Kia ora koutou!
I am the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Te Ao Mārama School and previously the Deputy Chairperson of the Establishment Board.
I feel very privileged to be part of our wonderful school and community, and fortunate to be able to contribute the valuable journey and legacy from our hard-working, dedicated Establishment Board as we move forwards.
I am inspired by the way our school has been developed through strategy and vision and how this has translated into the operation of the school. Everytime I visit the school the kids are happy, energized and fulfilled by their learning environment and the team of professionals who educate them.
My wife Sarah teaches in the Pūkeko Learning Space and next year our eldest son Blake will start at Te Ao Mārama with our littlest one Taylor one day following on!
I have previous governance experience having been part of various Board of Trustees and a member of the Institute of Directors. I currently sit on the Board of Progress to Health – a not-for-profit mental health organisation whose vision is ‘communities without barriers’.
For my day job I am General Manager for Sport Waikato, a charitable trust which activates people of all ages. One of my teams is Project Energize which delivers physical activity and nutrition information into every primary school in the Waikato Region. Another pilot initiative which I lead is Taakaro-Ora – Active Wellbeing, a partnership with Te Pae Here Kāhui Ako – the Community of Learning of which Te Ao Mārama is a member. Taakaro-Ora aims to work with teachers around the wellbeing of students through increased integration of the PE & Health Curriculum into schools.
I am excited about the bright future of our incredible school and its inclusive culture and am committed to drawing upon my experience from the journey thus far to continue the positive momentum of Te Ao Mārama.
Mahia te mahi hei painga mo te iwi – Do the work for the betterment of the people.