Mike Corbett - President
I am a dad who has a
young daughter attending Massey University Auckland Early Learning Centre. Every day I see first-hand the benefits that
she gains from attending this wonderful ELC - from friendships to skills learnt.
I am employed as a
Facility and Events Manager for Netball North Harbour and have been employed in
the sports/events industry for over 15 years.
I can demonstrate extensive management experience in the following
areas: management, property, council and risk management. This has resulted in a broad spectrum of
skills and knowledge which are directly applicable to being a very capable
board member and President for Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association. In addition to this I am familiar in all
planning, budgeting, compliance, registration, contract negotiation and health
I have excellent
communication skills and feel my role as President will help me give back to the
Association and help all the centres to develop further in the future.
Nicole Thompson - Vice President
I'm passionate about early childhood education and the wonderful learning environments NAKA provides for our children. NAKA has a long history in our communities and my husband and I both attended Torbay Kindergarten, so of course we wanted our two children to follow in our footsteps!
I was very involved in our kindergarten community over the 3 years we spent there and was the Kindergarten Committee President for almost two years. I enjoyed working with a group of like minded parents to achieve goals for the betterment of our kindergarten. When my kids had both started school, joining the board was a way for me to continue to be involved; helping to shape the future of NAKA and ensure it will still be around for my children's children. I am inspired to ensure that we respond to the needs of our families, while honouring the family based values of kindergarten and keeping the well-being and learning of our children at heart.
I am a teacher of English as a second language, and I work with many different nationalities who are making their home in NZ. I really value the community and sense of belonging that being part of a NAKA service provides to all of our families. I'm proud to be involved with NAKA and giving our children the very best start on their journey of life long learning!
Katie Dobson - Board Member
I am the mother of two
daughters who attend Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre. I have been in education for 16 years with
the past six as a full time Physical Education and Health teacher at Takapuna
Last year I was
appointed as one of the Across School Leaders for our newly established Kahui
Ako (Community of Learning). In my role
I have led a professional learning program on the spirals of inquiry model with
the staff at Takapuna Grammar.
As a Physical Education
Teacher I am a big believer in “PLAY” and learning through experience. I teach
students interpersonal skills such as curiosity, teamwork, creativity,
resilience, inclusive play, effective communication and much more. I have a great understanding of the NZ
curriculum and am familiar with Te- Whariki.
I have been heavily
involved in the “Friends of HPELC” parent committee, playing a big role in
fundraising and organising several events to support the centre. I am proud to be a board member for the Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association and look forward to strengthening our already wonderful reputation.
Paul Geden - Board Member
I am a father of six,
who lives in Hobsonville Point. My two
youngest children both attend the fantastic Hobsonville Point Early Learning
Centre. I am active in my local community
having previously served on the Hobsonville Point Residents Society and
currently leading the parent committee at HPELC.
I am thrilled to become a board member for Northern
Auckland Free Kindergarten Association and to help build upon the great position that it is
in – delivering life changing foundations for children in the communities it
I have 30 years of
experience in the Insurance profession, across two continents and in many
differing roles. I also have a strong
background in governance and process management which I believe will serve the
Association well coupled with the right skill set to help the Board set a
strong strategic plan that will see this Association flourish in the future.
Charlotte Lee - Board Member
Our family moved back to New Zealand in 2013 after
being in the UK for more than 10 years. Since that time both my sons have attended
the lovely Stanmore Bay Kindergarten for their early learning centre education
prior to starting school - with my youngest child eagerly waiting to start!
I am a tertiary qualified communications
specialist with 15 years of experience in marketing and communications,
including 10 years at a well-established London Financial PR agency.
My experience includes handling strategic
communications and media affairs for law firms, financial associations,
commodity funds, investment groups and many other financial institutions.
In 2015 I launched my NZ based consultancy
business and currently provide communications advise and implementation across
a range of sectors. I am delighted to be appointed as a board member for Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association and look forward to contributing to board decisions that will benefit our wonderful communities further.
Grant Mitcheson - Board Member
I have been a Life Member
of Northern Auckland Free Kindergarten Association for well over 20 years and a
member for about 34 years. I have a
passion for seeing this Association be the best it can be in order to service
our young children throughout all our various communities that we inhabit.
I have been a
Professional Fire Fighter since 1984 and a Station Officer since 2002.
I am able to comprehend
and act within the constitution, be accountable to the membership and have a
clear understanding and knowledge of the governance role of the board.
genuinely committed to the purpose, vision and goals of the Association, and as an appointed Board Member act lawfully, honestly and in good faith at all times to help make this Association be the best it can be.
Janine Wilson - Board Member
I am a mother to three boys - two whom have recently left Kindergarten and my third is currently enrolled at Rangitoto Kindergarten. I am a passionate advocate of ECE and have seen my children flourish in the Kindergarten environment.
I'm University qualified and have worked as a brand marketer both in NZ and the UK specialising in the Sports Nutrition sector. As a board member, I am keen to leverage my experiences as a brand marketer to educate the families in our community about the benefits of Kindergarten.
Being involved as a parent in the day-to-day operations of my local Kindergarten has given me insight into the challenges our Kindergartens are facing in todays busy and competitive world. As a board member I am here to represent the parents and families who want a high quality early childhood experience for their children. Ultimately, I would love to see more children get the opportunity to attend kindergarten as I believe it is the best ECE available in our community.
Tui Skelton (Teacher Representative)
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