During my 17 years of service to play centres, kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary schools, I have been involved with matters relating to almost all of the services and assistance CES provides.
I have two children, currently at Burnside High School. I have been their primary caregiver since they were born, and accompanied them to play-centres and kindergarten where I involved myself in organisational activities and committees. My children attended Ilam Primary School, where I was a board member for six years - three as board chair, and five as property committee chair. I was a member of the PTA as board representative for six years.
As chair of the Ilam School Property Committee I managed and facilitated many significant property development and maintenance projects and wrote numerous project briefs and contractual documents. I worked with local stakeholders, including other education providers, and have spoken at Community Board meetings in support of the greater Ilam district primary and tertiary student communities.
I am currently chair of the Burnside High School Board of Trustees. I am on the school’s property committee and the finance committee, and participate in property related planning and financial decision making.
BOT Chisnallwood Intermediate from 2000 and still going. Core roles Finance and profession guidance across a number of business areas. 2016 decided to remain as BOT to assist with the transition of long term principal and add stability to BOT during this period
Committee and Life Member Waimairi Tennis Club, Canterbury’s biggest club leading financial and strategic planning. www.wtc.co.nz
Geordie was a tax partner in the Christchurch office of Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd, where he provided commercial tax advice to clients across a range of sectors.
He is Christchurch born and bred, and married with four children. Geordie has been on the board of Somerfield School since 2001 and Is Chairperson of Cashmere High School Board . He is also on the board of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust.
Geordie is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Directors.
Susan’s background includes management and marketing roles in tourism, industry training, and systems. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, with experience in both public practice and corporate (management accounting) although in recent years has been focussed more on marketing and business strategy.
Deborah Callahan has been an active member of the Papanui High School Board of Trustees since 2012. She has chaired the Board’s finance committee since 2017. She enjoys working with the school to achieve excellent outcomes for the students and staff.
Deborah has a strong business background, having completed a masters of business administration at Massey University and worked in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, shipping and corporate leadership training. For the past 17 years Deborah has worked as a manager in the Canterbury health system, working across the health system to support transformational change. She brings her broad business management skills, along with strategic planning, marketing and policy development expertise to her role.