Board of Trustees


The following Parents/Caregivers are serving as elected parent representatives on the Logan Park High School Board of Trustees: John Bradfield, Ronda Grills, Richard Mitchell, Sally Spittle and Mara Wolkenhauer. 
Also on the Board are Kristan Mouat and Peter Hills (Co-Principals), Paul Fielding (Staff Representative) and Nico Alvarez Rey-Virag (2021-2022 Student Representative).

Board Secretary:  Gemma Harris


Board Members' Profiles 

Chair: Ronda Grills

Ronda has worked as an advocate, legal representative and in a quasi judicial role. She has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has been a member of many boards and panels at both local and national level. As a result of her advocacy work with schools and whanau, Ronda made the decision to retrain as a Primary School teacher. Ronda is a long serving member of the LPHS Board of Trustees. She is married to Walter, and their two children are past students of Logan Park. 

John Bradfield

John has been a teacher of Mathematics for the past 25 years, including a five year period in the US. 
He began his working life as a sheep shearer and this remains a favoured pastime, along with reading 
and travel when time allows. John is married to Bee, who is also a teacher. They live in St Leonards 
with their three daughters, who all attend or have attended Logan Park. John has been a member of the 
LPHS Board of Trustees since 2016 and for the past four years has served as Board Chair. Throughout his 
long involvement with Logan Park, John has championed the school’s emphasis on developing the 
individual and helping students discover their own path. He believes in the importance of thinking critically 
and maintaining a healthy scepticism.

Richard Mitchell

Richard has been a tertiary educator for the past 20 years. As well as teaching and research, Richard has 
also worked in policy at the DCC, with a focus on planning, development and strategy.  Much of his work 
in education has involved the role of positive psychology and student ownership of learning. Richard has 
been a member of the LPHS Board of Trustees since 2019. He and his wife are former students of LPHS 
and their two children also attend LPHS. He believes in the power of offering students a wide range of 
learning opportunities and nurturing students’ passions and interests so that they may develop their 
unique abilities and strengths. 

Sally Spittle

Sally has been a teacher for the past 25 years in a diverse range of schools, ranging from Nelson to Hamilton
to the Far North. She is currently HOD of Art at Taieri College. She is married to Andrew, who is also a teacher. 
Their daughter is a current student at Logan Park. Sally has a long association with Logan Park, with several 
family members having attended and one having served on the Board. Sally has been a member of the 
LPHS Board of Trustees since 2019. Sally celebrates the school’s reputation for academic and cultural excellence, 
as well as its emphasis on inclusivity and opportunities for all.

Mara Wolkenhauer

Originally from Germany, Mara spent 17 years in Australia before moving to Dunedin five years ago to 
take up a position as Business Development Manager at the University of Otago. She currently works 
for the Department of Conservation as Principal Advisor, Science Investment.  Mara has been a member 
of the LPHS Board of Trustees since 2019. With a PhD in Marine Science and an almost completed MBA, 
Mara brings with her a broad base of knowledge and experience. Mara’s first experience of Logan Park 
was a memorable Open Day in 2017, during which she quickly realised that this was ‘her kind of school’. 
She values integrity, transparency, happiness and creativity and seeks to nurture these qualities within 
the school community in her current role. 

Staff Representative: Paul Fielding

Paul Fielding has been a senior humanities teacher at Logan Park for the past 35 years. He is a House Dean, 
as well as a keen coach of cricket and badminton. He has been involved in facilitating overseas travel for 
numerous student groups to destinations including Vietnam, South Korea and the US. He is married to Karyn, who works for the Ministry of Education. They have two daughters. Paul has been the Staff Representative on the LPHS Board of Trustees since 2016. As one of the longest serving current staff members, it would be an understatement to say that Paul loves the school and intimately understands its spirit and strengths.

Student Representative: Nico Alvarez Rey-Virag

 Nico is a Year 12 student at Logan Park. Nico has represented the school at a variety of events, both academic and sporting; most recently he represented Logan Park at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Tauranga in 2020. Nico is passionate about languages and communication. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family and baking. After school, he would like to study something to do with the humanities or social sciences. 


Information on the role of the Student Representative here. 


Open Session Board Minutes 

February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019

February 2020
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
September 2020
October 2020
November 2020
December 2020

February 2021
March 2021
April 2021
May 2021
June 2021
July 2021
August 2021
September-October 2021
November 2021
December 2021

February 2022
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022



Download the Annual Strategic Plan for 2021
Download the LPHS Charter 2021
Download the Annual Report for 2021