Epsom Normal Primary School
Brett Bishop
Board Chair

I have served our school and parent community as a Trustee since 2014. I believe our children should have access to the highest quality education we can provide. I am committed to upholding the vision and values of Epsom Normal Primary School so we can create a culture where students are enabled to grow academically, and believe in themselves.

My professional background is in Human Resources, specialising in organisational development. In my career I have worked in commercial and public sector environments, enabling company’s to achieve optimal business performance through their peoples contributions and efforts. I am passionate about learning and development and have been involved in the tertiary education sector for several years, both as a frontline educator and more recently as a senior manager. I have also worked with the NZQA and Industry Training Organisations in governance roles reviewing programmes on the national qualifications framework. Currently, I am a member of the Auckland Leadership Development forum.

My wife and I have two daughters who will complete their primary school education at Epsom Normal. As a family we enjoy living in Auckland and all that our beautiful city has to offer.

Michelle Wong

I was co-opted onto the board in 2017. I grew up in Epsom and am a former student of ENPS. I have a Masters degree in Physiotherapy and currently work in the private health sector.

I regularly participate in a range of school activities and hold the role of PTA secretary. I am enthusiastic about enabling our students to reach their full potential and providing them with opportunities to further develop in sports, cultural and artistic pursuits.

My husband and I have two children at the school in Years 3 and 5.

Glenys Talivai

I have two children at ENPS – Logan (Year 3) and Beau (Year 1) and have been a member of the Board of Trustees since February 2017.

I recognise the important role that our school plays in preparing our children for all that lies ahead in their life. Being a member of the Board of Trustees provides me with the opportunity, and privilege to lend my skills and experience to help guide the school to ensure that it delivers the best possible environment and opportunities for our children to learn, to be challenged, to excel and to have fun.

I am currently the CEO at Public Trust and have held a variety of executive leadership roles across the financial services sector. I have also previous Board experience having served as Deputy Chair at the New Zealand Institute of Management.  Outside of work we are a very active family – spending most of our time at kids sports or socialising with friends and family.

Alan Richards

I returned to New Zealand in September of 2017 with my wife and two young daughters after spending the last 12 years in Japan and before that, 4 years in the UK.  My daughters, Nina and Erica, were born in 2008 and 2009 respectively.  I am originally from a very small town in rural Canterbury.

I work within Financial Services specialising in Procurement, Accounts Payable and Technology Project Management. I have a strong interest in mentoring colleagues at the start of their careers and enjoy contributing as part of a team.

Outside of work, my interests include trail running, skiing (when time allows!) and supporting the Canterbury Crusaders and the All Blacks.

Caroline Ogilvie

Kia ora

I have lived in the local community for almost 18 years however, my heritage is Welsh and English. My three children attend local schools in the Epsom area: my youngest, Jamie is currently year 5 at ENPS and my twin girls are year 10 at EGGS.

I have a research science background (PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology) however, after emigrating to NZ, I moved my career to a more health focus. In 2007 I established my own health management consultancy business, and I offer project management and strategic direction to District Health Boards, Primary Health Organisations and NGOs.

Outside work, I enjoy many activities with my family, such as karate (I’m a green belt, and living proof that you are never too old to start something new), skiing, walking, and going to movies with friends when time permits. I am an active member of the local community and volunteer for Age Concern, the homeless and juggle the management of my kids’ sports teams.

Alan Curtis

Alan has served on more than a dozen boards over the last 27 years, including primary, secondary, private, integrated and partnership schools. He is currently working with the New Zealand School Trustees Association and has also worked closely with the Ministry of Education in a variety of areas including property.

Alan is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has worked with many schools to assist them with their financial management. He has also been previously engaged by the Ministry of Education as the regional financial adviser for Auckland.

Mamta Bhikha

Born in Fiji, I moved to New Zealand to gain my secondary education and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Auckland in 2001. I worked as a business analyst for 10 years before moving into Property Management and now am currently working as an executive property manager for a well-established, New Zealand company. I have two beautiful kids; My daughter who is in year 7 at ANI and my son who is in year 5 at ENPS.

I am currently the chairperson for ENPS’s PTA committee and have been part of PTA since 2012. Since then I have been actively involved in the organising of numerous fundraising and other PTA-related events. I strongly believe that we, as parents, play a huge part in the positive development of our children through their education.

I am very passionate about sports also, alongside academics and community. In particular I am very fond of netball and have coached and managed the ENPS netball teams for over 2 years.

I am also the vice president for the Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ), which is a non-profitable charitable organisation. My involvement with HCNZ has allowed me to work with a diverse group of people from different cultures and backgrounds which, although challenging, at times has also been very rewarding.

I am look forward to channelling new ideas for the greater good of the school and ultimately for the greater good of our children.

Kenneth Tran

I moved from Vietnam to NZ when I was 7 and grew up here in Auckland. My daughter Eliza is in year 2 and my son Ryan will be starting school in Term 3 this year. At home, we speak a mixture of Mandarin, Teochew (dialect of Mandarin) and English. I look forward to serving as a trustee on the Board, learning from my board colleagues, and contributing my ideas and skills to ensuring that our students can live up to their full potential.

I am a research scientist with a background in engineering (PhD in Bioengineering) and its applications to understanding human physiology in health and disease. I currently lead a research team at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (University of Auckland) focussed on applying mathematical, bioinstrumentation and computational techniques to understanding heart disease.

Outside of work, I enjoy running, cycling and a bit of cricket in the summer.

Annie Finau

Mālo e lelei. My name is Annie Finau, newly co-opted member of the Board of Trustees. I am honoured to be standing with parents and school representatives in serving you.

As a past student myself, I believe this is my opportunity to pay tribute to ENPS, a school that has had a profound impact on my life, as well as my family. I have two children currently at ENPS, Austin (Year 4) and Angelo (Year 2), and two older children, former ENPS students now in college.

I am a first-generation New Zealand born Tongan currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Paramedicine. Also, a volunteer Ambulance Officer for St John and have formerly worked for the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (Inc.).

Throughout my life experiences I have sought equality and excellence, a notion that I will impart in my role and for the school. Your child is important to me and I will ensure that they receive the best!