2019 Common Election results
For 5 parent representatives
info Alphabetical order
We therefore declare the following duly elected:
Mrs Caroline Elkington, Mrs Joanne Margaret Hall, Mr Simon King, Mr Geoff Mclennan and Mr Curtis James Mitchell.
Meet your representatives
My name is Caroline Elkington. I am married to Dave and we have 3 children, Caitlin 9, Nicholas 6, & Holly 3. I am a Business Analyst who has worked in a range of sectors over the years however am currently primarily focused on our kids. I joined the Board of Trustees in Term 3 after Caitlin started at Belfast School and find the role informative and rewarding. It has been a real privilege to be on the Belfast Board and I will do my best to continue to contribute to the wellbeing & achievement of the school, our students and the Belfast Community.
I am a teacher with over 20 years experience having taught both here and overseas. Currently I am on a one year sabbatical having won a study award. I usually teach in a school for children with special needs. I am currently a parent liaison and on the general committee at Christchurch School of Gymnastics.. As a teacher I have a lot of experience and knowledge of the New Zealand curriculum and policies and am part of a school that is currently involved in rebuilding over several sites. I am also a parent of a child Belfast school and believe that combining my knowledge of teaching and being a parent would make me a worthwhile representative on the Board of Trustees.
My name is Geoff McLennan and I am standing for the Belfast School Board (Profile Number 3292). I am a sales professional with a fuel distribution company where I have worked for 10 years. Prior to this my career has been in transport management roles.
I am married to Heather and have two daughters who are 15 and 10. We have lived in the Belfast community for the past nine years and I have a real interest in and passion for the community, being involved with both the Belfast Rugby Club and Belfast Community Network.
I possess skills in negotiation, project management, marketing, strategy and sales.
Our recent involvement in fostering children has drawn my wife and I to Belfast School over the last couple of years and we are proud to be involved in this school and community.
My name is Curtis Mitchell and I am standing for the Belfast School Board. My wife Aleisha and I have two children at Belfast School, with Harper in Year 4 and Oscar in Year 1. Boston, our youngest son will also be starting at Belfast School early next year.
I believe that a great education starts with the staff. This means being aware of their objectives, needs. Therefore providing the teachers with the right environment, tools and support to ensure that our children’s experience of primary school, as the fundamental foundations of our children’s education, is the absolute best it can be. We feel very privileged to have such a great local school with supportive and attentive staff with a great community feel. We are extremely lucky to have such a great local school with its fantastic culture, staff and community. The outstanding academic, sporting and cultural opportunities open to our kids is a real credit to the staff and management. Quality education sets our kids up for life.
I would like to see the school continue to grow with the challenges of the changing community environment and the ever-evolving technology expectations. The proposed expansion of the school to a second campus presents an exciting opportunity for all Belfast students and future generations.
Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with first class honours. I currently work for Ōtākaro Limited as the Chief Financial Officer. On behalf of the Crown, Ōtākaro are responsible for delivering a significant number of the earthquake recovery anchor projects within the Christchurch CBD. Some of the projects include Te Pae the Christchurch Convention Centre, Metro Sports Facility and the National Earthquake Memorial.
The nature of my work involves working with corporate boards, executives, government officials in establishing policies, strategies and protocols. In my role, I have extensive experience in managing workplace relationships. I provide strategic advice on strong financial management, project and Board governance, team leadership and thrive on always being approachable. Previously, I have held committee roles in various charitable organisations. I love working with people to get positive things done.
If I were elected to the Board of Trustees I would leverage off these skills. I believe I can assist to ensure the good governance of the school, navigate any challenges and ensure a strong partnership is in place between parents and the school.