Board of Trustees

Boards of trustees govern all state and integrated schools in New Zealand. The boards are made up of elected parent and community volunteers, the school principal and a staff representative.

Boards of trustees are then accountable for meeting the objectives in the school charter and for managing the funds they receive from the government to run the school.

Kieran TurnerChairperson - Elected June 2016
My partner, Melanie and I moved to Bucklands Beach in 2014 with our two children. I was lucky enough to grow up in Bucklands Beach, going to school at BBI and Macleans and now our oldest child is in Year 1 at BBPS.

I have worked in a number of different sectors, running my own businesses and holding senior positions with Air NZ and with the NZ Transport Agency. I have also been fortunate to lead one of NZ’s major olympic sports as CEO of Cycling New Zealand, helping to guide it into a new centralised model and Velodrome based in Cambridge.

I’m currently in a Senior Management role at the Bank of New Zealand and am looking forward to applying the various skills I’ve picked up to my role on the board of trustees. Outside of family and work I’m a keen cyclist and still race competitively when time allows.

Philippa BoyesTreasurer - Elected June 2016
I currently have two children at BBPS – one in senior school and one in middle school.

For the past five years my family and I have been a member of the BBPS community and for the last two years I have had the privilege of being co-chairperson of the PTA, working hard with our schools families, teachers and BOT on the multi purpose sports surface that has now been successfully completed.

Before children I was working as a Company Accountant.

I am a hard worker and hope to continue to make improvements to our school that ensure our children are getting the best possible education that we can offer them and that the expectations of our schools parents are being met.

Rachel PenneyElected June 2016
My husband Dean and I have two children, both who have gone through BBPS. Our eldest is at BBI due to start Macleans College in 2019, and the youngest is currently in year 6 at Bucklands Beach Primary.

I have had a lot to do with BBPS over the last five years; I was Co-Chair on the PTA with Philippa Boyes for a number of years, and together with a great team we saw the fantastic Multi-Purpose Sports Surface Project to fruition. I love to see things happen for the better within the school environment, and I enjoy being part of a dynamic team that makes a difference to our school and local community.

I have lived, schooled and worked in the local area all my life. Have been a member of various local sporting clubs for over 35 years, and been competitively running both nationally and internationally for 30 years. I started playing football 4 years ago when my children began. I have been coaching a junior girls’ team since 2015 and in doing so have developed a passion to grow girl’s football. I am now secretary for the Bucklands Beach Football Club.

In my work life, I worked for 8 years at a local printers in Pakuranga, and then in 2001 started my own Graphic Design and Print Brokering business. I am very fortunate to have picked up a very diverse set of skills throughout my endeavours in the business, sporting, community and project management worlds.

Claudette WeirElected June 2016
My daughter is currently in Year 4 at BBPS.

Education and learning are areas I feel very passionate about. I teach science and chemistry at Saint Kentigern College. Prior to returning to the classroom, I was involved in teacher education at the University of Auckland, working with science teachers to improve the educational outcomes for all learners. My background before entering education was as a Research Scientist. I obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Auckland and have worked as a Scientist at the University of Alberta, Canada, and the University of Auckland.

These roles have given me a detailed understanding of the education system and how schools function. My Board portfolio is Planning and Review. This portfolio ensures the Board meets its responsibilities for strategic review and planning and this encompasses the schools charter/strategic plan and school policies.

I am committed to ensuring that each and every one of our children achieves to their highest potential at BBPS.

Theodora DespotakiDeputy Chairperson - Elected June 2016
My name is Theodora Despotaki and I am a mother of two children at Bucklands Beach Primary School. Alexander is in Yr5 and Stella is in Yr4. My husband and I moved into the Bucklands Beach area a couple of years ago for what was supposed to be a short amount of time while we built a new home on a rural block in Whitford. What we did not expect was to fall in love with the area and its sense of community. So needless to say, we are now here to stay.

I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and as a registered Clinical Psychologist, started my career working with at risk youth. Following on from that, I worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist for the Counties Manukau DHB. I have spent the past 10 years developing mental health services for CMDHB and NGO sector. My position at of 1 July, 2015 will be as the GM Communications and Engagement for the largest NGO Mental Health, Addictions and Social Housing provider in the country. My role serves as an advisor to the CEO and is the conduit between the Executive and Board. Much of my time is (and will be) spent working in the space between Governance and Management so I have a very good understanding of the complexities and differences that exist.
I am a member of the Institute of Directors and have completed the Governance Essentials Training courses that they offer which spans finance, audit & risk, health & safety and leadership skills. I am the current Chair of the Mission Heights Primary School Board which has been a valuable way of putting all of my knowledge and learning into practice. I see the role of the school board being to provide direction and support to the Principal and her management team.

I am committed to seeing our children develop into great citizens: citizens who make valuable contributions to our communities, our city and our nation. Success at school depends on an effective partnership between school and parents but success at school is not just about academic records and sporting achievements. It is also about developing a love of learning, about forming strong lasting friendships, about developing strength of character and about excelling in all that we do.

I would like to see BBPS continue to be an example in affirming cultural diversity, one that reflects and positively impacts the future of Auckland. I would like our school to foster a culture of excellence where our pupils feel encouraged and inspired to pursue their individual passions and to develop skills in every area of their lives. BBPS is a great school and provides an excellent platform for all of our children to continue on their life journey.

Victoria WuBoard Member
Hi, I’m Victoria Wu. My family moved to Bucklands Beach six years ago. We love this community. I have two kids. My daughter graduated from BBPS two years ago and my son is currently in Year 4.

I have worked with our school families and have participated in the school PTA and culture events for the past six years.

My background is accounting. I worked as an accountant for 10 years and also have experience running my own business. I am currently working in the Uxbridge Arts & Culture centre in Howick. My working role gives me the chance meeting people and access to the Arts and Culture sector. I am looking forward to continuing using my knowledge to benefit our school.

I like dance, I practice Tai Chi and go to GYM regularly.

Carole CromptonStaff Representative - Re-elected June 2016
Higher Diploma of Teaching
Post Graduate Certificate of Applied Practice in Digital and Collaborative Learning.

I have been Deputy Principal at B.B.P.S. for several years. Prior to this I was Associate Principal at another Auckland school and have also taught at a number of schools in New Zealand and the U.K. I have taught at all school levels.

I am very lucky to be in a role that continues to inspire, challenge and consume me! We are in a great community with fantastic students and supportive, involved parents. There are always opportunities to grow in teaching, and I have been fortunate enough to work in schools where innovation and creativity are valued and encouraged alongside traditional values and relationships.

I am continually amazed by students’ thinking and love to see the spark and excitement of discovery in their learning. I believe all students deserve the best education, and that the enriched curriculum at BBPS provides challenge, diversity and lots to interest and enthuse our students. A significant part of my role is pastoral care and helping students get the support they need to meet their individual needs.

My own family have a wide range of interests and passions as well, which means I am fortunate enough to be involved in an exciting and inspiring life!

Diana HaxtonBoard Member
Hi, my name is Diana Haxton. My twins, Florence and Charlie, are currently enjoying Year 1 at Bucklands Beach Primary School. My family and I recently returned to New Zealand after a 10 year ‘working holiday’ in the United Kingdom where I grew both my career and my spirit of adventure. On our return to New Zealand, we chose to settle in Bucklands Beach for the community, environment and facilities it offers our family – one of which is our fantastic school.

I am invested in learning not only from a personal perspective (as a mother of school age children) but also in my career. I studied Human Resources and Psychology and have worked in generalist Human Resources roles both here and in London. My current role as Learning Innovation Manager at Fonterra sits within a future focused team where we grapple with what the future of learning will look like and what capabilities we need to build in order to thrive in the face of disruption. My team and I embrace innovation, technology and agile ways of working to ensure our people have an excellent learning experience and deliver greater value for Fonterra.

I am genuinely excited to bring the various skills I’ve learnt during my career to the school board of trustees and to contributing to the future of our community through our kids’ education.

Kelly Slater-BrownPrincipal
B.Ed, Diploma of Teaching, Master of Education
I am enjoying my second year at BBPS. Prior to this I was at the University of Auckland, Centre for Educational Leadership after winning a scholarship, and DP at Stanley Bay School in Devonport. I’ve swapped one peninsular for another, and enjoy catching the ferry between the two. Prior to that I’ve taught in New Zealand and the UK, from nursery to intermediate. I grew up in Howick, so am very familiar with our local area.

I am very much enjoying working with such a culturally diverse community. Students are BBPS are so enthusiastic, ready to learn, and are well supported from home. Our committed staff go the extra mile to provide such a wonderful range of opportunities. We are also lucky to have such a dedicated and hardworking board, with a range of essential skills to drive the school forward. What a great combination.

We are at the beginning of positive change for education, to reflect what our 21st century employers are looking for. It is an exciting time to be in education, and a challenging time as the traditional education model evolves. I’m excited to be a part of leading this.

My husband is also a teacher, and we have three lovely children. We love the beach and equally embracing all our vibrant city has to offer.