Catering for the needs of the emerging adolescent in the knowledge era has been the focus for Owen Alexander at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School over the last 16 years. Providing the conditions where all stakeholders work together to seek excellence in instructional practices for every child in innovative ways, has been a passion of his.
Apart from his many activities in education, Owen enjoys the great outdoors and enjoys sharing those many activities with family and friends.
Married to Sarah and father of 4 boys – the oldest of which was in Year 8 in 2016. Jarrod has been on the Board of Trustees of Forrest Hill for the last 7 years and is currently the chairperson. Using his formal qualifications (B.Com and MBA ) he has been self-employed for the last 10 years in an education related business. Recently he took on a General Manager role for Panelwood Homes NZ Ltd.
He is an avid sports fan and a past representative at age grade rugby at a national level. He now enjoys coaching junior rugby at Takapuna Rugby Club.
Having taken time out to complete a full time MBA at Trinity College Dublin in 1998-99, Anthony then held senior management roles at a number of organisations including Ticketek NZ and Noel Leeming Group. Approximately ten years ago, Anthony made the decision to use his skills and experience to positively impact the lives of young New Zealanders. This included a six year stint as General Manager at First Foundation – an organisation set up to assist academically talented and financially disadvantaged New Zealand students. Anthony also established two charitable trusts which continue to be successful in supporting other not for profit organisations and talented young sports people respectively. Other activities have included governance roles (including Campbells Bay school), youth mentoring, participating in some wonderful fundraising events and volunteering my time for various worthy organisations – including coaching a number of junior sports teams. Anthony and Vanessa, together with their three children live in Campbell’s Bay. Our oldest boy is currently in Year 7 at TNIS.
Carolyn Coster is a mother of three, with her oldest daughter having completed her time at TNIS in 2016 and her next daugher just starting here in 2017. She has lived in the local area for over 15 years and works as a Teacher Aide at a local kindergarten. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and is enjoying the learning experience and being involved in the school.
The Clements family moved to Takapuna six years ago and loves the area and all it has to offer; including the beach and of course TNIS. One daughter, Abigail has just completed her time at TNIS, Frederika Year 7 has just begun her time and Delilah Year 5 will also be coming here when they finish Takapuna Primary School.
For a day job, although a qualified accountant, Russell consults to companies designing and managing the build of systems to improve their processes. He also enjoy exercise and appreciates the benefits of being healthy brings to everyday life, although he leaves the competitive side to his enthusiastic daughters these days!
Russell is also on the Board at Takapuna Primary School.
As a transport law specialist, Terry has worked his entire career in public sector transport and local government organisations in Wellington, London and Auckland. Now with Auckland Transport where he manages a diverse team made up of traffic engineers, technical specialists and draughtspersons.
Married to Louise for 18 years; all three of our children were born while the family was living in London and the desire for them to have their education experience in New Zealand schools was one of their main reasons for returning to New Zealand. They chose the North Shore to be close to family and feel very lucky that there are such excellent schools in the area. Terry has one child at TNIS already and another starting in each of 2017 and 2019.
Terry grew up in a family that was always involved in church, youth and community organisations and committees. This background has lead to his ethos that people should be expected to offer up their time, skills and experience to help out where they think they can. For Terry, at the moment this includes being on school boards. He has been on the Board of Trustees at Sunnybrae Normal School since 2010 and been Chair of that Board since 2013.
Paul has lived on the North Shore all of his life and loves everything that it has to offer especially schooling. He has been a chartered accountant for 20 years and is a Partner at Ernst and Young, leading EY’s New Zealand’s consulting practice.
Paul and his wife Meredith have three children and their eldest Molly is in her second year of TNIS. With Jack and Fergus to follow they will have a long history with the school so look forward to supporting and building on this great place to grow and learn.
Paul is a keen sportsman and is involved in coaching junior level teams in cricket and rugby, he takes an active interest in all things his children do. A proud New Zealander often seen in a Black Jersey.
Toni loves developing creativity and problem-solving skills in her students. Toni is a member of the Arts Team, and is a Visual Arts Specialist. Toni considers the Arts to be a powerful form of personal, social and cultural expression. She believes that individual reactions to the various Visual Art mediums can help shape our sense of identity. Toni encourages students to be actively involved in a constructive and positive learning environment, to become risk-takers and to enjoy hands-on learning experiences.
Toni coaches the students who are involved in Literature Extension, is in charge of the Enviro group, supports the staff and students who are involved in Tech Style and is responsible for the wall displays seen around the school.