School for Science and Technology, a charter high school in Colorado, The Holtzman family supports the Point Foundation, a non-profit organization creating opportunities for children and youth living in social poverty in South Africa and Rwanda and Marc is a National Trustee of National Jewish Health – a leading respiratory hospital in America
Debbie arrived in Queenstown in 2007 with her kiwi husband Paul and two young sons. Throughout both her sons' early school life Debbie enjoyed being involved and connected to the community through the Queenstown Primary School PTA and when Debbie's eldest son started at Wakatipu High School she was introduced to the concept of the Wakatipu High School Foundation when it was first being established. "I now feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute towards the original vision of the Wakatipu High School Foundation as a Trustee to ensure the continuity of this vital additional funding that has and will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of students, teachers and families in our school community".