Board of Trustees

Wanaka Primary School Board of Trustees takes an active role in the governance of the school. Governance means the Board of Trustees are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school in consultation with staff, parents and students.


  • Board Members

    Our board consists of:

    Andrew Howard- Board Chair

    Hello.  My name is Andrew Howard, most people know me as Howie, and I am chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wanaka Primary School.  My oldest daughter, Ayla is in year 6 and I have twins, Casey and Sienna, in year 3.  I work at Mitre 10, managing the hardware and tools area, amongst other things, and my wife, Jodie, is deputy principal at Hawea Flat School.  I have worked previously as a teacher and there are often conversations around modern education in our household.  As a family we love the outdoors and enjoy, tramping, sailing, biking, skiing and many other fantastic opportunities that Wanaka provides.

    I feel extremely privileged to be in my role at Wanaka Primary School.  I am fortunate to work with a dedicated and professional team of trustees and we are very well supported in our strategic and governance roles by having a superb leadership team.  I have found Wanaka Primary to be full of innovative, hard-working educators who are completely focused on raising student achievement and providing a caring, nurturing environment.

    I believe strongly that teachers, management, board and parents all have the best interests of their children at heart and there needs to be open and honest communication so that all points of view can be heard and understood.  There also needs to be respect for differing points of view and a commitment to continually improve practice to ensure the best possible outcomes.  As a Board we are united in wanting the best for our school and I am always open to hearing any thoughts, or concerns that you may have.  If you would like to get in touch with me you can email on

    Fergus McLean - Staff Representative

    I began my teaching career in 2009.  In 2016 my wife and I fulfilled our dream of moving to Wanaka.  I love the community and enjoy the outdoor and sporting opportunities that the region offers.  I believe we are privileged to have such a fantastic school as part of it.

    My role on the Board is to support Wendy and keep the staff informed of Board matters and to liaise between the Board and staff.

    I care deeply about preserving the culture of our school and feel my personal values align with those of the school.  I look forward to contributing and being part of the established team.






    Melissa Ashby

    I have lived in Wanaka for 14 years and have been part of  the Wanaka Primary School community as a parent for the past 11 years.  During this time I have enjoyed an active parent role, helping and supporting the teachers as and when needed. This involvement overtime has given me a deeper understanding of how the school operates on a daily basis and a great respect and appreciation for the teachers and the management team.

    Before moving to Wanaka my husband and I opened and operated 3 restaurants over an 18 year period. We enjoyed this very busy and rewarding time and gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that I believe I can share as part of a team on the Board of Trustees at Wanaka Primary School.  My recent school governance training reaffirmed these thoughts and my reasons for standing for the board.

    I feel extremely supportive and passionate about our school.  I totally support our management team, the wonderful and truly dedicated teachers and staff and I feel honoured to be part of this team.

    Together with Wendy's progressive direction and vision along with an incredibly highly skilled teaching staff, I feel very fortunate to be part of a school that offers this high standard of education to the children of this community. I feel the benefits of being in a larger school provide us all with diverse and extended opportunities, and as a community we should feel very grateful.

    Jude Battson

    Wanaka Primary School is always a welcoming experience for me.  The teachers are professional, friendly and communicate well with me.  From my observations, they also communicate well with the children in the playground and often seem like an extended family member. The office staff are helpful and there is always someone smiling in the busy workplace it is.

    My grandson attends WPS in year 6 and as I am very involved in his life and upbringing, I am often at the school. The inclusive process of teacher, parent, caregivers and children  for learning outcomes has been a positive and helpful experience for our family.

    I am enthusiastic to be part of the BOT and use my significant community, teamwork and committee experience to help move the school forward in a favourable way for students and parents. I recently served terms as QLDC councillor and Wanaka Community Board member and am passionate about every aspect of our community.

    I am open minded and use a proactive, sensible and objective approach to most matters.

    I have lived in the region since 1976, raised three children who have attended local schools.  I was a playcentre teacher when they were young and have participated in school activities positively.  I believe my people and communication skills are an asset to the ongoing governance of the school.

    I currently work as secretary for the Hawea Irrigation Co. Ltd. and during the summer maintain a few outdoor properties and Ruby Island.  I also have the role of Chairperson for the Guardians of Lake Hawea.

    Better lives, having fun, and ‘Children are our Future’ is my philosophy.

    Glenys Wilson

    Glenys currently holds the role of Senior Associate with Mercer NZ where she is Manager of Financial Advice and Education Services. She is a specialist in the areas of corporate superannuation and KiwiSaver with the emphasis on increasing the financial literacy of New Zealanders.

    Her background is both in education and the financial services sectors. Glenys has held senior management positions in the banking, investment advisory, managed funds and trust and estate planning industries. She is also a qualified teacher and has held head of department positions at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch and St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland.

    She is a trustee on the board of a charitable trust which raises funds for education and schooling needs for children in Arusha, Tanzania.

    Glenys holds a BA (Hons), a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from Massey University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.

    Glenys and her husband Phillip Templeton have lived in Wanaka for 14 years. They have a daughter who finished at WPS last year.

    Glenys feels passionately about WPS and all that the school has to offer our children. She also believes WPS needs a strong supportive board with a clear strategic vision. A board that clearly understands the meaning of governance, leadership and supporting the school management to ensure the best outcomes for everyone within the school community.
    Glenys’ interests include spending time with her family, photography and travel.

    Brendan Hearle - Co-opted Finance

    At the beginning of 2016 my family and I made the treacherous crossing from the North Island to the South Island on a Ship called “Bluebridge” and ended our journey in the paradise we all know as Wanaka!

    My wife Maria, son Xander, daughter Cienna and I had been living in Auckland for the past 10 years and although we enjoyed our time there we had wanted to move to Wanaka since falling in love with the place many years ago on a skiing holiday.

    My whole family has been warmly welcomed by the wider Wanaka community and I’d have to say that I haven’t ever lived in a place that has so much energy and passion for both business and outdoor pursuits.

    I’ve spent the last 17 years working in the financial sector both in NZ and in Ireland and have been fortunate to work in various roles (leadership, sales, credit, operations and strategy). I’m currently working for the BNZ looking after the Asset Finance Portfolio (AKA shiny mobile toys – Helicopters, Trucks, Diggers, Boats) for Otago and Southland.

    I wanted to join the Wanaka Primary School Board as I appreciate the school, am passionate about my kids’ education, wanted to get involved and give back to the community and share my skills. I am grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to assisting the board from a financial perspective and meeting more of the school community whether that be on the soccer fields, snow fields or school events.

    Wendy Bamford - Principal

    Lucy Jewell - Secretary

  • Board Dates

    Board Meeting Dates

    Meeting Dates for 2018
    Term 1 Monday 19th February - Monday 19th March
    Term 2 Monday 21st May - Monday 18th June
    Term 3 Monday 13th August - Monday 10th September
    Term 4 Monday 5th November - Monday 10th December
  • Minutes

    Board Minutes

    Click Here to see the Board minutes