Board of trustees
The Northern Health School Board are appointed by the Minister of Education, rather than elected as in most state schools. The Board functions in the same way as a regular school board with monthly meetings where policy and strategic decisions are made.
Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held at University of Otago House, Level 6, 385 Queen Street, Auckland.
The board members
Richard is currently the principal of the Northern Health School and he has a background in primary education and a Masters degree in Education Administration.
He has a strong interest in learning, pedagogy and building the capacity of teachers. To this end he has presented locally and internationally in the area of education for students with chronic illness. He is currently secretary of HELP, an Australasian association for educators, parents and other professionals working in this area and part of the team responsible for the Continuity in Education Journal.
Margi trained as a nurse and worked in both hospital and school settings. She now focuses her work on good governance in both local government and the education sector. Margi has been an elected member at Auckland Council for 9 years with a focus on community, sport and rec, ecological restoration and better open spaces. She sits on other school boards and is also a member of the Portage Licensing Trust.
Tracy is the trustee elected by staff to sit on the Schools Board of Trustees.
She has worked at Northern Health School since 2017 in the schools’ regional head office in Auckland looking after IT & assisting in the finance department. Tracy enjoys this varied and interesting role and is honoured to help support our staff, the students and our school community as a staff member and as a Board member.
Prior to working for the Northern Health School, Tracy worked for Auckland Council for ten years in the Harbourmaster’s Office.
Martin is the father of a past Northern Health School student who has benefited considerably from the very high standards of integrated education, care and support provided by the Northern Health School staff.
He has been a School Board Trustee previously, chaired a vocational Training Academy for a number of years, lead the graduate recruitment programme for a consulting company, and been a member of and chaired a national youth organisation, water industry representative association, and private asset owning Boards. As a Civil Engineer and past-General Manager Martin has also worked in the infrastructure utility sector.
Martin is well aware of the fantastically diverse place New Zealand is becoming, and the need to be inclusive and agile. Martin believes this is especially important within Northern Health School so that students and teachers are able to achieve and deliver at education levels tailored to individual development and success. This will allow them to be the very best they can be in their future lives.
Agnes brings a unique perspective to the board, combining knowledge from public health, community engagement and youth development practices. She has over ten years of experience in both New Zealand and the UK, working with diverse communities, young people and volunteers, all with the underlying purpose of improving people’s health and wellbeing.
Agnes has a strong interest in creating human-centred solutions. With a youth development background centred in the emergency services (fire & ambulance), she is experienced in project and stakeholder engagement, problem solving, leadership and emergency readiness and management.
She is a former member of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and Ministry of Youth Development Northern Region Youth Advisory Group. Whilst serving on the Council’s Youth Advisory Panel, in 2014 she founded the Albert-Eden Youth Board.
Currently working in the Health Improvement Team at Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Agnes focuses on Workplace Wellbeing. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Health Management from the University of Auckland.