“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker
When people talk about governance they’re usually talking about the role of the board. Boards exist to ensure an organisation is well-run, and well-governed so that members and stakeholder groups can have confidence in the organisation remaining a going concern and focussed on serving their needs.
Good governance helps an organisation:
- Improve performance
- Have a defined vision for the future
- Take a big picture view of the organisation separate from the operations
- Ensure there is accountability and oversight of operations
- Manage risk
- Find the right balance between making short-term gains and building long-term prosperity
If you are a Member of the Glenfield Community Centre, you are also entitled to put your name forward for consideration to become a member of the Governance Group. Nominations are normally accepted as part of the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting. The Group meets every second month.
For more information on our current Governance Group members, read more below:
2017 – 2018 GOVERNANCE GROUP
Meet the current standing Executive and Members
Frankie Godfrey-Robson: Chair
As Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, Frankie is the most senior elected representative of the Society. She heads both committees and acts as the principal liaison to the Manager. Her position is one of both oversight and setting the direction and goals for the organisation, ensuring it remains relevant, and meets the needs of its stakeholder groups.
Sarah Nilson: Deputy-Chair
Sarah is a long-time local resident; she was born and bred in Beach Haven, her father grew up in Glenfield and her mother grew up in the Birkenhead/Beach Haven area also. She is a part of the Beach Haven Placemaking Group, Glenfield Rotary, and Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA). Sarah has a genuine love of the community and is committed to its progress. Sarah recently put her love of community in action by standing for the Kaipātiki Local Board. She is also currently studying Speech and Language Therapy at Massey University. Before travelling and working overseas in Korea and Australia for about 4 years, she studied Psychology at Auckland University and was schooled at Birkenhead College. As Deputy-Chair, Sarah is there to step in to the role of Chair in her absence.
Michael has been a member of the Governance Group for the Centre for over ten years. As Secretary/ Treasurer, he is responsible for ensuring the Society meets its fiduciary responsibilities and as Secretary, he is responsible for maintaining all necessary records associated with the membership and liaising with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies and Charities Commission. He is responsible for calling meetings including the Annual General Meeting, organising minutes, and official communication and is a signatory of the Society.
Brian Ellis: Methodist Church of NZ Appointment
BE Hons, ME (electrical), MIPENZ, MIET, LMIES.
Principal BR Consulting, electrical engineer. Agent for South Island Organ Company maintenance service.
Former Secretary & Treasurer of IPENZ Auckland; Bach Musica NZ; IESNZ; Auckland Organists’ Association. Treasurer Glenfield Methodist Church; Deputy Chair Glenfield Community Centre Inc.
Takapuna Methodist Church Property Convener, deputy organist, involved in organ recital promotion and refurbishment of the Takapuna church organ.
Jan Tasker: Methodist Church of NZ Appointment
Jan is one of the two constitutional appointments to the Governance Board from the Methodist Church of NZ. She has been involved with the Methodist Church in a number of roles at Parish level, with the Auckland Synod Executive for 20 years, and nationally.
Jan was Chair of the Board of Ministry from 1997 to 2007, served on the Council of Conference, the Stationing Committee, the Budget Group, and is currently a member of the Law Revision Committee. She was Vice President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand from 2012 to 2014. She has held leadership roles with Girls Brigade, both locally and with the National Executive for 14 years. She was Deputy Principal of Target Road Primary School from 1987 to 2011, where she made a significant contribution to special needs education. She oversaw growth of the department to two dedicated classrooms and was a driving force behind the purchase of a house, which was relocated to the school grounds as the ‘Sunshine House’ for the special needs department where she trained teacher aides to support the particular needs of the children, who were mainstreamed into classrooms with their peer groups for part of the school day. She received the NZ Order of Merit in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the community and education.
Gary Thornton: Governance Group Member
Besides being on the Governance Group, Gary has worked on the Executive Group for the Glenfield Early Learning Centre. A member of the local business community, Gary has been key in helping raise funding through Ray White of Glenfield.
Chris was Principal of Marlborough Primary School in Glenfield until she retired in 2014. As a principal she came to know the Glenfield area very well through meetings with the Glenfield Cluster principals and teachers and the many student cluster sports and combined Performing Arts events the cluster organised and promoted to the Glenfield Community
Chris was also a member of the original Glenfield Rotary club, which for over 25 years provided support for special programmes in Glenfield schools, including school camps and citizenship awards and funding and building the swimming pool at Wairau Valley Special School. For a number of years the club also ran an annual Book Fair in the Glenfield Community Centre’s Mission Hall until this event eventually moved to Northcote College.
Chris has always believed in helping others to achieve and reach their potential, and so whether in education, or as a member of Rotary, or as a member of various other community committees, she continues to be a proactive behind-the-scenes worker who enjoys being able to give her time and experience in various spheres to help others succeed.