Board of Trustees

Welcome from the School Board

Nau mai, haere mai, tēnā koutou katoa

The West Park School Board of trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the school.  We employ the staff, set the School Charter, and approve the school’s budget to ensure we create and sustain a school where every student has the opportunity to thrive, staff enjoy the workplace, and families and the community feel engaged in supporting our children’s educational journey. 

We are proud to have the calibre of leadership, teaching staff, teacher aides, and support staff in our school.  They are a highly skilled group that are operating in our modern and contemporary learning spaces. We offer a broad curriculum to ensure our school turns out great people, not just well educated kids.

Sometimes you might still hear the nostalgic chant of ‘West is best’ echoing through the hills around Mt Kaukau.

Ko āu tamariki tā mātou tamariki, nau mai ki tā mātou whānau kura. Your children are our children, welcome to our school family.

Nat Henry


Our Board

> Sam Andrews (Chair & Elected Member since August  2022)
My wife Liz and I have lived in Johnsonville for the last 12 years and we have 2 girls at the school – Lucy 11, and Hannah 8. I have had a long career in technology working in NZ and the UK for small businesses, government and large consulting firms. For the last 15 years I have focused on cybersecurity and I currently run a small consultancy business based in Wellington. You can contact me at
> Lauren van Assema  (Elected Member since August 2022)
> Zoran Nesic (Selected Member since August 2022)


> Tim McMenamin (Elected Member since August 2022)


> Michael Joseph  (Elected Staff Representative since January 2021)

Kia ora, I’m Michael and I am the staff representative on the Board of Trustees. 

> Luis Echegaray (Principal ex Officio)

Kia ora, ko Luis tōku ingoa. I have had the privilege of being Principal at West Park School since June 2013. Since then I have been rewarded by being part of a school community that looks to offer every student the opportunity to succeed through an inclusive, caring and engaging educational environment. I really enjoy nature, making things from timber, seeing the beauty in little things around me, and learning new skills. For me, ‘change’ is an exciting word filled with opportunities and rewards.