Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are invited for the election of FOUR parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.
Nominations close at noon on Friday 24 May and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement.
 
The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.
Voting closes at noon on Friday 7 June 2019.
 
NOMINEES FOR PARENT TRUSTEE
 
Richard Tosh
I am delighted to be applying for election onto the Howick College Board of Trustees.
 
I was born in the UK and, in 2002, I met my wife Jennifer in London when she was doing her OE. After living in London for a couple of years we moved to Hong Kong for two and a half years and then onto Auckland. We originally lived near Ellerslie but have been in the Howick area for the last ten years.
 
I have two daughters, Brianna who is 13 and Lauren who is 8. Brianna is currently in Year 9 at Howick College. She was previously at Botany Downs Primary, and then Howick Intermediate. Lauren is in year 4 at Botany Downs Primary.
 
I am a lawyer by profession and am currently a Special Counsel at DLA Piper where I specialise in insurance law and litigation. I have been involved in dealing with a multitude of different disputes during my career. While in New Zealand I have done a lot of leaky building litigation, and more recently, litigation arising out of the Christchurch earthquakes.
 
I am passionate about the education of our children. I have been on the Board of Botany Downs Primary for four and a half years, the last two and a half years as Chairman. I am also on the Board at Howick Intermediate.
 
If elected onto the Board at Howick College, I would bring a wealth of experience of school governance along with my legal and communication skills. I am likely to have children at the college for the next ten years and I would be excited to be given the opportunity to assist with the governance of the college over the next few years.
 
 
Kerry Vaughn
My name is Kerry Vaughan and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Howick College.
 
I have two boys at the school in years 9 and 10. I grew up in Cockle Bay and Howick and I have a BCom in Finance and Marketing.
 
I have a keen interest in all aspects of school life especially academic achievement, continuous improvement and growing well-rounded young people.
 
My experience in business spanning multinationals and business startups ranges over marketing, financial management and strategies for success. This background will enable me to enhance the successful governance of the school.
 
In order to run a successful school I think we need to have the right people in the right place at the right times. Howick College is fortunate in that it has much of this in place already and I believe that my 20 years of motherhood and business experience can assist in maintaining and improving this currently successful position.
 
 
Michele Heywood
My name is Michele Heywood. I have two children attending Howick College, a son in year 12 and a daughter in year 10. I attended the school myself and moved back to live in the area when my children were younger so they could attend the school. I am standing for election as parent representative.
 
I have previous experience of school boards, having previously been an elected member of two Boards of Trustees in both the primary and secondary sector. I have worked in the education sector for 20 years and have a thorough understanding of the strategic direction of a successful school and the governance requirements of a Board of Trustees. I also have a comprehensive understanding of the changes in the educational landscape as we move through the 21st Century. Within education work specifically in the areas of pastoral care, staff employment and welfare and health and safety, and I also have experience in school property development and financial management.
 
All young people start school with high hopes and good intentions, and a school's culture should embrace and nourish this, recognising the diversity and the needs of all its students. I am a great believer in empowering young people to strive to make good decisions to help them grow into the people they want to become, but also to learn from any mistakes along the way so as to move forward in a positive way.
 
I enjoy working as part of a team and would welcome the opportunity to give back to the school which gave me the start to be who I am today.
 
 
 Miles Stratford

Education is one of the cornerstones of personal success. As parents, we commit our children to the leadership team and staff at Howick College. Our expectation is they will better for the experience. It is essential, our children get the best possible educational opportunities.
 
I feel the College is doing a great job of creating an environment in which our children have the opportunity to thrive. I believe a significant contributor to this success, will be a passionate and committed leadership team and staff being supported by a strong and engaged Board of Trustees. 
 
For the last six years I have been involved with the Board of Trustees at Shelly Park School. The last three years as Chair. The school has grown and thrived during this time. It has given me a good understanding of what it means to be a Trustee. 
 
Our successes at Shelly Park, have been underpinned by high trust relationships between the Board of Trustees and the leadership team and staff. We let them get on with their job, while always challenging them to raise the bar. In this way the educational opportunities the students enjoy, continue to improve. 
 
It is this knowledge, experience and attitude, which I would like to make available to the Howick College community. 
As a family we are a year in to our six-year journey with Howick College. I am strongly motivated to ensure that all our children and those who follow are given the best possible opportunity to succeed. 
 
My motivation for nomination as a Trustee, is to ensure the positive momentum that has already been developed is sustained. In this way, the reputation of the College and the students who pass through it, will continue to grow. 
If these are aspirations that resonate with you, please cast your vote for me. 
 
                         
Roger Gribble 
My name is Roger Gribble, a father of three girls, all of whom have or will come through Howick College, and I am standing for re-election as a parent rep, having spent the last three years on the board at Howick College.
 
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board and seeing the changes we have made over the last three years, of which I have been board chair for the last two and a half years.
 
One of my key goals is to be able to look back after my time on the board is finished and know that I have made a difference to the school for the better, and not just been a bystander. I have enjoyed working with the current board and senio leadership team on increasing expectation of our students, enhancing opportunities and continuing ot improve the facilities at our school.
 
I consider that I still have much to give to Howick College and a further three years will enable me to continue the work we have started. I would also like to promote Pino Scully as a hardworking board member who is also seeking re-election.
 
In the last 18 months while leading the board we have created the Vision 2024 strategic plan, looking out to our school's 50th Jubilee, and have also been involved in the setting up of the Community Development Office, a very exciting oportunity for our school. We have also vastly improved the classrooms of our students and continue to work on enhancing the school environment.
 
Being a Finance Manager, for a division of a large corporate, I have found this role has assisted me with the work rthic and skill, and a strategic approach that is required to be on the board.
 
I enjoy working as a member of a team, while also enjoying being able to lead, and also continuing to learn an andd value to the school.
 
I look forward to recieving your vote, where I can continue the good work that the current board, and prior boards have done to improve the Howick College experience for all students and staff, both current and future. 
 
 
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WHATS INVOLVED.
 
What skills do trustees need? 
Trustees are active leaders in their schools and kura, just as your mayor and councillors are in the wider community. A Board of Trustees needs the same skills that a city council or other local body needs to work effectively. All trustees need to be able to:
 
work well in a team
understand and think about what they are being told
ask relevant and challenging questions
have good communication skills.
 
Boards also need a balance of specific skills and experiences to make sure that all the Board's responsibilities are being met, and that the important business of preparing students for life beyond school is being done really well. Some of those skills are:
 
passion
energy
people skills
honesty
integrity
 
Financial know-how and strategic thinking are also valuable.
 
Boards of Trustees do... 
  • Make a valuable contribution to the life of the school through involvement at  a ‘Governance’ level (‘big picture’ policy and financial decisions).
  • Have 'raising student achievement' as their major goal.
  • Make decisions based on evidence e.g. student achievement data.
  • Receive regular reports about student achievement and programmes in the school — each meeting has some strategic focus items.
  • Follow an agenda at all meetings – agendas are published in advance and follow a schedule developed by the BOT at the beginning of each year.
  • Continue to communicate between meetings - this is mostly done via email.
  • Represent the interests of all students and their families.
Boards of Trustees do not...
  • Need to commit hours and hours of time each week.  We meet 2-3 times per term for around 2 – 2 ½ hours, with readings, emails etc of between 4-5 hours. There is also the opportunity of being part of a sub-committee, and it is expected all BOT members participate in at least one of the sub-committees. We also have some meetings outside of regular board meetings to celebrate and understand wider school matters, e.g. HOLA evenings, Excellence Awards, Leaders Presentations 
  • Get involved in the day to day management or running of the school, this is the job of the Principal. However, we do get involved with ‘big picture' decision making through the creation of an annual plan each year. 
It is important that our Board is a representation of our community...
 
If you have an interest in being on the Board and want to understand more about being a trustee, feel free to visit the NZSTA (School Trustees) website www.nzsta.org.nz or email the Board Chair at BOT Chairperson@howick.school.nz to organise a chat.
 
Signed
K Heaton-Brown
Returning Officer
 
     

 

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