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 monthly.
  • Notification of each meeting is via the weekly newsletter.

Current Board of Trustees – Who are We?


Principal – Janice Adamson
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Staff Representative – Alison Laxon
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Parent Representatives Elected June 2016

Nicky Hall

I was elected onto the Board of Trustees in June 2013. I am married to Peter Meredith. We have two children (William who previously attended VAS and is now in Year 7, and Fergus in Year 4 at VAS).

I have a legal background with over 20 years’ experience, both in-house and in private practice. I am currently a senior litigation lawyer at Simpson Grierson. I am also a faculty member of the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme and a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s Practice Approval Committee.

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Anna Scott

I was elected onto the Board of Trustees in 2016. My husband, Tony, and I have 2 children, Zach & Abby. I have been involved in the VAS community since Zach started in 2012, we have made many great friends here.

I have a degree in Engineering Science (Auckland) and have worked in Construction finance & project management in Kuala Lumpur and Investment Banking in London.  I am currently working at Hobson Wealth Partners, a Private Wealth firm, as a Board member and Development Director, executing our business transformation & growth strategy.

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David Shields

I joined in the Board in September 2017, assuming responsibility for the finance spokesperson role.

I am married to Paula and we have two daughters at VAS, Charlotte and Tessa.

My background is in accounting and finance. I am a Director in the Deal Advisory (Corporate Finance) team at KPMG, leading projects in the areas of valuation, financial modelling, mergers/acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions.

Our family thoroughly enjoys being part of the Vicky Ave community.

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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.  My wife, Julie, and I have four children.  Conrad is at preschool and our three oldest children currently attend VAS.  Sophie is in year four, Alena year three and Hugo just started in year zero.  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 and outdoor activities with my children.

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Martin Cooper

I was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees in November 2018. My wife, Lidia, and I have 2 daughters at VAS. Chloe is in year 2 and Caitlin has just started in year 0. 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 and various other sporting activities with the family. I am also a long suffering Auckland Blues supporter.

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Bob Weston

BW mugshot Aug 2013 cropI have served on the Board of Trustees since November 2011. My wife Anna and I have three sons; Toby finished at VAS in 2012, Zachary finished in 2016 and Nick will be in Year 6 in 2019.
I was raised in Auckland, and have B.Com and MBA degrees. I own and run an engineering company which provides equipment and specialist services to the power generation and oil/gas industries, with a current staff of around 60 located in Auckland and Taranaki.

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