Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are elected in accordance with the Education Act 1989.

Board meetings are held in two parts. All members of the public are welcome to attend the first part of the meeting and details of these are available in the Events Calendar. If there are confidential matters that need to be discussed, following the public part of the meeting the Board moves into “committee” and this section of the meeting is only open to the Trustees and the Principal.


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJulie Bennett – Chairperson

Julie has three daughters who attend Newtown school.  She is committed to equal opportunities for all children at the school so that they are able to develop into the best that they can be.

She would also like to ensure a safe and healthy school environment and is on subcommittees responsible for the schools new build as well as ensuring existing buildings and grounds remain safe.

Professionally, Julie has a PhD in public health and works part-time as a Research Fellow for He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health at the Wellington branch of Otago University.


victoria_edocs_188284Victoria Esson

Victoria Esson works as a senior manager at Museum of New Zealand-Te Papa Tongarewa. She has two girls at Newtown School, Billie in Te Whānau o Waitangi and Trixie Belle in Te Whānau o Harakeke.

As an ex-teacher, who has experience working with the New Zealand School Curriculum, she is excited to see the impact that innovative learning environments are making to teaching and learning. She is keen to see how students can increasingly be empowered to be active agents in their own learning while working with families to better integrate home, school and the community as sites for authentic learning.

She is also committed to ensuring that Te Ao Maori and te reo Maori become an everyday skill for all learners at Newtown.

Victoria is responsible for the monitoring of the financial  performance and property management functions of the Board. She is also on the Health and Safety and Community Engagement subcommittees.

Mark Brown

I am proud to be the Principal of Newtown School as it rebuilds itself towards a future-focussed, 21st century learning community.

I have been a principal for 30 years with 24 years at Victory Primary School in Nelson. Prior coming to Newtown, I was the Region Manager for the Ministry of Education – Nelson Marlborough West Coast. I was then appointed as Chief Advisor of Schools and Communities for the Ministry of Education.

Bernadette, my wife, and I have six adult children and five grandchildren.

I believe, we will transform our school into an innovative teaching and learning environment with the Board of Trustees, staff and community working collaboratively.


Annette Gittos

Annette has been a Board of Trustees member of Newtown School since 2012 and has contributed to several areas while serving on the board, including chairing the Finance and Property Committee and working alongside the Principal to write the school’s charter and strategic plan. Along with the role of Chair, Annette is a member of the new building design project team. She has found it a rewarding experience being on the Board and working alongside other parents and the staff in the Newtown School community.

Annette’s background is in economic development and currently works in International Relations for the Ministry for Primary Industries.



Lucy Kebbell
Lucy is the mother of two Newtown School kids – Estella and Sylvie. Her background is in law but she now works at her family business, Commonsense Organics.  She is passionate about improving learning outcomes for all kids enrolled at Newtown School and ensuring that each child has the best possible experience while at school.

In 2013, Lucy helped establish the parent/whānau group (FANS) and has been serving on the Board of Trustees since 2014.  She is on both the Policy and Community Liaison committees of the current board.

Please feel free to approach her to discuss either of these areas or anything else relevant to school governance.   She’d love to hear from you!


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