BOT Profiles


As the current Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, it is a privilege to fulfil the responsibilities of school governance.  It is a pleasure to work with the staff and school community here at Whangarei Heads.

My previous experience as a teacher and ten years as a school principal have provided me with significant knowledge and skills which I now bring to the Board of Trustees.

My partner's three grandchildren give me a vested interest in the school.  I welcome the opportunity to continue to support Whangarei Heads School as a Board of Trustee member.



I have been involved with Whangarei Heads School for eight years and currently have two children attending in Years 4 & 5.

During my time with the school I have been actively involved with the School's fundraising, believing that, every little bit helps to provide better learning opportunities for our children.  We are rated a Decile 9 school which means we do not receive sufficient funds and therefore as a community, we have to be proactive in our approach to fill the shortfall.

I was on the Board for Playcentre Northland, holding the Marketing Portfolio and have twelve years of Sales and Marketing experience in the corporate world, giving me an ability to set strategies and put them in action.  I have good mediation skills and am able tocut to the chase and draw a hard line if necessary.

Our school is unique and I find myself with both the time and inclination to be on the Board for the next term, with the desire to help our school to adapt to the constant changes and challenges that are presented.


Rachael Dennis (Chairperson)

My family and I have been part of the Whangarei Heads Community for nearly 6 years now. Driven to move here for lifestyle and community, Matt got a job at Whangarei Heads School and we were immediately welcomed and felt part of this community. My daughter Molly started at Whangarei Heads School in October 2015 and with two other children who will be attending the school in the future, we are committed to this school community for the years to come.

 I have a background in human resources and recruitment, holding HR Manager positions in Auckland and the UK. Since moving to Whangarei, I have become self-employed and work as a private careers and HR consultant and project manage education and HR projects. I recently project managed a piece of education research for a Maori education trust, and led the development of a career education programme for people transitioning from education and training to employment in Whangarei, which is currently being rolled out as a pilot programme. With governance experience, I am a member of the Tai Tokerau Pathways to Employment Governance Group, focused on developing collaboration with business and education providers to provide clearer pathways from education to employment.

Whangarei Heads School provides a unique environment for learning and development for all of our children. I would like to a play a role in supporting the school with the skills I have, so the teachers and school community can focus on providing the most positive experience for our children.




I live at Whangarei Heads with my wife Diana and my seven year old daughter, Maisie who is a Year 3 student at Whangarei Heads School.  Although we have owned property in the Heads area for the last fourteen years, we have been here permanently for the last two years.

I believe that I can provide assistance to the Board and School community in a practical and measured manner.  My employment background in logistics and project management provides me with the skills to assist and contribute in a group environment to the betterment of any task, challenge or project undertaken.  I am comfortable dealing with financial responsibility, personal and employment issues and structural works.

My community involvement has included fifteen years of active service with Coastguard service as a volunteer and now with the Fire Brigade at the Heads.  I look forward to continuing building on the clearly evident success that Whangarei Heads School has so far achieved.



Brian and I have been living in the Heads area for 12 years and have two children.

As a family we are committed to the Heads and its community.  I have been involved in Playcentre, Parent Support Group and the community.  I am offering my skills to ensure Whangarei Heads School strives for excellence by providing a vibrant learning environment that engags its tamariki to become confident and active learners with a sense of belonging.