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2014 Western Springs College Board of Trustees Elections
Declaration of Parent Election Results

  At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled,
I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Carol Gunn
Richard Naish
Anna Verboeket

Trevor Crosby
Returning Officer


  Candidate Statements
  Carol Gunn

My name is Carol Gunn. I live in Grey Lynn and am the proud parent of Emma who started Western Springs College this year. Our son, Cameron, will join her in 2017 so we are starting an eight year relationship with Western Springs College.

My professional background is in business strategy, research, supplier management and marketing. As the Advertising and Brand Manager for Tourism New Zealand, I launched the “100% Pure New Zealand” campaign. I was responsible for international promotion of the IT and Creative sectors at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and, as the Marketing Manager at Maori Television, I worked on growing the channel’s audience. The reputation I have gained in all these roles has been that of an intelligent professional, achieving excellent results within complex environments.

My qualifications include a Master of Science (Hons.) and a Diploma of Business (Marketing) – both from the University of Auckland.

I enjoy being part of the local community and have been actively involved in various groups as our children have grown, including Plunket, Toy Library, playgroups, and school fundraising committees. I am now keen to contribute to the Western Springs College community.

I am passionate about supporting Western Springs College to deliver the best possible education for all our children so they can be equipped for the future. I am keen to be involved in the “New School” build process and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent the parent community on the Board.


Richard Naish

My wife and I, and more recently our children, have lived in Grey Lynn for over 20 years. The first of our three children started in year nine of Western Springs College this year.

I am an architect and owner of an architectural practice established over 15 years ago - RTA Studio. We are based in Ponsonby and employ over 20 staff. One of our specialty areas is educational buildings. We have completed a large number of projects for both tertiary, secondary and primary including buildings for AUT, University of Auckland, St Kentigern College and Meadowbank Primary. More recently we have been active in the Ministry of Education funded new school projects including Tarawera High School in Kawerau, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori 0 Ngati Kahungunu 0 Te Wairoa and more locally the upcoming rebuild of Freemans Bay School. We have also contributed a number of cherished buildings to the local neighbourhood: Dear Reader Hakanoa Corner Building, Harvest Wholefoods Building, lronbank (K-Rd), MacKelvie Street Shops Ponsonby to mention a few. RTA Studio has established a reputation as one of the country's leading architects, recognised at both national and international levels.

As well as providing a guiding contribution to the Board's general issues through yea rs of business experience and local knowledge of the wider area, I believe I can offer a special ist contribution by way of valuable experience, advice and leadership in the area of the new school project. I have established relationships with members of the new schools division of the MOE as well as experience with both new schools and total school rebuild projects. In particular I have worked with Boards of Trustees, Senior Leadership teams of teachers DPs and Principals as well as facilitated community consultation all in the capacity of architect over our 15 years of education projects history.

WSC is in the middle of the largest building project since the college was established. It has been a challenging process to date and there will be many challenges and unknowns to be carefully managed before there is the complete new school that we will all be proud of. I am passionate about our community and our neighbourhoods' built environment, so I feel strongly about committing my time to contribute to the achieving the best outcome for WSC and the community.


Anna Verboeket

I am mother to a son, Finn, who’s in Y9 at Western Springs College (WSC) and a daughter, Connie, who will be at intermediate next year, with plans to attend WSC in 2017. We’ve lived in Westmere since 1999 and both children have attended Westmere primary school in various stages of its re-development. I am keenly aware of the many pressures on our local community.

In my professional capacity, I am the Stakeholder Relations Manager for Crown Fibre Holdings, the government agency overseeing the ultrafast broadband (UFB) rollout. This role brings me into contact with Ministry of Education advisors and policy makers in the infrastructure, new schools, and 21st century learning teams as we seek to deliver UFB to all schools by December 2015.

I have a talent for facilitating change and re-organisation at a national and corporate level, having also led the government’s Digital Television Switchover programme, development of the Telecommunications Customer Complaints Code, Telecom’s product development framework and supported the re-organisation of BBC News teams.

My experience in dealing with the Ministry of Education and my close understanding of the business and process of government would assist the WSC Board as it prepares for the future. My skills include relationship management and negotiation (including with iwi), project management, marketing, strategy, policy and regulation. A former BBC journalist, I have a desire to keep communications channels as open as possible.

I am a member of the WSC Parent Action Group and an aspiring director, who has undertaken governance training. By voting for me on the WSC Board you’ll be putting in place a capable change agent, with some history in the community, who will keep you informed.