The board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the School’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements. Enhancing student achievement is its focus.
Policies are at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the Principal. The board and principal form the leadership team with the role of each documented and understood. The Principal reports to the board as a whole with committees used sparingly and only when a need is identified in order to contribute to board work. The board is proactive rather than reactive in its operations and decision making and does not involve itself in the administrative details of the day to day running of the school.
Toni Wakeman - Chairperson
18 years ago my children and I moved to Hawke’s Bay, and while enjoying this ‘dream’ lifestyle, I have also spent this time working in sales and marketing in various sectors.
For the last 8 years, my husband Simon and I have lived in Westshore.
Currently, I work as a Customer Relations Manager for a software company, while Simon and I also own a local joinery company.
My proudest achievements are my 5 great kids. My older children aged 20, 21 and 24 have spread their wings and have left the nest, while my two little girls are lucky enough to grow up in Westshore, and experience this amazing community.
I feel very privileged to be growing through the ‘Westshore Primary School’ years with both Ava and Charlotte, and look forward to my second term as a parent representative.
Ben Raggett - Parent representative - Deputy Chairperson
I am a Chartered Accountant working in the Public Sector where I am able to pursue my vocational passion, forensic accounting.
My wife Sarah is a Secondary School Teacher. Together we have two school aged children.
We are a typical Kiwi family juggling work, study and sport commitments. I like fishing, tramping, cricket and supporting the NZ Warriors.
Sue Averill - Staff representative
Born and raised in rural Hawke’s Bay, secondary education in Hastings, teacher trained Palmerston North, (P.N.T.C.) but finished my degree in later years while employed here. My family has been involved in education for more than 150years.
I’ve been involved with B.O.T.’s as parent and teacher representative since Tomorrow’s Schools began and my son started Pakowhai as a 5 year old. I have attended Westshore School long enough to be meeting up with the next generation and am still here as it is a wonderful school community to be involved with.
I am Mum to a daughter based in Melbourne, and a son in Taradale. I have two grand-daughters and follow their educational progress with pride. Tim, my husband, an agricultural contractor and a fan of John Deere and I live at Pakowhai on an orchard. When I’m not at school you will probably find me in the garden, on the lawnmower, or catching up with family.
Anna Byers - Parent Representative
I live in Westshore with my husband and our two children (aged 6 and 7) who attend Westshore School.
I have a background in sales, marketing and sponsorship. For the last 4 years, I have worked as Practice Manager for Grant & Douglas Optometry and Eyewear - comprising of two Optometry practices based in Hastings & Havelock North. My previous experience includes working for The Outward Bound Trust of NZ, and when the children were very young I volunteered as secretary of the Napier Plunket.
One of the best things about living in Westshore is the proximity to the beach and Estuary. As a family we enjoy a range of activities including swimming, biking and also skiing and snowboarding.
Dan Hunter - Parent Representative
Hi My name is Dan Hunter. I am married to Sophie and we have three children, Freddie 9yrs Henna 8yrs and Rocco 4 yrs. We have lived in Westshore for 5 years, we really enjoy the great location and community plus the local activities Westshore offers. (school, beach, bike trails, playground, surf club, harbour, pub, dairy and fish and chips etc.)
Hawkes Bay as a whole is a great place to live.
I work for Smart Energy Solutions helping to create healthier home environments by insulating and providing efficient energy solutions. This is a great place to work because we are improving living conditions and health of the community.
I care about the education of our future generations. Primary school plays an important role in shaping our kids. I bring management experience and an interest in the education of our children. I want to help Westshore School by being a member of the Board of Trustees.
Martin Madden - Principal
A product of Colenso High School, I left school in the 7th form only wanting to take my sport seriously. At the age of 31 I went back and trained as a primary school teacher and started my first teaching job in 1998.
I have only spent a couple of years out of Hawke’s Bay, one as a Deputy Principal at Hiona Intermediate School in Masterton and one as Head of Mathematics Secondary School Al Jeezera Academy, Doha, Qatar. Both jobs were very challenging and rewarding.
I’m 29 years happily married to Melaney with three sons and a daughter and two grandchildren who currently live in Melbourne. Life outside of school for me is largely taken up with sport, coaching both intermediate level rugby and cricket and of course spending time with my family.