Message from the Board Chairman

The Board of Trustees is made up of parent representatives, a staff representative and the Principal. The Board is responsible for the school’s performance and ensuring that all legal requirements are met. First and foremost the Board is accountable for student progress and achievement to its parents, community and the Crown. More specifically the Board:

  • monitors and evaluates student progress and achievement with the aim of ensuring that each and every child reaches their full potential
  • sets the strategic direction and long-term plans for the school in consultation with the school’s community
  • monitors the Board’s progress against the charter goals and targets
  • oversees the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration
  • ensures that government priorities are met
  • fulfils the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage
  • appoints and supports the Principal and assesses their performance and
  • acts as good employers to all staff at the school.

We welcome your ideas and feedback.

Brendon Clark

Board Chairman

Board of Trustees Policies

If you require any of the policies below, please e-mail Trudy Byrne:

  • Communication
  • Curriculum Delivery
  • Delegated Authority for Disciplinary Committee
  • Health and Safety
  • Reporting to the Board
  • Role of the Principal
  • Monitoring Student Achievement
  • Uniform
  • Treaty of Waitangi

For additional information on the role of Boards, visit NZSTA’s A Parent’s Guide to the Role of the BOT.

Board Members

Brendon Clark

Board Chairman


Brendon joined the Board in 2019. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chairman on the Hauraki School Board of Trustees. Brendon was born in Takapuna and with the exception of a couple of years overseas, he has grown up and lived in the local area all of his life. His wife Sarah is a teacher at a local community pre-school and together they have three children. Brendon has served in the Royal New Zealand Navy for 28 years and in his current position he is responsible for Readiness and for determining whether ships are compliant, safe and ready for operations. Prior to this, he spent the majority of his career flying the Navy’s Seasprite helicopters. Brendon holds a Bachelor of Aviation Management and a Diploma in Business Studies.

Nick Hill


Nick has been the Principal of Belmont Intermediate School since 2013. He is a North Shore native and an alumni of the school and therefore has an inherent connection to the school and it’s community. Nick brings 20 years of experience in the education sector, gained across a number of Auckland primary and intermediate schools. He holds a Bachelor of Education and a post graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership. Nick is also a graduate of the University of Auckland’s Sir Edmund Hillary Leadership programme.

Working with the Board and assisted by the Senior Leadership Team, Nick oversees the overall operations and management of the school. He has particular focus on the school’s strategic and annual planning, student achievement, human resources, finance, property, health and safety, student wellbeing and student leadership.

Nick is an innovative educator who is passionate about providing an irresistibly engaging curriculum so that all students have an opportunity to achieve personal excellence and success. He strives to create a supportive environment where staff and student wellbeing are as important as academic, cultural and sporting achievement.

Anne Paterson

Staff Representative

Anne is the longest serving member of the Senior Leadership Team, having been with the school since 2003. With her 40 years of teaching and leadership experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Anne brings considerable experience to her role as Deputy Principal. As well as being the school’s SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), Anne is also responsible for the school’s Learning Support Centre, student wellbeing (enhancement and support, pastoral care for the Year 7 syndicate), staff wellbeing, student management system, timetabling, enrolment and transition and classroom placements.

Catherine Thorpe

Parent Representative

Catherine is a mother of three boys who are currently at Belmont Intermediate School and Takapuna Grammar School. During this journey, she has seen just how important these schools and their communities have been to her sons and it is her aim to continue to support this pathway for our children. Catherine is now in her fourth year on the Belmont Intermediate School Board and has witnessed first-hand the significant improvements that the school has achieved in terms of education quality, teacher development, facilities and community engagement. Her background as an accountant, business consultant and most recently involvement in property gives her a broad view of governance aspects of the school.

Kevin Miles

Parent Representative

Kevin joined the Board in December 2017. He has lived in Devonport since 2004 and is the father of two teenage children who have both been through Belmont Intermediate School and who now attend Takapuna Grammar School. Kevin is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a qualified banker. Having had an international career for a leading investment bank, in 2004 Kevin became involved in the property sector, working for and advising government entities on major procurement and infrastructure projects, as well as funders and developers. Currently, Kevin works as an independent consultant and acts for a number of clients including a developer-house builder and a small investment bank undertaking property financing.

Pip Kistler

Parent Representative

Pip was co-opted onto the Board in April 2019. Pip and her husband Joel are both former Takapuna Grammar School students and spent their teenage years growing up in Devonport. Living in this area played a huge part in their lives and they wanted the same experience for their children, Kyra who now attends Takapuna Grammar School and Harlem who is Year 4 at Belmont Primary School. Pip’s background has involved working in human resources, recruitment, training and development, extending across hospitality, infrastructure, FMCG, media and in more recent times, professional financial services. Pip is looking forward to working closely alongside the Board members and Nick to strengthen and continually improve people capability and overall engagement within the school and community.

Fleur Peacocke

Parent Representative

Fleur was co-opted to the Board in 2020. Fleur grew up in Devonport, attending Belmont Intermediate School and Takapuna Grammar School. She has three children, Amelia, who is currently in Year 7 at Belmont Intermediate School, Isabel and Seb who are Years 5 and 2 respectively at Belmont Primary School. Fleur has been a practicing lawyer for all of her career and her current position is General Counsel - APAC at a well-known FMCG business. Fleur looks forward to working with Nick and the rest of the Board to ensure sound governance, strategic focus and forward thinking for the school.