Bayswater School

Board of Trustees

Chairperson                  Craig Erskine
Property                        Pierre van Tonder
Health and Safety        Jeff Reddicliffe
General                          Heather Goodey
                                          Christian Wehrle
Staff Representative     Marianne Coldham
Principal                         Lindsay Child


Key Role of the Board of Trustees

The governance of the school is entrusted to the Board of Trustees who are the elected representatives of the parents.

The Board of Trustees assumes responsibility for a range of matters, including personnel, finance, governance, property and the School Charter.

Meetings, which are open to interested parents, are held at 7pm at the school, on the last Monday of most months. Please check at the school office.


Hi and welcome to Bayswater.  I hope you discover that it’s a place which is a little different and unique.  Somewhere where everyone can find a spot to grow and develop.

My name is Craig and I’m the current Chair of the BOT at Bayswater.  I’m married to Sally and have three kids – now 15, 13 and 11.  My youngest (Nate) is in year 6.  I have a background in accounting and IT systems and I joined the Board 10 years ago when my youngest child started school.

Being involved with the governance and leadership of a school is an interesting and challenging thing at times.  However it is a really rewarding and encouraging experience when you get those glimpses that things are going right.

When I first joined the Board, my goal was simply to help out wherever possible.  I was initially involved with the Finance portfolio but then took up the role of Chair in 2010

Since then, my goal has changed a bit.  I am now very keen to ensure that every child at Bayswater:

*        Will have opportunities to have an involving and dynamic learning experience

*        Will add their unique perspective to our collective culture

*        Will leave our school and be able to make a difference to their community

*        Will be equipped and encouraged to be a learner for life

Lofty goals you might think, but ones which I see our Principal, Teachers, Teacher Aides and Support staff achieving on a daily basis.  Their passion and commitment is outstanding and it’s fantastic to see the way they collectively develop and grow our kids.

The one thing I would say to all parents and whanau is: get involved in some way or other.  Your kids will love it and you’ll get to leave  distinctive mark on who and what we are here at Bayswater.


I work for the New Zealand Defence Force in a management role introducing new equipment and material to the Royal New Zealand Navy. I have served 23years in naval uniform and transitioned to my current civilian position in 2012.

I have lived and worked on the North Shore for over 27 yrs. Along with my wife Angela we have two daughters, Charlotte and Lucy, who are currently students at Bayswater School. The family are very active within the school and wider community with Angela being a member of the Parent Group; I am also a member of Scouting NZ as a Leader for the Cub section of Calliope Sea Scouts.

As a new member on the Board of Trustees, I am looking forward to making a useful contribution to the management of Bayswater School. I have a pragmatic approach and broad experience through employment in defence which allows me to view issues from a wide perspective and find solutions to complex situations. I believe that by providing appropriate direction and the right tools for the teaching team and the school we can create a great environment for the future of all our children.

Pierre van tonder

I am a father to three, and a local resident. I have worked in the building and construction industry as a commerial architect for over 13 years. I lend my passion for good design, project management, construction staging and building efficiency to my role as Bayswater School BOT rep.”

Heather Goodey

Christian  Wehrle


Marianne Coldham                                                              LIndsay Child

We are the school-based trustees on the board.  As principal, Lindsay is automatically a board member and Marianne is the trustee elected by the staff.  For both of us, being on Bayswater School Board of Trustees is an absolute pleasure.  The other board members have a wide range of skills and interests which make them very effective trustees.  Their diversity of experience means that they often look at things in a different way to us and make suggestions which we would never have thought of.  Board members are like a critical friend - the questions they pose challenge our thinking so we can work together to improve outcomes for all our children. Bayswater School is fortunate to have such a dedicated, capable board.