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

Kia ora, my name is Maree Wheeler and together with my husband we have two daughters at Shotover, they are currently in KA and Rees.

My background is in Early Childhood Education, I have taught locally at Arrowtown Preschool and I am currently relieving at SPS. Over the years I have had the opportunity to teach in many varied settings around the world, including working alongside children and families with refugee status and those with high additional needs. These experiences allow me to truly appreciate how lucky our family is to live in this area and to be educated at Shotover Primary School. 

I am involved with the LHE&SC Community Association and I am passionate about our local area. I see opportunities for our school, as the “Heart of the Community”, and locals to come together to develop a thriving community for our children to grow up in. 

I have been a parent representative on the BOT for the past four years and I believe I am able to offer a balanced view through multiple perspectives as a parent, active community member and my interest in education. 

It is a great opportunity to be part of the Board of Trustees and to support the SPS team that are offering such an innovative education for our children.



Emma Black

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My husband Mark and I have two girls at Shotover, currently in Coronet and Hays.

We moved here in 2014 when our eldest was five weeks old and the area is very much home to us.

My background is in HR and Health and Safety and we own two businesses, HR and Health and Safety software for NZ ECE centres and the other for businesses large and small in NZ.

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to be involved across a number of sectors, including local government, education, financial, dairy and transport.

It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Board of Trustees at Shotover Primary to support the school and community, as we believe our children are extremely lucky to have the opportunities the school (and the wider area) have to offer.


Jo Brown

I’m Jo and I have two children at Shotover, currently in Skippers and Kawarau. I have been lucky enough to live in the Queenstown area for over 30 years.  

Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of roles from business banking, human resources and sales and marketing in the Queenstown tourism sector.  I am currently the Membership Manager at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce and very engaged and well connected within the local business community.  I work closely with both central and local government in conjunction with our CEO around the current growth pressures Queenstown is experiencing.     

During the time to date that my children have attended Shotover I have taken an active role as a parent volunteer both inside and outside the classroom.  I am looking forward to furthering my involvement at Shotover through this new opportunity with the Board of Trustees.  

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