2019 Common Election results

For 5 parent representatives

info Alphabetical order

Successful representatives
Matthew Bolger
Brad Dunstan
Kathryn Furness
Craig Jordan
Kristin Sutherland

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Matthew Bolger, Mr Brad Dunstan, Mrs Kathryn Furness, Mr Craig Jordan and Mrs Kristin Sutherland.

Jodie Jansen Campbell
Steven Trevor Evans
Camille Gheerbrant
Emily Lockheart
Fabio Pagano
Paolo Ragone
Invalid Votes: 0

Meet your representatives


Matthew Bolger

My name is Matt Bolger and I am standing for the Kohimarama School Board.

I’m standing for the Board because I believe in the critical role of education in helping kids live great lives and make contributions to our wider society, and because I believe my skills and background will be help a great school continue to evolve and grow.

As a parent of young children starting out in the school I see the role of the Trustees as continuing to make the right judgement calls to keep the school delivering outstanding educational results, while also responding to a changing environment of technology and education policy, and building even stronger community connections.

My experience in both my working life and my volunteer work in the education sector prepares me well for making these calls and building strong relationships.

My career has included leading teams for Fonterra in both NZ and the USA with a particular emphasis on commercial strategy, people leadership, and organisational transformation. In the last 5 years I have been leading large teams (from 20 – 200 staff) focused on driving environmental sustainability programmes for the NZ dairy farming sector, building improved relationships between Fonterra and its farmers, and improving the use of technology. I am a qualified company Director and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. I have served on the Boards of Directors for an agri-tech start up and a commercial milk sourcing company.

I have also volunteered for several years as a mentor and facilitator in leadership programmes for primary school principals in Auckland and Waikato as part of the Springboard Trust. This work has given me a greater understanding of the education sector, deep respect for the roles our teachers and staff play, and insights into how the best schools are led and managed.

I have a daughter in Year 2 and twin boys who will start at the school next year. My wife and I have been hugely impressed with Kohimarama School, including the educational outcomes for the kids, the committed and talented staff, and the sense of community and family. We feel lucky to be part of a school community like Kohimarama and I am excited about playing a role in its continued evolution and success.

Brad Dunstan

Hi. My name is Brad Dunstan.

I have two children attending Kohimarama School: Hunter (year 5) and Fletcher (Year 2). Our family have been living in Auckland for 5 years, returning from London after 12 years. Both my wife (Kylie) and I were raised in sunny Nelson.

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for Kohimarama School as an elected parent representative for 3 years, and my current role on the Board is the Chair. One of my reasons for standing for re-election is to ensure the Board retains some continuity and that the good governance structure that has been established by the current board over the past three years is maintained. The desire to give back to the community, the initial reason I stood three years ago, still holds strong. The Boards focus is to set long term strategic objectives; have oversight of school finances and property; and monitor academic achievement and health & safety. Ensuring these foundations are established correctly, with the appropriate long term time horizon and oversight, create the ingredients that allows for the future success of the school , its learners, teachers and community.

I work for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, which is New Zealand's $42 billion dollar Sovereign Wealth Fund. My role at the fund is Head of Portfolio Completion, the team that manages the publicly traded equities and bonds. I sit on a number of internal and external boards and I am a member of the Institute of Directors. The NZ Super Fund has a long investment time horizon, and our objective is to grow the fund for the benefit of our grandchildren. That long term focus for the benefit of future generations are values that I feel transfer seamlessly to objectives of the Board of Trustees at Kohimarama School.

Thank you Brad Dunstan

Kathryn Furness

My name is Kathryn Furness (nee Mitchell) and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Kohimarama School.

My husband and I have two sons at Kohimarama School, currently in Years 1 and 3. We are very fortunate to have such a great local school, and it would be a privilege for me to contribute to the school community as a trustee on the school board.

Professionally, I am a lawyer, having worked in both tax and legal roles in a variety of industries. I am currently the Chief Legal and Risk Officer for Crown Infrastructure Partners (previously Crown Fibre Holdings) and have been at the company for 8 years. I am responsible for corporate governance, company secretarial, legal, risk, insurance, procurement and regulatory compliance, and I am a director on the board of the company’s subsidiary, Northpower Fibre Limited. I have extensive experience in both public sector reporting and compliance, and commercial law and governance, given the company is both Government owned but with commercial objectives and an independent board of directors.

My position at the company has allowed me to understand and participate in decision making at both the governance, and executive management levels, and I appreciate the value and importance of engaging effectively with all stakeholders in order to achieve success within an organisation. I believe the same holds true in the school community in which strong relationships between the board, management, staff and community are essential for its success.

I am passionate about the success of our children. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I believe I can assist to ensure the good governance of the school, ensure strong relationships are in place within the whole school community, and help support and navigate the school through evolving technology and educational learning environments. I am focussed on achieving the best possible educational outcomes for our children and for Kohimarama School to be the school of choice in our community.


Craig Jordan

Hi I’m really excited to be put forward as board of trustee nominee. My family has been in the Kohimarama community for 7 years and we have two children at Kohimarama in year 1 and year 3. We love living here. I’m originally from Invercargill, grew up on a deer farm and still own some red bands! I enjoy getting down south and sharing Fiordland with my family when I can. Qualifications wise I have undergraduate degrees form Otago and a masters from Massey, including plenty of life lessons on the way. I’ve worked in engineering and finance industries before spending the last 12 years in digital roles across classifieds, marketplaces, retail and FMCG. Currently I’m Chief Digital Officer at My Food Bag, looking after all digital technology and data. Prior to this I held executive roles at The Warehouse Group and Trade Me building digital businesses, growing and leading teams, as well as helping companies understand what digital really means for it’s people, process and systems, I’m a firm believer of diplomatically asking the right questions and having a good debate to drive the right outcomes. In summary I feel I’ve got unique digital and leadership skills that will help Kohimarama School navigate though the vast opportunities and challenges ahead.

Kristin Sutherland

I am a parent at Kohimarama school and have been assisting the board for over a year in the role of Board Secretary, before been co-opted onto the board as a trustee. I have enjoyed the opportunity of working with the existing board, and value the knowledge and skills I have gained from this experience. I believe that I would be able to add a level of continuity to the board if I was elected for a further term.

My background is a health professional by trade and after returning from the UK with an MBA, I moved into health services and project management. I have worked in organisations including the Ministry of Health, EQC and University of Auckland. I have management experience leading a team of project managers, which assists with my understanding of how organisations work and the difference between governance and management issues. My experience in different industries from healthcare, to insurance and now education & research, provide me a broad range of skills and knowledge to assist in the role of Trustee. I believe that I have strong communication skills, been able to see numerous viewpoints in an objective manner and can communicate my opinions in a constructive and positive way.

My governance experience includes, sitting on the Auckland Property Investors Association board and reporting to various boards and ministers in my professional career. I also have risk management experience, working in the risk assessment team of the Ministry of Health, and partially completing a risk management diploma.

I have two children who have been part of the Kohi school community, Hamish (10) and Jake (7). I am passionate about Kohimarama school providing a great education to our children, and our children leaving here ready to take on the challenge of secondary school. We need to maintain a balance of striving for academic achievement and maintaining the fun side of learning, so that our children come out of school with most of the skills they will need to face the challenges that await them, I would welcome the opportunity and challenge of sitting on the Kohimarama school board for a further 3 years.

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