Board of Trustees
All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
The Board of Trustees is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures that it complies with legal and policy requirements. Policies are at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the principal.
At Bucklands Beach Intermediate our Board of Trustees is comprised of 8 elected members which meet monthly on a Wednesday night. Elections for Board of Trustee positions are held every 18 months. If you would like more information about applying to be a trustee or if you would like to attend a board meeting please email
Current Board of Trustee elected members:
Alan Figgins (Chairperson)
Diane Parkinson (Principal)
Anne Burgess (Staff Trustee)
Board of Trustees Profiles
Alan Figgins - Presiding Member
I have been a trustee at Bucklands Beach Intermediate School for about eight years, looking after finance, strategic planning, and now as Presiding Member of the Board of Trustees. I have also been a trustee at a primary school, and am also a trustee at Macleans College. Professionally, I have been an accountant, IT consultant, and business consultant for more than twenty years.
Over the years, I have also been a coach / manager for both the Howick & Pakuranga Cricket Club, and Howick Pakuranga Hockey Club.
BBI is clearly a well positioned school. It has an excellent team of teachers under Diane Parkinson’s leadership with a strong culture of achievement.
The board has been achieved much over the ten years and I want to see a continuation of the success that has seen BBI perform so well, academically, culturally, and in the sports arena.
I believe that it is the responsibility of the Board to support and lead the development of the school in line with the values set out in the school's vision and mission statements, to implement and maintain an effective governance structure, and to both support and hold accountable the leadership team as they facilitate each student in realising their full potential.
I welcome discussion with, and input from, the school and wider community. If you would like to contact me, please email or call via the school.
Anne Burgess - Staff Representative
It is a privilege to have been elected as the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees by the staff of BBI. I have worked at BBI since 1999, beginning as a Year 8 teacher and becoming a senior teacher/team leader in 2008. Before coming to BBI I taught Years 2-4 for 5 years in NSW Australia, Year 4 for 4 years working in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea for the International Education Agency and 2 years teaching a Year 7/8 composite class at Kaitao Intermediate in Rotorua.
Living in Northpark, Botany, I have been happily married to my husband Steve, an electrician, for 38 years and have 3 adult children. Alana teaches at Somerville Intermediate, Glenn at Tyndale Park Christian School and Shae works for STAR insurance. So we have a few teachers in the family! All three passed through BBI for their intermediate school years and enjoying all the opportunities that BBI provided.
I love teaching and seeing students through their developing years to become independent learners and thinkers and caring, open minded citizens.
I bring to the board a teacher’s experience as I am still teaching in the classroom, and represent BBI’s teachers' perspectives and viewpoints.
Chris Barnes - Finance
I am a resident of Mellons Bay with Cristine (my partner in life) our two sons; Guy and
George, who attended BBI and who are now at Macleans College.
Born and raised in Masterton, I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of
Science (Biochemistry and Chemistry”, Post Graduate Diploma of Science, and Business
Administration. I bring my strong experience in Operation Management and passion for
people, learning and project work.
I have been serving on the BBI Board of Trustees since 2015 where I lead the
finance portfolio, and back up for Property, Personnel and EEO portfolios.
BBI is a high performing school with an excellent academic and sporting record. I am
committed to ensuring this is sustained through great leadership, development of staff, well
maintained assets and facilities, but most importantly a safe environment in which they can
learn and express themselves . Providing these will enable our students to thrive both
academically and physically in their schooling endeavours.
Chris Griffiths – Emotional Wellbeing and Inclusivity
I am very proud to be on the BBI board for over twelve years; I find being a trustee is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable role. I understand my role as a trustee is a combination of looking forward by designing the future of the school, looking back and being accountable for BBI's performance, acknowledging the requirements of BBI's stakeholders (including the Crown and the community), and of course, being a good employer.
In 2016 I graduated from university with a Master of Business Administration, majoring in operations and management. I am continuing my learning part-time as a doctoral candidate while lecturing at Auckland University of Technology; my research considers how individuals foster inclusion within New Zealand's manufacturing industries. To support my lecturing work, over this year I am also completing a qualification in adult and tertiary teaching and have already found this useful in my governance role at BBI.
Towards the end of 2020 I approached our Board's Presiding Member and Principal asking if I could lay the groundwork for a new Board Portfolio: Emotional Wellbeing and Inclusion. New Zealand’s new Education and Training Act 2020 signals very clearly that Boards need to pay attention to emotional wellbeing, inclusivity and draw in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. While the school does this every day and so well, the BBI board intends to lead in this new attention for governance, with work underway to bring emotional wellbeing, inclusivity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi into our conversations.
Wendy Levy - Property
I have lived in Bucklands Beach since 2000, when I moved back to New Zealand with my husband Ellis. We have since had two children, one of whom started at Buckland Beach Intermediate in 2014. I work at an international consulting company as an Associate Director of Project Management, managing a range of projects within New Zealand and overseas. Prior to this I was the company’s Business Systems Manager, responsible for the Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety of over 350 staff working on projects from Siberia to the South pole.
Since enrolling my oldest child at Pigeon Mountain Primary School in 2007, I have been actively involved in the school community. I have served as both Secretary and Chairman of the Pigeon Mountain (PMPS) PTA, and played an active role in helping Pigeon Mountain to review and update their health and safety processes. I also attended the BBI School camp at Motutapu in 2014 as a parent helper.My children have different skills, abilities and learning needs, which has made me learn more about the best way to support them so they can achieve their goals. I believe that all students can succeed with the right support from parents, the school and other services as necessary.
I am delighted that I have been elected to the BBI Board of Trustees which will allow me to bring my skills and experience to help further the educational aspirations and goals of the school. My portfolio is health and safety.
Jocelyn Cameron - Health and Safety
I am pleased to have been elected to the Board of Trustees by the community. I have wide experience in contract negotiations & project management at a National Executive level. I am used to leading and working in multidisciplinary teams, within strict time constraints. I have extensive experience in strategic development of businesses/goals and believe this will be important in my success of being part of the BBI BOT team.
I am a qualified Company Director (GAICD), I have a Masters in Medical Radiations and a MBA (in Business Administration). I have a strong interest in sustainability (studied at University level) and I believe this is another element I can bring to the role; as students are becoming more aware of environmental challenges we are currently facing and have a desire to make a difference.
I am a mother of 3 children. My eldest daughter, Charlotte, is a Year 8 student at BBI and is currently a house captain and involved in the leadership programme for last 18 months. My two youngest children will attend BBI as well.
I have lived in Half Moon Bay since 2014 and love the lifestyle, educational and sporting opportunities it affords our children & family.
I have a passion for public education and I believe my skills and energy will compliment my role on the BOT at BBI.
Diane Parkinson - Principal
I am very proud to be the Principal of Bucklands Beach Intermediate. My personal history began in a small New Zealand country town where I went on to study at Massey University in Palmerston North. I have enjoyed 33 years of teaching and learning in Auckland. I am fortunate to live in one of the most picturesque parts of New Zealand. My husband and I have two boys are 14 years and 17 years old. Both boys attend the local college.
I would value any member of the community to contact me about BBI. We can only enhance what we already do or improve what we already do when our local community provide us with feedback. Certainly, we will listen and do our best to make changes in the best interests of all students.