Message from the Presiding Member

The School Board 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.

Fleur Peacocke

Presiding Member

School Board Policies

If you require any of the school policies, (the main selection is below) download the full PDF file by going to 'Our School' on the navigation bar or by e-mailing 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

Fleur Peacocke

Presiding Member


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, currently at Belmont Intermediate, Isabel and Seb who are at Belmont Primary School. Fleur is a practising lawyer and is currently General Counsel at a well-known New Zealand business. Fleur enjoys working with Nick and the rest of the Board to ensure sound governance, strategic focus and forward thinking for the school. She has recently been voted as the new Presiding Member of the School Board.

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.

Claire Janes

Staff Representative

Claire began working at Belmont Intermediate School in 2015 as a classroom teacher and later moved into a Team Leader position. She then progressed to Assistant Principal and in 2019 became the Deputy Principal responsible for teaching and learning. Claire has worked in the education sector for over 20 years in New Zealand, South Korea, USA and England where she has held a number of management roles including team leadership, curriculum leadership, international admissions and sport and health. Claire has also been part of the leadership team within the Devonport-Takapuna Kahui Ako/Community of Learning. At Belmont Intermediate School, Claire is responsible for the school’s Learning Support Centre, student and staff wellbeing, the student management system, enrolment and transition and classroom placements.

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.

Elizabeth Elkins

Parent Representative

Elizabeth was voted onto the Board in December 2020. She has two children, one at Belmont Intermediate, and another at Belmont Primary. Elizabeth's career to-date has covered banking, regulatory and consulting roles across governance, risk management, analytics and auditing.  Her current position is as Head of Business Credit and Risk with Kiwibank, with governance responsibilities including Chairing the Credit Risk Committee and Credit Decisioning Committee. Elizabeth is also currently a board member of and secretary to the Camp Bentzon Trust (Kawau Island), a Camp which was bequeathed to the youth of New Zealand in 1935 to support public education and recreation, in addition to being a member of and secretary to the Camp Bentzon Funding Sub-Committee.  She is also a member of the Advisory Panel to the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine.

Joanna Maskell

Parent Representative

Joanna was voted onto the Board in September 2022. She grew up on the North Shore and her family have lived on the Devonport Peninsula for three generations. Her son Harry attends at Belmont Intermediate. Her background is in law and policy in the UK and in NZ with experience in child protection, employment, and education law. She is currently working as a Principal Advisor to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. Joanna has previous governance experience on the board of a Community Law Centre and is the current Co-Chair of the Auckland Government Women’s Network.  She looks forward to supporting the school to continue to provide wonderful academic, cultural and sporting outcomes and maintain a great community spirit.

Adrian St John

Parent Representative

Adrian was voted onto the Board in September 2022. He has one child at Belmont Intermediate and two others attending Belmont Primary School. Adrian is a chartered accountant with 20 years of strategic business planning and commercial management experience. Currently, he runs his own management consulting company, advising businesses on growth strategies and execution. He is also an active member of the CPA Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Committee. Adrian is committed to working with the Board to deliver a strong vision for the school that prepares and empowers all students for the future.