(From left to right) Catherine Miller (Staff Representative), John Western (Principal), Justine Crawford, Dave Farrelly, Charlotte Brook, Will Peet (Chairperson), Lloyd Davies

Board of Trustees

Seeking election onto the Board of Trustees [BOT] is the most formal means of involvement in the school. The BOT is the school’s governing body and members work closely with management at a strategic level. Board meetings are advertised in advance and are open to the public.

Chairperson’s Welcome

The Seatoun School Board of Trustees (the Board) is the elected group of parents and staff representatives who have the responsibility for the governance of our school.

The school’s successes result from an effective and ongoing partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Board, the Principal, the staff, the students, their parents, caregivers and families and the wider Seatoun community.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and motivated principal and staff. Our children achieve in all areas. With the continued commitment and support of the whole school and community we can achieve our aim to cater for each student’s individual needs and ensure that all reach their full potential both during their time at Seatoun School and in the future.

Seatoun School is rated by the Government as a decile 10 school. This means we receive substantially less funding than other schools based on the expectation that our location in a high socio/ economic area gives us greater access to financial and other resources. Your contribution in terms of time, skills and money are more than just a bonus to the school – they are critical for the effective day to day running and are a key ingredient in the delivery of the highest quality education to your child or children.

We look forward to meeting you and your child and to establishing a positive, enjoyable and mutually rewarding relationship with you and your family.

Will Peet 

Seatoun School Board of Trustees

Seatoun School Charter

A copy of the Seatoun School Charter can be viewed at the School Office or on line. Included in this Charter is the 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan, 2016 Annual Action Plan, and 2016 Achievement Targets. This document has been accepted by the Ministry of Education, and outlines the objectives and goals for the current year.  

You can download our Charter here as a pdf


Introducing our Board of Trustees

PEET, Will

Tēnā koutou katoa. I’m lucky to have two daughters at Seatoun School – Susie (Y5) and Izzy (Y8), and another (Zoe) who finished last year and is now at college.

I’m putting myself forward to serve again as a trustee because I believe I can continue to add value to the Board in my areas of strength.   In contributing to the collective work of the board, I’ve had responsibility for undertaking the periodic review of financial systems and procedures, the evacuation stairs project and currently hold the role of Chair. 

Education is very important to me, as I was a very average school student academically but this allowed me lots of time to fully participate in sports and music.   Fortunately, I was engaged by some great educators (after I left school) that changed my experience of education and thanks to them; I found my way. 

I currently own and run a management consultancy business undertaking a range of public and private sector work.  I’ve been in senior leadership for most of the last 19 years, including as Chief Executive of ONTRACK (now part of KiwiRail) and as Chief Operating Officer at the NZ Defence Force.  

I hold Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering, am a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Member of the Institute of Directors.  
During 2010, we took a year away as a family and lived in Niue in the South Pacific where I was funded by NZ to support the Niue Government’s infrastructure management and economic development programme.  It was an amazing experience for us and caused plenty of reflection about the positives of NZ, especially our education system.  I have also undertaken consulting assignments in the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Afghanistan. 

I bring experience of leading organisations, as well as in engineering and financial management, and know how important it is to constructively support the school’s leaders. 

I’d look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve as part of the Board of Trustee team to make sure our school continues to be “the best we can be”.   


Kia ora. My name is Dave Farrelly and I am very excited to be standing for a second term on the Seatoun School Board of Trustees. The last three years has been a very inspirational and fulfilling time for me. My time on the Board has provided some great opportunities to more closely engage with governance activities across a range of important initiatives and I have learned so much during the process. To name a few of the governance highlights - the selection and on-boarding of our Principal John Western, involvement in the Communication sub-group that has identified ways to improve our schools interactions with parents and caregivers, and the implementation of school initiatives such as KiVa and the evacuation stairs. 

I am a father of three fabulous girls, Madison (yr8), Olivia (yr6) and Devon (yr3) and have lived with my wife Tracey in the Seatoun community since 2000. I love participating in the school events and activities as much as I can including coaching at least one of the girl’s netball teams each of the last five years, and joining the Year 7 overnight tramp along the Orongoronga Track.

I have spent all of my working life with Deloitte in New Zealand and offshore in Portland, San Francisco and Zurich. I have been a consulting partner with Deloitte for the last ten years where I am currently the national leader of our Public Sector practice, and with my background in technology I also lead our Technology Strategy & Architecture team. I’m an accountant by training, holding a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, and enjoy bringing this experience to the Board to support our governance and oversight roles across our great School.

I would be very privileged to support you and the school for a further term as a member of the Board of Trustee team.

BROOK, Charlotte

 My name is Charlotte Brook and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School. I am a lawyer at the Crown Law Office, where I manage one of the Criminal Teams. My background is as a Crown prosecutor but I have also done regulatory work and general public law work. I currently manage a team of about ten lawyers in Wellington and Auckland. While I would hope there would be no need for my criminal law expertise on the Board, I have a lot of experience resolving disputes and negotiating for good outcomes. My management role means I also have experience managing budgets and resources, recruiting staff and dealing with general employment matters. My husband Mike and I have one son at Seatoun School currently (Toby in Year 2) and two more who will be students in future (Hugo turns five next March and Oliver will be starting school in 2020). I therefore have a vested interest in the success of the school given I will be a parent for the foreseeable future. Mike and I have been very impressed with Seatoun School since Toby started at the beginning of 2015 and I want to do everything I can to help the school continue to succeed.


My name is Justine Crawford and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School because I want to contribute and serve our school community. We currently have Max in year 7, Charlie in year 5 and Tobie in year 3. 

My recent governance experience is BoT Gisborne Central School, Montessori Council, Chairperson of Tairawhiti Child Protection Network and community representative on Tairawhiti District Health Child Health Governance Group.

There hasn’t been any grand career development plan but various moves have facilitated changes in career direction. After graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Secondary Teaching I taught at Fraser High School and Sacred Heart Girls’ College.

For the next decade I worked for ICT companies [Telecom, IBM, Gen-i] in training specialist, training management and project management roles.

A return to my home town of Gisborne resulted in another career transition into community development. I led the Gisborne Voter Participation Project, designed to increase voter turnout in the local Council and DHB 2010 election. Following that, I was employed by Te Ora Hou as researcher, analyst, project manager for Tiakina ô Tâtou Tamariki, or Keep our Kids Safe. This project focussed on building strong neighbourhoods and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. I also supervised a research project on local attitudes, beliefs and awareness of sexual violence against children.

I am currently employed as a Programme Manager for Social Policy at the Ministry of Social Development.

I value teachers and education extremely highly, and consider schools to be dynamic and vital hubs within our communities. I would love to be involved in helping Seatoun School build on its many strengths through the Board of Trustees.


My name is Lloyd Davies and I am standing for the Board of Trustees for Seatoun School. 

From October this year I will have four children at Seatoun School, ranging from year 0 to year 5. I have an incentive to make sure Seatoun School is the best it can be! I want to provide the best opportunities for my children, and to have them thrive in a supportive and progressive environment.

I am a lawyer currently working at Contact Energy Limited. I have extensive experience in resolving governance issues and providing robust and fair guidelines for organisations to operate in.

I am also passionate about the value of a strong and cohesive community. Seatoun School is an integral part of the wider Seatoun community, and brings people together. I want to see that continue and grow stronger.

I want Seatoun School to further commit to a culture that adds value, fulfilment, friendship, learning and growth. I want Seatoun School to be an awesome experience for the children who attend, and a fulfilling place to work for its teachers.

I want Seatoun School to be place that is worth belonging to.