Board of Trustees

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Current Board Members

Fiona Barker – Chairperson
Anna Palairet
Nigel Stevenson
Michael Taia – Deputy Chairperson
Malua Tipi
Stephen Gough
Libby Middlebrook

Dave Shadbolt – Principal
Claire Alger – Staff Rep
Judith Howe – BOT Secretary

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BOT Member Profiles


My name is Fiona Barker and I am the mother of  Kieran in Year 4. I have a background in education and I am currently the Principal of Green Bay High School. I was Deputy Principal at Mt Albert Grammar and also worked at Avondale College and as a senior advisor within the Ministry of Education.
I have a variety of skills that I offer as part of the Gladstone School Board. I bring a good knowledge of school systems, curriculum and teaching, and people management. As a business owner I demonstrated sound financial management and business planning skills. This combination of education and commercial experience provides a strong background from which to contribute in a governance role.
It is important to me that all Gladstone students reach their academic potential. All students at Gladstone should have the opportunity to thrive academically as well as enjoying chances to be involved in sports, arts and cultural activities.
Gladstone Primary is a fantastic school and I enjoy the opportunity to support the leadership team and teachers at Gladstone to provide the best possible learning environment for all of our children.


My name is Michael Taia and I am privileged to have been on the Board since the beginning of 2014. 

My partner Alicia and I have 5 children; 2 of whom are currently at Gladstone Primary –  Isaac in Year 6 and Lyden in Year 1.

During my time on the Board, I have worked to advance Maori and Pasifika development at the school in conjunction with the amazing parent community and tremendous teacher support.  I am very proud of the incredible success of our Maori and Pasifika students and I am keen to continue to promote this in years to come.  I am regularly involved in a range of school activities and have enjoyed the flexibility to be able to attend as many school camps, excursions and activities as possible.

My background is primarily in Law and I have practised Law for over 18 years.  I am the owner of a small advisory business which focuses heavily on project management and effective governance.  I have looked to utilise these skill sets wherever possible as a member on the Board. 


Fa’amalua Tipi. MEd (1st class Hons), BEd, Dip Tchg

I am a father of three children, one currently attends Gladstone Primary – Malua Jr in Year 4.  

I have been involved with Teacher Education for over 15 years.  My passion and strength lies in my ability to connect people in the education sector within local community.  I have a variety of skills that I contribute to the Board of Trustees, namely leadership, equity issues and understanding the educational system.

My other responsibilities include chairing a Health and Social Services Board where I oversee the Fono’s governance and operations to improve health, social services and education for Pacific and high needs people in the Auckland region. I am also a board member with Oceania Careers Academy training establishment for vocational qualifications for young adults. I am a current Board of Trustee member for a language nest preschool centre in West Auckland. All of these roles have one thing in common, that is, they all align to life-long learning of the individual and community.

My number one priority is my children. I am devoted to ensuring they are totally supported and given all opportunities both in terms of academic ability and extra-curricular activities.

As a member of the Board for a number of years we have achieved great milestones, overcome many challenges and achieved great changes. I welcome the opportunity to continue reaching new heights for the betterment of our children at Gladstone.


I currently have one child at Gladstone – Caden who is currently in Year 5.

I grew up in Lynfield and then settled in Mt Albert in 2008 after six years working in Dublin and London. We have met so many amazing people in the area and absolutely love it, we are here to stay.

I think it’s really important to give back to the community so over previous years I’ve managed our children’s rugby and TBall teams.

We live in the information age so technology will play a massive part in our children’s lives. I have worked in this industry for 27 years and know it extremely well.

I spent seven years working in the education sector at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). In my last role as Director of ICT Strategy I was responsible for the strategic planning of technology provided to staff and students. I am therefore accustomed to the academic world and government organisations. 

In 2015 I graduated at AUT with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction. I have found that the MBA has given me an extremely broad knowledge of all aspects of business.

My current employment is as IT Director at Kensington Swan, a premier New Zealand Law firm. 

I believe I bring knowledge and experience that is beneficial to the Board, to you, and all of our children.


My husband Tim (Jones) and I have 2 children, Amelia in Year 7 at Ponsonby Intermediate and Harry in Year 4 at Gladstone. Like all parents I have a vested interest in ensuring our school continues to enhance the great learning environment it is today and as a Board Trustee I feel privileged to contribute to that successful outcome.

I have extensive experience in management, strategy and governance both in my past role as Head of Procurement at Air New Zealand (managing the companies 4500 suppliers) and current role as General Manager for the airlines Property and Infrastructure division. I am also a Board Director for the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) holding that position since April 2017.

Through these and other roles I bring considerable governance and leadership experience across large, diverse organisational groups. I play a leading role in translating the Health and Safety legislation as it relates to people that work in and on our buildings and surrounding spaces. I sat on Air New Zealand’s internal governance group for some years and have drafted and implemented policy ranging from spend practices to sustainability.

As a member of Air New Zealand’s Senior Leadership Team I have a role in developing and mentoring future leaders. I also have broad experience in strategy, collaborating with individuals, teams and the wider organisation to set strategic objectives and aspirations.

I have enjoyed supporting Gladstone through the Gladstone Community (PTA). I was part of a small group who created our Gladstone Community Charter. This document outlines the group’s purpose and rationale and why a PTA is such an important part of our school community. It’s amazing to see the value so many parents bring to the school every day.

On the Board I continue to work to support an environment that gives our children the best in primary school education and experience.The Board’s support of school leadership, our great teaching staff and resources and our wonderful community plays an important part in ensuring our children succeed in all aspects of their life not only at primary school but far into the future.


My name is Stephen Gough and I am the father of three Gladstone kids who are about to be joined at the school by my youngest daughter later this year.

I moved to Mt Albert 15 years ago, after spending three years living in Europe, and have been happily settled here since. I love the convenience, history, and strong sense of community we enjoy in our suburb and believe strongly in making a positive contribution to sustaining this. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant (non active) and have spent most of my career working in senior Financial and Commercial roles in large businesses.

Two years ago I left the corporate world to open Albert’s Post – a family friendly bar and restaurant in the Mt Albert village. Albert’s Post’s mission is to provide a focal point that bring’s together the Mt Albert community. We have been working hard to spearhead a revival of the Mt Albert village and I have been actively involved with groups such as the Mt Albert Business association. Albert’s Post was awarded the best new business in the 2018 Albert-Eden business awards and was recently certified for completing the Albert-Eden sustainable business programme.

I bring a strong degree of financial and commercial acumen to the Board and understand the importance of our governance accountabilities to the wider Gladstone community. I am strongly supportive of the hard work that is put in by the current teaching and administrative staff to create a learning environment in which all students can flourish academically while also being exposed to a wide variety of cultural experiences and sporting activities.


My name is Libby Middlebrook and I am delighted to be a member of the Board of Trustees.

My husband Scott Kara and I have been living in Mt Albert for the past 9 years, and I’m proud to be a member of our community. Our daughters Mia and Katie, who are aged 11 and 8 years old respectively, attended local kindergartens, before joining Gladstone Primary School. They have both thrived at the school, making the most of all it has to offer. We feel very grateful to the teachers and staff for the hard work and energy they’ve put into our kids.

I have a background in the media industry and in corporate affairs, specialising in communications, government relations and stakeholder management. I work as General Manager External Relations for a large privately-owned New Zealand business, with interests in property development, minerals and energy, and I am currently studying towards an MBA.
I have skills in reputation management, crisis communications, external and internal communications, organisational change, insights and stakeholder relations.

Prior to this, I worked as a journalist in both print and broadcasting. Over 20 years, I worked for various publications, including the New Zealand Herald. I have also held senior roles in broadcasting, as a current affairs journalist for Campbell Live, Fair Go and The Sunday Programme.

Like all parents, I want to ensure that our kids have the best possible experience at primary school, and are given every opportunity to grow and gain confidence. I am very pleased to be able to support the school as a member of the Board.

Last updated: 11 March 2019

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