Board of Trustees
BOT Chair - Personnel Portfolio
Rod is a serving police officer with in excess of 20 years experience. He is based in Eastern Waikato within a managerial role. His role mainly encompasses strategic and tactical leadership and management of a large nunmber of staff within the Hauraki, Matamata Piako and Thames Coromandel areas including fostering and maintaining close relationships with external and internal agencies to reduce and prevent crime and crashes.
Rod is a 45 year old local, currently living in the Rototuna area with his wife Sue and son Liam, who is a Year 4 student.
Board Member - Deputy Chairperson & Policies Portfolio
I was born and bred in the Waikato and after spending several years moving around New Zealand came back to Hamilton to start a family with my wife, where we have been for the past six years. We have a son at Te Totara Primary and a younger daughter.
Acknowledging that the previous Board has done a sterling job, I offer a fresh perspective that includes a background in law, education and management. I currently work as a lawyer in a managerial position and operate as Deputy Chair of a national training committee, training lawyers at all experience levels. In the past, I have practiced in education law, providing legal advice on a range of issues to public and private schools. I also have significant experience in administrative law, having worked for several large government organisations and also for private law firms in employment law. This will be invaluable for issues relating to human resources.
I have a strong interest in education, having previously been chair of the Northland College Board of Trustees for just under three years, far north representative on the Northland School Trustees Association for two years, the vice-chancellors representative on disciplinary matters at the Auckland University of Technology and having assisted two secondary schools in the far north as part of the Law in Schools project. I also lecture in criminal procedure and evidence at the University of Waikato.
I have a particular interest in ensuring that there are effective and up to date policies and procedures in place to support our students, staff and parents and to ensure that the existing strong ethic of inclusiveness at Te Totara continues to thrive.
Principal and Board Member - Priority Learners Portfolio
Brian, along with Kevin and Anne, has been with Te Totara since its creation.
Brian is effectively the Chief Executive of Te Totara.
Brian brings recommendations to the Board and the Board makes the decisions. Brian then implements those decisions. Brian also oversees the whanau portfolio.
Staff Representative - Policies and Procedures Portfolio
Anne, along with Kevin and Brian, has been with Te Totara right from the start.
Anne keeps the Board well-informed with thorough curriculum updates, policy proposals, National Standards compliance, learning plan progress and so much more. As a Board, we all appreciate the amount of information Anne provides so that we can make informed decisions at the strategic level, so that Anne and Brian can then implement those decisions appropriately.
Board Member - Health & Safety Porfolio
Kevin has been a member of the Board (including the Establishment Board) since December 2006.
Kevin has a wealth of institutional experience having been a member of the original establishment Board for Te Totara. This means he has seen the school grow from a piece of land, to buildings and fittings and most importantly the development of its people and culture.
Kevin is dad to two children, Sarah is Year 3, so as a parent gets to see the school in action in his own life. Kevin works for one of the world’s largest companies, HP, where he manages large numbers of staff through high profile IT projects. Kevin is a master problem-solver… a skill that comes in handy working through issues as part of our Board.
Board Member - Finance & Property Portfolios
Mark is Chief Information Officer for NDA Group, a group of fabrication engineering companies including NDA Engineering in Te Rapa. His career history includes engineering and operations management roles at NZ Steel and Carter Holt Harvey New Ventures as well as various roles implementing business systems in Europe, Asia and New Zealand.
Mark grew up in Hamilton and left to attend university in Christchurch. He returned 16 years later having spent time working in the UK and Auckland. He and wife Kate have three children: Ben (Te Totara 2010-2015), Lucy (Year 5) and Sam (Year 2).
Rebecca is a Barrister specialising in the areas of Family and Criminal Law.
She attended Waikato University and was admitted as a Barrister and
Solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand in 2001. Rebecca was employed as a Staff Solicitor for several years and has been self employed since 2009.
Rebecca grew up in Huntly where she spent most of her primary years and the remainder of her schooling was spent in Hamilton. She is of Tainui and Ngati Maniapoto descent.
Rebecca lived in the UK for a couple of years where she met her husband
Heath. They have two boys who both attend Te Totara, Liam is in Year 6 and Ciaran is in Year 1.
I am very fortunate to be one of the original five foundation staff members who joined Te Totara back in June 2007.
I took over the role of Board of Trustees Secretary in May 2012 and thoroughly enjoy it. My main role is to attend the monthly Board of Trustee Meetings, prepare the Agenda, take the Minutes of the Meeting, collate and distribute associated reports, record all correspondence and follow-up matters from meetings.
I am also the Returning Officer for the Board of Trustees Triennial Elections.