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Western Springs College Board of Trustees Appoints New Chair


The Board of Western Springs College, Nga Puna O Waiorea, has appointed parent trustee, John Loof, as Chair, replacing Rob Coltman, who has decided to stand down.

John Loof, who is the Chief Executive of the Cancer Society Auckland, has served on the Board for almost three years. He has been an active member of the rebuild committee, the property committee and the discipline committee. He is the father of two current students, one in Year 13 and the other in Year 9. His previous board roles have included the Auckland Football Federation, the SPCA Auckland and Look Good Feel Better.

Although leaving the post of Chair, Rob Coltman will continue on the board as a parent trustee. College Principal, Ken Havill, praised Rob’s leadership.

“Rob Coltman has led us steadfastly through a very challenging time, over his three year tenure. He has been careful to ensure the Board’s focus has been balanced between the rebuild and meeting the present day needs of the staff, students and wider school community.” John also paid tribute to Rob’s leadership. “Rob was at the heart of build negotiations with the Ministry of Education which secured a budget of nearly $80m and completion by the end of 2018. He has shown tremendous tenacity and commitment.”

“As a Board member I’m constantly encouraged by the dedication of Springs teachers, staff, students and their families who believe in what this School has to offer. The co-governance model, and the results achieved in the classroom, the sports field, the stage and elsewhere are evidence that this is no ordinary school.”

By way of rebuild update to new parents, John said he and rest of the Board would work with the Ministry of Education to develop a school within the funding and parameters set by Cabinet.

“Work has been continuing since last December on the Property Master Plan. Once the bulk and location of buildings is confirmed in the coming weeks, the Master Plan will be peer reviewed and the next phase, preliminary developed and detailed design can begin.”

More details about the rebuild can be found on the here school’s website.