Board of Trustees

Back: Michele Heywood, Iva Ropati, Keith Buchan, Joanne Verry, Josephine Kinsella, Lorraine MacKereth

Front: Sharon King, Roger Gribble, Ray Burge, Ethan McCormick (2019), Miles Stratford


Mr Roger Gribble (Parent Representative) - Board Chair

Board of Trustees Chair; Finance Committee Member; Property/Health and Safety Committee Chair; International Students Committee Chair; Community Development Committee Chair


Roger joined the Howick College Board of Trustees after 11 years on the Board of Reremoana School. He has three daughters, all of whom are at Howick College or will be in the future. Roger has worked for a large international organisation in the finance and property sector for over 30 years, and believes his background will provide great insight into assisting Howick College to grow and always strive to be better. As the Board Chair, Roger's role is to lead the Board in the Governance of the College and to challenge the school leadership team to deliver the best education and learning opportunities for our students.
Roger is very passionate about Howick College and enjoys working with the Board and the senior leadership team to provide opportunties for all our students and to make Howick College the school of choice for all our in zone families.
Mr Ray Burge (Parent Representative) 
Board of Trustees Deputy Chair; Community Development Committee Member
Ray was elected to the Board in 2017 and is currently the Deputy Chair. He has spent a 3 year term on a previous school board. Ray is the Operations Manager specialising in Marine Search and Rescue in a large, diverse and complex organisation with over 2,100 volunteers. He has been involved in the implementation of National guidelines, policies and procedures with both internal and external stakeholders, including Government agencies, in the New Zealand Search and Rescue sector for more than 18 years.
Ray enjoys the Howick College culture and the passion of all staff involved in suporting our future leaders. Ray is interested in student leadership and providing a safe and supportive environment for all Howick College students. Ray and his wife Lianne have two children at Howick College.
Mr Keith Buchan (Parent Representative)
Board of Trustees Deputy Chair; Finance Committee Chair; Property/Health and Safety Committee Member; International Students Committee Member
Keith was elected in 2017 and has 25 years experience in the property and building industry both here in New Zealand and overseas. Over the past 10 years, he has worked in the education sector based in South Auckland and has held position as Property/Business Manager and teaching positions working closely with Boards of Tustees, Principals, teaching staff and students. Keith has a wide range of knowledge and is very passionate about education and the building trade. Keith and his wife Leona have 2 children both of whom attend Howick College.  
Ms Joanne Verry  (Parent Representative)
HR/Curriculum and Student Welfare Committee Chair; Property/Health and Safety Committee Member; Community Development Committee Member
Born in Taumarunui, Joanne feels strongly about contributing to the Howick College Board of Trustees as a way of supporting and giving back to our community. Joanne has a daughter in Year 11 at Howick College and is the step mother to 3 other children age 10, 16 and 20.
Entering her second year as a Parent Representative on the Howick College Board of Trustees, Joanne is proud to be a part of a community of people who genuinely care and want to provide the best for our students. Health, wellbeing and education is at the forefront of her mind.
In her career, Joanne has spent the past 12 years supporting people into apprenticeships within the trades, particularly building and construction, and works to facilitate connections between community and government agencies enabling a pipeline to sustainable careers. When there is time, Joanne and her family enjoy the outdoors and travelling New Zealand to see its wonders.
Ms Michele Heywood (Parent Representative)
Michele was elected to join the Board in 2019 to support the local school in which she has a long connection with. She has two children attending Howick College, a son in Year 12 and a daughter in Year 10, and she also attended the School herself.
Michele has previous experience in education governance, having previously been elected as members of two Board of Trustees in both the primary and secondary schools. She has worked in the education sector for 20 years and has a thorough understanding of the strategic direction of a successful school and the governance requirements of a Board of Trustees. She also has a comprehensive understanding of the changes in the educational landscape as we move through the 21st Century.
Ms Josephine Kinsella (Parent Represenative)
Josephine is an alumni of Howick College, a passionate driven working mother of two, who returns to the School to join the Board in 2019.
As the CEO and Company Director of a large scale business operating in New Zealand and having formerly worked in ELT as GM International in a sizeable tertiary institution, Josephine is well informed with education governance, operational management, government policy and process. She is media trained, qualified in financial and operations management, and international marketing with an MBA. Howick College provided Josephine the path to success in her career journey, and now she would like to contribute back to the school that has shaped her into one of the youngest leaders in her industry.
Mr Miles Stratford (Parent Representative)
Miles was elected to the Board in 2019 and is committed to supporting the senior leadership team and staff in their continuing efforts to deliver high quality education for our children. Miles believes the support and engagement of parents in their children's education is a key factor that is critical to the future success of the student. The greater the success of our children, in all facets of their lives, the greater the success of our school.
Ms Sharon King (Staff Representative)
Sharon was elected Staff Representative to the Board in 2019. She has been a teacher and the Library Manager at Howick College since 1996. In this role, Sharon's priority is to promote reading and literacy as she believes literacy is fundamental to academic success and to life-long learning. Sharon is also the Chair of the Howick College PPTA and has served in that role for the last five years. 
Prior to working at Howick College, Sharon taught English at Aorere College and was the Staff  Representative on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Sharon is actively involved in the disability sector and is on the Board of Disability Connect, a not-for-profit organisation that provides information and advocacy services to people with disabilities and their families.
She believes her role on the Howick College Board of Trustees is to represent the views of staff in the same way that parent trustees represent the views of the school community. Sharon lives locally in Howick, with her husband and youngest son. 
Mr Harrison Wehi-Hill (Student Representative 2020)
Harrison has always had an interest in leadership and believes strongly in supporting others to do their best and leading people toward shared goals and ideals. Determined to represent the student body to the best of his ability, Harrison will be doing his part to make the school an outstanding place of learning. He is also committed to improving school life particularly in the area of inclusiveness and acceptance of all cultures and religions, making us all one whanau.
Mr Iva Ropati (Principal)
Mrs Lorraine Mackereth (Board Secretary)


BoT Meeting Dates for 2020

Meetings are held in the College Boardroom and start at 6.00pm unless advised otherwise.
Board papers are mailed out on the Friday prior to the meeting. All agenda items and papers for the mailout must be received by Lorraine MacKereth by noon on that Friday.


Meeting Dates for 2020:
Wednesday 26 February
Wednesday 1 April
Wednesday 20 May
Wednesday 24 June
Wednesday 5 August
Wednesday 26 August
Wednesday 23 September
Wednesday 28 October
Wednesday 18 November
Wednesday 9 December

Upcoming BoT Meeting Agenda

Please find attached the agenda for the upcoming Howick Collge Board of Trustees' meeting.


Howick College Financial Statements


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