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:

Chris Griffiths (Chairman)

Diane Parkinson (Principal)

Alan Figgins

Lisa Mullin

Wendy Levy

Graham Bodman

Chris Barnes

Colin James

Stuart Read (Staff Rep)

Board of Trustees Profiles

Chris Griffiths – Chairman

This is my seventh year on the BBI Board and I am currently the Chairman. I am very proud to be on the BBI Board; I find that the work of a Trustee is rewarding. My philosophy as a Trustee is very simple – at the end of the day, everything I do must lead to the best possible educational outcomes for all children at Bucklands Beach Intermediate school, in both the short and longer term.? I met my wife when working in Singapore and we have three lovely children. In our home we celebrate both my wife’s Singaporean culture and my own Kiwi culture. My family fully supports my work as a Trustee and my wife’s occupation as a school librarian makes education is a big part of our life.? By trade I am a Designer and Typographer, through the years progressing through various levels of management. I am currently a Strategic Sourcing Manager and working very hard to complete my MBA at AUT. For my case study discussing High Performing Teams I referred to my experiences at BBI.? I am looking forward to 2015 at BBI, working with the Principal Diane Parkinson, her Senior Leadership Team and my fellow Trustees.

Graham Bodman – Property

My wife Christine and I have lived in Bucklands Beach for 10 years and our two children Nicholas and Penny are currently both at Bucklands Beach Primary School respectively in Years 5 & 6. For the next 3 years BBI will be a major part of our lives and I am looking forward to playing a useful role at the school. I have particular interest in promoting a school culture that values free thinking, wide-ranging inquiry, tolerance and citizenship.

I am employed as a senior manager at Auckland Council, responsible for licensing and compliance activity across Auckland covering diverse areas such as dog control, environmental health, alcohol licensing and bylaws compliance.  Skills I can bring to the Board of Trustees include leadership, governance, project management, property management and development (from 18 years in the property sector) and financial analysis.

In the next few years I will assist the Board with personnel and employment portfolios.

Stuart Read – Staff Representative

I count myself very privileged to have been elected as the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees by the staff of BBI. I have worked at BBI since I started as a beginning teacher 18 years ago. They can’t get rid of me! In 2014 I was the Year 8 dean, Team E syndicate leader and Science curriculum leader. In 2015 I will help lead a major development in our science programme, working closely with senior management, the teachers, community and other local schools.

I love teaching and count it a privilege to work with intermediate students at a stage when they are so enthusiastic and excited about life and learning.

My wife and I live in Howick and have three wonderful, full on, gregarious kids ages 9, 7 & 6 years. They attend Owairoa Primary School. We love spending time together as a family. We eat, sleep, work, play games and sports, watch TV, do homework together and spend time with extended family and friends. We are the Reads.

Wendy Levy – Health and Safety

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  and I will also be supporting Merv Hotter on Inclusion.

ALAN FIGGINS – Strategic Planning and Finance

I have been on the BBI BOT for three years, and I look after the Strategic Planning and Finance portfolios.  I have previously served on two boards at the primary school, and I am also currently on the board of Macleans College.

My background is in accounting, IT consulting, and management consulting.  I am currently director of a consulting practice specialising in Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Financial Management, and Governance, and also director of an electrical wholesaler / distributor / logistics provider, servicing customers across the country.

As part of my role as a consultant I sit on, or attend, board meetings for a number of organisations, advising on the above areas, and providing independent oversight of their management and operations.

Over the last few years, I have also been a coach / manager for both the Howick & Pakuranga Cricket Club, and the Hockey Club, coaching / managing teams through the summer (cricket), and winter (hockey).

I am married with two children, and we have lived in the area for more than fifteen years.


I believe that children have different talents and learning needs, and that it is the role of a school to be able to challenge all children within the school and to meet their individual needs. BBI has an excellent reputation and I look forward to my time on the Board of Trustees.

I have two children at Pigeon Mountain Primary School, and my niece and nephew currently attend BBI.

I bring to the BBI Board of Trustees a wealth of business and governance experience.  I have attended board meetings in a corporate environment for the last 12 years.  I am currently the Chief Operating Officer of a national law firm, where I have responsibility for finance, IT, human resources and business development.

I am a qualified lawyer and accountant and I am a member of the Institute of Directors.   This year I will be responsible for the financial portfolio and checking RAMS (Risk Assessment Management).


I am very proud to be the Principal of Bucklands Beach Intermediate. My personal history began in a small NZ country town and I studied at  Massey University in Palmerston North. I have enjoyed 29 years of teaching and learning in Auckland. My two boys are 11 years and 13 years old and attend a local schools. 

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. 

COLIN JAMES - Board Member

 I have lived in Bucklands Beach now for over 16 years with my wife, and our two daughters aged 11 and 8 years. Our oldest daughter has just started with BBI while our youngest is attending Melons Bay Primary.

I am currently employed as the Head of Security for Vodafone NZ managing their internal technology security, regional cyber security operations, consumer and enterprise security offerings, and overall security strategy. However, my career began by joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force where I spent 11 years in the military on various deployments and operations. 

I have also had a wealth of experience in the Education sector, spending three years as the Chief Technology Office (CTO) for Westlake Boys High School before returning to the private sector with a role with what was then Telecom/Geni as Security Operations Manager seven years ago.  During this time in Geni I also managed the education offerings including the SchoolZone network which has since transformed into Sparks Network for Learning.

I hold a role as a current board member of Netsafe, and a keen advocate of online safety and digital parenting. Outside of work I can be seen at the Auckland Observatory where I am involved in public lectures on basic astronomy and celestial navigation.