Governance and Leadership

Board of Trustees

The Role of the Board of Trustees
The board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements. Policies are at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the principal.

The board and principal form the leadership team, with the role of each documented and understood. The principal reports to the board as a whole with committees used sparingly and only when a need is identified in order to contribute to board work.

The board is proactive rather than reactive in its operations and decision making and does not involve itself in the administrative details of the day-to-day running of the school. The board is encouraged to ask the right questions. Enhancing student achievement is its focus.

Members of the Lynfield College Board of Trustees 2017

The current Board of Trustees was elected in June 2016. It comprises the principal, five elected parent trustee, a staff trustee and a trustees.

  • Kristine Mellor - Chairperson
  • Cath Knell - Principal
  • Ray Gilbert - Parent Trustee
  • Mark Hewett - Parent Trustee
  • Clive Hudson - Parent Trustee
  • Steven Taylor - Parent Trustee
  • Hinekura Laveaina - Co-opted Trustee
  • Robert Skeen - Staff Representative
  • Karan Kalsi - Student Representative

The Board of Trustees may be contacted by emailing the principal’s executive secretary:

Board Meetings
The board of trustees meets at 6.30 pm on a Monday evening in the first week of each month. All members of the school community are welcome to attend and observe, however if the board is considering confidential matters, the meeting, or a part of it, will be closed. Speaking rights may be granted upon application, if so please contact Lee Bullinga at the email above. The meetings dates below are also advertised in the school newsletter.


Senior Leadership Team

PRINCIPAL Ms C. Knell BSc(Hons), MEdMgt(Hons), DipTchg
ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Ms L. Ridling MA(Hons), MEdMgt, Dip Couns, DipTchg
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Mrs G. Clark BA, DipTchg(Dist), NZAHPER Diploma
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Mr M. Black MSc(Hons), DipTchg