Freemans Bay School, (FBS)  is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees shall consist of between 8 and 10 people, namely:

  • the principal
  • the staff trustee
  • the Whānau Ata trustee
  • five trustees elected by parents
  • optionally, up to two trustees co-opted by the Board


The Board is responsible for the governance of FBS, setting the direction and meeting the relevant legal and statutory requirements.  This specifically includes the responsibility for implementing the Charter, setting and reviewing goals, implementing policies and assessing performance in relation to these. 

The Principal, as Chief Executive, is charged with the responsibility of achieving these objectives through effective day to day management of the school’s staff and resources.

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Board Meetings:

Board meetings are open meetings and are held monthly.

  • Notification of each meeting is on the school  calendar.
  • Minutes of the Board meetings are available in the school office or on this page.
  • Each term the Board keeps the parents informed through a Board newsletter.

Current Board:

These are the members on our Board of Trustees: 

Hamish Hopkinson - Chairperson

Kia Ora & Hello

My wife Jo and I have lived in Freemans Bay for 15 years. We love it here. Our son is Year 3 and our daughter will be starting school in 2020. I have previous governance experience, having served on several boards or reporting to them. I have been involved with education, sporting and environmentally focused organisations.

The importance of education and supporting your local school is something I really value. My mother was a teacher and my father was on school boards. Previously I was coordinating the Parent Group here at school. I did this to meet, engage and support other parents but to also help build the parent community inside the school – something that is important to me.

I continue to be amazed with our school and enjoy very much contributing my little bit to help with the great job being undertaken by parents, teachers and all the staff in ensuring that our children grow into happy, prepared and smart teenagers.

It is an honour and a privilege to be on the Board.

Cindy Walsh - Principal

Jo Watson - Staff Trustee

I am an experienced teacher and the leader of our Year 1 and 2 classes.  I have been working at Freemans Bay School for 8 years and am passionate about student learning.  I am a Growth coach and have experience in communicating and working with a diverse staff and community. For the past 5 years I have also been the Visual Art leader which involves motivating staff, sharing ideas and organizing our annual art exhibition.  My other interests are teaching mathematics and writing.  Outside of school I spend time with friends, travelling, going to movies, cooking and dining out.

Carel Smith - Whānau Ata Trustee

Tēnā koutou,

He uri tēnei nō Te Aitanga ā-Māhaki, Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi, Ngāi Tūhoe hoki.

Ko Carel Smith tōku ingoa.

My 4 babies have all been part of Whānau Ata, our rūmaki reo pathway at Freeman’s Bay School. My eldest is now 12 at Kōwhai Intermediate, and my youngest is enjoying his first (official) year in Whānau Ata. I say “official” because he has been part of our Whānau Ata whānau since birth.

I hold a strong passion for education, in particular the education and achievement outcomes for Māori tauira (students) and their Whānau. I believe that where school and Whānau can build a strong relationship that provides the foundation of success for our tamariki. This relationship needs to connect at all levels and therefore at a Board level I am an advocate for meaningful partnerships with our Whānau, community, hapū and iwi that demonstrates an equal partnership contributing to brighter futures for our tamariki.

Our dual curriculum makes us a unique school within the inner city of Auckland, and I see this as our point of difference when people enquire about our school. My vision is to see both pathways flourishing, and exemplifying true treaty partnership within an education setting.

Eva Silverstone - Parent Trustee

Eva Silverstone

I have been on the Board of Trustees since December 2017 and grateful for the trust put in me by the parents at school to represent them and work in the best interest of their children.

My oldest daughter Mia started at Freemans Bay School in 2012 and has enjoyed being a student at this school. She is now in year 7 at ACG Parnell College. My daughter Alexa is in year 4 in Whanau Puna and my son Felix is in year 1 in Whanau Rau Rua.

Born and raised in Germany, I met my husband here in Auckland while studying for a German Law degree. I am a qualified lawyer, but after my move to New Zealand in 2006, decided to focus on volunteer work while raising my three children. I have made many strong connections with many families during my 10 years as local Plunket volunteer in charge of coffee groups, fundraising and writing monthly newsletters. Being part of the community and giving back has been a driving force for me and I very much enjoy being a weekly parent helper throughout the school, which I started about 3 years ago, an active member in the parent group, and parent representative on the Board of Trustees.

I have also recently started as exam reader/writer and exam supervisor at ACG Parnell College and value the opportunity to experience education in New Zealand from year 1 to 13.

Last year I joined the Freemans Bay Parent Group and have since been involved in organising and running Let’s Celebrate, Dine around the World, Fabulous Fridays and the Friday Café.

I am passionate about meeting other parents and families, connecting and engaging with the community and I am excited that my roles at school provide me with opportunities to get to know and support the students and their families at Freemans Bay School.

Kiriana Tipping - Staff Trustee

Kia Ora and Gruezi,

This is my second term on the BoT and I am very privileged to serve the school in this capacity. I have 3 tamariki who attend this school in the Māori Unit called Whanau Ata. It has been an incredible journey for our children to be taught fully in Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga. The education and the confidence within themselves that they have gained is second to none. The education and resources within the English pathway side of the school are also of world class standard. We have an exciting school filled with people from all over the world. This creates a dynamic and interesting school to be part of.

I have a BHSc (Nursing), Grad. Dip Bus and have completed a one-year Rumaki Reo course at TWT. I am of Māori (Ngati Porou/Whanau-a-Apanui/Nga Puhi) and Swiss descent. I speak English, Maori & Swiss German.

Mauri Ora, Danke Viel Mal.

Kiriana Tipping

David King - Parent Trustee

I am the proud father of Lily (Whanau Rau) and Angus (who will enrol in early 2021). I originally emigrated to NZ in 2007 from the UK with my now wife, Gabby.

I am passionate about improving educational outcomes, and have volunteered for the Springboard Trust since 2016, helping primary schools enhance strategic leadership capacity. Professionally, I am a partner in the Deal Advisory team at KPMG, where I works with companies and people dealing with challenging opportunities and issues. I am a Chartered Accountant, qualified from Auckland and Newcastle (UK) universities, and I completed the Future Auckland Leaders course in 2015.

Tama Davis - Parent Trustee

My name is William Tamakehu Davis, I am a born and bred Aucklander of Ngāti Whātua, Tainui and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.

I am the proud papa of two boys with Māori and Romanian whakapapa: the oldest, Mihai, graduated from Whanau Ata last year, and now continues his intermediate studies at ACG. Alexandru is currently in year 5 in Whanau Ata. We appreciate the quality of education via the dual pathway, the outstanding competency of our staff, the diversity of children and parents in our school and the world views they bring.

Ko te manu kai i te mātauranga nōna te ao. The birds that feed from the tree of knowledge, theirs is the world.

I was elected to the Freemans Bay Board of Trustees in December 2017, where I had the honor to chair for 18 months.

My academic background includes Indigenous, Health and Business Studies and I am currently pursuing my MBA at Auckland Uni. I am Whanau Director for Whai Maia Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Director at Ahikāroa Enterprises Ltd, which delivers Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori tikanga competency workshops. I am Board member for Supporting Families Auckland, which offers support to whanau of those affected by mental illness. I am Mana Whenua Chair – hapu representative at Auckland Council Te Kete Rukuruku and Place Naming project, and Māori Advisor for Comprehensive Care PHO.

Term of Office:

Board members are elected by the school’s community once every three years. 

Board members can opt to have a term of 18 months or 3 years. The next election is in June 2021.


Elections for the Board shall be conducted every 18 months to ensure continuity of board membership.  The ‘main’ election (ie: at the 3-yearly May/June date gazetted externally) will be for:

  • 3 parent-elected trustees (elected by all parents)
  • the staff trustee
  • the Whānau Ata trustee (elected at a Whānau hui)

The “mid-term” election (18 months after the ‘main’ election) will be for:

  • 2 parent-elected trustees (elected by all parents)


They can be contacted by emailing the Chairperson on