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Hillary House Leadership Centre Trust    
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Hillary House Leadership Centre Trust was formed on 25 August 2010 with the support of Chapman Tripp.  After seven years of fundraising, Sir Edmund Hillary’s former home was moved, re-sited and opened as a Leadership Centre on 29 May 2014.

The strategic aims of the Trust are to offer opportunities for student leaders to learn in Sir Ed’s own house about aspects of leadership.  The Trust is focused upon building the heritage and legacy of Sir Ed through a Visiting Programme for Student Leaders and Senior Citizens.


The Trust is responsible for all aspects of governance, funding, long-term sustainability and maintenance of the House.  All current trustees are volunteers.

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Kathryn Harvey

Kathryn has joined our trust highly motivated to contribute to Hillary House moving forward in its engagement with the community, and student leaders in particular. She had watched the progress of the House being moved and then opened. 

Gail Thompson
Previous Chair

Gail Thomson (DipSM NZCS MBA MNZM) has an extensive involvement with charitable trusts, including the Hillary House Leadership Centre.   She initiated the relocation of Sir Edmund’s house to the site at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate with the vision of utilising it as a Leadership Centre.   

Shauna Eldridge

Shauna Eldridge (M Ed Hons) is Deputy Principal at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and brings 35 years’ experience as a dedicated and committed educator to this role. Her specialist subjects include physical education and health, computer science, geography, mathematics, statistics and calculus. 

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Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi 

Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi (Dip.Design, MA AM (Hons) is passionate about supporting education and youth leadership in her community of Otara, where Hillary House is located.

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Tim Woolfield

Tim works as a management and business consultant in both the commercial and not-for- profit sectors. He has a background in technology, management, finance and organisational governance.

Kallie Ngakuru-Syder

Kallie Ngakuru-Syder, ko Ngapuhi tōku iwi, has been the Principal of Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Middle School for 14 years.  She is passionate that all children deserve the best possible chance to achieve their goals and dreams.

Nigel Watson

Nigel is the Executive Director of Antarctic Heritage Trust, a not for profit which cares for amongst other sites Sir Edmund Hillary’s legacy in Antarctica. 

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