Governance and Leadership

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 is proactive 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 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 of Trustees may be contacted by emailing the principal’s executive secretary:


The current Board of Trustees was elected in June 2016. It comprises of the principal, five elected parent trustees, a staff trustee and a student trustee. On 1 May 2017 Principal Steve Bovaird retired from the school, Ms Cath Knell took up the role of Principal on 2 May 2017.
  • 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
  • Jackie de Pont - Student Representative
board of trustees
Board of Trustees May 2017 from left to right: Hinekura Laveaina, Karan Kalsi, Clive Hudson,
Steve Bovaird, Kristine Mellor, Steve Taylor, Robert Skeen, Ray Gilbert and Mark Hewett


The board of trustees meets at 6.30 pm on a Monday evening in the last 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 Cath Knell BSc(Hons), MEdMgt(Hons), DipTchg
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Gabrielle Clark BA, DipTchg(Dist), NZAHPER Diploma
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Richard Winn BPE, MEdLdrship, DipEd
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Sandy Harris BA, DipTchg, PGDipEd (Distinction)
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Steve Mouldey BA, MEd, DipTchg
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL Kiri Turketo BFA, DipTchg, MEdLdrship
SENIOR LEADER Russell Newbrook DipTchg, PGDipEd (Distinction)