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Friends of Howick Primary
Phone - (09) 534-6082  Email -
The school is governed by the Board of Trustees, an elected group of parents/caregivers.
All parents/caregivers are able to vote for these members when an election is held, usually every three years. The school keeps an electoral roll of all eligible voters. The Principal and staff representative represent the staff members.
Board of Trustees meetings are held monthly in the school Boardroom on a Monday at 7.00pm. Check the calendar for dates.

All board meetings have a public component to which anybody is welcome.  Please come along to any of the upcoming meetings to find out more about how you can make a difference to Howick Primary.

Our current Board of Trustees is:

Callum Hey – Chairperson

I have two children, a son, in year 5 and a daughter who has yet to enter school.

I suppose I’m someone who just likes to be involved and to help out where I can and this was my main motivation for joining the HPS Board of Trustees. I think Leyette and I have very similar ambitions for the school and already there is so much to be proud of. Before my time the school has grown from strength to strength and I aim to help it to continue to build on that journey.

Whilst I am a Chartered Accountant, I am perhaps more accurately described as a Forensic Accountant, a field I have worked in for almost 20 years and in which I also hold a Master’s degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. My core passion lies in the field of fraud risk management, but more recently this has expanded to include the design and implementation of sound strategy and industry leading governance practices. I am also Chair of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Forensic Accounting Special Interest Group and have previously Chaired the NZ Bankers Association Fraud Working Group.

I am keen to grow engagement between the Board, the school and the parent body and welcome anyone to contact me if they have any ideas, concerns or suggestions they would like to discuss.

Nicola Kay – Personnel

My son is currently in Year 6 and my daughter in Year 2.

I love being an active part of the local community and this was my primary reason for joining
the Board of Trustees. Through this I hope to help continue to build a strong relationship
between parents and Howick Primary, support our great principal and let others know more
about what I see as one of Howick’s best kept secrets.

For the last 20+ years since gaining a BSc in Food Science at Otago University I have worked in
the Brewing industry, in NZ, Australia and the UK. Through my career I have gained numerous
skills that are of benefit to the Board of Trustees. This includes managing departments from
strategy and target setting, through people management and recruitment, to how to run
effective meetings and projects. I have experience in collaborating between various areas and
understand the importance of ensuring good working relationships are in place.

I am also passionate about creating a world where everyone can feel included and be the best
they can be free from stereotypes.

Franchelle Barker – Property Trustee

Hi my name is Franchelle.  I am mum to Jackson (year 6), Jade (year 4) and a 22 year old son Dylan. 
Having an older son is humbling in that you know childhood is short and that primary is the opportunity to be involved.  Both my husband and I are all about our family, our community and helping to make a difference for not only our children now, but for future generations to come.  
I have been part of Howick Primary PTA for 5 years now, and as Chairperson for 3 of those.  As a PTA we have achieved some really exciting projects big and small, and been able to make an impact on the school.  I am looking forward to learning more by way of the Board of Trustees and having this compliment our work on the PTA.  By understanding both sides of the equation we can only achieve more.  Outside of school, I work in accounts/admin and also help alongside my husbands business.   
Howick Primary School is a great little community and am looking forward to my time on the Board of Trustees.

Rian Swart – Health and Safety

I’m a father to two boys and a girl, having one of my boys in year 3 and my daughter in year 5. My wife has been on the PTA since 2016 and I felt the need to contribute some of my time to the community, more specifically to my children’s school.
My family and I moved to New Zealand towards the end of 2015 and found this little school called Howick Primary School when looking for a school for my eldest son – who has subsequently moved on to Howick Intermediate. We fell in love with HPS from day one and that feeling hasn’t worn off in the slightest. Getting to know the teachers and leadership at HPS, I’m convinced they have a recipe for success here – and I wanna be part of it.
I have been in the IT industry for 20 years and have stepped sideways into a leadership position recently. I’ve dabbled in the leadership space a couple of years ago in an informal setting, but got the opportunity to make it official about a year ago. I serve, lead and support several Software Engineers and deal with interesting problems, some technical and some people focused. I find leadership extremely rewarding and thrive off the happiness and job satisfaction my team members expresses. When they succeed, I succeed. It’s not about me – it’s about them.
I feel that my passion for leadership and skills gained over the years can contribute to my position held within the Board of Trustees at HPS. We have interesting problems to solve and working alongside Leyette and her winning team, HPS can only go up from here.

Anita Vaseegaran – Treasurer

Kristen Oliphant – Staff Trustee

Leyette Callister – Principal and Full Trustee

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