The Board of Trustees

The current members of the Awatapu College Board of Trustees are:

Jeremy Neild
Board Chair

Education is very important to me as a parent. I want all children to enjoy learning, have opportunities to develop their potential and have a positive outlook on life. Having served on the Awatapu College Board of Trustees for 12 years, the last 3 of which have been as Board Chair, I bring to the Board a wealth of experience in education governance. I am very proud of the progress the College has made over the last 12 years and look forward to our continued success.

Elizabeth Ward
Deputy Chair

With two children at Awatapu College, I decided to stand for the Board of Trustees because I really like the inclusive and caring culture that Awatapu provides and I want to see this continue. I hope to bring the perspective of a parent to the Board, and to be part of a school that partners with all families as we go through the joys and struggles of educating teenagers.

Gary Yeatman

I have 17 years teaching experience (History and Economics) and have taught in the Wellington and Hawkes Bay regions. Before starting at Awatapu College as Principal, I was the Associate Principal at FAHS - Feilding High School. I really enjoy the way staff at the College work to try and ensure that the needs of individual students are met. Our focus is on success for the individual; whatever form that takes.

Abbie Harris
Parent Representative

As a parent and casual employee of the College, I know that Awatapu provides an environment where all students are given the opportunities and support to succeed. I feel strongly that all students should have access to quality academic education and broader experiences through sport and culture, regardless of their ability, ethnicity, or family income. As a member of the Board I intend to support the Principal by making robust decisions that will continue to enhance the safe environment where all students and staff can thrive.

Vili Igatia
Parent Representative

I have a strong connection to Awatapu College as a parent of the school. I am proud of the successes the College has made and look forward to working alongside the Board and leadership team to ensure these achievements are continued.

Leigh Sage
Parent Representative

I have a propensity to ensure our children get the best educational opportunities available, and maintain one of the most important roles of the Board is to safeguard this. As a local resident, parent of the school and through my affiliations with the Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Tuwharetoa iwi, I have good understanding of the school character and recognising the values and diversity of the community. My background in the building industry means I have a wealth of experience in building controls regulation and compliance, design, construction project management and procurement. Beyond this, I have previously served as a Parent Representative on the Kāpiti College Board of Trustees from 2010-2013. Through these experiences I bring to the Board significant practical ability in dealing with all aspects of education governance and look forward to serving the Awatapu College community.

Andrea Yeatman
Parent Representative

My background and recent working experience has been focused on governance support and development as well as holding a senior role in management. I joined the Board of Trustees as I can share best practice experience that helps define the thin line between the role of the Board and Management. I originally trained as a Secondary Teacher and remain passionate about education and providing a positive, productive learning environment for both students and staff.

Keith Dobson
Staff Representative

Awatapu College is a school that I am proud to work at and send my children to. It has a culture that is based around the individual for both staff and students. I believe that this people focused culture needs continued focus and that the Board needs to set clear vision that supports and motivates staff to continue enhancement of student well-being and achievement. My roles at Awatapu College include Teacher, Head of Department and member of the Extended Leadership Team. In addition, I served as Staff Representative on the Awatapu College Board of Trustees through 2004 and 2007, and more recently as Board Chair at Lytton Street School. Through these experiences I have gained an in-depth understanding of a variety of aspects of school life and a good understanding of the Board's governance role. 

Bryn Thompson
Student Representative

Awatapu College is an amazing school and I am very glad to have an opportunity to give back to it. I am looking forward to representing the student body for another year and making a good contribution to the school. I wish to collaborate with the Board to allow the student voice to be heard in any decisions that are being made.