CPPA - Extra update for Feb!

2023 CPPA Executive Election

Voting will be open via the link to the google form in this article. Please read the Candidate statements before casting your votes. Voting is open from the 10th - 24th February.
    by Sandy Hastings

Voting is open for the 2023 CPPA Executive. Each member school is allowed one vote. CPPA has contracted Adrienne and Peter Simpson to manage it's 2023 Executive election process.  Only financial members of CPPA are eligible  to complete the voting process.

Thanks to all the candidates who have so willingly put themselves forward for these positions. There are 10 places on the Executive to  be filled. The voting from is inserted as a link at the base of the form

Candidate Bio’s in order of the voting paper ( alphabetical order based on first names)

      Ben Gorman:

I'm currently the Tumuaki at St Joseph's in Rangiora. I'm a big fan of holistic education, working in partnership with whānau to develop a child's character so they can excel in education and society. I believe the key to student growth and learning is a sense of belonging. I'm currently president of the North Canterbury Principal's Group and am excited for more opportunities to support colleagues and sector bodies so we can leverage better outcomes for all tumuaki, schools and students in Canterbury.

Ben Gorman
St Josephs School Rangiora

       Claire Howison:

Kia ora tatou,

On becoming a Principal in 2018 I felt welcomed by the CPPA and since then have enjoyed the collegiality of the organisation. The job of a principal is complex and sometimes lonely and it is wonderful to have the support of colleagues. I am the foundation principal at Te Puna o Ararira - Ararira Springs and co-led Ngā Matapuna o ngā Pākihi Kāhui for the past two years. During this time the roll has grown from 100 – 400 children. I am also active on the exec of the Selwyn Principals Association supporting principals in our area.

Claire Howison
Tumuaki Ararira Springs

       Colette Sandilands:

Kia ora Koutou.

As an experienced Principal of 15 years, it would be a privilege to serve on the CPPA Executive. I see this as an opportunity to give back and support others. I would bring my skills and knowledge of having led schools of different sizes and complexities, with a range of diverse communities.

I am passionate about positive psychology and well-being and the impact of this on tamariki, kaiako and tumuaki. I pride myself on being open and honest and treat all people with respect. I would welcome the opportunity to be part of the CPPA Team. Thank you for your consideration.

Ngā mihi nui

Collette Sandilands
Our Lady of Victories 

      Darryn Ward:

I am excited to have been nominated for a position on the CPPA executive. I am in my 10th Year of principalship. I spent 3 years as a committee member for the North Canterbury Principals Group and loved working as a team to support other Tumuaki in their work.

I am extremely grateful to the CPPA for the support they have provided me over the last 10 years. In seeking election to the CPPA Executive, my desire is to be able to provide support to other Tumuaki across Canterbury through my passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for this role.

Darryn Ward,
Fernside School

      Donna Buchanan:

Kia ora koutou,

I am in my third year of principalship and I have truly appreciated the support of the CPPA

and the opportunities that have been given to tumuaki starting out like me. I’d love to be on exec and make sure others continue to benefit from the collegiality, professional knowledge and fun like I have. The role we play in the lives of tamariki and kaiako is so important so we need to stay current and future focussed while not forgetting the pathways of the past and we do this better together. I am forward thinking and creative.

You can count on me to give a heartfelt waiata, warm welcome and a laugh or two.

Donna Buchanan,
Addington Te Kura Taumatua.

      Gavin Burn:

Kia ora Tātou

Ko Gavin Burn tōku ingoa

He tumuaki, i te kura o Te Pae Kererū

I have been part of the current executive for 4 years now and I thoroughly enjoy the challenge and opportunities of learning alongside other Canterbury Principals. I am very keen to be part of the next CPPA exec, supporting and empowering principals to thrive in our ever changing complex world of education. I am a leader who is positive, collaborative and solutions focused and I look forward to connecting, supporting and learning with you if elected.

Ngā mihi nui,

      Greg Lewis:

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Greg Lewis tōku ingoa.

I am Tumuaki at Te Parito Kōwhai Russley School for the past 6 years with 11 years of principalship prior. I have been honoured to serve on the CPPA Executive for the past two and half years; the most progressive and functional principal exec. in the country. I am seeking your support again to represent the principal sector in the wider Canterbury region. I'm super keen to continue in advocacy for, and enhancement of collaboration and development opportunities for principal colleagues, as we collectively rise above the challenging times we all face.

Kia ora 

      Jason Miles:

Kia ora.

It is a privilege to currently represent fellow principals on the CPPA Executive

and I would appreciate the opportunity to continue. Since beginning principalship in 1996 I’ve been principal of U2 - U6 schools. My current school is a full primary school -

Kaiapoi North School. I enjoy working with other passionate principals and bringing my

experience and perspective to this important role. I am also the lead principal of North

Canterbury RTLB Cluster, on the North Canterbury Principals Group organising

committee, and very grateful to be elected onto the NZPF Executive 2018 -2023 (vice

president 2022-2023).

Jason Miles

       Kate McClelland:

Tēnā koutou katoa e ngā tumuaki.

I am excited to be putting my name forward for the CPPA Executive in the upcoming elections. I am a relatively new principal having nearly 4 years in my kura and the CPPA has made a big difference to my principalship through the ongoing opportunities to connect with colleagues, the effective communication and providing opportunities for increased collaboration and collegiality. I share and appreciate the benefits of working together and would like to further develop the positive working relationships I have across the region by being part of and contributing to this inspirational group at the executive level.

Ngā mihi nui,

Kate McClelland
Ohoka School

       Maree Lucas:

 I have been Tumuaki at Omihi School for the last 5 years, and have been on the CPPA exec for the last 2 years. I have really enjoyed being a part of this group, and being able to be a voice for small and rural schools. Relationships are a priority for me, and it has been wonderful to build these with Principals all across Canterbury as part of the exec. I would love to continue to do this for the next 2 years.

Maree Lucas
Omihi School
CPPA Exec member

       Margaret Trotter:

Kia ora.

I have had the privilege to be an executive member of the CPPA for over 10 years. During this time I have been vice president and president of CPPA.

I have been on a number of working parties to represent principals in the Canterbury region. such as school property, year 7-8 technology, IWS, Graham Nuthall Committee, UC Liaison, School network groups.

I have taught in special education, secondary and primary so I bring a wide range of skills and experience to the executive.

If re-elected I will do my best to represent all members and their interests.

Ngā mihi

Margaret Trotter
Oaklands School

      Mark Ellis:

I have been a Principal for 26 years and have served on the NZ Principals’ Executive for a 2-year period in 2005-6.

Married to Dulcie for 30 years . I am a Volunteer Fireman and love my job at Rakaia Primary.

I am standing for election to maintain my growth as a Principal and to serve all CPPA members and in particular its rural members with dedication, influence and commitment.

I have served before on CPPA for a two year period and valued my time. I have just finished my first sabbatical and also entered the work of Professional Supervision after finishing a Postgraduate Certificate this year with ARA.

  • Experienced principal

  • confident to challenge the status quo

  • always asking questions.

I appreciate your support.

Mark Ellis
Principal of Rakaia School,
Mid Canterbury.

      Maureen Allen:

Ko Te Kinga tōku maunga

Ko Waimakariri tōku awa

Ko Maureen Allan tōku ingoa

Nō Waitaha ē te kura ahau

I am Maureen Allan, Principal of Waitaha Specialist School. I have had the privilege of being on the CPPA Exec for the past two years. I have really enjoyed collaborating and connecting with so many awesome Principals. Connections add to one’s kete and build strength and knowledge. It is awesome to stand alongside so many great people in this Principal’s

community. I have had had the opportunity to participate in external groups as a member of the CPPA exec which is really enjoyable and also has built connections. I would like to continue for another term on the CPPA exec and continue this mahi which I began two years ago.

Maureen Allen
Waitaha Specialist School

      Sylvia Fidow:


I am delighted to finally put my name forward to contribute as a CPPA exec member. I have been a principal for 16 years and most recently had the privilege of opening West Rolleston Primary School, Te Kura o Te Uru Kōwhai in Selwyn.

I am a newly elected member of the NZ Pasifika Primary Principal's Executive and am very passionate about equitable opportunities and outcomes for all of our learners. I equally love and am utterly exhausted by my role as principal and, if elected, look forward to the opportunity to give back to the CPPA as I have been so well supported by the association and my peers over the years.

Ngā mihi nui

West Rolleston School

Please be aware that the voting form cannot be revisited once it has been submitted.

Ngā mihi 

Adrienne & Peter Simpson

Voting Form: click here