Board of Trustees

Principal - Melanie Taylor

Staff Trustee - Jenny Waddel
This is my fourth year as a teacher at Golden Sands School and I am currently teaching in the Blake Learning Community.  Having taught for many years at several different schools, I am enjoying the challenges and opportunities that Golden Sands School has to offer.  I am the mother of two teenage boys who attend local schools.  I have previously been a parent representative at Papamoa Primary BOT for a term of 5 years, and am looking forward to being on a board again and meeting the other board members.

Parent Trustee - Sarah Metcalfe (Chairperson)
In my previous career I was a primary school teacher, since then I have worked for over a decade in the business world specialising in the HR field.  I have worked internationally as an HR Director with a focus on company culture, training & development, and business strategy.  I currently work as an HR Advisor in the public sector advising on complex employment issues and providing guidance and support to business leaders.  My husband, Ben, and I have become Golden Sands parents and our youngest daughter will join her big sister at school next year.

Parent Trustee - Leesa Speed
I was elected as a parent representative on the BOT in the 2013 elections.  I have a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and Arts from the University of Waikato and more than 12 years experience as a litigation solicitor.  My legal experience has been of particular use on the Board when reviewing policy documents and considering the impact of new legislation on schools and ensuring compliance.  My husband, Mike, and I are the proud parents of three children, two of whom are at Golden Sands School with the third due to start next year.

Parent Trustee - John Welch
I have 17 years experience as a public servant where I have had various roles that have led or participated in teams that focused on the development and growth of people and their communities.  Other functions that I have done have included policy, audit, and contracting which have contributed to my role now in management.  Bron and I have two children with our daughter in Year 2, who is loving and thriving being in the Golden Sands environment. 

Parent Trustee - Leigh Park
I am an experienced strategic planner, and have worked locally and overseas to help companies develop business and communications strategy to be more successful.  I have two children, Lucian, who started at Golden Sands School this year and a two year old, Claudia, who is currently at home with me.  My iwi are Tuhoe and Whakatohea.

Parent Trustee - Duncan Boyes
I have worked for the Ministry of Social Development (Child, Youth and Family) for the past decade and have a strong understanding of the different needs that a community face and the importance of our children's education and social needs.  I am the father of two children, my daughter currently attends Golden Sands School and my son will follow later this year.

Secretary  - Jade Smith

Board Members