VMC Christchurch Ltd


The Board of Directors of Villa Maria College Christchurch Limited (VMCCL) consist of a Board of ten directors entrusted by the Sisters of Mercy, Nga Whaea Atawhai O Aotearoa, to preserve and nurture their Mercy ministry in Catholic education.


The two key strategic objectives of VMCCL are to maintain and preserve the special character of the College, and to provide good stewardship of the land and buildings.

Monthly meetings are held to discuss and make decisions on matters regarding special character, strategic planning, capital development and finance.  VMCCL representatives also sit on the Villa Maria College Board of Trustees as a Proprietor Trustee.

From the Proprietor Board, June 2018

As Interim Board Chairperson, it is my pleasure to update our College community on behalf of the Proprietor Board.

Following an appointment and induction process, we have welcomed three new directors to the Board – Louise McDermott, Jeremy Higgins and Stephanie Townsend. Our new directors bring wonderful skills, experience and new perspectives, which has helped to strengthen our Board governance capabilities.

Together we joined with our College community for the opening of Kia Toa – our new multi purpose teaching and learning space. This was the focus of Stage 2 of the College capital development plan, and it has been a privilege to provide our students and staff with such a quality resource. Our next project is the removal of McAuley Block, which will allow us to create a new outdoor learning area.

A strategic focus for our board this year is Tiakanga Mercy, Tiakanga Māori. This has meant we are working to strengthen our collective understanding of both our mercy heritage and Māori tikanga. I would especially like to thank Awhi Clarke for her support and guidance of our directors.

Our Board relies on the generosity and dedication of volunteer directors, and this is just one example of how strongly our College is supported. The Centennial was a fabulous way to celebrate the hundreds of people who have committed their time and expertise over the last 100 years whether as staff, members of Board of Governors, Board of Trustees , Parent & Teacher Associations, or Board of Proprietors. These people have helped to shape the life of the College, and it is through their personal efforts we were able to celebrate such a tremendous milestone.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who continue to support the College in so many ways to ensure it continues to provide a quality Catholic education for the next generation of Mercy Women.

Virginia Noonan
Interim Board Chair