Our Board of Trustees is a hard working parent group who are committed to the high standards and strategic goals of our school.  They represent our parent community and provide leadership and direction to the school management. The Board meet once a month in the staffroom and these meetings are always publicised in the weekly newsletter.   Parents are welcome to attend as observers and may apply for speaking rights.

The Board’s Role

The B.O.T assume a governance role within the school. Governance is a “hands off” process whereby the Board ensures that the school is well managed and led without itself doing the managing. Therefore the B.O.T is not directly involved in the day to day running of the school. Concerns or complaints regarding staff, pupils or school organization should be first directed to the teacher then Deputy Principal, or Principal. Should a satisfactory resolution not be achieved using the above system an approach to the Board by letter outlining the situation is appropriate.

Generally the Principal will deal with the vast majority of situations.

Contact with the Board

If you wish to contact a Board member you can do so by going through the school office or by email at [email protected]

Meet the Team


Chairperson & Treasurer

Hi all – I’m James Stuart, and I joined the Windy Ridge School Board of Trustees in late 2017. My wife and I have three daughters; two are students at Windy Ridge and the third will follow. I joined the Board to share some of my professional expertise with the school: I’ve previously served on another school board, and I also have a background as a chartered accountant. At WRS I look after the finance portfolio. Since joining the Board I have developed a much better understanding of how our school is managed and what a great job the school’s leadership team and teachers are doing for the students and our wider community. I am very excited to be part of this chapter of the school’s journey – if you see me at the school please come and say hello.


Marie Cheeseman BProperty

I’m Marie Cheeseman, I have two daughters at the school, one in year 4 and one in year 2, and I also have two younger boys. I have been on the BOT since late 2017 and am currently responsible for the Property Portfolio. I joined the BOT because I wanted to be involved in helping our school be the best it can be. My vision for Windy Ridge school is that all children are supported to reach their potential.


 Kia ora, ko Stacey toku ingoa.  I am a parent elect on the board and currently have two children attending WRS, Kayla in Year 5 & Kalen in Year 2, however you may have also seen my younger son, Mac around making himself very comfortable!   I am passionate about all children being able to come to school, enjoy learning in a safe, happy environment & create great friendships.  I believe it is our role on the board to help the school and community provide a place for all students to shine. Windy Ridge is a great little school, and I am looking forward to helping it, along with the staff and community, continue to grow into an innovative, forward thinking, enjoyable community school.  Ngā mihi.
Hi, I’m Susan Andrews, and Mum to Mia who is a Year 2 Pukeko this year at WRS in Room 8. I’m eager to join the board to be more fully involved and better understand the workings of WRS so that I can make a useful contribution toward the school being the best that it can be for our children, their teachers and as part of the wider community. I hope to assist by putting to use skills I’ve picked up at work (in local and central government roles) and in life!! – including some insights as the daughter of a school teacher growing up and of the inner workings of local government, and as an enthusiastic team member and communicator. I am supportive of the school as a leader in play based learning and the real life skills this is equipping our children with that will assist them to truly succeed in life in combination with their academic learnings, and excited to be a part of what comes next in the WRS educational journey!!

Hello, Talofa Lava and warmest greetings. My name is Misipope Sam Mariner, I have been on the board of trustees as a member now for 3 years and up for current re-election.  I am enjoying the experience of being a part of the board who are very friendly and approachable.  I have been appointed the Pacific Liaison person.   I believe that I have the ability to help other Pacific Island families within the school, breaking down any barriers they may have with education, language and cultural issues.  There are other barriers but these are the ones I have found are the most common. Most people will know me by my nickname “Pops”.  I am from a Samoan ethnic background and I have one brother.  I live with my wife Diana Lameko-Mariner, collectively we have 3 children all under the age of 14 and I am currently working for KiwiRail as a Container Terminal Officer (CTO) in Onehunga. My family first moved to Windy Ridge 13 years ago from the ‘West side’ of town in Glendene.  My family and I have lived here for the past 12  years.  We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here so far and the people around the area are great, friendly and I find them easy to        talk to.




Kia ora, Originally hailing from the North-East of England, I emigrated to NZ with my wife and 2 daughters 13 years ago. The girls were newborn and 2 at the time, so that was one horrible long-haul flight! Our later-life-planned-but-still-a-continual-surprise boy recently started in Room 6 with Mrs T and is having a great time! There’s something really special about Windy Ridge and we couldn’t be happier with the place. I work as a lawyer, specialising in children’s law. I have worked as in-house counsel for Oranga Tamariki and am now an independent barrister, primarily acting directly for children in court proceedings. My main focus is on care and protection cases. Prior to entering the law, I worked as a registered nurse, mainly in the areas of psychiatry and child intellectual disability. I have also worked as a senior manager in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sector. I served on the board of my girls’ primary school and really like the idea of parents offering their skills to benefit the school community wherever they can.