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
Principal

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.


Dani Clements-Levi
Student Representative

At Westlake Girls I’ve participated many initiatives, developing leadership, communication and organisation skills: Devonport-Takapuna local board member, UN youth NZ; Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award; Scouting NZ North Shore professionals; Hauraki House service and cultural committees; Amnesty International and Unicef leader; Westlake debating team; Westlake Raise Up representative; netball, badminton, sailing and student coaching. I have reached the Mt Everest Base Camp and my proudest achievement was being selected as North Shore Youth MP, working alongside the Hon Maggie Barry. 

I want to make a meaningful contribution to the community and the demographic of ‘youth’ representing ‘youth voice’ and ‘youth empowerment’ and so I look forward to becoming part of our school board, where critical decisions affect Westlake Girls High School students.


Michelle Alexander
Trustee

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.


Mandy Curry
Trustee

I am newly elected to the WGHS Board of Trustees and look forward to serving as a parent representative. I am passionate about providing all our students with an excellent education and the opportunity to achieve to their best ability, recognising that every girl is an individual with different strengths and needs. 

I am English and met my Kiwi husband, Ian, in London while he was on his OE. Our daughter, Jess, and son, Nick, were born in the UK and spent their first few years of school there before we moved to the US and finally to New Zealand in 2012. Jess is now in Year 11 and Nick is in his final year at Westlake Boys. I have been actively involved in all their schools in all three countries, as a governor and a PTA member and Chair. This has given me a broad perspective of differing education systems and how schools can do the best for their students. 

I have a varied work background, starting in marketing with IBM, then spending several years as a fundraiser, including a year working at London Business School fundraising for a capital project. After having the children I spent time teaching ESOL and while we lived in the US, with no work permit, I kept myself busy writing a novel. Since moving to New Zealand I have done freelance writing and I now work part-time at Westlake Boys High School as Community Relations Assistant. I particularly enjoy the collaboration between the two schools in music and drama activities. I look forward to helping Westlake Girls realise it’s goal of having a performance and assembly space of which it can be really proud. 

I believe that members of the school Board should act as the voice of the school’s parents, representing their interests and the aspirations they have for their daughters. I aim to be approachable and take parents’ concerns seriously. I also believe that great teachers are key to providing a great education and that the Board plays a vital role in ensuring that the school employs the best possible staff and gives them the support and professional development opportunities they need.


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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
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