2019 Common Election results

For 3 parent representatives

info Alphabetical order

Successful representatives
John Garrett
Catherine Ann Gilvray
Dan Tombleson

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Dr John Garrett, Ms Catherine Ann Gilvray and Mr Dan Tombleson.

Matthias Blattner
Invalid Votes: 0

Meet your representatives

John Garrett

Kia ora, ko John Garrett tōku ingoa. For nearly two years I have been a co-opted member of the LPS Board, but it's about time we made that official so I'm standing for election. I'd love the chance to carry on the work we have been doing. We have just started a review of our Strategic Goals as we are now settled as one school. This gives us the opportunity to make sure we are still meeting the needs of out community, and my focus would be on making sure we bring all our ākonga forward together. This is why, for the most part, I support the changes proposed following the review of Tomorrow's Schools.

I have got two children at LPS, Iona in year 6 and Euan in year 4, and my day job is being a Paediatrician for the Canterbury District Health Board.

Catherine Ann Gilvray

My name is Catherine Gilvray, (preferred name Taff). Together with Blair we are parents to Polly, Bea and Elsie in the Lyttelton community. I come from three generations of teachers and as such I have an appreciation of the challenges faced while educating our younger generation. I am passionate about the Lyttelton community and our school and I can bring my legal knowledge as a practicing commercial lawyer. I spent 18 months serving on the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association committee and I am currently involved with the committee for the upcoming Art Auction run by the Lyttelton Education Charitable Trust. These experiences (and others) have helped me learn the skills necessary to help resolve conflict and bring solutions to various parties. As a feminist and a descendent to Ngati Porou I am particularly passionate about empowering all our tamariki with the skills they will require to face the challenges of the future.


Dan Tombleson


My name is Dan Tombleson and I live in Lyttelton with my wife (Amelia) and two kids, our third is on the way. Hettie is five years old and is in Harakeke, Louis is about to turn three and will soon start at Kidsfirst Kindy. I grew up in Rotorua and have since lived in Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide (Australia), and Lyttelton. Amelia and I first lived in Lyttelton in 2010 / 2011 after I was relocated for work. For various reasons, including the earthquake aftermath, we decided to leave Lyttelton at the end of 2011 with a promise of coming back to make Lyttelton home in the future. In 2017 we did that. Other than spending time with family, my main interest is mountain-biking, I am a member of CAP and try to regularly ride in the Port Hills.

At work I am the Managing Director of an Engineering Consultancy firm. We primarily operate in the electricity supply industry but also provide services in other sectors. My personal background is in high voltage electrical engineering design and asset management. However, over the last few years I have become more focused on organisational leadership and governance. I am a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and have recently applied for Chartered Membership status.

I have put my name forward as a parent representative for the Lyttelton Primary School board of trustees to contribute through my governance knowledge and skills. The Lyttelton Primary School is a critical part of our community and will play a huge role in supporting the development of our children. I want to be part of a successful board of trustees ensuring the school plays this role. Other reasons for me include getting to know more people in Lyttelton and further developing my governance expertise.

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