My association with Westlake Girls is fairly recent with a daughter in Year 10 at the school. I also have three sons two who are Year 13 at WBHS and the eldest at University. My wife and I have been married for 24 years and have lived on the North Shore for the last 17 years. We live out of zone for Westlake Girls and feel very fortunate to be part of the school community. Within our family we place a high priority on education and sport and with that have always looked at the role we can play as parents to not only support our children, and others, but also the infrastructure that will enable them to achieve their goals. As a result I have been actively involved in the community as the children have grown up to include roles as Secretary for Northbridge Kindergarten, a trustee and then Chair of Verran Primary School Board of Trustees for six years and numerous coaching roles for school and club teams across a number of sports including North Harbour Hockey, Mairangi Bay Surf Club and Northcote Rugby Club. I have an extensive commercial background, over 20 years, in sales and marketing management, both in NZ and the UK, primarily focused in the health care sector. This has predominately been within a corporate environment until through a slight career change I started a specialist healthcare recruitment and business consultancy to provide a better work life balance and be more available to participate with our children’s sport and education. Outside of work I actively compete in hockey and road running, up to marathon distance, and enjoy water sports. I like to read for pleasure and knowledge.
I joined the Board in 2011. I am a General Practitioner working locally on the North Shore and have lived on the Shore with my husband and family for fifteen years. My youngest daughter Rosie Davison is in Year 9. I have had another daughter Polly who left last year after five years at Westlake Girls and my oldest son Sam went through Westlake Boys High School – both are now at Otago University. I have had previous Board of Trustees experience at a primary level for five years and am very much enjoying the challenges that a secondary Board bring. Throughout my eight years association with the Westlake schools I have seen great potential in Westlake Girls and felt it was a good time to become involved with the school as it entered a new era. I believe that Westlake Girls will mature from a good school into an exceptional school and I hope that by being a member of the Board I will be able to make a valuable contribution to this process.