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 16 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 three years as well as being a member of ESNZ’s Show Hunter Executive and Secretary of Show Hunter Waitemata.
My association with Westlake Girls has been over the last seven years with a daughter having finished her secondary education at the school in 2015 I have three sons all of whom have been through WBHS and so are very much of the Westlake community. Given we have lived out of zone for Westlake Girls we feel very fortunate to have been part of the school community and therefore have taken 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 can play as parents to not only support our children and others, but also helping ensure the infrastructure is in place at the school that will enable them to achieve their goals.
As a result I have been actively involved in the community with experience across numerous organisations and school Boards including seven years on the Board at WGHS with the last three and a half as Board Chair.
During this time I have led the Board through 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 introduction of a new uniform but importantly in academic results and overall student achievement across academic, sporting and cultural strands of school life for students. Similarly working with the Principal have seen the strategic goals of excellence and leadership embedded into school culture with WGHS attracting and retaining high calibre staff.
I have an extensive commercial background, both in NZ and the UK, primarily focused in the health care sector which has enabled me to be an effective trustee across a wide range of issues that Board’s face. 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 are a trustee of a not for profit community organisation.