Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Cashmere Primary School Board of Trustees comprises:

  • Six elected parent representatives (Brian Ellwood (Chair), Spencer Beasley (Deputy Chair), Susan Dyson, David Sutherland, Eileen Doherty, Monique Thomas);

  • Gavin Burn (Principal); and

  • Kerry Hall (staff trustee, selected by the staff).  

Board members are elected for a 3 year term.  The Board typically meets monthly at 6.30pm in the school staff room.  The meetings are held in public, and the meeting dates are published on the school calendar and on the school website.  The minutes from Board meetings are also available on the school website.

The Board is responsible for the school’s performance, and for ensuring that all legal requirements are met.  The Board’s primary focus is to ensure ongoing improvement in student achievement outcomes for all students.

The Board's emphasis is strategic rather than administrative.  All trustees come to the Board table entrusted to ensure effective governance, despite the different perspectives they bring to board discussions.  Trustees are neither advocates nor delegates, but work for positive outcomes for all learners.  Trustees are not the immediate point of contact for parent concerns.  These should be dealt with in accordance with the complaints policy available on the school website, unless of a serious nature.  

The Work of the Board

The Board:

  • In consultation with the school community, sets the strategic direction of the school through the charter (the Board’s key policy document which sets out the vision, aims, objectives, directions and targets for the school);

  • Seeks assurance from management (the Principal and senior staff) that the programmes being implemented in the school can achieve the charter goals and targets;

  • Monitors progress against charter goals and targets;

  • Provides the community with regular updates on how the school is performing in relation to the charter goals and targets;

  • Ensures National Education Goals and government priorities are being addressed;

  • Monitors and evaluates student progress and achievement;

  • Oversees the management of staff, property and finances, ensuring resources are used prudently to ensure the highest possible quality programmes are provided for students;

  • Deals with matters referred by the Principal.

The Principal is responsible for the implementation of the policies and decisions of the Board, and reports to the Board at each meeting.  The Board has delegated the day-to-day operational organisation and management of the school to the Principal.


Interested in becoming a trustee?

  • You can become a trustee by standing at the next election, or by standing when a vacancy arises.  You need to be nominated by a parent at the school.  For further information, go to