Board of Trustees

Current Board Members

  • Scott Fairbairn (Chairperson)
  • Darren McKinney
  • Esther Ducai
  • Kevin Kevany
  • Hine Savieti
  • Kate Lambert
  • Grace Levi
  • Christine O’Connor (Staff Representative)
  • Chris Herlihy (Principal)

Scott Fairbairn - Chairperson

I am proud to have been a Board of Trustees member since February 2016 and a participant since October 2015 and now the chair since July 2019. My family live close to the School and both my son and daughter attend.  I have been inspired by the development of Glen Taylor School, the culture that the school brings and the unique position the school plays in the community.  I am proud to be part of the board that has transitioned the school over the last few years to the benefit of all. I feel with the leadership and ground work now in place throughout the school that learning outcomes and other student benefits will follow.  The school continues the journey and I very much want to offer my experience and expertise to moving forward and giving our students the very best opportunities in the future. I am very interested in the thoughts of the school and its development from the view of parents and the wider community and how we can work together for the good of all of us, but especially the students of Glen Taylor School.  I have extensive commercial and financial experience and look after the school policy development on behalf of the BOT. Angelina and I are also involved in a number of community projects including the helping around the School.  I am a Sales and Marketing Manager during the day and spend my spare time with my family or developing young talent in cycling across New Zealand through a development road cycling team.Please feel free to contact me

Darren McKinney

My name is Darren McKinney and I am currently employed by Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd where I have worked for the last 11 years. My son Cooper is in his second year at Glen Taylor and my wife Linley works at Tangaroa College as an office administrator. When our son began at GTS I expressed my interest to our principal Chris Herlihy about immersing ourselves into our sons chosen school and was invited as a parent to attend a BOT meeting in 2015. I was then privileged to be co-opted onto the board very early in 2016. I am excited to be a part of the current BOT and hope to continue this throughout our son's time at GTS. I have an avid interest in most sports having played and coached rugby and league for most of my life and believe our children should be active, healthy, and engaged in all aspects of Glen Taylor whether it's embracing our many cultures or participating in the many curricular and extra-curricular activities the school provides. I hope to see GTS thrive and continue to grow in the coming years and as a BOT member I intend to support the principal and staff to enable them to succeed in giving our children the very best education possible and provide the opportunities all of our children deserve. I am an ex-pupil of Glen Taylor Primary School and have recently returned to live in the area in which I grew up and look forward to contributing to our community.

Grace Levi

Greetings, my name is Grace Levi and I currently work in Finances at Tamaki College. I attended Point England School, Glen Taylor School and Tamaki College. My daughter Alyssa is in her first year at Glen Taylor School. This is my first experience of being a Board member and I am excited to be given this opportunity to contribute to the discussions, decisions and development of our school. I believe in our school values and that our school provides the best education for our tamariki. I am very proud and grateful to be apart of the Glen Taylor Community and am looking forward to the successes of our children and school! Please feel free to contact me on gracel

Kevin Kevany

Kevin Kevany is a recently-retired World Bank consultant on development issues in Eastern and Southern Africa. He has also served on the American Chamber of Commerce’s committee, handling their successful Adopt-a-School project in Southern Africa. He previously worked for Control Data Corporation and pioneered the use of Plato computer-based learning in Africa. He is a graduate of London Film School and currently serves as a Youth and Community director of the Rotary Club of St Johns.

Christine O'Connor - Staff Representative

Hi, I am Christine and I have been a Teaching Assistant at Glen Taylor since May 2015. I have lived in the area most of my life, attending Glenbrae School and Tamaki College. I left New Zealand in 2004 to live in Ireland and returned home to NZ in 2012. I am passionate about my job, the children that I work with and those who attend our school. I see my role as Staff Representative as a wonderful opportunity to support and give something back to our community. I appreciate being given the opportunity to be a member of the BOT to apply my relevant skills and experience to contribute to the best outcomes for Glen Taylor, its students, staff and community.

Chris Herlihy - Principal

My name is Chris Herlihy and I am lucky enough to serve on the BOT of GTS as Principal. I joined GTS in 2015 after serving 7 years as Deputy Principal at Kelston Primary. I grew up in Hamilton and will always support Waikato in all sporting codes. I attended Waikato University where I did a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. After 2 years of teaching I was lucky enough to win a Fulbright Scholarship where I completed my Masters in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators at the University of Delaware in the USA. Outside of school I am a keen golfer and enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures. My goal on the Board is to ensure that Glen Taylor School reaches its potential by giving the school the resources it needs in order to be the school of choice in the local area. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful community that is 100% supportive of the school which I appreciate each and every day. My door is always open and I am happy to meet with any members of the community to discuss matters about the school. Feel free to email me at

Kate Lambert

My name is Kate Lambert. Both my son and daughter attend Glen Taylor School. I have been a Board of Trustees Parent Representative since mid-2016 and I am looking forward to my role as a co-opted board member for the next 3 years. I have been living in Glen Innes for the past 12 years. I am a teacher with 19 years experience and currently, I am a Deputy Principal in an Auckland Secondary School. I want to support the development and growth of effective and inclusive learning here at Glen Taylor School. I bring to my role as a board member expertise in curriculum & assessment, professional development & pedagogy as well as an in-depth understanding of current educational research. I am keen to continue to contribute to our school; a school that has learners, both students and teachers, at the centre of all its' decisions. Please feel free to contact me

Hine Savieti

ia ora tatou, My name is Hine Savieti, I have a stepson who started at Glen Taylor school in 2015 and I have been active with the ‘Friends of the School’ group since the start of 2016. I have lived in Auckland most of my life, however attended high school in Napier and attended Waikato University. I believe everybody has the ability to achieve everything and anything that they desire, and that Glen Taylor school is able to provide a good vehicle to drive our students to achieve their goals. I am glad to be apart of the wider Glen Taylor School community and look forward to helping both the school and the students be the best as we can. Nga mihi maioha, Hine.