Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees – Board Chair’s Remarks

Due to dedication and expertise of the teachers and management, Helensville Primary is leading the way in terms of delivering educational outcomes and meeting the NZ curriculum vision that young people will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

The Helensville School Board of Trustees sees their role in supporting the outstanding efforts of the school management and teachers through governance and the overview of the school’s activities.

The Board is responsible for ensuring that legal obligations are met and that all resources are managed in compliance with legislation and in the best interests of the school. The Board sets strategic (long term) goals, develops and reviews policies, monitors performance of the principal and staff and ensures high quality curriculum delivery. The Board is not involved with the day to day running of the school; this is the role of the principal.

Working together with the principal and teaching staff, the Board of Trustees has an important role in ensuring that all children at Helensville School have every opportunity to reach their full educational potential. Helensville School is a place where learning is paramount and where we aim high (arohia ake).

The Board of Trustees is made up of five elected parent trustees, the principal and a staff trustee.

The elected parent trustees and staff trustee serve a three year term.


Current Board Members


My name is Nicola Keen-Biggelaar and I delighted to be elected Deputy Chair and Trustee of the Helensville Primary School board of Trustees. What I love most about Helensville Primary is that it is at the absolute heart of this community. My kids have tremendous opportunities to develop their full selves both inside and outside of the classroom. I am grateful for the tireless work of our teachers, who to date have been wonderful educationalists and mentors to my girls, Renée & Zarya. I am also grateful for the hard-working commitment from parents that make the many extracurricular activities possible.

My commitment to governance is strong and to develop my skills in this area I have been a Member of the Institute of Directors for the last three years. I have volunteered as a Trustee on the Helensville Women & Family Centre and Kia Timata Ano Trust Boards as well as being a Director of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education.

For me, great governance is underpinned by values of responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency. I will bring these qualities with great commitment and will represent the voice of parents to the best of my ability. We have a great Board who are really looking forward to working hard to support the Principal,
Senior Management team and teachers to maintain a positive heart at the centre of our community.

David Allen 

Personal Profile

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Ko River Thames tōku awa

Ko Irish Sea tōku moana

Ko Ingarangi tōku iwi

Ko Allen tōku whānau

Ko David tōku ingoa

Hi – my name is David Allen, I’m an Englishman from London, who settled in Helensville with my family in 2017. Professionally, I am involved in running a website called Wine-Searcher, a resource for the global wine trade, based in New Lynn.

Helensville Primary School is special to our family – not simply because our 3 children attend the school – but also as both my wife, her brother and her late father were pupils here. Being quite new to the area it was humbling to receive the trust of other parents and be elected to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Helensville’s school sits both physically and socially at the heart of what is a wonderfully diverse rural community. I hope we can all take pride in our school’s achievements and those of our children. I am constantly impressed by the dedication and energy of the staff, the enthusiasm shown and the huge number of activities available. The school’s leadership team deserves our support to maintain and nurture a safe, stable and happy learning environment and ensure it is inclusive and that all are respected.

Our board consists of some fantastic and passionate individuals with varied backgrounds, experience and opinions, but all focused on supporting the school and encouraging its growth. We have high expectations and hope to ensure not only that the school meets its statutory obligations and reaches required teaching standards, but that it aims to exceed them and encourages our children to flourish – in this way the school will serve the local community as it grows and changes. I hope you will support us in these aims.


Ko Karangahake tōku maunga

Ko Waihou tōku awa

Ko Whakatohea, Te Whanau Apanui tōku iwi

Ko Bruce rāua ko Sheryl ōku mātua

Ko Harper rāua ko Dorothy āna tamariki

Ko Cara tōku ingoa

My husband and I have been part of this community since 2013 and we have two children at Helensville Primary.

I’m fortunate to work part-time for 1 NEWS at TVNZ, which means I’ve been able to help where I can at Helensville Primary over the past 4 years predominantly as a member of PATHS, Parents and Teachers at Helensville School. I’m so proud to be part of an exceptional group of parents and teachers, including our Principal and Deputy Principal, who are all happy to give their own time, hard work and support to this school by organising fundraising events, discos, High Teas, Gibbs Farm visits, Ag Day and chipping in at the working bee.

I am excited to be on the board with a great and skilled bunch of parents and I look forward to helping make Helensville Primary the best it can be by providing great education, inspired teachers and also creating an environment where all our children are excited to learn, and grow in confidence, cultural identity and self compassion.

Born and bred in Helensville and a previous student of Helensville Primary: I have 17 years teaching experience with 15 years at Kaipara College. My current roles within the college include Year 11 Dean, Director of Sport, Teacher in charge of Rugby and Teacher in charge of Waka Ama. Over the years, I have been acting Head of Physical Education, delivered professional development to all staff, raised funds and overseen the building of our current weight training facility, and implemented a strength and conditioning programme for talented athletes, just to mention a few. I have been heavily involved in coaching a wide variety of sports, with regional, national and international success.

Father of 3, with 1 at Helensville Primary, soon to be 2: I have been involved in many aspects of the community, I was the founder and then chairman of Tu Tangi Ora Waka Ama (since 2011). With the aid of some community funding, I led the development of Tu Tangi Ora Waka Ama which currently has 200 active members. Over the past 8 years our committee and club has grown, while this growth has been happening, I have been involved in the consistent reviewing of systems and policy writing.

This year I have been elected on to the inaugural executive of Na te Rau Aroha o Nga Tuakana no te Wao Nui a Tane, which is an organisaton that sits under Ngāti Whātua’s umbrella. Over the last 8-10 months I have been part of the committee which has written and developed a constitution for submission to the incorporated society’s register. I have also written and developed policy and systems to enable whanau to access the whenua and provide education and opportunities through the gathering of Kai.

Recently I spent 9 years with The Helensville Volunteer Fire Brigade. I am passionate about sport and am still actively involved playing Rugby, Touch Rugby, Tennis and Waka.


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Ko Kaipara te awa/roto/moana

Ko Nga te Whatua tōku iwi

Ko Haranui tōku marae *

Nō Tamaki ahau

Ko Kura rāua ko Clarry ōku mātua *

Ko Israil tōku ingoa.

“Kia tutuki i to kaha tonu”

Achieve to the best of your ability

My name is Dan Wood and I am truly humbled to be elected as Board Chair and Trustee of Helensville Primary School board of Trustees. A former student of both Waimauku Primary and Kaipara College, I currently own an automotive workshop in Waimauku.

I am married to Amy and have 3 children; Connor, Ava and Charli.  

My view on schools is that they play such an important role in our children’s lives; now and into their future. Having supportive teachers and staff, a passionate Board and engaged parents is how we help our kids to reach their full potential. 

So, what can I add? I’m a tradesman of over 20 years and local business owner, having taken over my father’s business several years ago. Working in the area for most of that time, we support a lot of local charities and clubs. I’ve also been employed in Australia in finance, leasing, analytics and operational management. I believe this gives me a good mix of practical skills and the ability to engage with a variety people at many levels. I’m down to earth and not afraid to get my hands dirty; but above all I value honesty, integrity and doing what’s right.

I’m looking forward to working more with our school community and excited to be part of the Board of Trustees.


I teach a Year 5/6 class and am also the school SENCO – special needs coordinator.

I am passionate about student agency. I believe ensuring students are involved in decisions about their own learning is paramount,  engaging them in purposeful authentic experiences. I have been involved in education for about 30 years. I enjoy the variety it gives and the real sense of achievement that watching students blossom brings.

I am married and have two daughters that are at university. We live on a lifestyle block near Muriwai, loving the space and animals this allows.

Being the School Staff Trustee allows me to be involved with the school and community in a broader way. I take the responsibility of this job seriously and feel honoured to have been voted onto the board in this role.