A collection of homegrown diverse individuals with close Waitakere College and West Auckland ties, coming together with a sense of whanau and kinship to help navigate the Waitakere College Foundation towards the purpose for which it was formed.




Kath Kemp

Alumni 1982 – 1985

Currently employed as Business Manager/ Property Manager, Waitakere College Previously worked in Marketing, Media and Tourism sectors with experience as a school Board Trustee.

Waitakere College Foundation Trustee since 2015

"Being a long-time ‘Westie’ myself it is heart-warming for me to see West Auckland kids ‘become their best’ as proud, successful citizens, and to assist at this important time in their lives. The Foundation is a great way to collect and manage funds to enable young people to develop via their education. I find it very satisfying, as well as a privilege and responsibility, to be able to contribute in some way."








Trish McLean  

Alumni 1984-1987

Trish founded Retailworld Resourcing in 2001, a specialist recruitment business that has grown to include 3 brands, with 17 offices across 4 countries, the business franchised in 2010 and continues to grow locally and internationally.

Trish is Group CEO based in Auckland.

Trish won the Her Business Businesswoman of the Year and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Services in 2007, recognising her passion, drive and entrepreneurialism.

An advocate for following dreams and encouraging people to maximise their potential, Trish considers The Waitakere College Foundation an opportunity for businesses and past students to give back and inspire/enable the future success of great kiwi’s, leaders and business people.




Mark Morunga

Alumni 1983-1987

Dr Mark Morunga BHB, MBCHB, Dip Paeds, Dip CEM, F.RNZCUCP, F.NZSCM

Captain College 1st Eleven Cricket. 1986-1987

Medical Degree BHB & MBCHB Auckland University 1993.

Diploma Paediatrics 1997. Diploma Community Emergency Medicine 2000.

Fellow Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care Physicians F.RNZCUC 2001.

Diploma Appearance Medicine & Fellow New Zealand Society Cosmetic Medicine F.NZSCM 2011. East Auckland Clinician since 1997. Clinical Director East Care A & M Clinic East Auckland. ​

Founder and Medical Director of the Face Doctors Clinics and Essential Men's Clinics.

"I'm a fiercely proud West Aucklander, and am honored and privileged to be a Trustee of the Waitakere College Foundation, an entity which gives our young people the opportunity to reach their full potential."


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Liesl Patterson  

​Alumni 1982 – 1986

After leaving Waitakere College, Liesl attended Otago University where she graduated with a LLB. Liesl has worked both in New Zealand and overseas gaining over 20 years legal experience in both large international law firms and in-house environments, including working with and for Coca-Cola & Cadbury Schweppes, National Westminster Bank, Barclays Bank and Lloyds Bank. Liesl is currently the General Counsel at Fisher & Paykel Finance Limited.






Mark Shanahan

​Principal 2007-Current

Mark is recognized for his leadership contribution to a variety of regional educational, business and school sports bodies. ​

"We seek to enhance the educational outcomes for students of the college by raising funds to support learning through scholarships, funding special projects, and providing better opportunities to succeed educationally, not only to fulfill each students potential but to grow each student into becoming a positive contributing member of our community"









Eric Bechet

Currently working as a Software QA Manager for a Kiwi company

Waitakere College Trustee since 2010

Chairman of the Waitakere College Board of Trustees since 2014

Waitakere College Foundation Trustee since 2015

"When we arrived in New Zealand, West Auckland was our family choice, as well as Waitakere College for our two sons. I have a strong belief in the positive effect of "Achievement for All" on our community and on the country. By reducing barriers, the Waitakere College Foundation is another step towards the fullfillment of this vision."




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Sandra Gilliam

People Director of Kensington Swan








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Matt McLeod

Alumni 1993 - 1997

After leaving Waitakere College, Matthew attended The University of Auckland and received a BCom.

While at Waitakere College, Matthew started his own IT services company Vivid Computers which he has continued to develop after graduating from University.

The company specialises in providing IT services to small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

He is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Henderson, serving as it's President in the 2015-2016 year and his involvement in the Waitakere College Foundation was sparked by a desire to give back to the school which was instrumental in supporting his early business ambitions.






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Nikki Croy


With experience as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Assistant, Nikki will be working with the Trustees, Supporters who provide funding and Students who receive funding from the Foundation.

“As a born and bred ‘Westie’, I am truly passionate about the area and I enjoy seeing people achieve their goals. I will be working hard to make sure that the Foundation can provide assistance to the students that have a dream, but need a small hand up, so that nothing stands in their way.”




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