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.
I specialise in risk management and compliance and have worked in senior roles for a range of banks and insurance companies. I am especially interested in good governance and am captivated by how Board’s work to enable management teams to succeed. I am very interested in how early education and school work together in order to generate excellent outcomes for our children. Professor David Giles, who works closely with the school, was recently heard to say “this year can’t be last year repeated” – I certainly believe in the essence of that message.
I was seconded to the ENPS Board in June 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. I was also elected to the Auckland Kindergarten Association Board in November 2010 and also serve as the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee there. Sharon & I are very pleased to have one daughter who graduated ENPS in 2015, with another daughter to graduate in 2017
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.
My eldest son Logan started at ENPS at the beginning of 2017 and I recognise the important role that the school will play in preparing him for all that lies ahead in his 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 currently work at Tower Insurance as General Manager Claims and Strategy and have held a variety of senior leadership roles within the financial services sector. Prior to Tower I worked as General Manager Sales & Marketing at Medical Assurance Society (MAS) and earlier in my career I held numerous roles at ANZ Bank. I have previous Board experience having served as Deputy Chair at the New Zealand Institute of Management and in 2012 I won Young Executive of the Year at the Deloitte Top 200 awards.
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.
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.