Board of Trustees

The school is governed by the Board of Trustees, which sets the strategic direction for the School, and ensures compliance with legal and policy requirements.

2019 School Board of Trustee Elections

In May nominations will be called to become members of the Board of Trustees.

Key dates are as follows:

By Friday 10th May               
Nomination forms will be posted to all persons on the school’s caregiver roll.

Friday 24th May                   
NOMINATIONS CLOSE – 24th May at noon. An election will then be held if the number of nominations exceed vacancies.

For our school the number of  parent vacancies is 7.

Wednesday 29th May            
Voting papers will be sent by post to all on the school caregiver roll.

Friday 7th June                      
Voting closes at 12 noon.

Thursday 13th June              
Votes are counted and our School advised of the results.

Friday 14th June                   
New Board takes office

The Board of Trustees comprises a group of elected and co-opted parent and community representatives, an elected staff representative, an elected student representative, and the principal. We are very fortunate that our Trustees bring a wide range of professional and life skills to their governance role. 

Mr Philip Bradley - Trustee

My wife and I are parents to three daughters, Rebekah, Summer and Georgia who cover the spectrum of student life at Epsom Girls; two have finished Year 13 in 2015 and 2018 respectively, while the youngest continues in Year 11. I count it a privilege to serve the school community with a background that includes teaching, architecture and business. I have a strong interest in the role parents as partners in education and on school/community engagement.

Mr Paul Gestro - Trustee

Its been a privilege to serve as a Trustee since 2015. My career has been in international business and finance so it has been beneficial sitting on the Property & Finance sub committee to assist with current demands and the complexity of what the future at EGGS brings.

Growing up with both parents as teachers allowed me to observe the passion and appreciate the complexities of administrating schools which has played out in my time as a board member.

With a graduate and current daughter at EGGS I am excited to enable the school to achieve its goals and help create a supportive school environment for staff and our young women to become leaders.

Ms Julie Goodyer - Trustee

I am a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. I attended EGGS in the 1970s and my two daughters attended EGGS from 2009 - 2013.

I am the Treasurer of the EGGS Old Girls Association and I was President from 2010 - 2014.

I chair the Board of Trustees’ Epsom House Committee and am also on the Finance and Property, and Curriculum sub committees.

Ms Rachel Heeney – Staff representative

I have been teaching biology and science at Epsom Girls for the past 20 years. Needlesstosay I love it here and during my time here I have been involved with rowing, underwater hockey, organising trips to Vanuatu and Samoa as well as being on various committees over the years. I have co-written textbooks and helped deliver biology professional development to biology teachers throughout NZ. 

I had thought about how I could contribute to the wider school and in 2015 become the staff representative on the Board. I am certainly impressed by the Board here at EGGS and can see the school from a different angle. We have a fabulous caring and innovative staff here, terrific students and a great management team - I hope my daughter who is now only 11 would like to come here for her education too.

Mr Chris Iles – Chairperson

I am the current Chair of the EGGS Board of Trustees. Both of my daughters are now EGGS Old Girls with Sophie leaving last year. They both loved their EGGS experience and are now enjoying life as University Students in Wellington.

EGGS continues to be a high performing educational institution and as a board we are extremely proud of the achievements of all the EGGS students. A high performing culture is not possible without a dedicated team focused on continually driving and aspiring to deliver an all-round quality educational experience. The ERO report from 2018 further highlighted the high quality of education both inside and outside the classroom.

As a board we need to ensure the school has all at its disposal to continue to push boundaries and strive to continually outperform our expectations. There are a number of key property projects on our masterplan designed to enhance the educational experience and will require the support of our wide community network to realise these ambitious projects. 

EGGS is also very fortunate to have a very strong skill set amongst the current trustees and it has also made me appreciate the passion, pride and dedication from all whom strive to make EGGS the successful school it is.

Mrs Lorraine Pound – Principal

Ms Lynley Banbury-Sheweiry – Deputy Chairperson 

My daughter Rachael left EGGS in 2016 and is at Auckland University with her two brothers. I enjoyed being Chairperson of ENPS PTA for 10 years and of ANI PTA for 5. During this time I was also a BOT member at both schools and for 8 years on the AGS Gala Dinner Committee and a helper at the AGS Art Auction.

I have been on the EGGS BOT for 8 years, Chair of the Personnel Committee, a member of the Enrolment and Curriculum committees, Foundation Trustee, on the Capital Campaign Committee, the Arts Council, previously on the Centenary Committee, Past President and member of the PTA and Co-President of EGGS Old Girls Association.

For the past 6 years I have been the Treasurer and Secretary for Aorere College Foundation Trust and in late 2015 I was asked to be involved with the interview process for the Auckland Central Community of Schools which is ongoing.

EGGS is a fantastic school that nurtures and educates our girls and embraces the entire school community, which my daughter now as an Old Girl and I, feel very privileged to be a part of.

Ms Kate Smith - Trustee

My daughter Chloe is in Year 13 at EGGS and I am an old girl of EGGS finishing my 7th form in 1991. I am proud to be an elected Board member and to represent the interests of the entire school community. I am currently on the Personnel Committee and chairperson of the Enrolment Committee.

I have been in the NZ Police for nearly 23 years and am currently a Detective Sergeant, for the North Island, training new detectives. I am a facilitator for the Police High Performance Framework and am a firm believer that leadership and performance are the basis for a strong career in whatever vocation our kids choose to follow in their adult lives.  I continue to amass varied and unusual skills that I bring to the EGGS Board.

I am a great believer in empowering young people to make the right decisions to help them grow into the people they want to become. I am thrilled to be able to give-back to the school that gave me the opportunities and support to strive for high performance in all aspects of life.

Mr Andrew Stevens – Trustee

My background and professional qualifications are in civil engineering and business management. In my day job I run a group of companies in manufacturing, building materials and engineering construction.

I am on the Board of Trustees and Chair the Finance & Property Committee. In addition to the governance aspects, I serve the school with practical advice about the management of property assets. I  have sent all three daughters to EGGS; the two youngest are currently in years 11 and 13.

Ms Tanya Williams - Pasifika Representative

Talofa Lava, my name is Tanya Williams. I am Samoan/European. I have a legal background, mainly in Family Law and Employment Law. My daughter Ashleigh finished at EGGS in 2018 and is currently studying at Auckland University.

I feel very privileged to serve on the EGGS BoT as a Pasifika Representative and also the Curriculum Committee.

Ms Kiri Turketo - Whanau Representative

Kia Ora my name is Kiri Turketo and I am the Māori whānau rep for the Board of Trustees.

I am a secondary school teacher and have two girls currently at EGGS. I am proactive in my community and have served on several BOTs. I welcome any and all parents who may be thinking of serving on the EGGS BOT.

Mr Charles Aiolupotea - Pasifika Representative

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

The above quote resonates the importance of our role as parents in general to our children’s lives as they grow. It starts from home. 

I have been a member of EGGS Board of Trustees since 2017 as a Pasefika Parent Representative. My eldest daughter, Chardel-Estee LeValasiSo’oa’emalelagi Aiolupotea was a student and loved every moment of it since Year 9.

I am a strong advocate for the Pasefika community in Samoan Churches, especially the newly migrants from all the Pacific Islands. I have seen various challenges that some Pasefika families face in their everyday lives in New Zealand. The struggle in trying to acclimate to systems and processes in NZ for the newcomers. The painful journey in trying to make ends meet. The solution is clear in breaking those barriers. Education, and a whole lot of it.

It starts with our children. They are the future. #GoEGGS

Miss Promise Akindeju - Student Representative

My name is Promise Akindeju, albeit a plethora of Epsom Girls’ Grammar students know me as “the girl who did the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ parody rap for her student representative speech in front of the school”. However, when I’m not exercising my “cool” rapping abilities, I am a year twelve student at Epsom Girls Grammar School.

Late last year, after my hard work and dedication towards receiving this role, I was elected by my peers to be the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees at EGGS.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of an amalgamation of trustees with various specific roles. Together we unite and use our viewpoints to further improve the school, maintain the school’s high standard of learning, enhance student achievement. Specifically, my goal is to use this great opportunity to make my school an even better learning environment by being the bridge between the student body, and the important people who shape the way the school is run (i.e. provide student insight).

EGGS has already exceeded 100 years at this school, and within this time, student achievement has been exceptional. As both a board trustee and a student, I can’t wait to see how the auspicious future that Epsom holds, pans out.

Mrs Lisa Strachan - Board of Trustees Secretary