“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:


Meet the current standing Executive and Members

Gary ThorntonGary Thornton: Chair

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 for the Centre. As Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, Gary heads both committees and acts as the principal liaison to the Manager. His 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.

 Frankie-Godfrey-RobsonFrankie Godfrey-Robson: Deputy-Chair, Secretary

As Deputy-Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, Frankie is there to step in to the role of Chair in Sarah’s absence. As Secretary, she is the principal contact person for the Society’s Governance Group, prepares the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting and maintains the membership information. Frankie has been an Executive member for over ten years and 2015 – 2018 Chair.

Craig PettitCraig Pettit: Treasurer

Craig Pettit is a Mortgage Broker and Registered Financial Adviser with Loan Market for the last 10 years. He worked for Westpac for 32 years, has held various managerial positions plus a stint on their audit team. He is a past Treasurer of Willow Park School and Northcote Rugby Juniors. As  Treasurer, he is responsible for ensuring the Society meets its fiduciary responsibilities and presents the audited financial statements at the Annual General Meeting. He is also a signatory of the Society.

Brian EllisBrian Ellis: Methodist Church of NZ Appointment

BE Hons, ME (electrical), MIPENZ, MIET, LFIES.
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.

Current Treasurer Glenfield Methodist Church; Takapuna Methodist Church Property Convener, deputy organist, involved in organ recital promotion and refurbishment of the Takapuna church organ.

Michael_ChinMichael Chin: Governance Group Member

Michael has been a member of the Governance Group for the Centre for over ten years. He has previously held the position as the Treasurer for the Society for the last three years, has a background as an Accountant and am extensive knowledge of the Society and its workings.

Cleressa van Niekerk: Governance Group Member

Cleressa joined the admin team in August 2019 but left in July 2020 to take up a role in real estate. Besides her intimate knowledge of the Centre and its workings, she brings with her experience working in the Childcare sector in South Africa, and a passion for community.

Upasana Nigam: Governance Group Member

Upasana is a community culture evangelist and an IT professional who wants to work in community for community. 

With her experience in supporting and running various community events, she is committed to the success of the Glenfield Community Centre.

Andrew-ShawAndrew Shaw: Kaipātiki Local Board Liaison

Andrew Shaw is an appointee by the Kaipātiki Local Board (KLB). His is a non-voting liaison between the Board and the Governance Group. Andrew was elected to the KLB in October 2019 and confirmed as the first of our two eighteen month appointees in December 2019.