2019 Common Election results
For 5 parent representatives
info Alphabetical order
We therefore declare the following duly elected:
Mrs Jo Bamber, Mr Dave Bealing, Mrs Kath Beare, Mr Dirk William Bylsma and Mr Richard Michael Longman.
Meet your representatives
I was co-opted onto the HIBS Board of Trustees at the end of 2012, and held the Treasurer role for several years. This year, I have been Deputy Chairperson.
I have a Business Studies degree, my working background is in marketing management and I currently contract part-time. Primarily, my energy and time has been focused on our family, supporting and participating in their education and their extra-curricular activities.
My experience with HIBS as a parent has been extremely positive, and I have been able to support the school in many areas such as managing water polo and rugby, assisting learning support, preparing funding applications and International Service fundraising.
I particularly enjoy the opportunity to contribute at Board level. As a parent representative on the Board, I want to ensure that the school meets and exceeds our expectations, with a high level of student achievement, quality teaching staff, excellent resources, and a strong supportive culture underpinned by the school’s special character which helps to make HIBS so special and unique.
My husband Bill and I have Jonty currently attending HIBS. Our two older boys, Josh and Finn, have both completed their schooling and are now studying at university.
I am keen to continue my involvement as a school trustee, and feel that my knowledge and experience will be useful going forward with a newly elected Board.
Kia ora, I am Dave and I’m seeking a trustee position on the HIBS Board. My wife Amy and I have three children: Cameron is currently year 9 at HIBS, Georgia is in her final year at Waterloo and Mac is looking forward to starting at HIBS in 2022. I have worked at Police for fifteen years, including time as a uniformed officer and in the CIB investigating organised crime. I am currently a Detective Sergeant in the Financial Crime Group. I am a pragmatic, reliable person with good communication skills; attributes that have served me well in the Board setting. I have been on the Waterloo School Board for the previous six years, over half of this time as Chair. This has given me an appreciation of how schools operate and the importance of an effective Board that supports the school leadership team, especially the Principal. During my time at Waterloo I have become familiar with the relevant legislation, including the Education Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act. I developed a board workplan, and led the hiring of a new Principal. The Board introduced a new Charter which was implemented across the school. It has been very rewarding hearing children talk about the values we had set, and to see a positive impact across the school resulting from our work. With the government’s intention to centralise some fiscal responsibilities there is uncertainty about how school boards will look in the future. I am optimistic this will not affect boards’ ability to focus and build on the qualities that are valued in their school. HIBS works hard to encourage students to be high achievers. I would be proud to serve as a Board member and help to ensure HIBS continues to enhance its excellent reputation. Nga mihi.
Hi, I’m Kath Beare. I have two boys at HIBS, Henry in Year 10 and Jack in Year 8.
If I look familiar then you’ve probably seen me around the school or the sports field. I enjoy getting involved in HIBS activities and have managed several cricket and hockey teams, and I’m the current treasurer of the HIBS cricket club (a position I have held for several years now). I’m a scientist by training (MSc) but have spent most of my work life in various business management roles. As an Operations Manager my skill set encompasses finance, HR, property, capital purchases, project management, and business development. It’s been great to be able to put these skills to good use around the boardroom table and I would relish the opportunity to use these skills in a governance setting as a member of the HIBS board. Working part-time for the science business I co-own with my husband Neil, means I’m fortunate to have time and energy to support the school and the wider community. HIBS has been a great experience for both of our boys.They couldn’t be more different from each other, and it has been fantastic to see the way the school caters for different needs, preferences and personalities! I’ve previously been on two other school boards. As a teenager I was the first student BOT rep at my high school, and later I served a 3 year term as deputy chair for Waterloo school. My approach to Board membership is to ‘first do no harm’. There are so many great things about ourschool I believe we are doing well and should continue to do. That said, I’m a big fan ofcontinuous improvement. I willingly support change when it is well considered and researched, and there is good evidence it will achieve the outcomes being sought (that’s the scientist in me!). My business side likes efficiency, smooth running and good communication. Providing the environment to develop well rounded young men, who recognise and celebrate their own individual talents, and those of others is what I value most about HIBS. I believe that Honour, Integrity, Belief and Service are the foundation of our school, that sets us apart from others, and it is these values I would reference in my discussions and decisions should I be elected as a HIBS board member.
My name is Dirk Bylsma and I am standing for the HIBS School Board. My son George is in year 10.
For the last two years I have been a member of the HIBS Senior Management Team, holding the position of Director of Finance and Property. I left HIBS recently as I was offered the position of Wellington Corporate Banker at BNZ. It was a tough decision to leave as I have loved working in this stimulating environment.
In my time at HIBS I was responsible for implementing a wide variety of initiatives, the most notable being:
• transforming financial processes to maximise the spend on educational resources, which included achieving clean Audit reports. • executing the Property Maintenance Plan to achieve an improved learning environment. • settling ownership of the race course land as our school fields, and restructuring service contracts to enhance the playing surfaces.
In my role at HIBS I attended all Board of Trustees and Board of Proprietors meetings. I have learned that supporting school staff and allowing them to develop, leads to great outcomes for our students. It is my focus that HIBS continues to be a high performing boys’ school that encourages and expects excellence.
I am a hardworking Chartered Accountant who asks the right questions to understand peoples’ views, and pulls together these ideas to make improvements. The next three years could be a period of transformation for HIBS as we wait to see the outcomes of the Tomorrows’ Schools review. If there were to be major changes then my experience in implementing change will be beneficial to the Board.
Our family enjoys being part of the HIBS community. I have been a Trustee of the HIBS Foundation where the focus is rejuvenating the HIBS Old Boys. My wife Lisa is a member of the HIBS Parents Support Association. Outside of HIBS I manage my son’s tennis team and sit on the Lower Hutt Tennis junior committee.
I am passionate about education and want to continue my involvement with the school. I know the teachers need the support of a hardworking board to help them do their jobs effectively. As a parent, I want to ensure our children are given the opportunity of the best school experience possible.
I have enjoyed a very positive working relationship with Mike Hutchins and look forward to the opportunity of supporting the school as a board member.
My name is Richard Longman and I am standing for HIBS’ Board of Trustees. I am married to Michelle and am the father of Ben (Year 11) and Anna (Year 8). I have put myself forward for the Board to offer service to the School and the HIBS Community, something that our family feels very privileged to be part of. HIBS has consistently exceeded our expectations throughout our involvement with the school. To be able to contribute to HIBS to ensure the school continues to provide the quality of education and pastoral care to its future students is a key motivator to me to stand for the Board. I studied Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and Law at Victoria University before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 1995. I have been a Corporate Finance partner at PwC since 2006, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company valuations and a range of advisory work, including a number of restructuring assignments, business turnarounds and receivership appointments. I am the lead Wellington partner for our “Deals” practice. My wide range of client assignments has provided me a great deal of commercial and governance experience, not just as an adviser but including being responsible for the operations of many businesses. I believe in working collaboratively with people, caring for others and about outcomes and acting with integrity. I have recently become a member of the Local Advisory Committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities and have 10 years’ experience as a trustee of the PwC Foundation, a charitable foundation with a focus on child welfare and literacy. I am the organiser of the PwC Foundation Charity Relay, a biannual event that has raised over $480,000 for Wellington based charities. The February 2019 event had approximately 500 people involved across 25 organisations. My interests include running, where I have been a member of Olympic Harriers for most of the last 32 years (if not always active!) and enjoy both our children’s football. Last year I took up refereeing and now referee up to three games a week - a steep learning curve! I trust this brief statement provides an insight into who I am and what I can bring to the board. If you consider I can add value to the HIBS Board I would be delighted to serve the HIBS Community. Ngā mihi Richard Longman
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