Garry was an elected parent representative on Glendowie College’s Board of Trustees since 2016, and was the deputy chairperson for the past 18 months. Garry has served on the finance and property committee, providing governance experience over two of the most complicated components of the board’s responsibilities. Prior to Garry’s time on the Glendowie College board, he was privileged to chair the St Heliers School Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2016.
Garry has two Glendowie College students in his family – one currently at school and one former student who is now at university. They value the quality of education, the range of experiences and opportunities the school provides, and its important role in the community.
Garry’s involvement in board activities includes providing support to the Principal and the leadership team, participating in the selection process for senior roles including deputy principal and heads of faculty, and assisting in navigating the difficult Ministry waters to get the science block our students need and deserve.
As General Manager of Metrix Imports, an importer of European bathroom brands, strategy and leadership are Garry’s focus. Garry’s small but successful business requires him to be well-versed in a broad spectrum of functions such as leadership, sales and marketing, HR, IT, finance, administration, logistics and health and safety.
For the past two years, Garry has been a director of Industry Connection for Excellence, a provider of quality training to apprentice plumbers in Auckland. Recently, Garry was re-appointed as a trustee director for another three years. Prior to that, Garry chaired an industry initiative to raise money for charities involved with Youth at Risk, and they raised and donated $850,000 over four years.
Garry believes that his combined experiences have enabled him to be an effective member of the Glendowie College Board of Trustees team. It is a privilege to provide well-informed governance to the school’s senior leadership team, and to ensure continuous improvements are made in student achievement and experience for all students at Glendowie College.
Matt has a daughter in year 9, and a son who finished college at the end of last year.
Matt has been a Trustee for the past three years. In particular, Matt is keen to ensure that the programme of property projects now in progress comes to a successful completion, after all the challenges and hard work.
Matt has found his first term as a Trustee really rewarding. With the dedication of staff, students and parents see the ongoing success of the College, both academically and in a range of extra-curricular activities.
Matt is an experienced financial manager and Chartered Accountant. He believes his background of financial management, financial planning, governance, risk management, budgeting and commercial decision-making is beneficial in the role of Trustee. Matt has worked as Head of Finance or Financial Controller for several organizations, including Southern Cross Health Society, the leading not-for-profit health insurer. Matt has originally worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Matt is currently working for Evolve Education Group in the early childhood education sector, and has worked in the health sector for a number of years. This experience is very relevant for a College Trustee, in particular the challenge of trying to balance ever-growing demands with finite resourcing.
Matt was a keen sportsman, and now takes an active role in supporting his children’s numerous sports. He has umpired both boys and girls College cricket 1st XIs, and has been part of a group seeking to boost the quality of cricket at the College. Matt enjoys Saturday mornings watching the various teams competing and enjoying their sports.
As a history graduate, Matt considers it vital to continue to support the arts and humanities, as well as technical and scientific education, to ensure students achieve a rounded education.
Richard has been a member of the board since the start of 2015, when he joined the college as Principal.
Richard started teaching in 1998 at Burnside High School in Christchurch, where he taught economics and accounting. He has expertise in eLearning and a Masters in Education Administration.
He has since worked at various schools through New Zealand in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. Most recently, Richard worked at Pakuranga College where he was the Associate or second Principal.
Richard has a passion for education and growing young people into our future citizens and leaders, people who are positively and actively engaged in our community.
As the primary education advisor to the Board, Richard brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees.
Richard is married and has three children, two at school and one at university.
Moana is a long-term resident of St Heliers – originally born and bred in Canterbury. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 28 years, and they have two children. Laura, their daughter, is currently a Year 12 student at Glendowie College.
Moana’s previous role as a Student Development and Engagement Manager at the University Auckland provided her a good understanding of the education sector. Her portfolio focused on student achievement, retention and completion, particularly for government-identified strategic cohorts. Moana was tasked with enabling and facilitating access to opportunities in education for all students, with a special emphasis on wellbeing and resilience. As a Maori woman, Moana is aware of the variances in academic achievement of Maori and Pacific students, and she is familiar with strategies that work to bridge these gaps.
Moana’s background also includes work with Air New Zealand and as a registered nurse. She has previously been a board member for a community-based disability service provider. Moana holds a number of postgraduate qualifications, and recently completed a total immersion te reo Māori course. She is currently employed part-time with a research team at the University of Auckland, and has trustee responsibilities for a number of whanau/hāpu trusts.
The New Zealand we want for tomorrow depends on every child succeeding today. Working toward that goal inspires Moana, and with her skills and experience, she has a lot to offer.
Warwick was elected as a Parent Trustee in 2019. He was previously on the Glendowie School Board for six years and frequently held the Chair position during the absence of the elected Chairperson.
Warwick is a stay-at-home Dad having retired after 33 years with a major International Airline. He is a Volunteer with the New Zealand Police, however all Volunteer duties are currently on hold pending a Safety and Security review. He is currently President of the Canadian Club of New Zealand.
Warwick is married and has one child in his first year with the College. He participates wherever possible to support the College’s Junior Boys Underwater Hockey Team.
He looks forward to the opportunity, wherever applicable, to bring his previous experience to Glendowie College. He is passionate about the need to provide a First Class education to all students and hopes his involvement with the College’s Board will contribute to that end.
Campbell has been elected as a parent Trustee of the Board this year.
Campbell is an experienced General Manager and is currently employed as the Country Manager for Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres NZ. He has worked across a number of different industries in various accounting, sales and marketing roles. He has been a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ and retained his Chartered Accountant designation. Campbell is confident that his broad commercial experience and determination to drive positive outcomes will be of benefit in his School Trustee role.
Originally haling from the Hutt Valley, and following nine years in Melbourne, Campbell has been a resident of St Heliers for over a decade. He is married to Tracy and has a daughter in year 12 and a son in year 10 at Glendowie College. Campbell has a variety of interests, particularly adventure travel which has led to some thrilling experiences, including self drive 4WD safariing thru the Gobi, Africa and India. In recent years, he has enjoyed being involved in kids sport in a number of voluntary capacities and assisting early career Accountants via the CAANZ Mentoring program.
Campbell firmly believes that education is the 'best' investment we can make towards a strong community with positive values and a prosperous future. He looks forward to the challenge of leveraging his experience to help Glendowie College shape an environment where students can excel whatever their talents.
Bridget has both primary and secondary school training and experience. As well as lecturing business management at a tertiary institution. This means that she has an understanding of the educational flow and some of the challenges faced by students at each level.
She has taught at Grosvenor Girls’ High School (South Africa), Technikon Natal (South Africa), Howick Primary, Kadimah College and has been part of the Glendowie College staff since 2007. She teaches Economics and Enterprise and is the Teacher in Charge of Year 13.
She is married with two daughters who also attended the school.
Laura is a year 12 student at Glendowie College and Board of Trustees student representative from August 2019.
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