Originally from the UK, I am a Kiwi citizen and North Shore resident of 22 years; married to Charles, an anaesthetist, for 32 years. I have a BSc(Hons) degree and work part-time. I have been an active WGHS parent since 2008 with two daughters graduating from WGHS and, with the youngest in Year 12, I will continue to have a vested interest in the success of the school, and its students.
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 and 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.
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 past 17 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 three years as well as being a member of ESNZ’s Show Hunter Executive and Secretary/Treasurer of Show Hunter Waitemata.
My daughter Georgia started at WGHS in 2016, and I enjoy 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.
I was appointed Principal of Westlake Girls with effect from 1 May 2017. Following a degree in Physical Education from Otago, my first teaching position was at Epsom Girls Grammar School. I then went on to teach at Rangitoto College for 10 years. More recently I worked at Birkenhead College where I held the position of Assistant Principal for 12 years.
Prior to taking up this position, I was the Athlete Life Manager at High Performance Sport New Zealand for four years, where I led a team of advisors to develop a programme designed to maximise the potential of our elite athletes.
I have lived on the North Shore for more than 30 years and am married to husband Mike and have three children, two sons and a daughter who all attended the Westlake schools. As a former champion rower I am still involved in this sport and I love to spend as much time as I can enjoying outdoor life.
I enjoy working with the Board of Trustees as we build on the success of Westlake Girls and ensure that our students make the most of every opportunity and are fully equipped to meet the challenges that lie ahead of them.
My association with Westlake Girls has been over the past 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 a part 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 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 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 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 I 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.
Sania Mohammadi Jafarian
I am honoured to serve as a parent representative on the Board. 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 left WGHS at the end of 2018 and Nick is at the University of Auckland. 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. I now work at Westlake Boys High School as Communications Manager. I particularly enjoy the collaboration between the two schools in music and drama activities and I really look forward to Westlake Girls having a performance and assembly space it can be proud of.
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.
I welcomed the opportunity to join the Westlake Girls Board in 2011 having been a Trustee for four years at Primary level. Over these last 8 years I have seen the school go from strength to strength. I am a General Practitioner on the North Shore and I have lived on the Shore with my husband and family for 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 now at Otago University.
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 the school’s reputation have really grown in recent years – and it has been rewarding to have been a part of this process.
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.
Originally from the UK, I emigrated with my family to New Zealand in 2002 and I am now a New Zealand Citizen. I joined Westlake from Epsom Girls in 2005. I have more than 30 years teaching experience both here and in the UK and in a variety of different schools. I am currently Teacher in Charge of Design and Visual Communication and of Hard Materials Technology.
This is my second term on the Board of Trustees, having been re-elected by the staff to be their representative. I have seen many changes in my time at Westlake, not only in the development of the buildings and facilities but in the growth of the school to become one of the top state schools in New Zealand. I am a strong believer in equal opportunities for all students. I am very proud to be part of this great school and hope to contribute what I can to see it and our students progress further.
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