Board of Trustees

Current Board Members

Stephen Gough – Chairperson
Craig Dotchin
Julie Rowe
Joanna Beresford
Richard Slade

Dave Shadbolt – Principal
Kate Rogers – Staff Representative
Judith Howe – Secretary


Meetings are held in the staffroom at 7 PM on the following Tuesdays:

22 February Click here to view the minutes
29 March Click here to view the minutes
31 May Meeting not held due to illness
28 June Click here to view the minutes
30 August Click here to view the minutes 
27 September Click here to view the minutes 
29 November Click here to view the minutes
13 December

Member Profiles


Stephen Gough

Board Chairperson

My name is Stephen Gough and I am the father of four Gladstone kids.

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 brings 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.

Craig Dotchin

Craig Dotchin

Kia ora, my name is Craig Dotchin and I am thankful and excited to be able to contribute to the prosperity of Gladstone Primary School as a member of the board of trustees.

Our family have lived in Mount Albert since 2009, and my partner Kimberley has taught in the Junior School in various roles since we moved to Auckland in 2005. Our daughter attended Gladstone and our son is currently enrolled.

Professionally, I am a practicing dental surgeon with experience in both the private and public health sector in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Additionally have a keen interest in the role of technology for improving outcomes and removing barriers and have postgraduate qualifications in both information systems and health informatics. I am extremely process and efficiency driven and look to find effective, practical solutions to organizational challenges and have experience in professional development governance and project management.

I have great appreciation for the special character and culture that Gladstone has continued to maintain despite its size and the challenges that grow as Mount Albert changes and intensifies. I hope to offer grounded, ethical and pragmatic support to a board of trustees which looks to build on the great history and wonderful school that is Gladstone Primary.


Julie Rowe

Kia ora, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Nihao, Namaste, Vanakkam, Annyeonghaseyo, As-salamu alaykum. Warms greetings to the Gladstone School community. 

I am a parent-elected rep on the Gladstone Board of Trustees. I have a background in media and currently work as a television producer. My whanau has been part of the school since 2018. 

I am passionate about inclusive education to ensure no one is left behind, with a special interest in dyslexia and evidence-based supports that can help these students achieve their potential.

I am committed to governing our school to support the wellbeing of our students and staff and I am honoured to represent our diverse parent community. I know how important two-way active engagement with whānau and timely, open communication is to the parent community. 

I want Gladstone School to be the best it can possibly be so that every student in the school can attain their highest possible standard in education achievement.


Joanna Beresford

Hi, my name is Joanna Beresford and I am very pleased to be able to serve as a parent representative on the Gladstone Board of Trustees.  My husband, Geoff Beresford and I currently have two children at Gladstone. We are a busy, active family with our children involved in soccer, cricket, gymnastics, ballet, swimming, and keas. 

We have lived in Mt Albert for almost 10 years.  Mt Albert is a fantastic community and Gladstone Primary is a central part of what makes our community special.  My approach as BOT member is to always ask “what we can do better” and to keep on looking for ways to improve the school across all areas for all the diverse people and families that it serves. 

In my professional life I have degrees in law and geology and have been a resource management and environmental lawyer for the past 15 years.  My husband and I established our own law firm earlier in the year so I am now also a small business owner.  I have strong strategic planning, property development and project management experience.

Richard Slade

Richard Slade

My name is Richard Slade, and I am pleased to have been nominated to the School Board. I am New Zealand born, with Samoan heritage. My wife has taught at Gladstone for 9 years and shortly our daughter will join our eldest son at the school.

I have practised as a litigation lawyer for the last decade and currently practise as a senior lawyer at the Public Defence Service. It is a role that requires a high level of personal and professional standards. My management experience and skills in strategic planning, budgeting, and maintaining stakeholder engagement and relationships could help contribute to the work of the school board. I also have experience as a member on other charitable boards.

Gladstone is an amazing school and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of its staff and students.