A Board of Trustees is made up of three to seven parent elected trustees, the principal, one staff elected trustee and (in Catholic schools) up to four trustees appointed by the proprietor. A proprietor's representative is someone appointed by Cardinal John Dew to work on his behalf on the Board. Board elections are held every three years and the next elections will be in 2019.

The Board of Trustees at St Anthony's School is committed to providing an excellent catholic education. Student achievement is our focus and our passion. The Board has very high expectations for all areas of the school and will always strive to do better and go further for the sake of our students at St Anthony's. The St Anthony's Board of Trustees is highly committed to school's Charter as well as the goals in the Strategic and Annual Plans.

If you would like to contact the St Anthony's School Board of Trustees, please email:  bot@stants.school.nz


Meet the St Anthony's Board of Trustees


Annette Bridgman, Chairperson, Proprietor’s Representative

I was first appointed as a Proprietor's Representative in early 2013, elected as Deputy Chair around mid 2014, and in March 2017 I was voted to take a turn as Chairperson. Throughout my time on the Board, and regardless of any particular positions held, my focus will always be to look at how we can make St Anthony's an even better school, to be planned and strategic in our approach, to ensure that we reflect a positive attitude and our special character, and to play a part in getting tangible things done. My professional background is in public policy and management including work on labour market, welfare, education and health policy as well as various management, change management and consultancy projects for Treasury, Foreign Affairs and Women's Affairs. Our amazing daughter Lucca started at St Anthony's in Kiwi Class and, in what seems like the blink of an eye, is already relishing being in her final year of school. I really do enjoy working together with such enthusiastic and skilled people as we have on our Board and I am sincerely honoured to be part of this team.


Jennifer Ioannou, Principal

Kia ora, I am proud to be the Principal of St Anthony's School. Our children thrive within a warm and supportive community, and are encouraged to be the best that they can be! My passion is teaching and learning and this often involves me being in the classroom to assist the children and teachers. I am also passionate about the development of the curriculum and offering a variety of opportunities for our children at St Anthony's. I have been the Principal of St Anthony's since October 2015 and have recently completed a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership. I am a keen golfer and now that I have completed my Master's, I am planning to spend more time on the golf course.


Andrew Pink, Deputy Chairperson, Parent Representative

This is my first term as a member of the St Anthony's School Board. My wife, Nicolette, and I have two children - James and Shaun who are in Kea and Takahe classes. I have held numerous leadership positions, many of which have been in the Warehouse Group. 14 months ago I moved in to banking and joined BNZ as a Branch Manager. With my business experience and leadership knowledge, along with my passion for the continued success of St Anthony's, I am looking forward to working with the Board in achieving success for the children at St Anthony's School.


Anne Dowden, Policy, Proprietor’s Representative

I’ve been an elected member of the Board for since the elections in 2013. I'm keen to focus on academic achievement; support for our new principal; fairness and support for all our students; and making the most of our amazing local environment. Four years back I left my role as a Director of a large research company and I now run my own evaluation business based at home. As an evaluator, I do research about, and assessment of, programmes and initiatives for Government agencies. Nick and I have had all three of our children at St Anthony's: Maddie (now at St Mary’s), Burn (at St Patrick's) and Devlin Crang (in Tui Class).


George Bouras, Finance, Parent Representative

I joined the Board in May of this year as a co-opted member.  I have three daughters at St Anthony's School. My work experience includes seven years in accounting and I currently work in commercial property.


Kate Riddell, Policy/Community Liaison, Parent Representative

I have been on the Board since the last elections in 2013. My vision in joining the Board has been to support the school to continue to scan the needs of individual pupils while ensuring the strengths that the school so clearly exhibits are maintained and even enhanced, where possible.  I am an experienced policy advisor with in-depth experience in managing people and building robust and enduring relationships. I am a proud Mum to three very different children: Tara who attends St Mary's College, Isaac and Eddie Hudson (Tui Class). I believe St Anthony's is in great shape as an incubator of beautiful and well-rounded young members of the St Ant's and broader Wellington community and will only continue to get even more awesome!


Emma Blades, Parent Representative

I joined the Board in May 2016. I am a meteorologist, currently working at MetService. I have also worked in the Wellington public sector for six years in the area of science policy and investment.

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David Sullivan, Proprietor's Representative

I joined the Board this year. I am married to Judith and we have five Children. We are part of the Holy Trinity Parish. I work as the Secondary Religious Education Consultant for the our Catholic Archdiocese. I am a trained secondary school teacher with over 10 years’ experience as a DRS. I am committed to Catholic Education and can see already the positive Catholic nature of St Anthony’s School.


Amber Proudfoot, Grants, Parent Representative

This is my first term as a member of the St Anthony's School Board and I welcome the opportunity to represent the interests of the children, parents, and teachers at our school. I have a background in Marketing and Communications and over the past five years I have worked in the charity sector as a Grants Funding Advisor for Mary Potter Hospice where my focus was to secure funding through gaming, charitable and philanthropic trusts and currently at Wellington SPCA where I'm leading their bequest programme. 

Together with my husband Dean we have three fantastic children who all attend St Anthony's. I hope to make a useful contribution to continuing the growth of our school and to ensure that we continue to give all students at St Anthony's School the opportunity of the best school experience possible. 


Yvonne Small, Board Secretary

I have worked in office management now for 17 years, nine of which were with a Catholic parish and the last eight within a Christian school environment. I am the Office Manager at St Anthony's School. My passion for helping others allows me to assist our wonderful Principal and staff enabling them to work better and teach children in a supportive, innovative and exciting way. I love helping people, enabling them to succeed, especially and indirectly watching the children grow in character, personal strength and knowledge.