(From left to right) Catherine Miller (Staff Representative), John Western (Principal), Justine Crawford, Dave Farrelly, Charlotte Brook, Will Peet, Lloyd Davies (Chairperson)

Board of Trustees

Seeking election onto the Board of Trustees [BOT] is the most formal means of involvement in the school. The BOT is the school’s governing body and members work closely with management at a strategic level. Board meetings are advertised in advance and are open to the public.

Chairperson’s Welcome

The Seatoun School Board of Trustees (the Board) is the elected group of parents and staff representatives who have the responsibility for the governance of our school.

The school’s successes result from an effective and ongoing partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Board, the Principal, the staff, the students, their parents, caregivers and families and the wider Seatoun community.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and motivated principal and staff. Our children achieve in all areas. With the continued commitment and support of the whole school and community we can achieve our aim to cater for each student’s individual needs and ensure that all reach their full potential both during their time at Seatoun School and in the future.

Seatoun School is rated by the Government as a decile 10 school. This means we receive substantially less funding than other schools based on the expectation that our location in a high socio/ economic area gives us greater access to financial and other resources. Your contribution in terms of time, skills and money are more than just a bonus to the school – they are critical for the effective day to day running and are a key ingredient in the delivery of the highest quality education to your child or children.

We look forward to meeting you and your child and to establishing a positive, enjoyable and mutually rewarding relationship with you and your family.


Lloyd Davies
Seatoun School Board of Trustees

Seatoun School Charter

A copy of the Seatoun School Charter can be viewed at the School Office or on line. Included in this Charter is the 2018 - 2019 Strategic Plan, 2018 Annual Action Plan, and 2018 Achievement Targets. This document has been accepted by the Ministry of Education, and outines the objectives and goals for the current year.  

You can download our Charter here as a pdf


Introducing our Board of Trustees

PEET, Will

Tēnā koutou katoa. I’m lucky to have one daughter left at Seatoun School.  She’s in year 7 and the other two are now at WEGC. I’ve been on the board since 2013 including serving as chair for three years until September 2018.    

Education is very important to me, as I was a very average school student academically but this allowed me lots of time to fully participate in sports and music.   Fortunately, I was engaged by some great educators after I left school that changed my experience of education and thanks to them; I found my way. 

I currently own and run a management consultancy business undertaking a range of public and private sector work.  I hold Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering, am a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Member of the Institute of Directors.  

I enjoy contributing as part of the Board of Trustee team to help everyone ensure our school continues to be “the best we can be”. 


BROOK, Charlotte

It is a great privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees of Seatoun School.  I have three young sons, two of whom are already at Seatoun School and one who will be joining in 2020, so I am very invested in the continued success of the school.  I am a lawyer at the Crown Law Office, where I manage one of the Criminal Teams. My background is as a Crown prosecutor but I have also done regulatory work and general public law work. I currently manage a team of about 12 lawyers in Wellington and Auckland. While I would hope there would be no need for my criminal law expertise on the Board, I have a lot of experience resolving disputes and negotiating for good outcomes. My management role means I also have experience managing budgets and resources, recruiting staff and dealing with general employment matters.  We are fortunate to have a wonderful teaching staff and Principal; I see our role as a Board as supporting them to help our children be the best they can be.


My name is Justine Crawford and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School because I want to contribute and serve our school community. We currently have Max in year 7, Charlie in year 5 and Tobie in year 3. 

My recent governance experience is BoT Gisborne Central School, Montessori Council, Chairperson of Tairawhiti Child Protection Network and community representative on Tairawhiti District Health Child Health Governance Group.

There hasn’t been any grand career development plan but various moves have facilitated changes in career direction. After graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Secondary Teaching I taught at Fraser High School and Sacred Heart Girls’ College.

For the next decade I worked for ICT companies [Telecom, IBM, Gen-i] in training specialist, training management and project management roles.

A return to my home town of Gisborne resulted in another career transition into community development. I led the Gisborne Voter Participation Project, designed to increase voter turnout in the local Council and DHB 2010 election. Following that, I was employed by Te Ora Hou as researcher, analyst, project manager for Tiakina ô Tâtou Tamariki, or Keep our Kids Safe. This project focussed on building strong neighbourhoods and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. I also supervised a research project on local attitudes, beliefs and awareness of sexual violence against children.

I am currently employed as a Programme Manager for Social Policy at the Ministry of Social Development.

I value teachers and education extremely highly, and consider schools to be dynamic and vital hubs within our communities. I would love to be involved in helping Seatoun School build on its many strengths through the Board of Trustees.


My name is Lloyd Davies and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School. 

From October this year I will have four children at Seatoun School, ranging from year 0 to year 5. I have an incentive to make sure Seatoun School is the best it can be! I want to provide the best opportunities for my children, and to have them thrive in a supportive and progressive environment.

I am a lawyer currently working at Contact Energy Limited. I have extensive experience in resolving governance issues and providing robust and fair guidelines for organisations to operate in.

I am also passionate about the value of a strong and cohesive community. Seatoun School is an integral part of the wider Seatoun community, and brings people together. I want to see that continue and grow stronger.

I want Seatoun School to further commit to a culture that adds value, fulfilment, friendship, learning and growth. I want Seatoun School to be an awesome experience for the children who attend, and a fulfilling place to work for its teachers.

I want Seatoun School to be place that is worth belonging to.


Tena koutou katoa, he mihi nei no tetahi no Ngati Kahungunu.
Successful education to me grows a love of learning, supports a desire to be their best selves within our children, promotes resilience and prepares them with the skills to succeed in an ever changing world.
As a parent of a child at Seatoun School, I, like you, have a vested interest in Seatoun School laying long lasting foundations and delivering successful education.
I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the current group of capable, willing and committed people who make up the Board to support successful education for the remainder of this Board's term.
Let's prepare the children of Seatoun School to be the best they can be and to make their mark on the world. 
Kia kirikiri tatangi ki te ao tamariki ma! 
Key Board Documents
Present Year Charter - refer further up this page for this link