Meet The Board
Elected every three years, the school's Board of Trustees is a governance body that comprises seven parent/community trustees together with the Principal and one Staff Trustee.
The Board is entrusted to work on behalf of the children who attend the school. Its role emphasises strategic leadership rather than administrative detail and ensures that the school complies with legal and policy requirements. The primary focus of the Board of Trustees, Principal and staff is to ensure the very best educational outcomes for all children attending Mt Eden Normal Primary School.
Board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm in the staffroom.
The meetings are open to the public and our parent community are welcome to attend.
Josie easingwood, Trustee
I became a MENPS parent in 2018 when our oldest daughter started in Year 0 and I was elected to the Board in 2019. Our youngest daughter looks forward to joining MENPS in 2020 and my husband is a teacher at AGS.
I have worked in Financial Services my entire career (majority of it in London) and currently work in Compliance. I stepped down as Chairperson of the Epsom Community Creche in 2019.
In my opinion our education system is close to crisis. One way we can help insulate our MENPS children from this, is to support our Principal to continue to attract and retain great teachers. It is only through having awesome, happy, and inspirational teachers, that we can meet our philosophy of having a school filled with children who are wide-eyed and enthusiastic about learning.
I look forward to working with a great team to build on the existing MENPS governance platform and strategic direction.
MATHEW GRIBBEN, Trustee
I was born and raised in Auckland and have lived in Mount Eden for most of the past 8 years. My two sons are in Years 1 and 4 at MENPS and I've been part of the school community for a number of years. I've seen how much they enjoy MENPS and what a great school it is.
I want every student to have the best opportunity to develop a life-long love of learning along with the resilience and social skills to succeed throughout life. I believe in the philosophy and approach of MENPS and would like to help that direction continue into the future.
I am a lawyer in a large commercial law firm specialising in resource management, planning and environmental law. I primarily work for local councils, government departments and private companies helping them prepare policy documents and gain planning approvals for projects including new roads, commercial buildings and houses. I was part of the team that helped the Auckland Council prepare the Auckland Unitary Plan including the planning rules that apply to schools.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, watching sport and staying fit at the gym.
Alan Jackson, Principal & Trustee
I joined Mt Eden Normal Primary School as Principal in 2018, having taught in New Zealand and overseas, and worked in educational leadership for a number of years.
I have a passion for teaching and learning that inspires and engages young minds, and am commited to ensuring the school's strategic direction helps to achieve this.
I have 2 boys of Primary School age, and feel privileged to join the Mt Eden learning community.
In my role as a trustee, I offer strategic education insight to the Board, in addition to serving as the Board's CEO in relation to all aspects of operational life at school.
Fleur Longley, chairperson
I am Fleur Longley, I am currently in my second term as a parent trustee and currently Chairperson of the board. I have two children who have attended and loved MENPS, the youngest one currently in Year 5.
My tenure has included assisting n the strategic direction, recruitment of a new principal response to Ministry proposed changes and delivery of Board communications.
I feel the passion and dedication displayed by our Leadership, teaching and support staff makes MENPS a fabulous place for our children to learn.
My involvement in the school has previously included assisting and leadership of PTA fundraising. I enjoy the collaborative approach of all interested parties involved with our school.
My career background is sales. marketing and account management with a strong emphasis on customer solutions and client servicing. My current role is assisting NZ companies increase their Leadership and Management capabilities at IMNZ. (NZ Institute of Management)
Our school is a very special place, it is a privilege to work with other like minded trustees to continue providing good quality governance for MENPS.
richard pook, trustee
I have three daughters, two of whom are at the school in Year 6 and Year 3.
Our family is thoroughly enjoying being part of life at MENPS; we love the positive and supportive environment as well as the passion and commitment shown by its teachers and support staff.
I'm an accountant by profession, with broad experience in financial and commercial leadership roles in technology and media businesses both in Europe and New Zealand. I was elected as a trustee in 2019, having been co-opted onto the board during 2018.
I'm passionate about seeing MENPS succeed and inspiring a lifelong love of learning for all its children. Working alongside my fellow board members, I'm committed to making a positive contribution to the strategy and future direction of the school.
james powell, trustee
I was elected to the MENPS board in 2019. I have one son, Caleb, in Year 3 and my other son, Charlie, is due to start MENPS late in 2019.
My background is in the engineering industry, specialising in the project management of construction projects. I am also keen to work with the BOT in supporting our teachers.
I value the culture and direction of MENPS and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the governance of the school to ensure our children get the best start in life ahead of them.
ANNETTE QUESADO, TRUSTEE
I am a parent trustee, elected to the Board in 2019. I currently have 2 children at the school (in years 2 and 3), with my youngest set to join in 2020. As someone who was relatively new to Mt Eden when my eldest started school, I have been grateful for the sense of community and friendship the school offers.
I'm a lawyer by profession, and currently work in the financial services sector advising on large strategic projects including corporate partnerships, technology, procurement and marketing. I am also heavily involved in governance and corporate board issues.
MENPS is a wonderful school, with inspired teachers and genuinely curious and engaged children. I am proud to be part of a Board of Trustees that values collaboration and quality governance. I am committed to building on the school's solid strategic foundations and core values to ensure it continues to offer the best educational outcomes for its students for years to come.
Murray Streets, Deputy Chair
I started my professional career in the UK as a secondary school teacher before moving into advertising and finding my way to New Zealand.
My three daughters attend MENPS and I have been a trustee since being elected in 2016. Before that I shadowed the Board for a year and was co-opted onto it.
I love the philosophy of MENPS and the amazing leadership, teaching and support staff that all work so hard to create a rich learning environment for our children.
The school is a unique community and I’m committed to providing governance that sets up our kids with a passion for lifelong learning.
BRAD MCMAHON, STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
I am Brad McMahon, often referred to as Mr Mac by many, and I was elected to the Board in 2019 as the staff trustee. I currently teach Year 6 at MENPS.
Born in Auckland, I have managed to achieve a Bachelor of Commerce before furthering my studies with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. I have always had a passion for education and have thoroughly enjoyed developing into the teacher I am today while at MENPS. I aim to make sure every child that walks through my classroom door is excited, engaged and self-aware of their learning.
I thrive off challenges and look forward to contributing as the staff-elected trustee on the Board.