Board of Trustees

Mark Robinson
Chairman of the Board

My association with Westlake Girls has been over the last six years, with a daughter having recently finished her secondary education at the school. I also have three sons, all of whom have been through WBHS and have graduated or are continuing studies at University. I have been married for 28 years and lived on the North Shore for 20 years. 

We lived out of zone for Westlake Girls and therefore feel very fortunate to be part of the school community and take the opportunity to “give back” wherever possible. Within our family we place a high priority on education and sport and, with that, have always looked at the role we play as parents to support our children and others and to help ensure the school’s infrastructure enables them to achieve their goals. As a result I have been actively involved in the community as the children have grown up with experience across different school Boards, including over five years at WGHS with the last three years as Board Chair. 

During this time I have seen and been part of a wide range of positive changes at the school. These have been not only in the more visible aspects, as in upgraded and world class facilities or the new uniform, but importantly in academic results and overall student achievement across academic, sporting and cultural strands of school life for students. 

I have an extensive commercial background, both in NZ and the UK, primarily focused in the health care sector. Outside of work I actively compete in multi-sports and within the wider community I volunteer my time and resource to a local Foodbank and I’m a trustee of a not for profit community organisation.

Joy Bradfield
Deputy Chair

I was elected a parent trustee on the Board of WGHS three years ago, after gaining governance experience as Board Chair of Sunnybrae Normal School. I do not take lightly the opportunity to contribute to Westlake Girls High School as your nominated representative. 

Originally from the UK, I am a Kiwi citizen and North Shore resident of 21 years; married to Charles, an anaesthetist, for 30 years. I have a BSc(Hons) degree and work part-time. I have been an active WGHS parent since 2008 and, with our second daughter Abby now in year 13, and Rebekah in year 9, I will continue to have a vested interest in the success of the school, and all of the students, for some time. 

I always advocate for best practice for Board, staff and students. Our students deserve the very best education, to enjoy and be actively engaged in learning in a stimulating and motivating environment; to have full access to the curriculum: academic, sporting, arts & culture, technical and life skills; to achieve to their full potential and to be confident in their abilities to succeed. 

The Board annually reviews curriculum areas and tracks student progress. We have supported increased leadership capacity for students at each year level; a Scholars Society and Smart Swans tutoring; improved school attendance and strengthened student mentoring to achieve best outcomes. Staff Recognition Awards and Leadership Programmes promote the very best teaching practice and staff leadership. Development of facilities continues and, with my background in property and planning, I look forward to the realisation of the much needed Events Centre.

Roz Mexted

It is a privilege to be the Principal and a Trustee at Westlake Girls High School. Student engagement and achievement is at the heart of everything we do, with continuous annual improvement driving the Board and staff individually and collectively.  

Trustees have successfully developed a culture of personal excellence underpinning academic,cultural and sporting programmes regionally, nationally and globally. Our modern, well equipped facilities and landscaped grounds are frequently visited by schools seeking innovative ideas. 

Engaging staff as partners in school successes shows we value them and not just their results. Research shows that people want to be appreciated and feel important to the team. Supporting staff with career goals, through innovative professional development and the WGHS Staff Leadership Programme, has also been positive for staff and students. 

We engage in conversations with a range of school stakeholders, gaining feedback and engaging further support for our Vision each year. By personally thanking people for their commitment and by remembering their names, we have developed a very caring, inclusive learning community at Westlake Girls High School.

Erin Nugent
Student Representative

I’m Erin Nugent and I’m excited to be Student Trustee this year. I am in Year 12, studying towards Level 2 NCEA and involved in a range of extracurricular activities. Achieving personal excellence academically and in extracurricular is personally very important to me, I want to make my time in this role as successful as possible. 

 As your Trustee I aim to raise personal student achievement at Westlake Girls High School through influence and by being a positive voice for our students. I will keep my mind on what will really benefit our students, while remembering that everybody’s needs and wants are different. 

There is a whole lot of potential in everybody; potential we are capable of reaching. Finally, I hope that my contribution as your Trustee this year assists students to reach their personal excellence too.

Joanna Hopkins

Having been a Trustee for four years at Primary level I welcomed an opportunity to join the Westlake Girls Board in 2011. I am a General Practitioner on the North Shore and I have lived on the Shore with my husband and family for nearly 20 years. I have been involved with both Westlake schools for over 12 years with my son attending Westlake Boys and both daughters at Westlake Girls. The older two have successfully completed tertiary degrees, with a Westlake grounding behind them. My youngest daughter, Rosie Davison, is in Year 13 and the Sports Prefect for Akoranga House. 

Westlake’s dedicated staff go well beyond daily job descriptions. I see the Board’s and Trustee’s role as supporting staff in developing the school and girls to their full potential. It has been very exciting to see how academic results and school’s reputation have really grown in recent years – we have seen the best academic results to date. 

There is strong school pride and, with new sporting facilities and a new uniform, the school is growing from strength to strength. Over the next couple of years I am committed to seeing the new Events Centre created, which will be a central hub for Westlake Girls High School. I believe the school will continue to grow its academic record with its strong focus on improvement across all levels and, as importantly, its continuing holistic approach to the cultural, sporting, academic and personal development of all girls at the school

Michelle Alexander

I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to join the WGHS Board of Trustees – a responsibility I take seriously. As a parent I believe one of the best gifts we can give our children is a great education and I appreciate the chance to contribute towards that.

I was born and raised in New Zealand and have lived in Kumeu with my partner Grant and my two daughters, Danielle and Georgia for the last 15 years.  I have a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from the University of Waikato, am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

I have extensive commercial experience and am currently employed as Commercial Director/Chief Financial Officer for Antares Restaurant Group Ltd (the master franchisee for Burger King in New Zealand) and have been with the company since 2008.  Before joining Antares, I was CFO of Express Couriers Ltd (a JV between NZ Post and DHL), and prior to that had 12 years with McDonald’s Restaurants New Zealand Limited including two years as CFO. I have also held roles with New Image International and Ernst & Young.

I also have some strong governance experience having been an independent director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of AgResearch Ltd (New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute) for the past two years as well as being a member of ESNZ’s Show Hunter Executive and Secretary of Show Hunter Waitemata.

My second daughter Georgia started this year at WGHS in year 9, and I look forward to the opportunity to be actively involved with the school and to assist wherever I can to help the school and students to develop and succeed over the coming years.

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2016 Meetings
  • 16th February 2016
  • 15th March 2016
  • 10th May 2016
  • 3rd June 2016 (Board Elections)
  • 21st June 2016
  • 2nd August 2016
  • 13th September 
  • 18th October 2016
  • 6th December 2016

Meetings start at 6.30pm in the Conference Room. All are welcome
Any alterations to these dates will be published on the website.