Meet The Trustees

Domenic Romano, Chairman

After 18 years away building a banking career specialising in Corporate and Global Banking, I relocated back to Blenheim in January, 2009. I am currently Senior Partner, BNZ Partners Blenheim, being responsible for the Business, Agribusiness and Private Banking business of the BNZ in Marlborough. I’m married to Deborah with three children Lucia, Massimo and Gennaro (who is attending the college). I am an Marlborough

Tony de Reeper

I’m Tony de Reeper, Managing Director of Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants, which I joined in 2000. I moved to Marlborough from Wellington, where I worked with a major accounting firm. Prior to this, I spent five years in London working as a European financial controller for an American software company. My wife Nicki (company accountant for Saint Clair Family Estate) and I live in Blenheim and have three boys. We are all involved in sport and other activities. Among these is Ryuku Kempo karate, in which I am a senior black belt. With two sons already at Marlborough Boys’ College and a third starting next year, I want to make sure the College gives them every opportunity to succeed. College is the last opportunity to prepare our boys for the independent life they are going to lead, which makes it so important that their options aren’t limited by a lack of funds. As a member of the College Board of Trustees I am painfully aware of the limited resources the College has to provide the opportunities. So, we can hope central government will give us more money; buy lotto tickets and cross our fingers, or get out there and raise the money ourselves. Personally I will put my faith in the last option.

Robin Sutherland

I started in the intermediate section—Form One—of Marlborough College in 1952, and finished in the Upper 6th in 1958. Why don’t they call them “forms” now? From college I went to Victoria University, where I completed BCom and Accounting degrees, returning to Blenheim in 1965 with my wife Bernice and my new family. I practiced at the accounting in the firm which eventually grew and merged to become Winstanley Kerridge. I retired from accounting in 1989 to spend ten busy, enjoyable and perilous years in professional theatre. Recently I have enjoyed a less stressful life in Blenheim doing some financial work and business. I have been fortunate to have been involved in cricket, rugby and the performing arts—and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Now my old college calls, and I am enjoying re-connecting with the school, teachers, pupils past and present, and the Board, in a project to lift Marlborough Boys’ College into the front-rank of New Zealand schools.

Foundation Objectives

  • Securing financial stability for Marlborough Boys' College by seeking donations and grants
  • Funding a school environment where excellence is expected and achieved
  • Igniting and maintaining a close relationship between the school and the community
  • Preserving and celebrating more than 100 years of history at Marlborough Boys' College
  • Providing a networking forum for sponsors and Old Boys