I am currently the Deputy Chairperson on the Te Totara Primary School Board. I am from the Waikato and my wife Tania and I have two children. Our son Max is in year four and our daughter Angela is in year two. During my time on the Board I have been heavily involved in writing policies and procedures. I was on the selection panels for both Principal and Deputy Principal, played a key part in negotiations with our neighbours, Summerset Retirement home, and led the Board ERO response. The current Board has helped shape the strategic plan for Te Totara School's future to ensure that it continues to run in the successful way that it has over the last ten years, providing a secure and successful learning environment for our tamariki.
I am capable of providing strong representation due to my experience on the current Board, my background in law, education and management. I currently work as a lawyer in a managerial position. In the past, I have practised in education law, providing legal advice on a range of issues to public and private schools. I have a strong interest in education, having previously been chair of the Northland College Board of Trustees, far north representative on the Northland School Trustees Association, the vice-chancellor's 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 currently co-lecture in evidence law and criminal law at the University of Waikato. Over the course of the last two years I have been vice-president of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Branch of the NZ Law Society, covering the well-being and interests of over 1,000 lawyers.
I look forward to continuing stability and a strong focus on ensuring that Te Totara School continues to be an inclusive, safe and child focused learning environment where every child feels valued.