Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the School. There are five members elected by the parents, one elected by the staff and one by the students, as well as three co-opted members.
Meeting Schedule 2017
DATES OF BOARD MEETINGS 2017 (5.30pm start)
- February – Monday 20th
- March – Monday 27th
- May – Monday 29th
- June – Monday 26th
- July – Monday 24th
- August – Monday 28th
- September – Monday 25th
- October – Tuesday 24th
- November – Monday 27th
- December - TBC
Meet the Board of Trustees:
Marjet Pot has been on the BoT since 2004 and has been Chairperson since 2007. She is married to Bruce and they have 3 sons who have attended MRGS.She works at Auckland District Health Board in a senior manager role where she manages a team who work to improve the quality of care at ADHB. She also has qualifications in education and as a medical laboratory technologist.
She enjoys the challenge of working with the committed Board members to govern the school. She wants to ensure that Mt Roskill Grammar offers a wide range of educational, sporting and social opportunities to enable all students to realise their dreams and potential and to become valued citizens in the community.
Judith Bingham first served as a co-opted member, and is now an elected member, of the Board of Trustees. She is the mother of 2 children, both of whom attend Mt Roskill Grammar School - her daughter is year 9 and son year 11. Judith’s background is as a scientist, general manager at the Crown Research Institute, ESR, and now a business owner. She is keen to see the processes that assist families to help our children achieve their potential, continue to evolve. As parents we have the responsibility to both support the school and be involved in our children’s education.
Jo Franklin has been a part of the Roskill family, since 1999. She has 3 children who have been through the Roskill Campus schools, with her youngest currently in MRGS. She works at MRPS, however has lived and worked in the education field for 30 years, in India, Japan and the Middle East, other than in New Zealand.
Jo has previous experience in senior management roles; she has also been a Parent Trustee at MRIS and Staff Trustee at MRPS. She is committed to working together with fellow Board members to ensure that students are provided with a wide range of meaningful learning opportunities that enable them to achieve to the best of their potential, and equip them with skills necessary to make them responsible, successful citizens in a world that is ever changing and evolving.
Don McKenzie is a professional engineer specialising in traffic engineering and transport planning. He brings a range of business and professional skills to his role on the MRGS board, including governance within an international membership organisation and the consultancy firm which he part owns. Don is the father of two children at MRGS both of whom have benefitted from the many aspects of life at MRGS. Don is committed to the Board and will help facilitate the MRGS processes that will shape our school and our wider school family, to ensure that our children achieve to their fullest potential as they become the citizens of the world.
Rob Mason is a Technical Director at a major New Zealand engineering and planning consultancy. He has two children who are just beginning their journey into secondary education. He is committed to developing Mt Roskill Grammar into a leading educational institute, where students are empowered to achieve their full potential.
Vijay Parulkar is an analyst with a leading New Zealand law enforcement agency, specialising in strategic management. He has been on the board since 2012. His son is a current student and daughter a past graduate. He strongly supports the vision of MRGS. He wants to contribute towards the school’s goals of providing its students the best possible learning environment, sporting opportunities and social engagement. He firmly believes that every student and staff of MRGS deserves the opportunity to realise their potential.
Grant Power has worked in various roles in the public sector. Currently he works in a managerial role for Immigration NZ. Outside of work he has acted in a governance role for over twenty years with Rescare Homes Trust. This is a not for profit organisation providing services for people with an intellectual disability.
He has school governance experience having served on the Board of Trustees at Onehunga Primary School for 9 years.His daughter is in year 11 at MRGS and his son left MRGS at the end of 2015 from year 13. Grant wants to assist MRGS to provide the best learning experience for all students.
Lorraine Vickery (Staff Representative) has worked at MRGS since 1991 and she joined the BOT in 2014. She is the teacher in charge of transition working within the MacLean Centre. She is also the Director of E-Learning in the school and is involved in the organisation and implementation of the enhanced use of e-technologies within the school’s pedagogy. She is passionate about supporting the school to improve student achievement and ensure that our graduates leave us as active and responsible citizens.
Interested In Becoming a Member of the Board?
If you are interested in being on the Board of Trustees please contact the BOT chairperson
Ms Marjet Pot on
021977201 or (09) 6388872.
Approximately one meeting per week . This would be the maximum but can vary hugely from month to month depending on what projects the BoT is running. Meetings are held at a time to suit the BoT members and when planning meetings we take into account the fact that BoT members also have other paid and non paid commitments.
Regular monthly BoT meetings are generally held on the fourth Monday of the month at 5.30 pm.
- Communication skills At BoT 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 BoT.
- Governance A need to understand the difference between governance and management. BoT members need to be able to see the ‘bigger picture’ and be forward thinking.
- Finance and Business It is not essential that every BoT member has these skills. The BoT needs to have some members with these skills but we also need to have members who have other life skills and expertise to bring to the BoT. The school financial statements are managed by staff at the school and presented monthly by the Business Manager. ·
Do I need to have a child at the school?
One does not need to have a child at the school to be a BoT member. Community members are welcome on the BoT. ·
Appointment of staff:
The BoT is required to appoint the Principal and Deputy Principal. All other appointments are the responsibility of the senior management team.
The Chairperson is a BoT member like all of the other Board members but it involves a greater time commitment. The Chairperson is also the person who will liaise with outside organisations, give the end of year speeches, and front any significant issues at the school. The Chairperson needs to lead the BoT, chair the BoT meetings and undertake annual Principal Appraisals .
Training is available for any BoT member and new members are encouraged to attend these evening meetings to ensure they understand their roles. A starter pack of information is also available to new members and outlines information specific to MRGS.
The term for a BoT member is three years. It takes at least a year to understand the role and the issues which the BoT has to deal with. Most BoT members say it takes them three years to understand the role. Ideally members are encouraged to stay for 6 years. This gives continuity of the governance role and allows for co-option of members . This means a BoT member needs to stand for re-election after their first three year term. For some of us it is hard to commit to six years when we first stand for the BoT but once on the BoT you can see the benefits of continuity and being a productive BoT member.