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Mark Larson


Mark resumes the Chair of NZCPT, following the retirement (by rotation) of Shaun Brooker after 8 years of service, for which the Trust has been hugely grateful.

Mark taught in the state network as a secondary teacher (Humanities, Mathematics, Special Education) for 22 years before becoming the Principal at Middleton Grange School in 1999.  In 2010 Mark left the Principalship to become CEO to the Christian Schools’ Trust, the Proprietor of Middleton Grange School, Ashburton Christian School , Aidanfield Christian School and Rolleston Christian School. He is also CEO of the Association of Integrated Schools. Mark is married to Anne and has four children and eleven grandchildren - all living in Christchurch. Principals and school Boards will lead their school communities with vision and passion if the Proprietor creates the right conditions – Mark loves having that kind of role and influence for the Kingdom!



Vaughan Darby



Vaughan is married to Mary and has two sons, Joshua and Samuel. Josh (29) is in the Fire Service and Sam (27) is presently working for a marketing firm in Auckland. 

Vaughan has been involved with the KingsWay Trust for over 20 years. He was Chairman and a Trustee on the KingsGate School establishment board at its inception in 2007. He was inaugural Chairman of KingsWay School Board of Trustees for nine years. For a period, Vaughan was a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Masters Institute, a Christian Teacher’s Ccollege and also a Trustee of the Masters Development Foundation. Vaughan is  a Trustee of the New Zealand Christian Proprietors Trust of which he was founding Chairman and stood down in 2016.

Vaughan is presently Chairman of the Association of Integrated Schools (AIS) and Chair of the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS) . He has a passion for Christian education, especially preparing our children so they can live out their faith in the world they live in.

Formerly a school teacher, he is now Director of a number of businesses, including investment property management and Free Range Eggs NZ(FRENZ).

Vaughan has recently joined the Board of Asian Outreach Cambodia and is in the process of establishing Cambodian businesses to help fund the work.

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Eoin Crosbie


Eoin is an identical twin and is married to Judith who teaches at Bethlehem College. They have three adult children Anna, Laura and Michael.

Eoin has been involved in Christian Education since he became Principal of Bethlehem College in 2011. Before that, he was a Southern Man based in the rural township of Gore where he was Deputy Principal and Rector for 20 years. Eoin has been seconded to ERO before arriving in Tauranga and has also assumed leadership roles within the Presbyterian Church as a youth leader, an elder and a member of the Council of Assembly.

Leading a year 1-13 College over two campuses has been a wonderful blessing. God has been very faithful as Eoin was the recipient of a new liver in 1996. The transplant completely revitalized his life and has enabled him to serve in ways he never thought would ever be possible.

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Wes Braddock


I am passionate about Christian Education as a very useful tool for growing young people who are strong in their faith and equipped to grow the Kingdom of God in every area of society. It is an honour to be able to serve as part of the Christian Proprietors Trust. I see this role as one of protecting what we cherish as Christian Schools and also empowering teachers and other members of the school community.

I am married to Carley and we have three children who are in their mid to late teens. All have been through KingsWay School and also spent time at Kaitaia Abundant Life School.

Originally I trained in Agricultural Consultancy and later moved into teaching Science, Economics and Business. I held the position of Careers Advisor at KingsWay School for eight years before taking on a Deputy Principal role in the Far North for five years. Toward the end of this time I served as Acting Principal. On coming back to KingsWay School, I have worked as Head of the Senior School for five years and now own my own business.

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Carolyn Stuart


Carolyn's career in education has always been underpinned by a belief that schools need to be relevant to, and make sense for, students. This sense-making comes through authentic relationships, whānau partnerships and making use of the tools of today's world. Carolyn has a Masters in Education with a specialisation in Leadership.

Carolyn’s extensive career in education has included being Principal of Southbridge School and Tawa Intermediate School; working for a year in a seconded role in the Ministry of Education and in a Deputy Chief Executive position at Network for Learning. She has recently founded her own company, Weaving Futures Ltd and writes a weekly blog that is followed by many with an interest in education, design thinking and transformational change.

Carolyn is married to Geoff, and has two adult children, both of whom are married. Carolyn and Geoff are active members of Arise Church in Wellington.