Meet the Board of Trustees

The school's Board of Trustees is a group of parents and staff elected to govern the school. Their role is to oversee the school's strategic direction and to ensure that funds from the Ministry of Education, as well as those raised locally by our community, are allocated effectively in order to have the greatest benefit to our students. As Principal of the school, Marian Caulfield is automatically a member of the Board. Makia Gibson is the elected staff trustee. The Board receives reports on student achievement twice a year. For more information on this please contact the principal.

Jonathan Boow (Chairperson)

Hi, I’m a local Morningside resident, married to Anna and we have two children, Maria who’s 16 and finished at Mt Albert Primary in 2014 and Tessa who is 8 and is now in Year 4. I put my hand up for the Board of Trustees because, having already been a parent at the school for 9 years (and looking at a further 3 years), I would like to be able to give something back to the school and be part of maintaining the school’s vision for the future.

I would like to improve the visibility of the board of trustees to the wider parent/caregiver community and help improve communication between the school and parents/caregivers.

At work, I have a background in the natural sciences and I have been with the Auckland Council (and prior to that Auckland Regional Council) for the last 12 years. I am in a conservation management role with the Biodiversity team, focused on protecting Auckland’s natural environment. I am passionate about protecting our natural and cultural heritage for future generations, and I acknowledge the critical part our schools play in this.

I look forward to working hard for MAPS and invite you to attend any of our Board meetings.

Charles Lynch

My name is Charles Lynch, I’m an I.T. Consultant, originally from Scotland (but I have lived in New Zealand for the past 20+ years). 
I’m a long term resident of Kingsland with my wife, Morven, and two sons (one finished at MAPS in 2015 and the other is currently in Year 6). 
I’ve have been closely involved in education for a long time as my Mum, Dad, Sister and Wife have all been teachers, and early in my career I worked at Glasgow University’s teacher training facility.
One of my areas of interest is in raising student achievement and especially looking at how technology can help with that. I firmly believe that Mt Albert Primary has the potential to be a truly great school and I want to do everything I can to help it achieve that potential.

Alicia Murray

I was elected to the Board of Trustees in June 2016. I live locally and have two children at the school. My family enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at MAPS. 

I am an experienced lawyer, with the skills necessary to make a meaningful contribution to the Board. I'm excited to be on the Board and involved with the opportunities and challenges ahead for the school in light of its increasing roll growth.

Caroline Izzard

I’m Caroline Izzard, and my family has been a part of the Mt Albert Primary community for the past 4 years. I am married to Sean, and we have two boys Lucas and Theo, at MAPS.  I have been connected to the school since the boys began, as an active member of the PTA, helping organise many of the great events the PTA puts on.

In addition to being a Mum, and what feels sometimes like a part time event manager for the PTA 😁, I work full time at TVNZ, where I run the Data and Insights function. In addition to this most recent role, I have held a variety of technical, commercial and project management roles in the past.  I joined the board hoping that I could bring with me a combination of commercial skills and passion for the school community – supporting Marian and team in continuing their mission to develop what is already an amazing school.
I am so pleased to have been given this opportunity and can’t wait to see what we can collectively achieve.

Raj Valabh

My wife Anita and I have lived just around the corner from the school for 14 years. We have two children – Caleb in Year 6 and Teajyl in Year 3. Anita is a PTA committee member, and we cherish being part of this amazing school community.

We currently run our own business in the construction sector. My background was as a professional engineer specialising in water and the environment. I also continue to be involved in commercial building development and property management.

I look forward to working with my Board colleagues, the Management team, and the wider school community to ensure our children are the best that they can be. I plan to provide a sound, technical, analytical mind to assist in the guidance of the school through the coming years.

The whole school community has a responsibility to ensure that MAPS continues to celebrate all of its students and the cultural diversity within. I will do my part at Board level with great pride.

Makia Gibson (Staff Trustee)

Hello!  I am Makia Gibson, Year 3/4 Team Leader for the Tūī Team and an enthusiastic teacher!  I believe that all students can reach their potential in the right environment. Teachers have a role to play in this but so do School Boards. As Staff Trustee, I was elected by my colleagues to be a 'teacher's voice' on the Board - a role that I am continuing to learn. As a Board member, not only do I have the wonderful opportunity to learn the full intricacies of how a school operates – I am also able to bring the perspectives of the teaching profession to the table as we build on the past successes of the school.

I am very excited about being a member of the Mount Albert Primary School community, and I look forward to working collectively towards "being the best we can be!"