General Manager, Business Services
New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)
AuSAE member since: November 2012
What we do
NZSTA is a membership-based national organisation representing the interests of its member boards. Membership of NZSTA is open to boards of trustees of any New Zealand State, State Integrated or Partnership School.
School boards of trustees are the largest single group of crown entities in the country, accountable directly to the government and the local community for the quality of education in their school. There are approximately 18,000 people currently serving on 2,432 state and state integrated school boards. Approximately 2,210 school boards of trustees are NZSTA member boards of (91 percent of the total number).
NZSTA has a contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver a fully integrated range of services free to all boards of trustees to support and enhance boards’ capability in governance and employment. NZSTA is also an active party in relevant education related decisions and national policy formulation, and works alongside the Ministry of Education in negotiating Collective Agreements with unions.
NZSTA is a not for profit incorporated society with charitable trust status.
Number of members
Years in association management
How I got into association management
Initially it was being successful in applying for a role with a not-for-profit organisation, and as time went by I realised that it was important to be part of a network of people who were working in the same sector, so that I could connect with professionals who were doing similar work.
I joined NZSAE in 1997 and have been a member of either NZSAE, Associations New Zealand or AuSAE since that time.
What I like about my job
My biggest challenge
What I am most proud of at our association
Favourite AuSAE event
What I want to learn from other AuSAE members
How AuSAE has helped me
AuSAE has provided me with access to a network of talented NFP professionals.
This has helped me with new challenges, allowing me to have a conversation with AuSAE members about the challenge and giving me a wider appreciation of what needs to be done and the tools required to fulfill the challenge.
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