What is a board of trustees?

Every state and state-integrated school and kura in New Zealand has board of trustees that governs it.

The board of trustees is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector.

The board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.

It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets all the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies.

Boards are made up of:

  • Trustees elected from the community
  • The principal
  • A staff-elected representative

 Sherwood Board of Trustees

Board Chairperson (parent representative – elected): Jane Key

  • (Principal: Annie Doherty)
  • Acting Principal: Carolyn Crow
  • Staff representative: Dennie Davidson
  • Parent representative (elected – Chair): Jane Key
  • Parent representative (elected): Len Gao
  • Parent representative (elected): Elisabeth Large
  • Parent representative (elected): DanDan Zhu
  • Parent representative (elected): Lindsay Davidson
  • Parent representative (co-opted): Desiree Walker
  • Secretary: Jessica Martin

If you wish to contact the Sherwood BoT please email:


More general information about Boards of Trustees is available on the Ministry of Education website: