Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible for the governance of our school setting the direction and meeting the legal and statutory requirements. This specifically includes the responsibility for implementing the Charter, setting and reviewing goals, implementing policies and assessing performance in relation to these. The Principal, (as Chief Executive), is charged with the responsibility of achieving these objectives through effective day to day management of the school’s staff and resources.

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  • The Board of Trustees functions with specialist sub-committees; Finance, Human Resources, Property, Policy, Communication and Parent/Teacher subcommittee (P.T.S.).
  • Term of Office – Board members are elected by the school’s community once every three years.
  • Board meetings are open meetings and are held twice per term.
  • The dates of the meetings are on the school calendar.

Current Board of Trustees – Who are We?


Principal – Janice Adamson
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Staff Representative – Ilona Lumborg
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Parent Representatives Elected June 2019

Martin Cooper

I was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees in November 2018 and have been a member since. My wife, Lidia, and I have 2 daughters at VAS. Chloe is in year 3 and Caitlin is in year 1. My background is in engineering and project management before starting my own development management business in 2013. I have a property development company Countrywide Residences with my business partner specialising in apartment projects as well. I am also the Vice President of the Property Council of New Zealand Auckland Executive Branch and a member of the Property Council National Residential Development Council where we work to champion and foster the health and success of the property industry especially with Local and Central Government. Outside of work I enjoy biking, tennis and squash and various other sporting activities with the family. I am also a long suffering Auckland Blues supporter.

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Craig Cunningham

I am proud to have been elected to the board in June 2019. My wife Shelley and I have 2 sons at Victoria Avenue School. Matt is in year 6 and James is in year 4.  My day job is in the Auckland Hospitality scene which certainly keeps me busy with all the growth and development that is happening in our city.
Outside of work, I am heavily involved in junior rugby within the Auckland Rugby Union and also a grade co-ordinator for Parnell Cricket Club.
We love being part of the VAS community and look forward to supporting and growing the school in the direction of where we want it to go as a board.

email contact: [email protected]

Tim Larkin

I was elected to the board in June 2019.  My wife, Annick, and I have three children at the school, Lottie (year 5), Esther (year 4) and Tom (year 2).   Originally practicing as a solicitor, I moved into commercial roles within the telecommunications and technology industry with a focus on setting up and growing new businesses.  In 2018 I joined as a partner in a software development business focusing on financial services and qualifications.  I also sit on the FinTechNZ Council, an industry group supporting innovation and technology in the financial services sector.  Outside of work I enjoy fishing, boating and water skiing and I am actively involved with the Auckland Water Ski Club based at the Orakei Basin.  Our family love the school and the community and we look forward to supporting it in the years to come.

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Bridget Snelling

I was selected to join the Board in August 2017. I began my career as a solicitor working in mergers and acquisitions. I then moved into marketing and communications and have held a variety of senior positions  in PR, media and technology. I am currently the Head of Business Marketing at ANZ bank. My husband Ben and I have three children, Tommy (6), Jemima (4) and Tallula (6 weeks). We love being part of the VAS community and look forward to many happy years ahead supporting the school.

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John Thorman

I was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in November 2018 and unanimously elected as Board Chair in March 2019.
My wife, Julie, and I have four children. Conrad is at preschool and our three oldest children currently attend VAS. Sophie is in year five, Alena year four and Hugo in year one. I am a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience currently employed as the Managing Director of TMF Group New Zealand. I am also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and act as trustee for a number of private clients. Outside of work I enjoy sailing, biking and outdoor activities with my children.

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