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New Board Representatives
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Meet our new Hagley Trustees

Mike Fowler —

Welcome to our new parent trustee Andrew Swift and to to our new staff trustee Carmen Kenton, who have both just joined the Hagley Board.

Carmen Kenton

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It is a privilege to represent all our staff on our Board. I joined the teaching team at Hagley over 9 years ago as Head of Science and come from a strong science background of 7 years of research science at NIWA, followed by 6 years of teaching science at Rangiora High School. I love this school. I like the people, the way people interact and respect each other, and the way everyone who works here helps provide learning solutions that fit our students' needs. I have been on the Board of my boys' primary school as a parent rep, and look forward to working with our Board team through some exciting times to come.

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Andrew Swift

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I joined Hagley’s Board in 2016 and appreciate the opportunity to share in this governance role with my fellow trustees. Although a newcomer to our Board, I have served as a school trustee elsewhere for the past 12 years. I am passionate about education, excited about the opportunities and challenges that our communities face in the wake of the quakes, and I am impressed by what I have seen of Hagley’s philosophy and practice in recognising and celebrating students as unique individuals.

My association with Hagley College began in mid-2010 when selecting an appropriate secondary education provider for our eldest son Tim who is on the autistic spectrum. While Hagley was not initially on the radar it quickly became apparent that there was not even a close contender for preference. The passion of the staff, the pastoral care, options and opportunities, robust set of values, and keen appreciation of individuality all contribute to the college’s very special character and are attributes of which we can be very proud.

I have been happily married to Carolyn for 28 years and we have three sons, two of whom are students at Hagley (Years 9 and 13). I have 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry as a consultant and have ownership in two local offices, one of which I also manage. Prior to my corporate role I was a primary school teacher with senior management responsibilities.

Outside of the work environment I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my family, and I am active in community groups. I am a committee member of our neighbourhood Residents Association, church warden, Business Owners’ Association, and I participate in many local community initiatives.

For full details on all  our Hagley Board of Trustee members, go to this link on our website.