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.