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.
Chairperson: Ms Marjet Pot
Principal: Mr Greg Watson
Mr Irshad Ali
Dr Judith Bingham
Mrs Ella Kumar
Mr Ewe Leong Lim
Ms Sue Mulrennan
Mr Vijay Parulkar
Miss Kima Tuialii
Staff Representative: Mr T Wilson
Student Representative: Theo Loretz
Proposed Meeting Schedule 2013
DATES OF BOARD MEETINGS 2013
- February: Monday 18
- March: Tuesday 19
- April: Monday 15
- End of Term 1: Friday 19 April
- May : Monday 27
- July: Monday 1
- End of Term 2: Friday 12 July
- July: Monday 24
- August: Monday 26
- September: Monday 23
- End of Term 3: Friday 27 September
- October: Tuesday 29
- November: Monday 25
- December: Monday 9
- End of Term 4: Wednesday 11 December
Meet the Board of Trustees:
Irshad Ali has two daughters studying at MRGS. He is an elected parent representative on the Board of Trustees. Irshad is a qualified chartered accountant and is currently a senior lecturer in the accounting department of the Business and Law Faculty at AUT University. He has deep passion for education and is keen to see every student achieve to their optimum in a safe and secure learning environment.
Dr 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.
Ella Kumar is a past student of MRGS. She is married with 3 children, Telisha, Akash (past students), and Karishma currently attending Mt Roskill Grammar School. She has been on Boards of Trustees for a total of 15 years; 8 years at Mt Roskill Grammar School. She has a passion to help our communities live healthier lifestyles and loves working with people and assisting the community. Ella works for Procare Health Ltd, and she is a Justice of the Peace, and a Marriage Celebrant. She takes a lot of interest in children’s activities to help those who are our leaders of tomorrow.
Ewe Leong Lim is a senior partner of the Auckland office of Anthony Harper, Lawyers. He specialises in corporate and commercial law. Ewe Leong has been an elected trustee of the school since 2007.
Sue Mulrennan is the mother of two current students and two graduates of MRGS. Sue has been a board member since 2008, and previously she has served on the Board of Trustees of a local Primary School. Sue has a passion for education and enjoys the Board of Trustees' role in ensuring the students are given the very best opportunities to succeed in all areas: academic, cultural, social and sporting.
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.
Marjet Pot has been on the BoT since 2004 and enjoys working with the committed Board members to lead 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.
Kima Tuialii is a past pupil of Mount Roskill Grammar with a long- standing family history with the school. She has four sisters, all whom attended MRGS and she was Deputy Head Girl 2007. Kima has recently completed her BA/LLB and is now working as in-house Legal Counsel for one of New Zealand’s leading law enforcement agencies. She looks forward to serving the school and her community whilst making a valuable contribution.
Trevor Wilson (Staff Representative) arrived at MRGS 30 year ago after teaching in south Auckland. He is currently assistant Head of Mathematics. He has been involved in many activities including refereeing soccer up to northern league level; director of national badminton tournaments; editor of the NZ Mathematics magazine; and is currently an executive member of the PPTA. This year within the school he looks after table tennis.
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 5pm.
- 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.