Board of Trustees Members 2019

Paul Matthews: Chairperson. Portfolio: Strategic Partnerships

Email address: paul@paulmatthews.co.nz

Qualifications: Executive MBA, Bachelor of Science, Chartered IT Professional NZ

Employment: Chief Executive at Institute of IT Professionals NZ Inc

Family: I am married to long-suffering Lisa, who is also involved in school activities through the Home and School Committee. We have three girls including Erin (Year 4 at Maungaraki), Annah (Year 1) and Rowan (up at the Kindy) and have been settled in Maungaraki for around 8 years, less a short stint in Whitby.

Background: I have a technology, management and entrepreneurial background. I originally sprang from down south where I founded and built the largest locally-owned general IT company in Dunedin before moving "up north" 8 years ago, to take on my current role running the professional body for those working in IT in New Zealand.

I chair or sit on several commercial and not-for-profit boards at local and national levels and have overseen a number of sector-changing projects in the technology and education areas (for example, chairing the NZQA/IITP steering group reviewing, and subsequent replacing, all sub-degree IT-related qualifications in New Zealand, and the government's Digital Technologies Expert Panel which reformed the Digital Technologies curriculum at secondary school level).

Interests: What time I have left after a young family, a demanding role, and a number of other appointments is spent tramping and hiking through our incredible bush and back-country.

Why did I stand: I think it's the responsibility of everyone in a community to contribute in whatever way they can to their community and school. I have good experience in education and governance and believe I can make a positive contribution by serving on the Maungaraki School Board of Trustees. I want to see our school succeed and along with the rest of the team, will pull out all stops to ensure that happens.


Shane Robinson: Principal

Email Address:  principal@maungarakischool.net



Chris Cowman: Staff Representative

Email address:  chris.cowman@maungarakischool.net

Employment: Teacher in the Lab at Maungaraki School

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce & Administration, Bachelor of Tourism, Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Family: I am married to Annmarie, we have a young son Fraser and spoilt tabby cat Mocha.

Interests: I am sports mad and love watching and playing sport, particularly football, cricket & golf, much to my wife's frustration!  I'm a loyal Arsenal supporter and enjoy the friendly chats with the Maungaraki kids that also love football.  I also enjoy creative cooking and travelling, but the little guy has currently put the brakes on these for a while.

Reason for standing: I enjoy being part of the Maungaraki community.  I feel passionate about helping the students of Maungaraki School succeed through creating a positive, engaging and fun learning environment that fosters progress and achievement.  The staff of Maungaraki are pivotal to student success and I am committed to ensure their views are considered.  I am enthusiatic and motivated to make a difference for Maungaraki students


Kaylee Gibbs: Finance Portfolio

Email address:  kayleenz@hotmail.com

Qualifications: Diploma of Business studies (Finance Major), Post graduate Dip Business Administration, endorsed in Marketing.

Family: I am married to Simon and have two children, Jacob in Year 4 and Hannah in Year 1 at Maungaraki School.

Interests:  We have been on the hill for 7 years now and I love the community here!  As well as family life, I love the outdoors, especially our local bushwalks, and am one of the Benedict's café team .  I enjoy having the opportunity to  connect with the wider community and the team through their mission there.  I am also a member of the local Baptist Community Church.

Reason for standing: I value the opportunity to contribute my skills and experience in helping to make our school the best for our children to equip them with a great start in life.  Student achievement and our children's strong emotional and physical development is a high priority.  One of the areas of significant experience I bring to the Board of Trustees is in the area of Finance and Organisational Development.  It is as a privilege to partner with the school as a parent and a proud member of the Maungaraki community.


Lizzie Briscoe


Wayne Church


Megan Hurley

Qualifications: PG Dip Bus Stud (Marketing); BBS (Marketing); Dip Bus Stud (Tourism & Management)

Employment: I’ve been the Business Development Manager at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, a leading national commercial law firm, for 12 years. In this role I develop business and client strategies, design marketing and client communications and work alongside the partnership to build strong, trusted client relationships.

Over the years, in addition to my paid employment, I’ve held a number of community roles, including a stint on the Western Hills Toy Library committee. I have also had the privilege of leading teams, working alongside charities including the Child Cancer Foundation, Te Omanga Hospice, and KidsCan, to organise community and fundraising events.

Family: I am married to Mike and we have two girls… Casey (Year 6) and Aimee (Year 3). We also have four cats… Bostik, Patches, Nimbus and Comet. Yes… we are a crazy cat family who likes Harry Potter.

Interests: Casey and Aimee’s interests are really Mike and my interests these days, particularly their love of sport (all sorts). I’m an avid reader of all sorts of things… articles, research, blogs… I really enjoy following a story or idea. I also like to sneak a bit of time to take on a DIY project, usually furniture renovation or upcycling.

Reason for standing: We’ve lived in Maungaraki for 12 years now. I really love our school and community and the children at the heart of it. I’d value the opportunity to use my skills and experience to make a positive contribution as a member of the Board of Trustees. I’m passionate about building strong connections between home, school and community, and the importance of open communication and collaboration. For the last six months I’ve been a co-opted member of the Board of Trustees. I’d like to help provide leadership and support at the strategic level to the Board and Management so we can keep the best of the past while making sure we’re proactive and ready for the changing world our children will face. I think it is important we do this while staying true to our school’s strong inclusive culture and sense of pride in our community.


Julie McDonald