Board Members

Our board is made up of seven elected parent representatives, our principal and one elected staff trustee, all of who are in office for a term of three years.

Kevin Cronin - Principal

Maiana Waugh - Staff representative

Brad Gibbons - Chairperson

My family and I have lived in the area for 18 years and love the Whangaparaoa lifestyle and community. Our school is at the centre of that community so I am eager to do my best to help Whangaparaoa Primary school be the best it can be.

Donna Skyrme – Vice Chairperson

I have been involved with the school in a number of different areas such as the PFA. I come from a background of multi-site retail management, HR and people development and training. I hope to be able to use my skills to support the school in continuing to do what it does well, and offer suggestions and solutions to help drive it forward to continue and improve success. This is my second term as a trustee.

Debra Brewer

My husband and I moved to Whangaparaoa in 2007.
I have been involved with Whangaparaoa School since 2010 when my daughter started school. She has since moved to college this year and my 9 year old son is in year 6.
During this time, I have been involved in many activities in the school including PFA initiatives, Bike Committee, Health and Safety and Maori Initiatives.
I come from a Policing background and have worked locally. This year I have been fortunate enough to be supported by the Waitemata Police to do a full time Te Reo Maori course for a year.
I am committed to using my skills to assist our school in whatever capacity I can. 

Claire Scott 

Hi, I’m Claire Scott. My husband Jude and I have 3 children, two of them currently at Whangaparaoa School (Year 5 and Year 3) and one due to start next term.  
I come from a background of Education. I am a trained primary teacher, and taught in New Zealand for 4 years and England for 2 years. I have worked in both mainstream and special education needs. It’s been a long time since I was in the classroom though, and I admire and respect today’s teachers, and understand the commitment teaching requires.
I also hold a post graduate diploma in Business and Administration, and for the last 15 years I have been working in international education recruitment, working with teacher aides, teachers and senior management, and supporting schools needs around the world. I speak with teachers from across New Zealand and as a result gain an insight into the workings of other primary schools, what their successes have been and initiatives they have tried.
I am proud of the Hibiscus Coast and of Whangaparaoa School. I am a friendly, committed and enthusiastic person. I have a vested interest with our children moving through the year levels, and want the school to be the best it can be, and to support our hard working teachers. School is the hub of a community and I am excited to be involved in this capacity.

Rhys Finn

My family and I have lived on the coast for 9yrs and we have two children attending our school. I am one of two directors of a medium sized building firm and have a passion for property and construction. I enjoy our community spirit . I want our students learning environments and school grounds to look and be the best they can be, not only for our Students but our Teachers, Parents and the wider community, so we can all be proud of being a part of Whangaparaoa School . I want to assist in any way possible and help this school develop and it's students to succeed.


Kaylea Bradshaw   

As board members of Whangaparaoa School, we have the important governance role of ensuring each of our children are given the tools to be happy, safe and thriving in a fantastic learning environment. The culture within our school is an important part of our strategy to attract and retain the best teachers and support staff and to ensure our facilities are at the highest standards for our children every day. My experience is in team management, strategy, finance, marketing and multi-site facility growth in the retail environment. I also enjoy coaching and mentoring across many sports and ages. My family and I love living on the coast and being part of our community and my children are in Year two and three at our school. Whangaparaoa school is an important part of our community and a critical step in ensuring the future success of our children.  


Grant Willis