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 TurnerDeputy Chairperson - Re-Elected June 2019
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 College. Both of our children are currently at BBPS.

I have worked in a number of different sectors, running my own businesses and holding senior positions with Air NZ, the Bank of 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 currently work for Z Energy as the Head of Customer, leading a team focused on helping Z better understand it customers so it can create the best possible experiences for them. Outside of family and work I’m a keen cyclist and you will often find me out on the local roads or heading off to a MTB track somewhere.

Henry ChiangElected June 2019
I am of Asian descent, as you can see from my family name, and more specifically, I am from Taiwan. I have been here in New Zealand for twenty five years and during this time I lived and worked in all four of the main cities of Aotearoa.

Christchurch was the first city I lived in when I arrived as a teenager. I was the first in my family to arrive on the shores of New Zealand. The garden city was where I spent my college years learning the Kiwi way of life.

I later on completed my BSc in Microbiology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, and most importantly it was where I met my wife of more than eleven years.

Wellington was where I spent three and a half years as a science researcher. It was also the city that given me the appreciation of New Zealand’s arts and culture.

Now I call Auckland home and has resided in the Bucklands Beach area for the past thirteen years. I own and manage a dental practice in the growing Flat Bush area, where my wife is the principle dentist.

My interest in property has led me to invest in properties over the years, and two years ago it prompted me to venture into the real estate industry as a salesperson in a well-known real estate company as my second career.

Like most parents in this day and age, my wife and I lead a fairly busy lifestyle. My daughter is currently a first year student in Bucklands Beach Primary and I understand the tasks we as parents face every day in balancing between our professional and family life. Spending time with our children and providing them the best we can offer is paramount. I hope being on the board of trustee I am able to constructively contribute towards paving the right path for our next generation. My background in research, business, sales and marketing; along with my life experience and the understanding of both eastern and western cultures will allow me to bring unique prospective and valuable skill sets to the table.

Grant LoweElected June 2019
My name is Grant and I am the proud father of two young girls at BBPS, Lottie (Year 2) and Genevieve (Year 1).  

Over the past 18 months since Lottie started school I have been very impressed with the sense of community fostered through the various school activities and PTA events and with the professional way the school is run by such dedicated teaching and support staff.  

I grew up in Hawkes Bay, then studied Engineering in Auckland before moving abroad with my now wife, Hayley.  We spent a year in Taiwan where we both worked as English language teachers and then moved to the UK where we lived for nine years.  During our time in London I worked as a structural engineer, designing bridges and buildings before moving into project management of some large scale public sector infrastructure projects, most notably for the London 2012 Olympics.  

Since our return to NZ in 2013 I have worked in the financial services industry in the Corporate Finance team at KPMG and now at FNZC where I work in the Equities Research Team as a Financial Analyst.In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym, watching sport, running and playing golf.

Claudette WeirRe-Elected June 2019
My daughter is currently in Year 5 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.

Carole CromptonStaff Representative - Re-elected June 2019
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 HaxtonChairperson - Elected June 2019
Hi, my name is Diana Haxton. My twins, Florence and Charlie, are flourishing and thoroughly enjoying their time at Bucklands Beach Primary School. My children spent their pre-school years in the United Kingdom where my husband and I spent a 10 year ‘working holiday’ whilst growing both our careers and our spirit of adventure. On return to New Zealand in 2016, 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 at Massey University and have worked in generalist Human Resources and Organisational Development roles both here and in the United Kingdom. My current role as Senior Manager – Leadership and Talent at Westpac New Zealand has responsibility for growing leadership capability and talent pipelines for now and the future. My team and I embrace innovation, technology and new ways of working to ensure we deliver an excellent development experience for our people and greater value for the bank.

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