BOARD OF TRUSTEES
What is governance and what do Board members do?
Board members are elected to act on behalf of the school’s community to ensure that the school continuously improves student progress and achievement. Board work is primarily about governance of the school. Governance involves setting strategic direction through our vision, core values and strategic goals. Core work of the board includes setting targets and tracking student progress. This also includes regular review of curriculum areas. The board monitors financial expenditure of the school and sets a yearly budget. We also establish long term property plans and prioritize property projects with allocated funds.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the school complies with all legal directives made by the government and the Ministry of Education. This is done by ensuring we have robust policies and procedures in place. There is a clearly documented line between board work and management work. Boards of trustees govern (oversee management) and principals manage the school. It is not the role of the Board of Trustees to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, this is the responsibility of the principal and the school staff.
The Board is proactive rather than reactive in its operations and decision making. To do this the Board needs to be focused on the future, where the school is going, and where the school has been to inform decisions for the future.
Who are our Board of Trustees?
Simone Moors is an experienced business leader who is passionate about growing young people in New Zealand. Simone’s career started over two decades ago in broadcasting in New Zealand before she moved to London and worked in financial services. For the last 16 years Simone has held senior leadership positions in telecommunications and IT across the globe in Germany, UK, USA and New Zealand. She has an MBA from Auckland University and is now a full-time Director and Consultant. She is a former pupil of the school and her children are the 4th generation of the family to attend Taupaki School.
John Knight is serving his 3rd Term on Board being his desire to do something that gives back to the community that his family calls home. He and Helene have three children, two still at Taupaki, and are passionate about supporting the school as a rural centre of learning for the community at large. His background is a mixture of Telco, Builders Merchants, Broadcasting, Banking, Local Government and Insurance; he currently specialises in leading digital transformation programmes.
Gail McIntyre: My husband Graham and I have been actively involved in the Taupaki community through our boys’ sports teams, community events and the PTA. I will continue to build on the work of the previous Board to ensure a high quality of education at Taupaki is maintained by supporting the principal, senior management and teachers with the resources they need to achieve this goal.
Tanya Carter lives locally with her family and loves supporting students and teachers as a Teacher Aide and parent helper at Taupaki School. She uses her experience in Mental Health Nursing as well as Tertiary, Early Childhood, ESOL and Special Needs teaching to creatively assist children with their social skills and learning.
Tracey Pacheco is a parent, educator, facilitator, life-long Spanish learner and keen traveller. She strongly believes in the idea that school is a place to develop a passion for learning and ignite the interests of our future leaders, therefore students will be kept at the centre of the board work she conducts.
Other Board members:
Pete Hall (Principal)
Emma Davis (staff rep)