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.
Ken Hunt - Chairperson
Born and raised in Bay View. I am a former student of Westshore school like my Father, Uncle and Brother. I am the proud father of Jacob aged 6, who is now attending Westshore School. I have been married to Nassa for 10 years.
I joined the Army at the age of 17 and completed my Trade of Joinery Machining there. After 5 years I moved back to Napier where I worked in my Trade for 2 years.
I joined the Police in 1992 and I have just started my 25th year of service. I have been based in Hawke’s Bay during that time where I have worked in the General Duties, Traffic, Training and Serious Crash roles.
Outside of work I enjoy reading about aviation, building model kits, mucking around with computers and spending time with my family.
Toni Wakeman - Deputy 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
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.
Martin Madden - Principal
Martin is an experienced principal returning from a year’s leave in Melbourne. Martin is looking forward to coming back to Westshore School and guiding the school forward to face the challenges todays education poses to ensure our students are prepared for the future.