Corey Woodward - Board Chairperson
Specific Responsibilities: Property and Policies
I’ve been on the school board for over six years now (our school roll was 265 when I started!). In that time we’ve grown to over 420 and current modelling indicates that this will continue to grow.

All standing incumbent board members were re-elected at the recent election and two new members replaced those not standing, I was then re-elected as Board Chair. This continuity is critical given the ongoing roll growth, the unprecedented opportunity to shape education in the Rolleston Cluster, and the ongoing work of the board to develop the school to cater for and take advantage of the opportunities growth provides us.

For those who don’t know me, I’m married to Stacey and we’re proud parents of three wonderful children, Zara (at Darfield High School), Reuben (year five), and Arabella (year two). This means I can continue my long and rewarding involvement with our school; potentially to beyond 2020! I am from a farming background, having grown up in an area with a strong community spirit (much like West Melton), and saw my parents heavily involved in the local community and strong supporters of our local school. I’ve continued my family’s tradition and have become increasingly involved in school activities (past PTA Committee member, Board Trustee, and School IT advisor), have a philosophy of life-long learning, and strive to be a positive role model to my children as my parents were to me.

Professionally, I’m an IT manager for Trimble, a US based multinational, and am responsible for Information Technology in over 20 offices across the Asia Pacific region and have staff scattered all over the world. I have extensive experience working in education having been previously employed at Lincoln University and the Southern Institute of Technology. I have spent 20 years in the information technology industry, performing a wide range of roles. Outside of work I love to create things (websites, sheds, gardens, and even school fences!), exercise, and read extensively.
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Darren Meyers - Deputy Chairperson
Specific Responsibilities: Property and Policies
My name is Darren Meyers and I am part of the Board of Trustees for West Melton School. We have been in West Melton now for over seven years and have had involvement with the school for six of those years.

I have been the Deputy Chair over this time. I feel that I am very involved with the school, not only from the Board of Trustees side, but also with having Daisy, Otis, Sid and Hugo attending the school. Additionally, I help with other aspects of the school as a parent including volunteering for sports events, watering the fields over summer, day trips and school camp attendance. I feel I have the personality and ability to 'think outside the square' and speak as a parent representative when I see the need.

I enjoy being on the Board and seeing my children at the school. As we move into the new buildings this year I look forward in continuing to work with the school leadership team in our push for further new classrooms and the goal of keeping West Melton a great school that we all want our kids to attend.
Lyndon Endicott-Davies
Specific Responsibilities: Property and Policies
I reside in the West Melton area with my wife and 2 children. My eldest boy is in Year 2 at West Melton School, and my youngest son is starting this year in October 2016.

I feel passionate about the success of West Melton School and the place it has within the West Melton Community.

My career includes being a Registered Land Surveyor and Civil Design Engineer, and I have grown and developed my skills to be highly successful at delivering successful solutions and projects for clients also to build and maintain quality relationships with open and honest communication.

Currently I referee rugby as part of West Melton Rugby Club, and umpire netball at Premier level for both the Selwyn and Christchurch netball competitions, along with coaching upcoming umpires in Canterbury.
Penny Murray
Specific Responsibilities: Finance and Policies

My family and I love calling West Melton home. My husband Daniel and I have two children, George and Olivia, who attend West Melton School. We are proud of our growing and vibrant community and of its school.

My professional background is as an accountant and financial administrator.  I currently work in a chartered accountants practice; previously I’ve had roles in both small businesses and large companies.  Through these positions I’ve developed skills which I consider are beneficial to the board and the running of the school.

It’s a privilege to be part of the Board of Trustees of West Melton School and to help represent the best interests of the children, parents, and teachers.
Brett Neal
Specific Responsibilities: Property and Policies
Hi my name is Brett Neal and I have two daughters at school. I have enjoyed my time on the board and since being on the BOT I have project managed the solar water heating for the school pool. This has helped extend the swimming season for our students and for the wider community.

I have co-ordinated the traffic safety management plan which will help our students get to school in a safe manner. This has involved working with the school community and the Selwyn District Council. West Melton School is currently going through a large build project at the moment with more building of new classrooms in the near future.

Being on the BOT I have been committed to ensuring that our learners have had the necessary resources available to them so that they can reach for their full potential. I have enjoyed working with the students and teachers at West Melton School and I look forward to working with them for another term.
Sarah Paris
Specific Responsibilities: Health & Safety and Policies
Hello my name is Sara Paris and I am married to Brent, we, along with our two children live in West Melton. With both Brent and I working in the construction industry, we decided to move from Dunedin to Christchurch five years ago to be part of the rebuild efforts for the city. I work in a Human Resources role and I have been working in this industry for the past 18 years.

My HR background and experience that I bring to the Board of Trustees is from a position of influence and governance. I am a member of the national senior leadership team within the business I work in, and as such apply wider business knowledge to support the outcomes of the school.

Brent is a member of the local rugby club, we both absolutely love our rugby (sorry we are still Highlanders fans…). I am also actively involved in Karen’s West Melton Physical Training and attend another gym in Rolleston. Our kids are involved in several sporting activities and we love socialising around the West Melton community.

I feel very passionate about becoming a member of the BoT and I know that I have the ability to positively influence situations, based on my HR knowledge. I want to assist with the governance of the school for the benefit of the children and families in the community that we thoroughly enjoy living in.
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Tim Schurr
Specific Responsibilities: Property and Policies
Tim joined the board in January 2015 after being co-opted to fill a vacancy.  He was re-elected to the board in 2016 for the next term as a parent representative.

By day Tim works in a senior leadership position in a high-growth Christchurch software company, yet in West Melton Tim loves to volunteer in the many clubs and events available in the town.  Tim’s worked on the West Melton Residents Association for several years, running its community website, lobbying for road safety improvements and helping with events such as the town’s 150th celebrations.

Tim has two girls at West Melton School in years two & four who thrive in the many sports and recreation opportunities in the town and around the district.
Susan Jackson - Principal
Specific Responsibilities: Learning, Property, Finance and Policies
Christina Sands - Staff Representative
Specific Responsibilities: Learning and Policies
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Kim Veitch
Specific Responsibilities: Finance and Policies
Hi I’m Kim. I’ve lived in West Melton for almost five years now in the Gainsborough subdivision.  I am married to Marty and we have three children, Abby, Sophie and Finn.
I am a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and have worked mainly in the IT industry with roles at Optimation NZ Ltd (Wellington), BP Oil International (london) and Jade Software Corporation (Christchurch) before taking time off to raise my children five years ago.

Having lived in Auckland, Wellington, London, and Christchurch before moving out to West Melton, I love the sense of community we have here that I have never experienced anywhere else!  I am passionate about the West Melton community and school and want to see it be the best it can be, hence why I applied to join the Board of Trustees.

My other interests include travelling, camping, netball and boot camp (when I’m not injured!), reading (have just joined the WM Book Club!) and catching up with friends and family.
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