2019 Common Election results

For 3 parent representatives

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Successful representatives
Philippa Anderson
Francine Cameron
Richard Anthony Yelash

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Dr Philippa Anderson, Mrs Francine Cameron and Mr Richard Anthony Yelash.

Mandy Rodger
Invalid Votes: 0

Meet your representatives

Philippa Anderson

Kia ora koutou. I would like to stand for election to the Grey Lynn School (GLS) Board of Trustees. I have lived in the Ponsonby/Grey Lynn area for the past 16 years and love being part of this vibrant community. Ian and I are the parents of two children currently attending GLS- Maisy in Year 1 and Robbie in Year 4. I am a medically trained doctor and I worked in paediatrics (children) both in New Zealand and overseas before training in Public Health Medicine which included completing a Master’s degree in Public Health Medicine from the University of Auckland.

I have worked at Counties Manukau District Health Board ( which includes Middlemore Hospital) for the last 9 years as a Public Health Physician. The focus of my work is Child, Youth and Maternity planning. This role includes regular engagement with the executive team and the governance board of the DHB as well as the Ministry of Health. I was involved in the set up of a school based health service in South Auckland and remain on the governance group. I have an interest in the interface between health and education both at the central and local level particularly in relation to those with learning or behaviour difficulties.

I would value the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of the school. I am passionate about creating a school which is an inclusive, safe and happy place for our children while also ensuring they are engaged to learn, think and create. I have a range of skills which I think would add value to the GLS Board of Trustees; including a sound foundation in child development, an understanding of governance processes, strategic thinking, strong communication and critical thinking skills.

Francine Cameron

My name is Francine Cameron and I am standing for the Grey Lynn School Board.

Grey Lynn School has been a big part of my family’s life since 2010. My children Oliver and Charlotte have now graduated from GLS and Sam is in year five.

I am currently chair of our board (since 2017) having enjoyed the privilege of serving on the board and Building Project Committee since 2016. I’m a former board finance representative, a frequent parent helper and previously spent six years in our fundraising group.

I believe it’s valuable to retain some continuity on our board, and Building/Property Committee, particularly until finalisation and Code Compliance Certificate of our classroom block (works are still ongoing), and completion of the hall. The hall involves a major financial contribution from our school, so unlike the classroom block (solely Ministry owned/controlled) the hall is partially board owned. It’s important the board avoids risk by retaining careful oversight of this and ensures the school receives everything we previously agreed to fund. My relationships with external parties and my background knowledge is particularly valuable in this regard.

As chair I have developed strong working relationships within our school community and with other school boards in our local area. I understand the board’s role (governance not management) and the need to provide direction, support and oversight to the Principal and Senior Leadership Team.

Recently I’ve enjoyed working with our board on our strategic plan, 2018 ERO Review, principal appraisal, principal appointment and ensuring student achievement and well being is at the forefront of everything we do.

I have recently returned to work as a lawyer, allowing my board role to further draw on my skills in commercial property, business and contract drafting. I believe my life experience assists me in bringing a down to earth, empathetic approach to the board.

Equally valuable is my passion and enthusiasm for our school. I love our great culture, vibe, diversity and inclusiveness. It’s important we nurture our core values, improve communication and continue to ensure we are child centred.

I believe I have more to give to the board. As we have two relatively new board members remaining, I believe it’s important to retain some experienced members and board cohesion, particularly with a new principal, and our ongoing building project.

I look forward to the next three exciting years at Grey Lynn School.


Richard Anthony Yelash

My name is Richard Yelash and I am standing for the Board of Trustees at Grey Lynn School.

We have two children at Grey Lynn School, Leo in Year 5 and Barnaby in Year 2. My wife Angie Worsley is an active member of the Grey Lynn School Fundraising Group. I have lived in Grey Lynn for 13 years, prior to that in other cities within New Zealand and in the UK.

Our family love Grey Lynn and we very much value being able to send our boys to such a terrific local school with a high level of cultural, staff and community engagement.

In my professional career I own a small consulting company that works with organisations within New Zealand and overseas, focusing on the areas of strategy development and change management.

In the last 2 years our school has undergone significant change. With my own children currently in the senior and junior schools we have been fortunate enough to have been a part of that journey; acknowledging where the school has come from and recognising that we are an evolving community that continue to celebrate diversity and strive for academic excellence.

Our school now has some of the best physical infrastructure in Auckland, the challenges ahead will be in putting the individual needs of our students first in our new collaborative learning spaces while ensuring that we are supporting and retaining our very capable staff.

We all want our children to be confident, collaborative and creative learners with an inquiring mindset that will help them navigate a future where more traditional jobs may be a thing of the past. Grey Lynn School is in a great position to prepare our kids but will require the ongoing support of parents, staff and the wider community – having a voice and working together.

I believe that I can bring a broad range of skills relevant to school trusteeship, in particular analytical thinking, financial awareness and strategic development. I would welcome the opportunity to be on the Board, and to make a meaningful contribution to our school.

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