The Shotover Primary School Board of Trustees took office in June 2016. In addition to the elected parents listed below, our principal Ben Witheford and mentor Emma Watts also serve on the board.  


Sarah Jones | chair

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Tēnā koutou. I joined Shotover Primary School’s board in July 2014, just as we poured the foundations for the school's first buildings. 

I bring to the board years of management experience and strong communication skills. I’m proud of helping to create a positive, trusting and strategic culture around our board table and a powerful vision of education for our school. 

Through my work in the education sector over the years, I've seen that children learn best when there are supportive relationships and high expectations held between children, their teachers and their whānau. I understand what makes a school that engages, inspires and extends our children. Being on the board is an exciting opportunity to build a great school at the same time as we build a strong community.

I shifted with my family to Lake Hayes Estate in 2013. Nathan, my husband, is a local Otago boy. Elsie, my daughter, started school on Shotover's opening day. We have family in Oamaru and Clyde. As well as my work on the board of trustees, I'm part of the Shotover Wetland Committee and on the board of Catalyst Trust.


Maree Wheeler

Maree Wheeler

Maree Wheeler

My husband and I have two daughters, one is currently in Skippers and the other will start early next year.

I have a background in early childhood education and I currently teach part time at Arrowtown Preschool. Over the years I have had the opportunity to teach in varied settings in a number of countries around the world, this has offered me a variety different teaching and learning experiences including working alongside children and families with migrant and refugee status and those with high additional needs. These experiences also allow me to truly appreciate how lucky our family are to live in this area and to be educated at Shotover Primary School.

I am currently on the Board of Governance for Arrowtown Preschool and also on the Lake Hayes Community Association Committee.
It is a great opportunity to be part of the Board of Trustees and to support the teaching team that are offering such an innovative education for our children.


Emma Black


Jo Brown


Kent Olliver