The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BOT) at Long Bay College welcomes you to our school and community. We are very proud of our college, our dedicated staff and our amazing students.

Board Members

Derek Blank
Wendy Ellis
Fusipongi Magill
Steve Piner
Grant Stott
Tipene Tahana
Katherine Woollard
CJ Healey (Principal)
Kristen Evans (Staff Representative)
Gauri Ramesh (Student Representative 2023/24)

Please contact the Board Secretary with any initial queries: Melinda Hobman, phone 09 477 9009 ext 824 or email [email protected]

Long Bay College follows NZSTA guidelines for public attendance at Board meetings:

C1.1 Public Attending Board Meetings

2024 Board Meeting Dates

Term 1: 
13 February
26 March

Term 2:
14 May
25 June

Term 3:
6 August
17 September

Term 4:
29 October
10 December

The Long Bay College Strategy

About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees role

The Board of Trustees has a governance role and is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction and ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

The Chairperson’s role

The Chairperson is a Board member like all the other trustees however the role involves a greater level of commitment. The Chairperson is also the individual who will liaise with outside organisations, give the end of the year speeches and front any significant issues at the school. The Chairperson needs to lead the Board, chair the meetings and organise the annual Principal Appraisal.

Time requirements

Board meetings are held in week 3 and week 9 of each term.

Skill requirements

  • Communication skills – At Board level you are required to communicate your thoughts and ideas to the Board. You need to have the ability to work within a group and to work with other individuals on the Board.
  • Governance – A need to understand the difference between governance and management. The Board needs to be able to see the “bigger picture” and be forward thinking.
  • Finance and Business – It is not essential that every Board member has these skills. The Board needs to have some members with these attributes however we also need to have members who have other life skills and expertise to bring to the Board. The school financial statements are managed and presented monthly by the Business Manager/Executive Officer.

Appointment of staff

The Board is required to appoint the Principal. All other appointments are the responsibility of the Principal.

Board election

The Board of Trustees must hold elections for parents and staff trustees every three years (triennial election). Within a Board’s term, casual vacancies can arise so if you wish to express your interest, should this arise, please do not hesitate to contact the Board Secretary, Melinda Hobman, email: [email protected].

Student Representative Election

Year 9 to 12 students are eligible for the election to Student Representative for a one-year term on the Board of Trustees. Student elections generally take place around August/September of each year. The elected student will represent the student perspective in board meetings. The candidate’s ideal skill set includes the ability to communicate well, think critically and work effectively in a team.

Do I need to have a child at the school?

One does not need to have a child at the school to be a Board member. Community members are welcome on the Board.

Public Attendance

Our meetings are open for public attendance, however they are not public meetings. Speaking rights must be requested from the Chairperson. If you wish to attend a meeting, please email the Board Secretary, Melinda Hobman, email: [email protected].

C1.1 Public Attending Board Meetings


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