The National Governing Council (NGC) is the governing body of Laidlaw College. It is comprised of people committed to the Vision, Mission and Values of Laidlaw, appointed for their stature as professionals and leading persons in the fields for which Laidlaw is equipping students. The National Principal/CEO attends NGC meetings, without the power to vote. The NGC also includes a staff and a student representative, both of whom have the power to vote.

The NGC sets the vision of Laidlaw, guards its ethos, makes recommendations on the policies of the College, and appoints the National Principal. It meets at least five times a year.

The NGC ensures its accountability by reporting to and consulting with the Members of Laidlaw College Inc. and the Runanga (Maori Council), and by working alongside other governance bodies, including the Pasifika Council and Academic Advisory Board, and in partnership with the Laidlaw College Foundation, a separate charitable trust that manages the College's endowment.

The Rūnanga (Maori Council), is comprised of Maori community leaders. The Rūnanga advises the College at a governance, management and practical level on servicing Maori training needs and incorporating Maori awareness in Laidlaw life that affirms the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for the College.

National Governing Council Members

Prof Jessica Palmer (Chair)
BCom/LLB(Hons) Auckland, LLM Cambridge, LLM Auckland, MInstD

Jessica is Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities, at the University of Otago, and brings strong governance and strategic leadership experience to Laidlaw. Jessica also sits on the boards of Presbyterian Support Otago and the Wilberforce Foundation. Her research interests lie in equity and trusts, the law of restitution and the law of contract. Jessica and her family attend a Presbyterian church in Dunedin.  

Dr Roshan Allpress (National Principal/CEO)
BA(Hons) Canterbury, DPhil Oxford, MInstD

Roshan has been National Principal/CEO of Laidlaw College since 2017. An historian, whose research focuses on the history of philanthropy, humanitarianism and social reform, he has a background in non-profit leadership. Roshan and his family live in Henderson. [more]

Cr Fa’anana Efeso Collins

Of Samoan and Tokelauan descent, Efeso sits on the Auckland Council for the Manukau ward, formerly chairing the Otara-Patatoetoe local board. He was a Pasifika Education Coordinator for the Ministry of Education, and a university lecturer in Education and Youth Development, and is a strong advocate for the aspirations of youth and under-representated groups.

Bradford Haami (Rūnanga Representative, Co-Chair Te Rūnanga)
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Apa, Kai Tahu; GradDipTh Laidlaw

An accomplished author, journalist and lecturer, Brad has written award-winning Māori biographies, has extensive experience in film and media, and has worked as Māori curator for the Natural History exhibition at Te Papa. Brad is widely involved in Māori Christian leadership networks and attends an AOG church. In 2020, Brad commenced fulltime work at Laidlaw as Pou Amorangi/Māori Director. [more]

Jenny Mackie (Staff Representative)
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Jenny Mackie is Student Dean and Alumni Coordinator at Laidlaw College. Based at the Henderson campus, Jenny supports Laidlaw’s student community to flourish and grow together in Christ, and maintains links with Laidlaw’s graduates as they go out to serve. Jenny is an elder at Massey Presbyterian Church, and has more than 30 years’ involvement in Scripture Union camping.

Judith Malcolm (Deputy Chair)

Judith Malcolm is a barrister and rangatahi youth advocate on the North Shore. Her legal career began as a clerk at the NZ Law Commission and has taken her into commercial litigation at Buddle Finlay and criminal litigation at the Mangere Community Law Centre. Judith helped set up and runs a transition home in Bolivia for teenagers leaving orphanage care, and attends Northgate Baptist Church.  

Ps Lui Ponifasio, QSM
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Lui is Senior Pastor of LifeChurch, in Manurewa, and is the Auckland Missions Enabler for CCCNZ (Open Brethren) and pioneer of the Pacific2Nations global missions movement. Lui founded Radio Samoa and the Samoa Times newspaper, and has served in numerous board and advisory capacities.

Ps Dr Matthew Scott
BA(Hons) Victoria, PhD Durham

Matthew is Lead Pastor of Lifepoint Church (Assemblies of God) in Wellington. He has previously served as Pastor at Dunedin City Baptist Church and National Director of Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship, and has a background in Communications and Biblical scholarship.

Karen Spoelstra
BA Canterbury, BTh Otago.

Karen is Diocesan Youth Facilitator for the Anglican Diocese of Auckland where she manages the Mission and Ministry Resource Team. She has wideranging experience in governance and ministry leadership, having served in governance for TSCF, the Auckland Diocese and Te Kotahitanga.

Monica Fale-Bell (Student Representative)

Moni is studying towards a Bachelor of Ministries and is co-president of the Auckland Student Council. She is a youth intern and worship leader at Massey Presbyterian Church.

Te Rūnanga o Te Wānanga Amorangi

  • Brad Haami (Co-Chair)
  • Warahi Paki (Co-Chair)
  • Seth Barratt
  • Cilena Farnham (Student Rep)
  • Raharuri Koia
  • Linda Paki 
  • Sharon Pihema
  • Lorraine Toagaga

Pasifika Council

The Pasifika Council comprises Pasifika Church and Community leaders and serves Laidlaw's engagement with and service of Pasifika students and communities. 

The Council is currently co-chaired by Gina Siaosi and Yvonne Timaloa.

Academic Advisory Board

Laidlaw's Academic Advisory Board comprises senior scholars from universities and other higher education providers, and oversees academic quality at the College. It is currently chaired by:

Prof Murray Rae
BArch Auckland, BD Otago, BA Otago, PhD London

Murray is Professor of Theology at the University of Otago, and is a highly regarded scholar and academic leader, with research interests in the work of Søren Kierkegaard, Theology and Architecture, Christian Pacifism, Biblical Hermeneutics, Christian Doctrine, and the development of Christian faith amongst Maori.

President of Incorporated Society

Chair, Laidlaw College Foundation

Graham Burt

Grahan served as Chair of Laidlaw College for fifteen years until 2020, and remains the Chair of Laidlaw College Foundation and President of the National Conference. With a diverse background in advertising and all manner of creative endeavours, Graham is currently CEO of Festival One.

If you would like to see who the members of Laidlaw College’s other advisory boards and committees are, please feel free to read our latest annual report.

Annual Report

This document demonstrates the full breadth of Laidlaw College's activities and features statements from those in leadership; reports from each school and centre; profiles of students and alumni; and of course, financial reports. It is a great read for those who wish to familiarise themselves on the College and our various activities.

If you would like to read the report, you can either download or view this by clicking the link below.

Click here to download the 2020 Annual Report


Laidlaw College is registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority pursuant to the 1990 Education Act and its amendments, and is accredited to teach its programmes as approved by the Authority. Laidlaw College is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to teach at postgraduate and undergraduate degree level. Doctoral programmes are offered under the auspices of partnership arrangements with New Zealand universities or as an affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology.

Laidlaw College was previously known as the New Zealand Bible Training Institute (NZBTI) from 1922–1971 and as Bible College of New Zealand (BCNZ) from 1971–2008. Academic awards bearing the stamp of the former names of Laidlaw College are recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority pursuant to the 1990 Education Act. The New Zealand Ministry of Education Provider Code for Laidlaw College is 08563.

Details of accreditation of awards of Laidlaw College programmes can be found at the following New Zealand government website: