Board of Trustees

Tony Lenton – Chairman

I am one of four Proprietor representatives on the St Mary’s Board.  (The Proprietor is the Bishop of Hamilton, Stephen Lowe.)  Four of my grandchildren attend or have attended St Mary’s.  I work in Hospital Chaplaincy and am an experienced company director and accountant.  I am immensely proud to serve with the current Board. 

Ati Aaifou-Olive – Deputy Chair – Parent Representative

My wife Charlie and I have two boys at St Mary’s School and a daughter at Aquinas College.  I am a recruitment specialist of 18 years working in the Industrial sector, with a Bachelor in Business specializing in Sports Management. I currently work for the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union as the Pathways General Manager. 

My huge passions are my family, my Samoa culture, sports and business.

I am heavily involved in the community, and love working with students and parents to grow their connections and identity within our school.  I feel very privileged to be elected as a parent representative for our beautiful school.

Tracey Oliver-Marshall – Secretary

With an MBA in International Business, I bring extensive experience in project/programme management, strategic planning and stakeholder management from a career in Auckland’s local government sector.  I’ve also spent a number of years living and working in Asia, where I owned a trading company.  Life in Tauranga is focused on family, and participating within our school community to support the talented and passionate staff at St Mary’s.

James Murray – Principal

My name is James Murray, and I am the Principal here at our wonderful St Marys. My wife Karla and I have four sons who attend St Mary’s and Aquinas College. I am committed to building strong partnerships with our community and making sure our children can be the best they can be.

I am firmly committed to Catholic education and what it offers our children and community. I look forward to each and every day at St Marys where we are able to mould our children into wonderful Catholic citizens.

Donna Vincent – Staff Representative

I am very privileged to be the elected staff representative on our Board for a second term. I have a long association with St Mary’s school spanning 20 years both as a parent and teacher and so I am very passionate about this special place. During my time at St Mary’s school, I have worked in a variety of roles and this year I am currently enjoying my new position as our Learning Support Coordinator.

Terry Considine – Proprietors Representative

Terry is married to Wendy, has two children and two grandchildren all of whom bring him great joy!  He has been involved in teaching secondary students for many years, most recently as Deputy Principal at Aquinas College, a position he retired from four years ago. More recently, Terry has done relief teaching at Aquinas and the Northern Health School. He has also been employed by the Diocese for presentations on Safeguarding in the parish as well as being part of a team-leading Catholic Character Reviews in schools in the Diocese.

Sr Emeli – Proprietors Representative

St Mary’s Catholic School is one of the many schools founded by the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny.  As a Cluny Sister for 17 years, I find myself blessed to live and work alongside women of great faith, passionate to “Do a Little Good” wherever they are sent as daughters of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey.  Having agreed to be a Board representative for Bishop Stephen Lowe, it is a privilege to work with such a great team to sustain the Catholic Character and school charism, and for all families entrusted to their care at St Mary’s.

Lorraine Schofield – Proprietor’s Representative

I’m honoured to join the Board as a proprietor’s representative and work alongside this dedicated team.  I have a strong connection to St Mary’s – as a former student and now parent – and am committed to its ongoing success.  My background is in communications and journalism.

Monika Lolohea – Parent Representative

I currently work as a Recruitment Specialist for Labourworks NZ Ltd.  Originally from Invercargill, I moved to the sunny Bay of Plenty in 2004.  We have two children at St Mary’s, Noa in Year 5 and Lennox in Year 2.  I am committed to the growth of St Mary’s students, our teachers and our community.

Matt Dalton – Parent Representative

My name is Matt Dalton, and I am a parent trustee. My wife Kelly and I have two sons who attend our wonderful school as I once did many years ago. I have an educational background, having worked in schools in New Zealand and England for more than 15 years. I hold the privileged position of Principal at Aquinas College, and I am firmly committed to Catholic education and what it offers our children and community. 

Bernie Gardiner – Parent Representative

My wife Anna and I have three sons, all of whom have or are attending St Mary’s. I look forward to formalising my contribution to the school community through my appointment to the Board. I will seek to leverage my business and governance experience, having worked in the finance industry for over two decades in NZ, Ireland and the UK.