Board of Trustees

Our school is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is elected every three years. Their role is to establish, implement and review school policy, within Government guidelines.

Our principal is on the Board of Trustees and handles the day-to-day leadership, administration and management of the school. He is assisted by a senior leadership team who are committed to supporting students and teachers in partnership with whanau.

The Board of Trustees gather twice a term at the school for public meetings. 

‘Well-informed, knowledgeable and experienced board leadership has enabled the school to enjoy a prolonged period of consistency of direction and to maintain a focus on continual improvement.’ – ERO Review 2014


Bruce Jepsen – Principal

Paul Hansen – Commercial Manager for ASB

I am the current chair of the Te Akau ki Pāpāmoa (TAKP) Board of Trustees. As a member of the TAKP Board it is extremely important to me that we ensure every child reaches their highest potential in educational achievement. We do this by providing the best possible resources to teachers and children, setting and monitoring of aspirational goals and ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place. Professionally, I am a Commercial Manager for ASB in Tauranga, working with local companies with annual revenues in excess of $2m. I have over 14 years experience as a commercial banker so bring strong financial analysis, relationship management and leadership skills to the Board.

Sue Beesley – Teacher.

I am the staff representative and have been a board member since 2010. I have an extensive background in education as well as being a parent and grandparent.


Johnson Davis -Accredited Facilitator, University of Waikato

I am a Board member since 2013 and I am committed to ensuring the unprecedented success that we have enjoyed over the last few years, continues to thrive and prosper at our school.  I have an extensive leadership background and a commitment to education and serving others.

Katrina Foster – Quality/ Trainer Manager 

I currently work in the Education Sector Industry Skills Ltd. I have been in various leadership roles within the last 18 years, I am passionate about education, my driver has always been about the learner. My management strengths lie with people management, project management, business planning and developing, implementing and managing compliance. Apart from all of this, I am a mum who just want’s the best for my son and other children who attend TAkP.

Andrew Lingman –  Project Manager 

I am a Board member since 2009 working collaboratively with the school’s principal and senior management, producing an educational environment where our children are well rounded and encouraged to reach their full potential before moving forward.

Bobby Ketu – teacher

Tēnei he mihi nui ki a koutou te whanau whānui o te kura o Te Akau ki Papamoa. Ko Bobby Ketu tōku ingoa of Tūwharetoa and Maniapoto decent. As a parent I come with a lens of best interest for learners at Te Akau ki Papamoa. As an educator and developer of Te Ao Māori at Ōtūmoetai College, I also bring a lens to help maintain the mana of our tauira, our whanau, and our kura from a Māori view point working alongside and in support of the aspirations and mana whenua of Ngā Pōtiki. Nāu te raurau, Nāku te raurau, ka ora ai te kura!