Here are the current members of the school's Board of Trustees. Please don't hesitate to catch us in the playground or contact any of us directly if there's anything you'd like to talk about, or if you have any questions for board members. You can find contact details in your school directory, or Carolyn or Katie in the school office will be happy to put you in touch.

   
Portrait of Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker.

Kia ora
I’m one of the board’s newest members, having taken office in June 2019. I have 2 children at Crofton Downs Primary School (CDPS), Noel in year one, and Abigail in year four. My husband Alan, Abigail, and I are originally from the UK. We moved to New Zealand in 2013 and officially became citizens in 2018, which was very exciting! A motivating factor for our move was the improved quality of life we could offer our children. The school has played a big part in that and I see being on the school board as an opportunity to give something back. I currently work as a senior business advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). In that role I provide advice to my business group on procurement and effective stakeholder communications. My passion is communication and getting the right message, to the right people, at the right time. I am inspired by the school’s big spirit and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to the school’s continued success. I’m around after school on Mondays and Fridays and happy to chat/listen to all.

 

Jo Holland

Jo Holland

We have been part of the CDPS community since 2013, when my first child started school. After a great foundation and lots of support at CDPS, my son moved on to intermediate at the start of 2019. My daughter has been at CDPS since she began school in 2016, and is currently in the middle pod. She is thoroughly enjoying her time at school, and it's a pleasure to watch her progress in such a warm, supportive school environment that values children as individuals. I have a legal background (having worked primarily in the public and not for profit sectors) and joined the Board in 2016. It is a privilege to give back to the school in this governance role. I'm around school at drop-off time, and am always happy to chat.

 

Kirsty Joiner

Kirsty Joiner

My husband Greg and I have lived in Crofton Downs for over 12 years. Our two boys, Ollie (Year 5) and James (Year 4) Sharland have been at Crofton Downs Primary school since their first day of school and they have thrived within the school environment. I have a tremendous passion for the school and the local community and think there is a fantastic variety of people from all walks of life, who all add to the wonderful fabric of the local community. I have a background in finance and accounting and am pleased to be able to use my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to help provide a great platform for learning for the children. If there is an issue you would like to raise, I am always keen for a coffee and a chat!

 

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

My children are Pablo Miguel (year 4) and Alejandro (year 3). We enjoy Crofton Downs because of its warm, friendly, family-oriented atmosphere and approach to teaching that respects children as individuals. While on the Board I hope to respect those values and ensure that the school remains one of which we can all be proud. I have a background in diplomacy and enjoy working in a collaborative way to reach decisions that respect the wishes of as many people as possible. I'm usually around school each day at drop-off time.

 

Dan Brier

Dan Brier

Kia ora, I joined the BOT in January of 2018 and am looking forward to the challenge of helping make our school be the best it can be. I have four children at CPDS: Emily, Sofia, Georgia and Luke and we love the size and community feel at the school. My wife Bronwyn is often around the school too, helping out on trips and with reading programmes. A vet and farmer, I work at Landcorp/Pamu Farms of New Zealand overseeing the running of a group of farms in the East Coast and lower North Island.

 

Kat Douglas

Kat Douglas

Kia ora, I have two children at CDPS, Felix and Obi who are both in the middle pod. I think that CDPS is a great school and creates an environment that nurtures and respects each child's individuality. Over the last four years I have watched my children thrive and therefore consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to be part of the Board and contribute to CDPS. I have a background in social work, and a large part of my current employment is around relationship development and community engagement. I'm always happy to chat and am around after school Thursdays or Fridays.

 

Portrait of Toby StokesPortrait of Liz MartindaleOur principal, Toby Stokes, and staff representative, Liz Martindale, also sit on the board.

 

 

 

 

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