Board of Trustees

Current Board Members:

Stephen Gough – BOT Chairperson
Sarah Baddeley
Murray Le-Grice
Libby Middlebrook
Rachel Morrison

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

Board of Trustees Meetings 2019


Feb-March[Click here to download minutes]
June[Click here to download minutes]
September 1st[Click here to download minutes]
September 22nd

BOT Member Profiles

Board Chariperson

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.


I am a proud mum of two Gladstone kids. My partner and I are active members of the Mt Albert community and I have been elected as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees in the 2019 elections.

As well as being a busy active mum, I lead a practice in a well-established consulting company. I have particular expertise in public policy and extensive experience in the education, immigration, employment and skills, health and social service sectors. I have held a senior leadership role at Counties Manukau Health in South Auckland and was Director Auckland and Director Pasifika for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

I have held executive roles in the corporate sector in New Zealand and Australia. My early career was at the New Zealand Treasury including a period as Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance. With this background I have first-hand experience in collaborating in the design and delivery of programmes to achieve greater equity of outcomes including partnering with Māori, Pacific and migrant communities.

I currently sit on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, am a qualified company director and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

I am really committed to ensuring that all Gladstone kids are set up to achieve in a warm, safe, caring and inclusive environment. A creative place where they can have fun while they learn, supported by passionate teachers. I am an advocate for putting kids at the centre of our thinking and ensuring that the learning needs of all children, including those who need more personalised support, are met.


As an active member of the Gladstone Community I am pleased to have been elected as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees.

I have experience in managing teams and operations within corporates both in New Zealand and internationally. This includes strategic planning and the management of budgets, projects, stakeholders, vendors and customers. It also includes operational work such as customer experience and process reviews, incident response and training facilitation. This combined with the 7 years I was lucky enough to be ‘Stay At Home’ parent, gives me a balanced perspective.

I currently have two children at Gladstone, and like many parents, I have enjoyed being involved with the school – helping out in class, on school trips and with fundraising events. I currently coordinate a wonderful and giving group of Gladstone parents and together we run the school sausage sizzle every month to raise valuable funds for the school.

I value what a positive influence the school, teachers and leadership team have on our children and family as a whole and I am committed to a Gladstone where children are given the opportunity to achieve their potential.


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.


Hi, my name is Rachel. My husband Cam Scott and I have two children at Gladstone; Caleb and Olivia. Our children love Gladstone and we feel privileged with the support they have wrapped around them from our school community.

I have previous governance experience in the educational, not-for profit sector from my time on the Board of Unitec Early Learning Centre, including a year as Deputy Chair.

Commercially I have a breadth of experience across strategy development, communication, leadership and people management. I’ve held marketing leadership roles across a variety of organisations, from large corporates to smaller, entrepreneurial businesses, primarily focused on driving growth, creative problem solving and communication. I believe these skills are important in a governance role requiring strong strategic and risk planning, responsible financial management and proactive stakeholder/parent communication.

Education is in my blood! All four of my Grandparents and both my parents were Teachers and/or Lecturers. I’ve seen first-hand how hard educators work to give their students the opportunity to achieve their best educational outcomes.

As a Board Trustee I feel privileged to contribute to the ongoing success of our school, by providing support for our amazing Gladstone students, staff and our wider community.

Last updated: 19 July 2019

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