Ms Gill Chappell

Gill is a self-employed environmental lawyer and works with other barristers in the city. She and her husband Rob have three children. Their daughter Emily was Head Girl at Baradene in 2019 and two sons attended Sacred Heart College.  

Mrs Sandy Pasley

Principal of Baradene College since August 2011, Sandy’s career has involved a range of secondary schools around New Zealand. Sandy has a science degree from Otago University and a post-graduate qualification in chemistry. She is a past President of the Secondary Schools Principals’ Association of New Zealand (SPANZ). She is married to David and they have four adult children.

Sr Elizabeth Snedden
Proprietor's Representative

Sister Elizabeth lives in community with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart at Baradene, some of whom were her teachers when she was a student at Baradene in the 1940s and 50s. She has been a staff member and Board member for many years, and shares with the other Sisters a duty of praying constantly for all members of the school community.  Sister Elizabeth recently stepped down from lecturing Theology and Spirituality at Good Shepherd College, where seminarians are trained for the priesthood.

Mr Richard James
Proprietor's Representative

Richard has recently stepped down after 10 years as Chief Executive of NZ Funds, an independent wealth management firm, but remains a shareholder and semi-executive director of the company. He also acts as an adviser to a small number of privately owned companies and family offices. Richard is married to Baradene alumna, Sarah Stone, and their three daughters have all graduated from Baradene in the last few years.

Ms Catherine Ryan
Proprietor's Representative

Catherine is the Vicar of Education for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.  Prior to this appointment, Catherine’s career included 20-plus years as Principal in three of Auckland’s Catholic primary schools. Catherine’s paternal grandmother, mother, and sisters are all alumnae of Baradene. Catherine and her sisters were boarders at Baradene and her nieces have attended Baradene and Stuartholme School in Brisbane.

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Gabrielle Smyth
Staff Representative

Gabrielle is the Year 10 Dean at Baradene and teaches Social Studies and Gateway at the college.  


Sofia Olan
Student Representative

Mr Michael Stowers
Parent Representative

Michael is a Partner in Stowers Butterworth chartered accountants, and has extensive governance experience in education, business, Pacific health, and other professional sectors. Michael is Chair of Northern Health School and is on the executive committee of the Pacific Island Chartered Accountants Network. He is married to Elizabeth and has four daughters, two of whom are currently at Baradene.

Mr Robert McDonnell
Parent Representative

Rob is GM Technology for NZ Post, splitting his time between Auckland and Wellington. Rob and his wife Gina have two daughters, at Baradene and a son, who attended St Peter’s College.

Mrs Liz O’Neil
Parent Representative

Liz is Chief Financial Officer for Coca Cola Amatil NZ Ltd and is a Board member for SpringBoard Trust. Liz is married to Kevin and they have twin daughters at Baradene. Two of Liz’s sisters (also twins!) are alumnae of Baradene.

Mrs Eva Cornforth
Parent Representative

Eva and her husband have two daughters at Baradene. Eva is currently an Assistant Principal at a large secondary school and has over 20 years’ experience in the Education system.  Eva was the recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Scholarship in January 2019.

BOT Meetings

The BOT will meet on the following dates at 6:00pm in the Parlour at Baradene:

6 December 2021
28 February 2022
4 April 2022
16 May 2022
20 June 2022
15 Aug 2022
19 Sep 2022
31 Oct 2022
5 November 2022 (Saturday)
5 December 2022

Strategic Plan




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Overseas Educational Experiences Policy

Annual Report 2020

Charter 2022