The Combined Board of Trustees of van Asch Deaf Education Centre and Kelston Deaf Education Centre is accountable for student achievement.

It does this by providing an environment that supports and encourages quality educational outcomes. The Combined Board is responsible for ensuring that each Centre focuses their strategic planning on improving student achievement through high quality teaching and learning programmes.

The Combined Board is made up of six parent trustees, a staff trustee, two student trustees and the two Principals. Up to four additional trustees may be co-opted to ensure that the views of the Deaf community and of Maori are represented on the board.

Board of Trustees

Bernadette Mulcahy Bouwman

Cha’nel Kaa-Luke

Crystal Skinley

David McKee

Krista Clifford

Merran Gwyndell

Rachel Douglas

Rachel Coppage

Amy-Nicole Hartley

Ratu Ratu

Tom Purvis


Student Election Results

DEC's BOT Flyer

2018 Dates and Venues for Board Meetings - 2018

The Combined Board meets regularly and meetings are open to the public. For information about meeting venues and times please contact the Board Secretary, Jill Le Prou.


Please note: Minutes from BOT meetings must be ratified at the next Board meeting. They will then be uploaded to the website. For example, the minutes from the February BOT meeting cannot be uploaded until after the March BOT meeting.

  • Tuesday 6 March - van Asch DEC
  • Friday 13 April - KDEC, Auckland
  • Friday 15 June - Wellington Airport Conference Centre
  • Friday 17 August - Wellington Airport Conference Centre
  • Sunday 23 September - van Asch DEC, Christchurch
  • Monday 24 September - Strategic Planning Day - van Asch DEC
  • Friday 30 November - Wellington Airport Conference Centre

The venue will be adjusted to either van Asch DEC or KDEC as necessary.